GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES
1. The use of archery equipment by minors should be closely supervised by a knowledgeable adult.
2. Unless properly supervised, keep out of the reach of children.
3. Prior to using new equipment, read the manufacturer’s instructions or obtain instructions from a qualified authority.
4. Prior to each hunt, practice session or competition, inspect your equipment for signs of wear of damage, such as but not limited to frayed bowstring, cracks, or dents in bow and/or arrow.
5. Always inspect your arrows for signs of cracks in either the shaft or the nock. If the arrow is cracked or badly bent, throw it away immediately. If the nock is damaged, replace it.
6. Never point, aim, or draw the bow in the direction of another person.
7. Never shoot at a target until you are sure it will stop your arrow.
8. Inspect the area behind your target to insure that it is clear of living creatures and objects that could be damaged.
9. Be sure the arrows are the correct length, weight, and spine for your bow. Shooting arrows that are too short can cause injury. Shooting arrow that are too light can approximate a DRY FIRE.
10. NEVER DRY FIRE YOUR BOW. Never draw back or shoot any bow without an arrow on the string — this is DRY FIRING YOUR BOW. Without the arrow to absorb the energy, dry-firing can damage your bow and possible cause personal injury. Dry firing will void the warranty on your bow.
Periodically check your string.
Always inspect your bow for a frayed string. Replace a damaged string immediately. Belcher Bows strings can be waxed and maintained as any other bow string. Please make sure you are using the proper string for your bow.
Do not alter your bow.
Alteration from original factory design could cause damage to the bow and/or personal injury. Any alterations to your bow will void the warranty.
USING BOW STRINGER
We recommend that you use a bow stringer to string your recurve or longbow because this is a difficult operation and you can damage your bow without one.
1. Take the bow stringer, it has a saddle at one end and a cup at the other.
2. Slide the saddle over the top limb and place the smaller cup over the bottom limb tip.
3. Take the handle of the bow and block the stringer with both your feet.
4. Pull the handle vertically to bend the bow while supporting the saddle.
5. When the limbs are sufficiently bent, the bow stringer should remain in place and allow you to slowly slide the string up to the notch on the tip of the limb.
6. Release slowly and remove the bow stringer. Make sure the string is correctly positioned. The bow is now strung and ready to shoot.
Please note: We recommend that you also unstring the bow after each use with a bow stringer.
Measuring Brace Height
Measure Brace Height (Fistmele) from the pivot point, or the most inward point of the grip, to the bowstring.
Adjusting Brace Height
The brace height can be adjusted by twisting or untwisting the string.
To increase brace height, unstring bow and leave the string on the top limb. Twist the bottom of the string tighter.
Restring the bow and measure the new brace height.
To shorten the brace height, untwist the string to loosen the string.
|Bow||Bow Length||Actual String Length||Brace Height|
|Union Jack Longbow||64”|
|6.25″ to 7″|
|6.5″ to 7.25″|
|Thunder Recurve||60″||57″||7.5″ to 8.25″|
We recommend 8 – 10 grains per pound for arrow weight.
All types of arrows (wood, aluminum or carbon) can be used with your Belcher Bows bow. Regardless of arrow type, it is important that arrows are correctly spined (have the correct spine stiffness) for your draw weight. Check your arrow manufacturer’s recommendations to determine the arrow size best suited for your bow at your draw length and weight. When shooting a nock for your arrow, make sure the nock is not too tight on the string as this will interfere with arrow flight and performance. At the same time, it should not be too loose as it could cause a dry fire.