Bear Kodiak Bow


July 5, 2008, 09:19 PM
I don't know if this is off topic. My Uncle gave me a recurve bow that is glass and wood, it was made in the 50's has the original string, it's in VERY good shape and a little gold emblem with a bear. It has KODIAK and some ser# printed on the side. Is this a collector or a common drug store type from the 50's.


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Tom Krein
July 5, 2008, 09:30 PM
It may have collector value, but I would shoot it. I love traditional archery equipment.

The Kodiak is a GREAT hunting bow. Shooting traditional is FUN!


BTW... Not sure if you are used to traditional equipment, but NEVER dry fire a traditional bow. You always need to shoot a properly spined arrow or you could destroy the bow.

July 5, 2008, 09:46 PM
Thanks for the info. It's in really great shape and my Uncle bought it when he was about 15 years old. It's not strung nor has it been for years but the string has just been hanging on it. I would say in gun terms it's 98% and my Uncle say's he has the original bolts that came with it somewhere and will try to locate them. It's to pretty to use.

July 5, 2008, 10:47 PM
Too pretty to use? That's like leaving your prom date at her parent's house because she looked too nice to take out of the house.

The kodiak from the 50's is a SUPERB bow.

Treat it to a new string and some new arrows and shoot it. Or send it to me and I'll shoot it. :neener:

Enjoy that thing. That's what Fred Bear made those bows for in the first place.

Feel free to PM me if you need any help finding stuff or learning to shoot.

July 6, 2008, 04:38 AM
I was just cleaning up a bunch of my old crap in my mom's basement and ended up finding an old Bear recurve that I had totally forgot about. I didn't dry-fire it, but I did draw it and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually could draw it. I have a bad shoulder, and the average compound is far too difficult for me to draw. I really have never planned on bowhunting, so I don't really care about that aspect, but I do enjoy archery so I was very happy to find something that will allow me to shoot with no discomfort. Plus, I just like the look of recurve bows, so that was another plus.

Dave McCracken
July 6, 2008, 07:50 AM
The old Bear bows were very well made. Some have collector values, most are great shooters.

Do get a new string, some proper arrows and have fun....

July 6, 2008, 02:27 PM
Definitely check it out for any kind of stress cracks. But knowing Bear, there won't be any and you should be good to go!

Don Gwinn
July 6, 2008, 04:13 PM

This guy knows a lot about old bows and, in particular, how to avoid damaging one by shooting it after it's been in storage a long time. But if you shoot, it seems like a shame not to shoot something great just because it's great. I say read up and then go shooting.

Don Gwinn
July 6, 2008, 04:16 PM
Just as an example, my dad has too many guns to be able to shoot them all, while I don't own anything I don't shoot. I've wondered about this a few times--where did I get my attitude? Friday I figured it out. He doesn't shoot all his guns because the sheer logistics of it are impossible, but there's nothing on his walls so valuable that it's too good to shoot. He had his old Colt AR15 SP1 out that day, and I asked if I could borrow his Garand for a highpower match next weekend. "Sure," he replied, "but it must be pretty dirty. It hasn't been cleaned since the last time you and I shot it."
That was over a year ago. :)

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