Is Dry Firing a Compound Bow Bad?

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I keep hearing that you should never dry-fire a compound bow.  Why is this and what happens when you do?

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Mike wearing a Forloh Solair Insect Shield Lightweight Hoodie. Posted by (Questions: 58, Answers: 60)
Asked on April 10, 2023 8:43 pm
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Yes, dry firing a compound bow is bad and can be extremely dangerous. Dry firing refers to releasing the bowstring without an arrow nocked. When you dry fire a compound bow, the energy that is normally transferred to the arrow upon release has nowhere to go. This can result in several negative outcomes:

  1. Damage to the bow: The excess energy from dry firing can cause significant damage to your bow. Components such as the limbs, cams, or axles may crack, warp, or break. This damage may render your bow unusable and necessitate costly repairs or replacement.
  2. Injury to the archer: When a compound bow is dry-fired, the sudden release of energy can cause parts of the bow to break or splinter, potentially injuring the archer. In severe cases, these injuries can be serious and lead to long-term consequences.
  3. Decreased accuracy: Even if your bow appears undamaged after dry firing, it may still have sustained internal damage or stress that can affect its accuracy and performance over time.

To prevent dry firing, always ensure that you have an arrow properly nocked before drawing and shooting your bow. If you're new to archery, consider using a bow release aid, which can help prevent accidental dry fires. Regularly inspect your bow for any signs of damage, and seek professional assistance if you suspect any issues with your equipment.

In conclusion, dry firing a compound bow is bad and should be avoided at all costs. It can cause significant damage to your bow, lead to injuries, and decrease the overall performance of your equipment. Always practice safe and responsible archery techniques to protect yourself and your gear.

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Mike wearing a Forloh Solair Insect Shield Lightweight Hoodie. Posted by (Questions: 58, Answers: 60)
Answered on April 10, 2023 8:50 pm