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Compound bow

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A modern compound bow or composite bow is a special type of bow, made of laminated wood, plastic, and fibreglass. It is affected little by changes of temperature and humidity and gives superior accuracy, velocity, and distance in comparison to the classic longbow.

In addition to the composite, the compound has pulleys set on its limbs, usually at the ends of its limbs. One or both of the pulleys is a cam. This enables the shooter to hold the bow fully drawn with less effort by providing a mechanical advantage.

The Hun bow and the Hungarian bow were reinforced with horn on rear and with sinew on front, usually applied under tension.

See also longbow and archery.

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