How to Unstring a Recurve Bow

How to Unstring a Recurve Bow

Posted by Todd Lambright on Jul 9th 2019

Learning how to unstring a recurve bow empowers you to handle your own bow maintenance. Because recurve bows are constantly under a tremendous amount of pressure, it’s very important that you remove your old string properly to prevent possible injury and/or damage to your bow. Follow these steps to prepare your bow for a replacement string.

1. Get a Bow Stringer

You may be tempted to try removing your string by hand. Don’t do it. There’s too much risk and one tiny slip-up can cause serious injuries. A bow stringer is an affordable device that will make the process much easier and safer. A bow stringer is simply a length of cord that usually has a leather pocket on each end (although some have just one pocket and a saddle).

2. Apply the Pocket to the Bow’s Lower Limb

Now that you have your bow stringer handy, it’s time to learn how to unstring a recurve bow. Start by placing the pocket over the lower limb of your bow. If your bow stringer has two pockets, use the larger one. Make sure the pocket fits snugly over the bow’s limb.

3. Apply the Other Pocket (or Saddle) to the Upper Limb

Now you’re going to do the same thing on the other end. If your bow stringer has a second pocket, use that. If it has a saddle, you’re going to loop the end of the saddle over your bow’s upper limb and then rest the pad below the string’s nock (against the curve). Depending on your bow stringer, you may need to continue applying pressure on this end.

4. Step on the Cord

As you learn how to unstring a recurve bow, you’re naturally going to need to make adjustments depending on your bow and your personal preferences. These are general guidelines, but you may find that holding your bow in a different position is more comfortable.

Now you’re going to grasp the center of the bow with your strongest hand closer to the upper limb and your other hand on the handle in the middle. The bow’s string should be facing and parallel to the ground.

Next, lower the bow to the ground until the stringer’s cord (not your bow string) is resting on the ground. Keeping your feet shoulder-width apart, step down firmly on the stringer’s cord.

5. Lift the Bow

While discovering how to unstring a recurve bow, take your time — especially during this step. Now slowly pull the bow back up until you’re in a standing position again or until the bow string is slack. The cord’s stringer should replace the tension, leaving your string ready to remove.

6. Remove the String

Slide the loose string off the top limb and then do the same on the bottom limb.

7. Lower the Bow

Finally, keeping your feet planted firmly on the stringer’s cord, lower the bow to release the tension. Now you can simply remove the bow stringer and you’re ready to apply your new string.

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