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boycer01
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Hi Guys,
I'm new to the forum as well as new to archery,
I'm 51 years old and have a 12 year old daughter and 7 year old son. I want to get them going on archery as well.
Right now I'm trying to date a Bear Grizzly bow that I found at my parents house. It measures 59" it appears to be all wood except for a layer of fiberglass at the knocks. The numbers on the bow are 19045B and 62#.
There is a running Bear Logo and a "Pat applied for" Logo.From what Ive seen, my best guess is between 1948 and 1953.
I have not seen any 59" bows at all, I seen 58" and 60" but not 59". I do not have it strung, does that make a difference?
Any ideas on age please let me know.

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Blackhawk
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You say 62#...but could that really be 62". If the number is above the serial, it's most likely the length.

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The no glass part is puzzling me. Pre 49 maybe?

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Brad Lehmann

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Wade Phillips
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boycer01 -

Without a photograph, you make it a bit of a guessing game to accurately date your bow.

However, my uneducated first guess is 1953...

The bow probably has blonde glass on the back, which likely closely matches the wood color, so you didn't initially realize the backing was actually glass and not wood. This glass color can vary a lot as can the wood color.

If you really have an all wood Grizzly, you have a real prize, or one one which the glass has delaminated, which I serious doubt as you mention the glass overlays at the nocks.

That glass at the nocks is likely cut straight across rather then diamond pointed, which was the cut pattern used on the earlier Grizzlies.

Lon -

Before 1954 there was no length measurement written on any Bear Grizzly that I have ever seen. Only the serial number and the weight are written on these bows.

The measurement 59" is valid for a tip to tip measurement of the 1953 Grizzly. That of course will vary a bit depending on how much set the limbs have taken from the bow being strung.

I'm guessing the point that you were getting to with the question about 62# being 62" is the fact the static Grizzly was a 62" bow as bows were categorized in those days.

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Hi all

Firstly, THANK you all very much for such great source of information. I'm beginner and humble collector of Grizzly bows. Till now, I could use just several PDF copies of old catalogs and it was quite hard job to date some bows. This thread helps me a lot. Thanks

I'd like to know your opinion. I found this Bear Grizzly bow at ****, and I'm little bit confused. I've already decided not to buy it, but I wonder, what model actually it is .. or it could be ..

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There are some facts, that confuse me :

- there is AMO 64" !? As far as I know Grizzlies were just 62, later 58 and 56, then 58 again. But none 64" . Some special order ??

- bow has Aluminium in it, so it should be year 49-51. But AMO length is written on the riser .. which looks strange for me ... as Wade wrote, here in this topis, this note :

"...Before 1954 there was no length measurement written on any Bear Grizzly that I have ever seen. Only the serial number and the weight are written on these bows..."

So there should be just serial number and draw weight ... not length ..

- and yes, there is new leather on grip and arrow pad, but seller admited it in auction ...

What is your opinion about this bow ? Again, I just wonder ...

Sorry for my English and thank you for you comments.

Jan

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Jan -

Glad you find this thread to be a useful source of information about Grizzly bows.

The lettering on the bow does not look original to me. With the replacement grip and strike plate, would also guess someone refinished the bow and added the lettering and guessed at the length.

Your bow looks like the center bow in the first photograph on page 1 of this thread which states....

"1951 – Blond Glass on Back, Alum Lamination under Cherry on Belly"

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Wade .. thank You for Your comment

(I'm sorry for delay, but I was almost two weeks at holiday - without computer and Internet access )

Jan

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As my adiction for collecting bows has slowly and steadily crept up on me over the past few years I recently acquired this beautiful '61 camo.
It's in way better condition then I am considering we were both born the same year.

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Thanks for posting pictures Mr. Phillips. Now I know for sure my grizzly is a 1959. I had a hard time telling the difference between the 59-60

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Another great thread from the past. Thanks Trap

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