How to String a Bow Without a Bow Stringer

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Bow strings need to be periodically replaced to ensure the bow functions properly. Frayed, old or damaged strings will shoot weakly and are more likely to break. The restringing process can be physically demanding without a bow stringer, but can be accomplished quickly and easily. It is much easier to carry around a spare bow string than a bow stringer, which makes the stringing process useful for any archer to learn.

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  1. 1

    Stand with your feet at shoulder width apart.

  2. 2

    Place the bottom loop of the bow string into the bottom nock of the bow.

  3. 3

    Place the bottom of the bow against the instep of your right shoe.

  4. 4

    Hold the grip of the bow in your right hand. Place your left hand on the top of the bow.

  5. 5

    Gently press down on the top of the bow with your left hand while pulling the grip of the bow to your right with your right hand. The bow will begin to bend.

  6. 6

    Slip the top loop of the bow string into the top nock of the bow once the bow is bent far enough to allow the loop to reach it.

  7. 7

    Gently relieve the pressure your hands are placing on the bow. It will return to the normal strung position.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the motion of stringing a bow controlled at all times. It is possible to damage the bow if you allow it to unbend too quickly.

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