Toparchery Takedown Recurve Review
Sometimes the tool you need doesn’t have to be the best tool (sort of like that .22 rifle you keep in the canoe for the occasional squirrel). Sometimes it just has to be the tool to get the job done. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to function and not break the bank.
The Top Archery Takedown does that in spades with durable construction, universal function, and a price that makes it easily replaceable if lost or broken.
Toparchery Archery 56" Takedown Hunting Recurve Bow
Who should be Interested in the Toparchery Takedown?
This is really a tool for those who aren’t looking to become avid archers but want the option in place should the need arise. It won’t turn any heads and may land you a few scoffs but it will shoot consistently and be able to put meat on the table if you ever have the need.
This is not a bow for those wishing to pursue archery or bowhunting as a hobby. If that department you need to look into a bow with a little more character and finesse to be satisfied with your choice.
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The Toparchery Takedown is short at only 58” and can be shot either left or right handed out of the box. Draw lengths greater than 28” may have a hard time with this bow but it does perform well for draw lengths into the lower 20” range. If your draw length is much shorter than 28” you may want to go with a bow 5 pounds or so heavier than planned.
With available weights from 30 to 50 pounds, options exist for hunting up to Elk and Black Bear should the need arise. With all of the normal attachment points, you can add anything to this bow that you would a compound bow. Add a bowfishing reel to this bow for a great little setup.
This is a takedown bow. The limbs can be removed with an allen wrench for easy transport and a very small package. A bow bag is included though the quality is dubious.
The predominant advantage of the Top Archery Takedown is its price. At under a hundred bucks, you get a decent bow for the money which is perfect for those who are not looking to be Robin Hood but just want something to play with or in case you really need a hunting tool.
Despite the price, this bow is pretty accurate. It isn’t going to win the state finals but it will pin a coon to the ground at a reasonable distance and works well on carp in shallow water. The arrow speed is a little slow which actually helps in both these cases.
The entire construction of this bow is aluminum and fiberglass. The aluminum is cast where milled would be stronger but it should be more than enough to handle the pressure of this bow, especially at lower weights.
This being a shorter option in the takedown bow category, it comes in around 20 inches long when broken down which makes it great to stick behind the seat of the truck or in a pack. It is also relatively light at 3.5 lbs.
If you are an avid archer, this bow is not going to live up to your expectations. The bow “stacks” or gets much harder to pull when you get close to the end of the draw. It also has a lot of hand shock as the string returns home. It feels a little clunky and lethargic to shoot.
This bow has no ergonomics to speak of. The handle is smooth without a palm swell and it fits poorly in the hand. Shooting for any length of time is pretty exhausting on the grip if you shoot anywhere near your physical limits.
There is nothing attractive about this bow. It looks like a compound bow that someone stopped designing halfway through and put a string on. If looks and pride in your equipment is your thing, move on. This is not the bow for you.
I will admit I was a little embarrassed to take the Top Archery Takedown to the archery range so I settled for shooting a tin can in the backyard. It did surprisingly well. It may not be pretty, efficient, or comfortable to shoot but it will shoot!
This is not a regrettable purchase and I think there is a niche filled by this bow. If you want a bow for “just in case” this may very well be the bow for you. If you have never picked up a bow in your life and don’t know if you are interested or not, this may be a place to start. If nothing else is in your budget, this deserves a look.
My recommendation would be to look at offerings a little higher priced but if the Toparchery Takedown Recurve Bow fits your needs, go for it. I don’t think I would want this bow in a high draw weight, stick to 30lbs or so. It may be weak but Native Americans killed bison with bows no more powerful.
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