Looking at the photo of your beautiful bow that has been destroyed by a dry fire is enough to make a grown man cry! It reinforces a recent decision of mine to better protect my bows from another possible cause for a dry fire.
I enjoy having zero accessories attached to my beautiful physically light-weight simple-design straight limb HHA Tembo ASLs except for a brass nock set attached to the string. I am sure that I have posted on threads bragging about this theme. I also enjoy bracing my bows by the push-pull method.
During this past UNSUCESSFUL hunting season that I devoted to “still hunting”, I found myself placing my bottom limb tip on unfamiliar ground in the dark to unstring my bow after a day of “still hunting” (or at least after walking around all day carrying my bow). After such an unstringing in the dark, I attempted to brace my bow again on a following morning. The string slid limply up the upper limb. I immediately assumed that the bottom loop had uncharacteristically disengaged from the bottom limb tip nock groove. Instead I observed that the bottom string loop appeared to have been cut neatly as with a knife. I was sick to my stomach with visions of the string loop waiting until after I was holding the bow at full draw to fully break and the possible catastrophic results!!! That is, I imagined by beautiful bow looking like yours!
I am assuming that I must have accidentally dragged the bottom string loop over a sharp object that was slightly buried beneath the soil. Illinois is famous for the depth of its rich black soft topsoil that is often measured in feet rather than inches. Therefore, my bottom limb tip always sinks a bit into the soft topsoil while bracing and unstringing the bow. HHA strings are known for their high quality. I knew that this particular string only had approximately between 3,000 and 4,000 shots on it. I know this because of my habit of having a small manual tally counter attached to my belt loop that I use to track my practice shots. I immediately called Craig and ordered a new HHA string for my bow PLUS three rubber limb tip protectors. Now, all three of my HHA Tembo ASLs are sporting bottom limb tip protectors. The only difference that I have noticed is the increase in my peace of mind while bracing and unstringing my bows.
Some added accessories are good! LOL
PROUDLY an Irredeemable Deplorable
Thanks for the advice. It is good advice.
I do place the lower limb tip under my instep. Most footwear allows the lower limb tip to catch beneath my instep and pull upwards on the side of my shoe rather than the tip pressing into the ground. My current favorite hunting boots allow this upwards pressure to slide the bottom limb tip up my shoe rather than catching beneath my instep when the limb tip is placed above the boot sole and off the ground. With these boots (great boots otherwise), I put the bottom limb tip on the ground against the boot sole at the position of my instep. By putting some downward pressure on the ground, the limb tip stays in place while still exerting most of the upwards pressure against the shoe sole rather than down on the ground. This is one reason that I concluded (incorrectly) that this method would not damage the limb tip of my beautiful bow. I can’t honestly claim that I even gave any thought to possibly damaging the bowstring loop.
I have not used the limb tip protectors long, but I have now shot all three of my HHA Tembo ASLs after installing the limb tip protectors. I might eventually discover unexpected drawbacks with time that will change my current favorable attitude, but so far I really like them.
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