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When I turned twelve years old...

retroxler58retroxler58 Member Posts: 32,632 ✭✭✭
I had been shooting 22 for several years... Gotten pretty good too.
But I got an opportunity to shot a long bow... WOW!

My Dad asked me what I wanted for my birthday...
Well I weighed my options... And My resources.

I had a "GRIT" newspaper route that I had built up and earned about $25 / month...
Which at that time was HUGE!!!
I bought my first ten speed bicycle so that I could deliver papers even better...
And loved the fact I had CASH in my pockets most of the time.

So when he asked me what I wanted... My choice of...
A NEW 22LR Semi Auto Rifle Or...
A Brand NEW Bow ...
I determined that I could reuse my arrows and bullets cost a whole $0.35 /50 cnt box
So I figured I'd get the NEW Bow... My Dad would let me use his rifle anyways...
And he'd 'share' his bullets when we went shooting... [;)]

And that's when I started my addiction...
With a Falcon Wing 47# Recurve and two dozen cedar arrows with REAL Feather fletching and field points.
I think the setup set my Dad back more than what the 22 Semi-Auto Rifle would have...
And my argument was that I could reuse the arrows...

Little did I know that I'd "Need" a whole lot more... [:D]

I still have my Falcon Wing... And shoot it too.
Took several competitions with that bow... Although by that time I had gone on to Aluminum Arrows.
Mounted a four pin adjustable site...
And made my own padded soft case with half zipper.

I can't remember her name...
But the lady who taught me to shoot had competed in the Olympics when she was younger.
She and her husband delivered the mail where we lived and owned an archery shop...
COMPLETE with Indoor 25 yard range!!!

Boy she could shoot... And had some real neat bows she used as well.
Her husband did the shop work setting nocking points, fixing fletching, stringing bows, etc...
When ever I'd delivery my papers, I'd spend the afternoons at the bow shop...
Soaking in all the information I could... And then on Saturday, I'd be there shooting ALL Day.

Sometimes I wish I could go back to those days... I sure do.
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