I have shot and bought quite a few bows over the years and I just wanted to share my notes on the new Ben & Linda Graham - Hummingbird Bowie.
I bought a 62" 50lb @ 28" Bowie from Mr. Graham at the Bowyer's Journal event this spring. I shot many bows there including Bob Morrison's foam limbed Shawnee (very impressive by the way) but I kept returning to Mr. Graham's booth to try another Hummingbird. The Bowie I finally purchased just seemed to be made for me.
The bow is smooth drawing, quiet, and fast. The most impressive characteristic for me was the accuracy I could obtain at the short indoor range.
I don't know about everyone else but I shoot my best groups around 20 - 25 yds. I think that is the place where the trajectory of a moderately heavy arrow and all the sight cues come together to make me the most consistent. The Bowie however, has increased my accuracy exponentially from point blank to 30 yards. When I told Mr. Graham that I was more accurate with his bow than any of the others I had shot, he said it was probably the grip. When you look at and feel the grip it appears to be nothing special. It is well contoured and comfortable and that is about it, but it works wonders for me. And maybe that is what makes it special; it's natural and comfortable. I believe it is not just the grip but also the position and contour of the arrow shelf. In my opinion the arrow shelf is located at the perfect elevation from my bow hand and it is beveled and coutoured to allow maximum fletching clearance and maximum energy transfer from string to shaft.
The bow is very efficient according to the speeds recorded with a chronograph.
So if you are in the market for a bow, you might want to give this new Hummingbird a look. Mr. Graham said he could deliver a new bow in 2 - 3 months and he did have some in stock when I last spoke with him.
4blade Thanks for the review. I really like the looks of the one piece Bowie Longbow. That's one bow I would really like to shoot for sure. It really looks like an awesome bow.Price is nice too.
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