One of the things that first got me interested in TRAD bows was seeing a Bear Takedown in one of their catalogs I picked up in a local archery shop one day. I thought it was one of the most beautiful bows I had ever seen. Even though I have never actually seen or handled one, I still think it is one of the most beautiful bows out there especially the rosewood versions of a couple years ago.
Since I have been involved in TRAD shooting for many years now I have seen many absolutely gorgeous bows, but the Bear TD's remain on top of my list as a "Holy Grail" bow to get someday.
I'm curious to see how many others out there feel the same way about these bows. What do you all think? How about sharing any stories you have about Bear TD bows? Of course I'd like see some pics if you have them too.
Thanks for the time.
Posts: 1110 | From: TEXAS....Spring Area | Registered: May 2005
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I have your same feeling,in the 80's when i started shooting I was amazed by the beauty of the Custom Kodiak TD,but then I was shooting compounds so I never spent the high $s buying one.Only in the last 2 years joininig this site, the bug started to work on my mind I begun to buy old Bear bows,being the TD the most sought for beauty and design.being a lefty it is been a little more difficult to find bows because they are rarer.Now I have 9 of them plus several limbs.The best buy as a price,beauty and performances is the Green Stripe,the so called risers made since 1982.They were reintroduced after the original Type1 1969 version.Those GS are enough easy to find,but are becoming everyday more sought,because people are realizing the quality of the construction and the overall performances.The bow is stable,quiet,accurate and forgiving.With the Rose Oak limbs pretty fast and smooth too.I own several custom but the updated Green Stripe has nothing less that the best ones.
The Type 1 is for sure the most collectible,they were introduced in 1969 in 3 lenght configurations:A-B-C.The A is the shortest made in just 300 piece.I am been able to find one last year,but it is 2 years now that I am posting on the classified,looking for a B riser,with out success.I want one really bad and I'll keep looking.Only 400 were offered in B.The C is more a target riser and altrough is the rarest,200,it doesn't make the same high $s sa the other 2.
The Green Stripe,costs on the average around a 1/4 of the original Type1 but it is as good. The last model of TD is the laminated handle reintroduced in the end of the 90's and all along the 00's.It is still a very good riser and it was reoffered in the A lenght,that was discontinued,in the Green Stripe serie.It has a slender handle and was sold with ff capable limbs.The shelf was really much like Fred's personal one.
The Rosewood version, still on sale,is the Supreme.It is a gorgeous bow with Zebra wood riser and Rose wood caps for the first serie and then with Zebra and Cocobolo.The limbs are Zebra wood under clear glass.It is a stunning bow but considered too expensive,it is $1400.Yes maybe is expensive but if you love the Bear TD and you can affort it,buy it.It is in the remembrance of the mytical Signature,the top of the TD line.
Shad has a takedown that I really like to shoot, and one that I about stole from him. He had one of his kids here so I didn't beat him down and take his bow from him. Chris Kiefner
Posts: 765 | From: rockville,in. | Registered: Jun 2006
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I have been a fan of the TDs for a long time. Recently I have become more of a fan of the Mag riser tds than the wood. The wood risers are better looking but the grips available on the Mags help my shooting. Due to shoulder problems I need to shoot very light limbs. If anyone has light limbs, I might be interested.
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