Recurve, Compound, Reverse Draw Crossbows

The Difference between the Crossbow, the Compound Bow and the Recurve Bow

Crossbow: This type of bow is fixed to a lever and stock. The arrow or bolt shoots from the bow as soon as the archer releases the lever. Users need to allow extra loading time for this type of bow, however, this long range crossbow shoots further than the recurve bow. As leading providers of Archery Supplies, we know this kind of archery gear is popular.


Compound Bow: This particular bow utilizes a series of pulleys and cables. These are known as cams and they enable the bows limbs to bend. The cams turn and bend the bows limbs as the cables are drawn back. The limb stiffness generates energy, offering an energetic transfer.


Recurve Bow: This kind of crossbow is also known as a "traditional bow". When the bow is strung the tips curve away from the archer. The bow stores energy to fire the arrow efficiently. The compact crossbow is easy to handle, having slim grips and a smooth draw.

Consider a compound crossbow, which maintains a manageable draw weight with a pulley system. It weighs more than a recurve bow and shoots faster.

A recurve crossbow is less powerful and lighter than a standard compound crossbow, making it ideal for accurate shooting and carrying for long distances. It also needs less maintenance as it has fewer moving parts.