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Compound Bows

Hinterland Outfitters online store carries a huge selection of compound bows for sale at discounted prices.

We have all of the major brands of compound bows for sale including:

  • PSE
  • SA Sports
  • Barnett
  • Bear Archery
  • Excalibur
  • And many more

The modern compound bow was first developed in 1966 by Holless Wilbur Allen, Jr. in Billings, Missouri. Allen, a mechanically minded individual, sawed the ends off his recurve bow and attached pulleys to each end. After many experiments with varying success, he landed on the design he patented in the late 60s. Allen figured out by coupling one pulley with an offset axle (eccentrics) with a cam-shaped (instead of round) pulley, he could greatly improve draw length, weight, force curve and let-off. Allen then joined forces with bow maker Tom Jennings to become the first manufacturer of compound bows.  

Since Allen’s “Archery bow with draw-force multiplying attachments,” compound bow technology has experienced exponential growth and innovation. Additionally, compound bows have increased in popularity, and are now the dominant form of bow in the United States.

Anatomy of a Compound Bow

Compound bows have a lot of moving parts, and anyone new to archery can easily find himself or herself a bit overwhelmed when looking for the right compound bow. Here is a break down of the major components of all compound bows:

  • Riser: The riser is the central part of the bow that contains the grip and can have attachments such as arrow rests, sights, quivers and stabilizers. Compound bow risers are typically made of aluminum, but some of the higher-end bows utilize composites and carbon fiber for a lighter, stronger bow.
  • Limbs: Every bow has two limbs (upper limb and lower limb) that attach to either end of the riser. Limbs are usually made of flexible fiberglass, but some can be made of wood or composite with a fiberglass coating. Limbs also come in different styles: split and solid. Split limbs tend to be more durable and produce less hand shock. Additionally, the bows themselves can come in different shapes. The most common is a compound bow with parallel limbs because they are quieter and produce less recoil.
  • Cams: Cams are the individual round or oval wheels within a compound bow’s cam system. Cams are the major difference between a compound bow and a traditional bow. While a traditional bow becomes more difficult to draw back the further you pull, cams make the bow easier to pull back without affecting the stored energy of the bow. There are a variety of cams: round wheels, soft, hard, single (solo) and 1.5 hybrid cams, and each one carries different advantages and disadvantages. For example, hard cams can fly faster arrows but are difficult to keep tuned, while round wheel cams are slower but more accurate.
  • Cam systems: A cam system is the way the different cams of the bow work together. Just as there are different cams, there are different cam systems: single, hybrid, binary, and twin. Single cam systems are great for beginners, and they come with advantages of being quieter and easier to maintain.
  • Bowstring: Traditionally made from natural materials like sinew and hemp, modern bowstrings are made from a variety of synthetic materials that don’t lose tension over time.
  • Cables: These are not the bowstring. The cables run between the cams and make the cam system function as you pull back the bowstring.
  • Cable guard and cable slide: The cable guard is a fiberglass rod extending out from the riser. There is a cable slide attached to the cable guard that keeps the cables out of the way of the arrow and bowstring.
  • Arrow rest: The arrow rest attaches to the riser and keeps the arrow free and clear of the riser, while also keeping it steady. There are different types of arrow rests, such as the drop away, the shoot-thru, pressure and containment. Arrow rests really come down to personal preference, but you’ll find containment rests on most starter compound bows, and they are good for beginners because they require little attention and allow the shooter to focus more on their own form and accuracy.
  • Peep sight: This circular-shaped piece of plastic is inserted into your bowstring to provide you something to look through when aiming.
  • Sight: Sights attach to the riser of the bow, and come in a variety of forms. Fixed pin sights are the easiest for beginners and the most common, with 3-5 pins set within the sight circle that can be set for different distances.  There are also moveable pin sights and pendulum pin sights that have a single pin. They are easier and quicker to adjust, but they require more skill to aim successfully.
  • String vibration arrester: This optional attachment helps absorb vibration from the bowstring, resulting in a quieter shot.
  • Stabilizers: These optional attachments help “stabilize” the bow when aiming, and also help reduce vibration and noise.
  • Mechanical releases: This new addition to bow hunting allows archers to utilize a trigger mechanism when shooting a bow. You can always pull the bowstring back the Robin Hood way, but you may choose to use a mechanical release. Many hunters prefer them, claiming that they are easier to shoot with.

Advantages of a Compound Bow

Since the introduction of the compound bow in the late 60s, there has been a debate as to which is better—the compound bow or the traditional bow. Both sides carry many valid arguments, but we want to point out some of the advantages specific to compound bows.

