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A few months ago Gregg Coffey of JavaMan Archery buillt me an Impala Express Longbow. The design is similar to a 21st Century Longbow with a long riser but that’s really the only similarities. I shot this design of longbow for more than 10 years and was very successful with it. Gregg is an incredible craftsman. He created a bow that not only looks amazing but it performs with authority. He crafted the limb design after his other longbows. Cody Greenwood of the TradLab performed an independent test and reported the Impala Express shot a 9gpp arrow at 181 FPS.

When I received the new longbow I started shooting carbons arrows, then, I went into the garage and grabbed some woodies. Let me tell you, this longbow loves wood arrows.The bow is 66”, 45#, and I’m shooting 55/60 with 160 grain points. The bow is absolutely a dream to shoot! It’s smooth to draw, stable, quick, and quiet. I’m very pleased with this bow and how well I’m shooting it.

The only picture I had on my phone was the picture I posted when I first got it.

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Nice bow.
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Wow!  If I were an arrow, I'd be so love-struck with this beauty that I'd go exactly where she pointed, too!  There's not too many bows (in pictures, at least) that I just can't stop looking at, but this sure one of 'em.  And a design for the ages.  Something to be proud of, for sure, Darren!
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Hey Green, I seen you bought my old Belcher American from Jack. I was going to buy it back but what stopped me was how well I’m shooting this Impala longbow. You’re going to love that Belcher American, it’s a fine shooting ASL. 
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Yeah, I'm looking forward to shooting it.  The key thing is to not let my son or grandson get their hands on it!  I spent some time on the phone with Jim recently about the Union Jack and will probably have him and/or Georgia build me one at a lower draw weight to compliment that American.   

Picked up a few Sunset Hills recently, too (two at 59# and 60#, one at 48# and maybe another one at 50# soon).   AND I'm coming up on Nate's list!  If I can secure the 50# bow, maybe I can talk Nate into building two at around 40# for when I'm too dang old and weak to draw 50# and 60# bows, lol.  I can't seem to put that little 48# bow down; it shot like an old friend from the get-go.  It's going into the woods soon. 

I actually paused a minute when thinking of buying the made-for-Nunez American just because of how well I'm shooting Nate's bow's, but how does one pass up the opportunity to buy a legend's bow, even if you don't plan to shoot it much?  That'd be like passing up the chance to buy Elvis' karate gi!   ðŸ˜ 

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And an Impala Express clearly has to go on the list now....
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Love the lines of the bow!
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".........actually paused a minute when thinking of buying the made-for-Nunez American just because of how well I'm shooting Nate's bow's, but how does one pass up the opportunity to buy a legend's bow, even if you don't plan to shoot it much?  That'd be like passing up the chance to buy Elvis' karate gi!”


Rick, have you been drinking? 

I think it is safe to say that would be the first time Darren has been elevated to Elvis’s level...!!


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It looks like a recurve with long limbs to me.
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".........actually paused a minute when thinking of buying the made-for-Nunez American just because of how well I'm shooting Nate's bow's, but how does one pass up the opportunity to buy a legend's bow, even if you don't plan to shoot it much?  That'd be like passing up the chance to buy Elvis' karate gi!”


Rick, have you been drinking? 

I think it is safe to say that would be the first time Darren has been elevated to Elvis’s level...!



Tim,
Let me enjoy my moment! 😁

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It looks like a recurve with long limbs to me.


Rod, It shoots like a recurve too. Dead in the hand and quick. 

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Then why call it a longbow ?
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So Darren, how many bow do you have now?  Frank
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Rod, because it is ?   There are many more than one sort of longbow out there.
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So Darren, how many bow do you have now?  Frank


I have three bows, and only shoot 2. One recurve and one longbow.

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Then why call it a longbow ?


Rod, When the string doesn't touch the limb it's called a longbow. The string touching the limb is what used to determine if the bow is a longbow or recurve. When the Impala is braced the limbs don't touch the limb. 

Back in the early 2000's Jim Ploen and Buddy Stampler created this design. Both Jim and Buddy worked for Wing Archery. Jim was a sales person and staff shooter and Buddy was the bowyer. Their design dominated archery tournaments in the US and Europe all through the 90's and early 00's and it was recognized as the fastest longbow by Norb Mullaney. When Ol Adcock came out with his longbow it beat Jim and Buddy's design by just a few FPS. 

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Well I guess I'm a guy that goes by the old rule;

 If  it looks like a Duck,  Quacks like a Duck,  Walks like a Duck,  Its a Duck.   ...OE

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