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Published on Mar 13, 2012
Here's the short reflex deflex PVC bow from my other videos. It's a very short bow, pulling 45 pounds at 28 inches but its shape and flattened limbs really launch an arrow. I based this style loosely after the ancient Egyptian composite bow which had a nice reflex deflex design to it.
This bow, when I tested it on the day this video was shot, fired a 435 gr. arrow at an average of 137.6 fps. That's fast considering it's a hollow PVC pipe. It's a pleasure to shoot with no handshock and a very, very smooth draw. This bow feels like it wants to be drawn. Even though it's 45 pounds, it feels more like 30 pounds at full draw.
This bow is a great example of what flattening limbs can do for a bow. The simple PVC horse bow, which uses full round pipe, draws 45 pounds but only gets 117.2 fps with a 435 gr. arrow. Compare that to this bow with 137.6 fps with a 435 gr. arrow, and that's a 20 fps difference mainly due to the flattened limbs.