While a compound bow has many moving parts and can be rather complex when compared to traditional bows, they are easier to pick up because they require less practice and skill to shoot accurately. The features of the compound bow allow beginners to focus on other aspects of shooting, such as form, and are often gateways to traditional bows. Another advantage of the compound bow is that its structure allows for many different attachments, such as rubber blocks and scopes, which can increase consistency and accuracy.

Types of Arrows Used

There are 5 major materials arrows are made from: wood, fiberglass, aluminum, carbon and composite. Wood and fiberglass arrows are mostly used with traditional bows, and are also not as reliable as some of the other materials. Aluminum arrows tend to be cheaper, but they are also weaker arrows and better suited for beginners and target practice. Most hunters and compound bow users prefer carbon arrows because they are strong, lightweight, fast and reasonably priced. Composite arrows are much more expensive and are mostly used in competitions.

When choosing the right arrows, you need to consider draw length, arrow length, arrow weight and arrow spine. You will want to familiarize yourself with these specifics of your bow when choosing arrows; ultimately, it comes down to trial and error. You will have to practice with different arrows to find the one you like the most.

Compound Bow Uses

Whether you’re looking to buy a compound bow for recreational use, hunting or target competition, there is a compound bow out there for you, and you will find everything you need online with Hinterland Outfitters.

Basic compound bows are great for beginners and recreational users as they are easy to learn and shoot accurately with less practice than required for traditional bows. Compound bows for hunting and competition shooting tend to have more bells and whistles and require a bit more research, as you need to hone the bow to your specific uses. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with what you need in terms of bow type, draw weight and draw length before you buy a compound bow.


When browsing compound bows for sale, you will come across an “axle-to-axle” length (also known as ATA or A2A). This is the distance between the two axles, which are located at the ends of each limb where the cams attach. There can be a noticeable difference between ATA lengths. Shorter lengths tend to be less stable than longer lengths, but there is a proposed sweet spot for ATA lengths—30 to 33 inches. You will find that most compound bows for sale on the market tend to fall into this length range, and this will be great for most users. If you desire a longer or shorter length, it mostly depends on personal preference. For example, many finger shooters may prefer a bit longer bow because they can get away with the length.

Draw Length

Traditional bows can be drawn back to just about any distance, given the archer’s strength and preference. However, compound bows are specifically designed to be pulled back to a certain point controlled by the cam systems of the bows. It’s important to figure out the proper draw length for you before you purchase a compound bow. There are many different methods and devices used to determine your proper draw length, but it really comes down to preference. If you are unclear where to start, a great way to estimate your draw length is to divide your arm span by 2.5. This will give you a good starting point, and most compound bows fall into an average draw length of 25 to 30 inches.

Draw Weight

Also relevant to the drawing of the bowstring is the bow’s draw weight. This is essentially the amount of effort it takes to draw the bowstring back. It can be difficult deciding exactly what draw weight you need, but it really depends on your own physical capabilities. Most compound bows come within the ranges of 40-50# (pounds), 50-60# and 60-70#. Compound bows are listed with a range because their draw weight is adjustable, but only to a certain extent (usually a 10 pound range). If you eventually decide you want to change the draw weight of your compound bow, you will have to buy different limbs to achieve the weight you want.


Stabilizers can be added to compound bows to increase accuracy by offering more balance to the bow. Another advantage is that they help to reduce vibration and noise. Some hunters, however, don’t notice a significant difference when shooting less than 40 yards, and may choose not to use them when lugging gear over long distances as they add extra weight. Again, as with any other compound bow attachment, it comes down to your own preference.


One thing to understand about speed before you buy your bow is that most consumers think the higher the speed, the better the bow. This is not always the case, and it’s important to understand a bit more about this before you buy.

The speed of a bow is determined by the draw weight, draw length and the arrow mass, so even just switching out your arrows can change your speed (lighter arrows shoot faster). Also, bow speeds are tested and marketed using IBO (International Bowhunting Organization) Standards, so the speed you actually shoot at can easily vary. Just know that when you’re shopping for a bow, a good, fast bow will usually fall in the $320-340 range.

Accessories and Components

Once you’ve decided on a compound bow, you have the option to customize it with different sights, arrow rests, grips, stabilizers, vibration arresters and cam systems. Compound bows have the unique advantage of being extremely customizable, and you can build a bow to be exactly what you want. Check out all the accessories and components you can add to your bow!

Buying Considerations

Browsing compound bows for sale can be a daunting task, but at Hinterland Outfitters, we will make sure the experience is easy and stress free. Our knowledgeable team members are happy to help you figure out the best compound bow for you, so contact us today and get your bow tomorrow.