The traditional bamboo-laminated “Varang” bow is a stylization of medieval European longbows. It has relatively narrow limbs with a rectangular cross-section. Bow ends are reinforced with frontal horn pads.
A scene from the Bayeux Tapestry showing archers with Norman bows in the Battle of Hastings (1066)
In the Old Russ, the Slavs used to call Vikings “Varang”, so our bow is named after these Scandinavian warriors. According to the chronicles, the leader of one of the Varangs detachments founded the dynasty of the Kievan princes.
Prototype of the Varang bow was the North European wooden longbow, which was used by the Vikings. Such bows were named “Hedeby” after the Danish Viking Age trading settlement (8th-11th centuries) where they were found. During the archaeological excavations, a complete 191-сm yew longbow was hunted up.
Illustration of the bow, founded in the Hedeby
The Varang has a straight form and a symmetric handle with a leather grip. There’s also an alternative option with a notch in the handle on the left or right side. The Varang will suit everyone who prefers longbows. This bow bends good throughout the entire length. The maximum draw length can be 35-36 inches (for bow with 25-30 pounds draw weight).
Like all longbows and unlike short recurve bows, the Varang is less demanding in terms of the shooting technique. For a wooden longbow made without fiberglass, it has a good speed rating. For the draw length at 32 pounds per 28 inches, the speed of a 380-grain arrow will be about 150 frames per second.
The bowstring and fabric case is complete with the bow.
Materials: ash wood+bamboo
String material: dacron (analog)
Total length: 71” (180cm)
The length of the string: 68”
Draw weight: 25-50#
Max. draw length:
36” for bow with poundage 25-29#
35” for bow with poundage 30-34#
34” for bow with poundage 35-39#
33” for bow with poundage 40-45#
32” for bow 71” and poundage 46-50#
Video Tutorial: how to care for the bamboo laminated bows. This video contains English subtitles, do not forget turn them on
Speed of Varang Bow
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