Zombie vs Compound Bow

zombie vs compound bow“Don’t think of what you have to do, don’t consider how to carry it out!” he exclaimed. “The shot will only go smoothly when it takes the archer himself by surprise.”

― Eugen Herrigel, Zen in the Art of Archery

I have previously written about the benefits of a traditional recurve bow. Now I want to focus on the benefits of a compound style bow. If you’re wondering how I can talk up the benefits of a compound after talking up recurve bows 1)Cognitive Dissonance is your problem to deal with, 2)Every weapon has points where they excel, 3)Shut it.

Compound Bow For Zombie Disposal

Compound bows have a unique feature called “letoff”. This is due to their design and construction. Placed at either end are “cams” which roll as the bow string is drawn back. As the cams move into their final position the amount of force required to keep the bow drawn drastically reduces (50-85% is common). What this means is someone firing a compound bow is able to keep it drawn with significantly less effort than longbows or recurve bows. Perfect for hunting when you might be waiting for game to get into a better position.

Paired with that can be tons of accessories like stabilizers, weights, sights, string silencers and most commonly wrist triggers. Stabilizers and weights reduce the amount the bow will shake when you release the string. Sights remove a lot of the guess work as to where your arrow is going to end up once shot. Silencers are exactly that, they reduce or completely remove the sound of the bow being fired. Wrist triggers allow a bow to be fire with a very similar mechanism to a gun. As well as making each release constant.

Now it’s important to note that all these cool gadgets and accessories do make compound bows far more technical and mechanical in design and maintenance than recurves. To change string or draw length you generally have to take one to a qualified technician who has special tools for the job. However their efficiency can make them worth the extra work.

Zombie Creativity With Your Compound Bow

The reality is no matter your ranged weapon, headshots are hard. It takes skill and precision to put an arrow down field and into the head of a shambling zombie. But this weapon opens up other avenues of attack. One commonly considered is fire. Cover the arrow with some form of flammable substance, set it ablaze and lodge it into a zombie’s chest. Given the distance a typical compound bow can be fired, this is a much less difficult shot and the effects are probably more enjoyable than a headshot.

When a silenced weapon isn’t available, this is a great option. Remember that sound attracts zombies as well as other humans (who may not be friendly). A compound bow makes for quick, silent kills and more often than not your ammo will be salvageable and reusable.

Non Zombie Scenarious

On the hopefully rare chance you have to tangle with fellow survivors, there is an intimidation factor in using a bow and arrow. People know that even if the arrow shot isn’t fatal, they’ll have to deal with the concept of pulling an arrow out of their body. An arrow shaft sticking out of your leg is an ever present hindrance and reminder.

Beyond defense against zombies and people one last key factor is to consider that this weapon is designed to be used as a hunting weapon. When the last twinkie has been eaten, people will have to learn to live off the land. Proficiency with a compound bow already puts you ahead of everyone else whose trying to reenact “The Hunger Games” (and probably failing miserably).

Here are our top pick compound bows with links to more information, ratings and reviews…

COMPOUND BOW IMAGESSPECS OVERVIEWPRICERATING
PSE Bow Madness 3G Compound Bow Ready - to - Shoot PackagePSE Bow Madness 3G Compound Bow

Draw weight: 50 - 70 lbs.
Max. Arrow Speed: 330 f.p.s.
Axle-to-axle length: 33 1/8 inches
Brace height: 7 inches
Max. Draw: 30 inches
Draw Length: 25 to 30 inches
Weight: 4 lbs., 5 ozs

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$$$$$5
Diamond by Bowtech Outlaw Right Hand Compound Bow with R.A.K. PackageDiamond by Bowtech Outlaw Right Hand Compound Bow

Draw Weight: Up to 84 lbs
Max. Arrow Speed: 330 f.p.s.
Axle-to-axle Height: 32 inches
Brace Height: 7 inches
Maximum Draw: 30 1/2 inches
Draw Length: 26.5-30.5 inches
Grip: Right Hand

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$$$$$4.9
Diamond by Bowtech Outlaw Right Hand Compound Bow with R.A.K. PackagePSE Brute X Compound Bow

Draw Weight: 60 to 70 pounds
Max. arrow speed: 320 f.p.s.
Axle-to-axle Height: 33 inches
Brace Height: 7 1/4 inches
Max Draw: 29 inches
Draw Length: 25-30 inches
Weight: 4 lbs., 5 ozs.

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$$$$5

Bear Archery Encounter Ready - to - Hunt Compound Bow Package, RLTR APG, RH 27/70

Bear Archery Encounter Ready - to - Hunt Compound Bow

Grip: Right Hand
Draw Weight: 70 lbs
Draw Length: 27 inches

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$$$$5
Bear Archery Outbreak Ready - to - Hunt Compound Bow PackageBear Archery Outbreak Ready - to - Hunt Compound Bow

Draw weight: 55 lbs
Max. Arrow Speed: 308 f.p.s.
Axle-to-axle length: 29.25 inches
Brace height: 7.25 inches
Max. Draw: 30 inches
Draw Length: 16-30 inches
Weight: 3 1/2 lbs

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$$$4.5
PSE Stinger 3G Compound Bow Ready - to - Shoot PackagePSE Stinger 3G Compound Bow

Riser: Aluminum
Brace Height: 7 3/4"
Draw Length: 25-30"
Weight: 4 lbs., 5 ozs

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$$$4.7
Bear Archery Legion Compound BowBear Archery Legion Compound Bow

Draw Weight: 50 to 70 lbs
Max Arrow Speed: 318 F.P.S.
Axle-to-axle Height: 30 1/2 inches
Brace Height: 7 inches
Max Draw: 31 inches
Draw Length: 26 to 31 inches
Weight: 4 lbs.

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PSE Rally Compound Bow Ready - to - Shoot PackagePSE Rally Compound Bow

Draw Weight: 50 - 70 lbs
Max. Arrow Speed: 308 f.p.s.
Axle-to-axle Height: 33 3/4 inches
Brace Height: 7 1/2 inches
Weight: 4 lbs., 5 ozs

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$$4
Martin Threshold Bow SetMartin Threshold Bow Set

Max. Arrow Speed: 305 f.p.s.
Brace Height: 7 1/2 inches
Axle-to-axle Height: 36.75 inches
Draw Length: 25 - 31 inches

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$3.6
Genesis Pro Compound BowGenesis Pro Bow

Draw Weight: 15 - 20 lbs
Axle-to-axle Length: 35.5 inches
Brace Height: 7.5 inches
Max. Draw: 30 inches
Draw Length: 15 to 30 inches

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$4.6

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