Safety tip: When stringing your bow, make certain the string loop anchors fully into the groove near the limb’s tip. Otherwise it’s embarrassing (and terrifying).
Maybe it was because it was Fat Tuesday and I had paczki on the brain or I hoped to collect more Mardi Gras beads…whatever the reason, the other day, I wasn’t as careful as usual when stringing my bow.
Let that be a lesson to you. Don’t let your mind wander.
The string sat to the right of the groove. Just barely not looped properly. A partial bit of the string. Yet it was enough.
Don’t get me wrong. I noticed the error right away. I just needed to grab my stringer. Fortunately, that let me move my face away from staring at the bow string and limb.
As I reached for my stinger, the string slipped from its precarious perch. The limbs shot from their pockets [surprisingly quickly] and I stood holding the riser. Quite an odd sensation. Definitely shocked.
And embarrassed. Rookie mistake. Well, I guess we’re all entitled to one or two. At least no one was hurt.
Of course, I nervously shot the first few arrows–not with my eyes closed–and hoped everything was okay with my bow.
It was. I shot well, too.