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RARE VINTAGE ~ 1949 / 1950 ~ FRED BEAR – GRAYLING, MICHIGAN ~ STATIC RECURVE BOW with ALUMINUM LAMINATION ~ with BI-DIRECTIONAL FIBERGLASS (Referenced Below), ~ Right-Hand ~ Serial # 8492 ~ 47# / 62″ ~ (mx-272) ~ ITEM # bow-052 ~ * ($1,500.) * ~ Notice the Aluminum Lamination in the Photos ~
This Vintage Bow is in Very-Nice Condition especially for it’s age, with no delamination… and Will Make an Excellent Addition for Your Collection, Display or a Fantastic Gift!!! ~ IMPORTANT: This is a Rare Bow for a Collection, and Should Never Be Used / Shot!!
NOTE: FRED BEAR ALUMINUM LAMINATED BOWS: The first new Bow Model which was introduced in 1949, was the Grizzly. The Polar and the Kodiak were produced in the following year, 1950, the last full year that the Aluminum Laminated Bows were made. Fred Bear Bows of 1949, 1950, and early 1951 can be recognized by the lamination of Aluminum within the limbs. The Aluminum was acquired from scrapped WWII B-17 Bomber Airplanes, in which the purchase was instituted with the U.S. Government by Glen St. Charles. The Aluminum Lamination of the Grizzly and the Kodiak is found only in the inner lamination, which is surrounded by Maple Wood and Fiberglass. On the Polar, the Aluminum is found both under a layer of Maple and Fiberglass, and on the outside of the lamination.
In 1949 and 1950, Bear was using a Bi-Directional Fiberglass on their Bows, which looked somewhat like a Basket-Weave Pattern (which this Bow has). In 1951 Bear began using a new Uni-Directional Fiberglass in which the Glass Fibers all ran lengthwise to the Bow Limbs. Hence, a good way to determine the difference between the 1949/1950 and the 1951 Models. In 1951 the Aluminum Lamination was eliminated. The Aluminum Lamination created problems. (1) The Bows had a significant amount of hand-shock when shot, resulting in uncomfortable shooting. (2) The large impact of shock caused a large number of these Bows to delaminate, resulting in broken Bows. It is worthy to note that so many of these Aluminum Laminated Bows broke, that Fred Bear’s Warranty Policy resulted in a huge hit on Bear’s finances, yet he insisted that all of his Bows be replaced if returned broken.
This is a Historic and Early Fred Bear Bow that any Collector would be proud of to have in their Collection. And what Collection would be Complete without one. There are Few Examples of this Bow remaining today… Especially in this Condition!!
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