The initial bow that is new that has been introduced in 1949 after Nels departure ended up being the Grizzly. The Polar and Kodiak had been introduced within the year that is following 1950.

These bows of 1949, 1950 and very very early 1951 is acquiesced by the lamination of aluminum within the limbs. This aluminum ended up being scrapped from B-17 bomber airplanes of WWII, the purchase of that was arranged through the national federal federal government by Glen St. Charles. The aluminum lamination from the Kodiak and Grizzly is available just into the lamination that is inner enclosed by layers of maple and cup. Nevertheless, in the Polar, the aluminum is available both under a layer of maple and cup, as well as on the lamination that is outside.

In 1949 and 1950 Bear ended up being employing a glass that is bi-directional their bows which appears significantly just like a container weave pattern. Then in 1951 Bear began utilizing a new glass that is uni-Directional that your cup materials all ran lengthwise towards the bow limbs. This is certainly a good method to inform the difference between the 1949/50 together with 1951 models. The 1951 Grizzly additionally began production because of the aluminum lamination, but very at the beginning of 1951 the aluminum was fallen as a result of the high reported breakage dilemmas among these aluminum bows.

The Kodiak ended up being introduced in 1950 aided by the bi-directional cup and the aluminum lamination. Then during the early 1951, just like the Grizzly, this new uni-directional cup ended up being introduced nevertheless the aluminum lamination ended up being still current. This cup modification evidently took place around serial number 5000. Then in mid-1951, the aluminum lamination had been fallen. Therefore for 1951 there are Kodiaks with aluminum and glass that is bi-directional aluminum with uni-directional cup, and no-aluminum with uni-directional cup.

This aluminum laminated triggered two issues. First, the bows had a substantial amount of handshock whenever shot, so when outcome are not comfortable to shoot. Next, the amount that is large of contributed to a lot of bows delaminating. This guarantee issue caused a strain that is substantial the businesses finances, but Fred insisted that every bows be replaced if came back broken.

The Compass Kodiaks

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Another bow that is popular enthusiasts of Grayling produced bows may be the Kodiak II of 1954. Also called the Compass Kodiak due to the little, circular compass embedded in to the riser area, this bow had been another good clear idea which very nearly caused the organization to get under. The compass needed an amount that is significant of become taken from the riser to be inlaid, and as a result caused the riser parts on a majority of these bows to fail. Once more, Fred insisted that the guarantee on these bows be honored and all sorts of returns had been changed with another bow.

The Kodiak II s of 1954 had been made making use of two various woods for the riser, maple and walnut. Then you have a walnut model if the riser section of your K-II is very dark. Conversely, then you have a maple model if the riser of your K-II is a light colored wood. The walnut bows had been made just for the initial 2-3 months of 1954, before being changed by maple in mid-year.

There have been additionally numerous lengths that are different in all the different types of timber. But all K-II s are extremely collectible and highly desired bows. do not shoot a Compass Kodiak! The structural energy of the design ended up being the reason that is main it is discontinuance, and lots of years later on the bows that survive are way too valuable as enthusiasts what to risk breaking another.

The Bear Take-Down

Fred was trying out take-apart and take-down bows of various designs for three decades whenever within the mid-1960 s he started focusing on a brand new design that would need no tools for assembling/disassembling the limb and riser parts. Finally, in August 1969 the Bear that is famous Take-Down went into manufacturing.

Note – Although introduced in August 1969, the defeat model bow would not can be found in the Bear catalogs until 1970.

This brand new model bow ended up being stated in 3 various riser lengths, that have been called the “A”, “B”, and “C” risers. The “A” riser ended up being the shortest, plus the “C” the longest, utilizing the “B” being at the center. In this way, the archer could mix and match riser designs with different length limbs to permit the bowhunter to select the bow which best fit his / her desires.