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That is a scary story! It makes me pause to consider whether I should use a stringer for a longbow.
I always feel completely safe while push-pull bracing a longbow. But currently all my longbows are less than 50#. I have the skinny upper limb nestled securely at the same location on my draw hand as the same position that I hold the bow grip in my bow hand. My hand completely surrounds the upper bow limb. My hand is always solidly between the bow limb and me. While holding the upper limb high above the bow grip with my bow hand, I use the web of my draw hand to slide the string nock loop up into the limb nock. This action bends the limb tip away from me as the string loop snaps solidly into place.
This is effortless, fast, and doesn’t begin to stress my back with my 64” and 66” light draw weight longbows. Due to the length of my longbows it seems physically impossible that the upper limb tip could ever come anywhere near to making contact with my head. As the limb tip straightens it would always be higher than my head. It is hard to envision how, but should a slip somehow cause the upper limb to bypass my hand, then it could conceivably whack my forehead.
I use bottom limb tip protectors on my bows now. But two hunting seasons ago I pressed the bottom limb tip of my longbow into some soft soil while unbracing my longbow after hunting. There must have been something sharp slightly beneath the soil that cut my bottom string loop without me noticing. The next day when I first braced my longbow the string loop broke. I had just finished bracing my bow as normal. I had removed my hand that I had used to slide the string loop into the upper limb nock. My hand was no longer position between me and the bow limb. However, I was still holding the bow limb with my bow hand. Suddenly my bow hand was jolted as my bow instantaneously snapped straight. The bow jumped upwards and slightly away from me. Faster than I could think, observe, or react; I found myself holding my straight unbraced longbow. My first thought was that I had neglected to properly check that my bottom string loop had been securely in place thus allowing it to slip out of the limb nock. Upon examination the bottom string loop appeared to have been cut cleanly with a knife. This relatively recent firsthand personal experience engenders some confidence that my low draw weight bows combined with my push-pull method is not particularly risky.
If a bow stringer did not aggravate my back so much, then I might consider using a bow stringer for all my bows. However, it is just so fast, easy, and comfortable to use the push-pull method for my longbows plus I honestly do not feel at risk.
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I certainly would be very interested to hear other stories that collaborate that slipping while push-pull bracing a longbow has struck others in the eye region rather than the forehead.
By The Way, I do not believe that instances involving recurve ILF rigs that are now considered to be longbows by the new technical definition of longbows (string does not touch limb) should count as slipping events applicable to real longbows.
Multiple reports on this thread of injuries from push-pull bracing of a longbow tends to lower my confidence that I am completely safe while push-pull bracing my one-piece straight-limbed ASL type of longbows.
Sorry for your friends suffering! Please provide more detailed information about the make, model, and type of longbow that was involved in the injury. Was the longbow an ASL type of longbow? Was the longbow a straight-limbed longbow? Also more details about the circumstances of the injury (i.e., the manner of the push-pull bracing) would be appreciated. Thanks!
Sorry for your wife's suffering! Please provide more detailed information about the make, model, and type of longbow that was involved in the injury. Was the longbow an ASL type of longbow? Was the longbow a straight-limbed longbow? Also more details about the circumstances of the injury (i.e., the manner of the push-pull bracing) would be appreciated. Thanks!
From this very informative and cautionary thread, it seems that it might be the case that there are no absolutely guaranteed safe ways to brace a bow regardless of whether one uses step-through, push-pull, or even a stringer. I suppose that even a bow left continuously strung could have an unpredictable string loop failure at exactly the worst moment.
People have been injured by longbows as well as recurves. I do believe that there is increased jeopardy from bracing a recurve by the push-pull method (Only by chance, I got away with this routinely in the past).
It might be similar to hazardous shards from arrow failure during release that resulted from previously undetected crack damage associated with wood arrows, fiberglass arrows, or carbon arrows. Aluminum arrows are probably more similar to a bow kept continuously strung (not impossible, but much less likely).
One must just always try to do due diligence 100% of the time. One must test arrows by frequent examination, twisting, and bending. One must carefully brace a bow followed by wary scrutinizing inspection before letting down their guard. Even after one has done everything possible, sometimes bad things just happen due to random bad luck.
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