-- Composite Bow
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Composite Bow
Time Period: 7500 BC to present
Location: Worldwide
Common Construction: A composite of wood, horn, and sinew. Modern composite bows are made of fiberglass.

The term composite bow refers to a bow's construction rather than its shape. Composite bows are made of several different materials glued together, as opposed to a bow made from a single piece of wood called a self bow. Generally, composite bows are capable of storing and releasing more energy than self bows, therefore a comparably powered bow is smaller and more conducive for use on horseback. However, composite bows are less durable and deteriorate quickly in high humidity or when exposed to water.

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