Caring for your equipment
NEVER PULL A BOWSTRING BACK WITHOUT AN ARROW NOCKED!!! If the bowstring is released (accidentally or on purpose) it is called a Dry-Fire. This act can damage the bow as well as injure the archer.
When the bowstring is released, the limbs spring back into place converting the stored power into energy to propel the arrow into flight. When there is no arrow to absorb the energy, the energy stays in the bow and shock waves blast through the bow. This can damage/break cams and limbs, loosen screws, snap the bowstring or even break the riser in half.
Make it a habit to always check your bow and equipment for damage
The following are things to check on your bow before shooting
Riser is in good working order, there are no erosion marks, grip is stable, bolts are tight and don’t wobble
Limbs are properly attached, tight and have no signs of cracks
Sight is stable
Stabilizer is tight
All cams are in working order
Always check your bow string before shooting
Wax your string after every practice or 100 arrows. Clean the bowstring to remove dust and dirt then apply bowstring wax. Only wax the naked string, not on the cables and serving areas.
Always check your arrows before nocking and immediately after pulling an arrow from the target. If any of the below are damaged, replace the parts
Check the nock for cracks or damage
Check the shaft for splitting or damage
Check the tip
Check the fletchings for tearing, splitting or if they are not securely attached.
Always use a bow-stringer when stringing your recurve bow.
Always treat your bow as a live weapon!
Your equipment should be inspected occasionally by a licensed technician/local pro shop