Bows in the past were similar to guns, the more yours was advanced and powerful the more efficient and effective you were in war, hunting and protecting yourself. Bows in today’s world are used for sporting and hunting, they are much more different from the ones used in the past and we can thank technology for the great improvements that have been employed.
Most traditional versions of the bow were made from wood which was sometimes unreliable, imagine a scenario where a warrior is out hunting and then gets attacked by a lion and when aiming for a shot to destabilize the foe, the bow suddenly breaks! Another thing is that these bows used strings to propel the arrows that were shot, these strings were elastic which means that they stretched whenever they were pulled and this lost a lot of propelling force making their shot ineffective.
When bows were used in places that had high temperatures they were prone to cracking because the natural oil in them that made them flexible was dried by the high temperatures. Technology as mentioned earlier has solved some of these problems with the making of the infamous compound bow, some of its features will be discussed below for your convenience.
The first difference that you might note about the compound bow is that it does not use strings but rather polyethylene cables that never stretch, they are capable of holding a lot of tensile strength and thus give a lot of propelling force to your arrows. The compound bow ejects arrows much faster and stronger than the older versions by using a levering system, this system incorporated cables that bent the upper and lower parts of the bow which made it much more flexible and powerful.
The limbs that make compounds are very stiff and will prevent the bow from ever breaking, very superior materials are used to make these limbs such as aluminum that makes aircraft parts and carbon fiber. Another advantage of these compound arrows is that weather will never limit their use, thus is you feel like hunting in the hot desert or wet tropical forests then by all means do so.
The product range for compound bows is very wide and you best believe that there is something for everyone out there. Compound bow manufacturers also do produce some traditional models that have a few modifications. Archery teachers will give you great insights on the best types of bows and thus it is very wise for you to talk to one before you go buying.