Not Your Mama’s Archery

First Bow and ArrowFirst Bow and Arrow: How to use it skillfully for outdoor fun

Submitter: This 1955 book on handling your first bow and arrow is living in the children’s section of my local public library. I was a young boy when I took up archery on a summer vacation. That was the late 80’s and by that point our bows were made of fiberglass or other composite type materials. After 60 years, I think it’s time to update.

Holly: Agree. I’m hoping Submitter’s library doesn’t also have First FishFirst Rifle, and First Camping Trip by this author. Good old bindings, though! They hold up so well. Look at this thing!

Picking your bow



  1. I know some people who make their own bows and would love to have this book. Other than condition, I wouldn’t be quite as quick to get rid of this, although it is near impossible to circulate a book that does not have full color illustrations on glossy paper. I loved C.B. Colby’s books when I was a kid. This book CAN”T be that old, can it?

    1. You could hold on to this book, in the hope someone, someday will come and check it out. Just in case.

      1. It just takes SO long to set aside school library budget replacement funds for subjects like this! I think we have finally weeded–and replaced–all the Colby series.

  2. It’s kind of cool to look at and I’m sure it was a great resource back in the day. There’s probably some outdoor/archery enthusiasts who would add it to their collections, but not much point in a public library carrying it..

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