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    Received some old bows as a gift - anyone heard of Western Archery?

    I was recently very kindly given some old archery stuff by some relatives, including two one piece recurve bows. I believe the kit dates from some time in the 70's. Certainly that is when I understand they were shooting them, and I don't think the bows have been used in at least 35 years. The first bow seems to be quite well known, a 62" 30# Forest Princess by Marksman/Les Howis Bows. I understand these were very well regarded in their time, and honestly it's still in very good condition now. I plan to try shooting it once I get some new strings made. I've strung this bow and done a few half draws and not noticed anything abnormal, but the string probably dates from the 70's too!

    The second one I have found no info about, at all, which is a Western Archery "Miner" bow, obviously bought from Wales Archery as it has their sticker on it. It's 66", and rated at 38 lb @ 28", and states a brace height of 9.5" to 10.5". Now, I'm presuming this is to the back of the bow as it seems awfully high. The string that was on it, is I suspect too short as I got nervous when I tried to test string it after bending it a pretty long way, and still was nowhere near stringing it.

    Both are fitted with clickers, stick on arrow rests, Arten sights mounted on the belly side of the riser, and have single stabiliser bushings, but neither take a plunger button.

    Also included was a large number of Sherwood Silver Streak and Super 60 aluminium arrows. In my time in archery I've never heard of many non Easton made aluminium arrows, but these were made in Britain at the time. They are in a lovely old school box, sadly the feathers are falling to bits as you might expect after such a long time in storage.

    Lots of pictures are here for anyone interested - https://imgur.com/a/HW6bDGR

    I would really be grateful for any information about this kit.

    Cheers

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    I have a Quicks catalogue from 1970/71 and it shows items very much like the ones you have. Sight mount on belly is very indicative and no extension sights in the catalogue that year. Silverstreak arrows in there too. Made by Sherwood who also did the fletching jigs that were so much in use at the time.
    I think they could be quite brittle by now.
    https://www.westernarchery.com/about-us/
    Found this on the net.They were around at the time when the other equipment was in use.

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    Thanks very much for that info. They may be even earlier than I thought then. There's a GNAS membership card in there with the other stuff from 1975/76 season. When you say they could be quite brittle now, do you mean the bows or the arrows?

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    Brittle arrows. They can sometimes look to be in excellent condition, but the ends can go powdery and piles/nocks may be a poor fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffretired View Post
    I have a Quicks catalogue from 1970/71 and it shows items very much like the ones you have. Sight mount on belly is very indicative and no extension sights in the catalogue that year. Silverstreak arrows in there too. Made by Sherwood who also did the fletching jigs that were so much in use at the time.
    I think they could be quite brittle by now.
    https://www.westernarchery.com/about-us/
    Found this on the net.They were around at the time when the other equipment was in use.
    Western was a British co. & either became or handed over it's bowmaking to Devon Bowcraft circa '74-'75.
    Don't think it was related to a co. in Colorado ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonUK76 View Post
    I was recently very kindly given some old archery stuff by some relatives, including two one piece recurve bows. I believe the kit dates from some time in the 70's. Certainly that is when I understand they were shooting them, and I don't think the bows have been used in at least 35 years. The first bow seems to be quite well known, a 62" 30# Forest Princess by Marksman/Les Howis Bows. I understand these were very well regarded in their time, and honestly it's still in very good condition now. I plan to try shooting it once I get some new strings made. I've strung this bow and done a few half draws and not noticed anything abnormal, but the string probably dates from the 70's too!

    The second one I have found no info about, at all, which is a Western Archery "Miner" bow, obviously bought from Wales Archery as it has their sticker on it. It's 66", and rated at 38 lb @ 28", and states a brace height of 9.5" to 10.5". Now, I'm presuming this is to the back of the bow as it seems awfully high. The string that was on it, is I suspect too short as I got nervous when I tried to test string it after bending it a pretty long way, and still was nowhere near stringing it.

    Both are fitted with clickers, stick on arrow rests, Arten sights mounted on the belly side of the riser, and have single stabiliser bushings, but neither take a plunger button.

    Also included was a large number of Sherwood Silver Streak and Super 60 aluminium arrows. In my time in archery I've never heard of many non Easton made aluminium arrows, but these were made in Britain at the time. They are in a lovely old school box, sadly the feathers are falling to bits as you might expect after such a long time in storage.

    Lots of pictures are here for anyone interested - https://imgur.com/a/HW6bDGR

    I would really be grateful for any information about this kit.

    Cheers
    Apart from text reference to Western "Miner" (& "Triple-X"), making of these bows accredited to Devon Bowcraft by '75 (makers of the "Klondyke").
    Although seem to refer to Western ....
    See ads below:
    British Archer sep/oct 1975

    WAS in British Archer jan/feb 1975.
    ArcheryDuns

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