The Mongol bow belongs to the family of composite recurved composite bows. The modern Mongolian bow traces its history back to the days of Genghis Khan when it was known as a formidable military weapon. Khan's warriors would commonly carry two of these bows--one larger and more powerful for long-range use, and the other shorter for close-range combat. Current Mongolian bows are generally larger in size and feature a string bridge, making them similar in design to Manchurian bows.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Mongolian bow
- Bow stringer
Extend the bowstring completely. There should be a large loop at one end and a smaller loop at the other end. The large loop fits on the top of the bow, and the smaller loop goes on the bottom. Slip the large loop over the top of the bow and slide it down the bow several inches.
Slip the smaller loop over the bottom end of the bow. Pull the string taught, ensuring the string fits into the groove or nock of the bow.
Hold the bow face down in your hand with the greatest strength and control. Slip the larger leather pouch of the bow stringer onto the bottom nock of the bow. Slip the smaller leather pouch of the bow stringer onto the top nock of the bow. Ensure the cord of the bow stringer rests next to the bowstring and on the same side.
Step securely on the stringer cord. Lift the bow until the stringer cord is taught. Ensure the bowstring is still snug in the groove of the lower end of the bow.
Pull the bow slowly upward. With your free hand, slide the upper end of the bowstring toward the end of the bow and guide it into the grooves of the string bridge.
Ensure both ends of the bowstring are securely fitted into their respective grooves. Lower the bow slowly until there is no pressure left on the bow stringer. Slip the leather pouches off each end of the bow.
How to String a Mongol Bow
Tips and warnings
- Mongolian warriors strung their bows on horseback by inserting the lower end of the bow into their stirrup and flexing the bow against their knee. Today, a bow stringer is easier, safer and kinder to your bow.
- Unstrung Mongolian bows can have a confusing shape. Always ensure the bow is correctly positioned before starting the stringing process. Stringing the bow backward can destroy the bow.
- Do not allow your fingers to come between the bow and the bowstring.
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