View Full Version : Christmas youth bow - UPDATE Purchase made thanks guys!

12-16-2013, 8:38 AM
Boy wants a bow, using the Calguns Search function :eek: turned up two solid looking options that look appropriate for a 7 year old:

PSE junior recurve youth bow: http://www.3riversarchery.com/PSE+Junior+54+Takedown+Youth+Recurve+Bow_i9035X_ba seitem.html

Genesis Mini compound: http://www.genesisbow.com/products-page/bows/mini-genesis-2/

I know nothing about archery other than shooting in the backyard as a boy myself. Which is to say, I know nothing.

Can anybody speak to the advantages of either of these or similar products? I have 9 days to buy! Halp!

12-16-2013, 9:31 AM
It's been a while since I bought a bow so my pricing may be off. First off, I would avoid the compound, too many variables and maintenance for a growing youngster. It will take the young shooter years to outgrow the draw length. Whereas a compound will need maintenance and upgrades annually if not several times a year. Plus the recurve will teach good basic archery skills due to its simplicity. Like learning to shoot irons vs scopes.

PSE is pretty high end stuff. I'd bet you could find something much more reasonably priced at a local shop. Also, getting a bow stringer can add years to the life of a bow. You may want to look at an all fiberglass bow like are common at summer camps. Lots of value there.

12-16-2013, 9:54 AM
Thanks for the advice on compound. I agree that anything that requires a lot of maintenance or expertise should be avoided because I don't know anything about this so I can't help if things go wrong/don't fit/etc.

Any idea how to test his pull?

3Rivers has the 15# pull and the 20# for $104
Cabellas has the 20# only with arrows, guards, target, and rest for $99 which sounds like a smokin deal!

20 pounds seems like a lot for a 7 year old

Mtn folk
12-16-2013, 11:02 AM
don't forget an arm guard for the little guy. ;)

12-16-2013, 11:23 AM
I bought this one last year. Chose it because it allows for left or right hand configuration, my kid is left handed.


He's fired several hundred arrows without issue.

12-16-2013, 12:21 PM
This bow from Diamond archery looks like a good choice. Good price too.


12-16-2013, 12:23 PM
Check out the Diamond Atomic Bow. Goes from 6lbs to 30lbs I believe. Also has adjustable draw from 12" to 24". Im about to buy one for my boy and hes only 4. Hope he can pull 6lbs. :D

12-16-2013, 1:15 PM
Purchase made!

http://www.cabelas.com/product/PSE-Junior-Set-Youth-Recurve-Bow/1388076.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3D searchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProduc ts%26Ntt%3Dpse%2Bjunior%2Bkit%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253 BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=pse+junior+kit&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

Everything he needs to shoot right then and there christmas morning except a hay-bale. Sweeet!

12-17-2013, 4:41 PM
Nice. Are you sure its for him or you? Lol

12-17-2013, 5:56 PM
Good purchase. Another good setup is the OMP adventure 2.0 or Explorer 2.0. My 8 and 10 year have them in 48" and 54". Really good bows for good price that can grow with them with a quick limb change out.

12-18-2013, 12:03 PM
Nice. Are you sure its for him or you? Lol

Well it WOULD be a shame if the 20# pull were too much for him and Dad had to shoot it for a few years :D

12-24-2013, 9:41 AM
I'm a little late to the party. A 20# is way to heavy for a 7 year old. My kids are just about turning 8 and I had to go with an adjustable compound for them and they still don't really like shooting it.

The Martin Tiger is about right unless your kid is totally Yoked... I have a spare NIB is you have Christmas morning dismay over the weight of the 20#.