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Compound Bow

A compound bow is a modern bow that uses a levering system, usually of cables and pulleys, to bend the limbs. When the string is drawn back, the string causes the pulleys to turn. This causes the pulleys to pull the cables, which in turn causes the limbs to bend and thus store energy. As the bow is drawn, the draw weight increases to a peak (~60lbs) and then "lets off" to between 65% and 80% of the peak weight, This let-off enables the archer to accurately shoot a bow with a much higher peak draw weight than most could manage with a longbow or recurve. Compound Archers also use Magnifying Scopes and Release Aids to Shoot.            

Thanks to Hoyt for Bow Image