The bow styles are numbered in ascending order. Each bow defines itself by all of its features. If one or more feature do not match the intended style, the bow have to be ranked in the next higher style.  A new complete check has to be fulfilled. The correct style was found if all features matches.

For all bow styles agreed:

String:

  • The string can be made of any material
  • only one (1) fixed nocking point which can be marked by one or two clamping rings

Arrows:

  • Only bullet and field target point are allowed
  • Each arrowhead weight is allowed
  • Nocks can made of any material
  • Despite the color, all arrows shall have the same length, feathers and arrow heads

For all bow styles forbitten:

  • All bows shall not have any mark at limbs, riser and string which could use as sight. Deemed as an exception is the natural grain of wood.
  • „Face-“ and „Stringwalking“
  • Tools for extraction are not allowed, included are marks and paintings on the arrows which are located within the upfront third part.
  • Releases are not allowed
  • Leveling instruments are not allowed.
  • Rangefinder, binoculars and other aiming tools and their notes are not allowed.
  • IT is not allowed to change the weight of the bow during a competition.

Ascending list of the bow styles:

  1. Selfbow (SB)
  2. Primitive Bow (PB)
  3. Longbow (LB)
  4. Longbow modern (LBm)
  5. Reflexbow (Horsebow) (RB)
  6. Reflexbow (Horsebow) modern (RBm)
  7. Traditional Recurve Bow (TRB)
  8. Bowhunter Recurve (BHR)
  9. Not to be used under this traditional rules


Self Bow (SB)

A self-bow is a bow made of one grown piece of wood.

Accepted:

  • Two pieces of wood spliced together in the handle.
  • Leather grips and windings around the grip are accepted if not to be used as arrow rest.
  • Nocks made of horn or any other natural material at the ends
  • Patch handles made of wood or any other natural material at the ends

Forbidden:

  • A sight window
  • An arrow rest.
  • Any kind of sinew strenghtening (and Backing)
  • No terrace or edge higher as 3 mm at any part of the wraps or 5 cm above. This would be used as an arrow-rest. Measure: With a caliper.
  • Laminated wood. Measuring: To clearly identify the bow shall not have any colored painting.
  • Bow quiver

Arrows:

  • Wood or bamboo with natural feathers

Shooting style:

  • Only mediterranean style over the back of the hand.

Primitive Bow (PB)

Long-, recureve- or flatbow made of wood or any other natural material without any synthetic fibre.

Accepted:

  • Natural material like horn or sinew
  • Laminates of natural materials.
  • Grip and tips can be strenghtened with natual materials.

Forbidden:

  • Arrow rest
  • Bow window
  • Bow quiver

Shooting style:

  • Only Mediterranean style over the back of the hand.

Arrows:

  • Made of wood or bamboo with natural feathers.

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Longbow (LB)

A bow of any material, which can be either an one piece bow or a multiple pieces bow. Tensioned, the string does not touch the limbs.

Accepted:

  • An arrow shelf
  • Bow quiver

Forbidden:

  • An arrow shelf which exceed the center of the bow.
  • The arrow shelf shall not be in parallel to the bow long axis.
  • The bow quiver shall not be visible through the window.

Shooting style:

  • Only mediterranean loose
  • In case of using a bow quiver the arrows shall use out of it.

Arrows:

  • Wood or bamboo
  • Only natural feathers

Longbow modern (LBm)

Like Longbow but all material for arrows are allowed:

A bow of any material, which can be either an one piece bow or a multiple pieces bow. Tensioned, the string does not touch the limbs.

Accepted:

  • An arrow rest
  • Bow quiver

Forbidden:

  • The bowquiver shall not be visible through the window.

Shooting style:

  • Only mediterranean loose

Arrows:

  • All material
  • Only natural feathers

 

Reflex Bow (RB)

A Recurve-bow made of wood or other natural material like horn or sinew without any synthetic fibre.

Forbidden:

  • Window
  • Arrow rest

Shooting style:

  • Only Mediterranean loose or with thumb technic
  • Shooting over the back of the hand

Arrows:

  • Wood or bamboo
  • Only natural feathers

 

Reflex bow modern (RBm)

Same as Refeflex bow (RB), only more materials for bows and any material for arrows are allowed:

A Recurve-bow made of wood or other natural material like horn or sinew with or without any synthetic fibre.

Forbidden:

  • Window
  • Arrow rest

Shooting style:

  • Only Mediterranean loose or with thumb technic
  • Shooting over the back of the hand

Arrows:

  • All material
  • Only natural feathers

 

Traditional Recurve Bow (TRB)

Recurve bow made of wood

Accepted:

  • A bow which can be either an one piece bow or a multiple pieces bow. (take down)
  • Take down: All parts, particulary the limb-cores shall be of wood
  • Lamination or insert of lamination made of fibre glas or carbon
  • A window which exceed the center of the bow.
  • A window in parallel to the bow long axis.
  • An arrow shelf.
  • Bow quiver at the other side as window.

Forbidden:

  • Additional arrow rest
  • Stabilizer
  • Additional load
  • The bow quiver shall not seen through the window

Arrows:

  • Any material
  • Only natural feathers

Shooting style:

  • Only Mediterranean loose or undergrip. Changing is not allowed
  • With use of a bow quiver the arrows shall be used out of it.

Bowhunter (BHR)

A recurve bow made of any material

Accepted:

  • A bow which can be either an one piece bow or a multiple pieces bow. (take down)
  • A window which exceed the center of the bow.
  • An arrow rest.
  • Bow quiver at the other side as window.
  • The window can be in parallel to the bow long axis.
  • A straight stabilizer also with coupling appliance at a maximum length of 30,5 cm as measured by the front of the bow center section.
  • The treated insert in the center section is part of the stabilizer and adds on

Forbidden:

  • Forked Stabilizer
  • Counterweight
  • Modify the bow-tension during the round

Arrows:

  • Any material

Shooting style:

  • Only Mediterranean loose or undergrip. Changing is not allowed
  • With use of a bow quiver the arrows shall be used out of it.