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Archery | Bear Minuteman Recurve Bow

August 17, 2019

Hi guys, this is NUSensei. As many of you probably realise, I’m a relatively young guy and a late starter in archery. So, I’ve missed out on a lot of milestones of archery development and technology. Today, I’m working with this bow a Bear Minuteman. This particular bow belongs to a visitor who received it from her grandfather and I had the opportunity to restring it. The Bear Minuteman is a bow first introduced in 1974. According to Bear Archery Traditional Bows, A Chronological History by George L Coppen the Minuteman was intended to be an economical tournament and hunting bow. The riser was made from magnesium alloy and the colour reflected the riser length. Red, white or blue for a 66 inch bow and Little Delta Green for a 60 inch bow. Most specimens you might see, will have a black hand grip though many come without, as is the case with this one. The limbs are made from Maplewood and fibreglass with these dark limbs being the heavier of the limb options. With this 60 inch bow, the limbs are rated at 45 lbs. This bow also has the Bear Hair arrow rest and the Silent arrow plate that comes as standard with the bow. Being a takedown bow, the limbs simply slide in to place. The string that I made for this bow is a green B50 dacron string with Evo15 green and black serving, a combination that I think matches quite well with the colour scheme. I’ve set the brace height for this bow to around 7 inches but bear in mind that dacron tends to stretch quite a bit and I made quite a few mistakes in crafting the string. Enough show and tell, let’s give this vintage bow a few shots. Do remember, for what it is worth, that I am not a traditional barebow shooter and I’m just enjoying a piece of piece of history. So, my thoughts on the Bear Minuteman, wow, that’s a pretty fun bow to use, I was meant to be training today, but I have actually spent most of the day shooting this bow. It’s actually very delightful to shoot. Even without the grip it feels comfy, it feels light it feels balanced, shoots really sweetly and my 500 spine arrows come out really nicely out of this bow. Unfortunately, I can’t keep this bow, I have to return it to it’s rightful owner, but definitely a great pickup and a great hand-me-down. I know a lot of trad shooters really stick with the wooden bows, but if you can get your hands on one of these or similar bow, then it’s worth it. It’s really fun to shoot, a nice recreational casual bow but something which you kind of want to use. What I like about this, the magnesium riser feels about right. I’ve used other magnesium risers before, particularly the Samick Agulla, which is a target bow which is quite heavy and clunky, this is a lot more elegant if you can call that, it doesn’t look very elegant, but it feels elegant and I think that even the colour scheme, and surprise, surprise green is my favourite colour. I think it is very appealing to use. So, yes I do like this bow. I’m not yet a convert to barebow trad shooting, but, since I have spent like the last 3 hours shooting this I’d say that I could be persuaded with a bit more practice. I guess the other thing is, it’s great to see how far we have gone in archery. I mean, this was cutting edge back in the 1970s and we have gone from this… to this. You know, I am showing my age, I’m a fairly young guy I actually grew up with these bows. This is, to me, it’s vintage and it feels wonderful to use these bows and I guess that if you grew up with these bows, then, that hasn’t changed, these still shoot very nicely So, as a younger modern guy, I am very impressed with the Bear Minuteman. If you can find one second-hand, then I think you will be in for a nice surprise. These are really nice bows to have around. Hope you enjoyed this video guys, this is NUSensei, I will see you next time.

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  1. @NUSensei Just accidentally dry-fired my recurve carbon fiber/wood limbs. Looks like the top limb may be slightly twisted. The string is not lying properly down the center. I am going to bring it to the shop.
    Is this fixable or can it be lessened? Thanks.

  2. hey… you should try having some elite archers in your videos once a while… like one day just surprise us with brady and after some videos jake kaminski.. you get where im heading

  3. Not sure how I missed this video in my subscription feed. Great video. I still don't have a Minuteman, but I do have a few 76ers. The 76er is the bow that I had when I was a kid.

  4. I've seen a few bows like this and the limbs were not in good shape on any of them so What would you recommend for replacement limbs on a bow(riser)like this Bear Minuteman…?

  5. just came across this video, i have the bear kodiak special compound bow, but it seems to be a takedown because it has limbs that can be taken on and off, can i make it a recurve if i got the right limbs? I also got mine from my grandpa who got it in the late 70's when it came out.

  6. Wow…I was JUST looking at a Bear 76er yesterday, which appears to be a very similar model (perhaps branded differently for the US Bicentennial). I think I might grab it after this video.

  7. Dear Nu,
    I used to shoot the Minuteman around 1980. I used a stabilizer rod and I had it drilled to insert a plunger a clicker and a reasonable sight. When I moved away from home I lost it. Looking at your videos really makes me ache to return to Archery and try my hand at a modern bow. Thanks a lot. Jean from Canada.

  8. Ive recently reignited my interest in archery. I got 1984 Damon Howatt Hunter for 20 bucks when I was just a kid. It's a 62" 45# one piece. Way too much weight for me then (still heavy now).

    Found out that Martin bought all the DH line when he passed away. A new Martin Hunter costs about 800 dollars and a used DH hunter still goes for 350 on Ebay. It's my new prized possession.

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