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Traditional Archery Michigan Traditional Archers enjoy shooting recurves and longbows and love to watch the flight of a well shot arrow.

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Old 10-16-2003, 09:36 PM
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Default i have a bear black panther recurve

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does anyone know about how old this bow is? any help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-17-2003, 09:00 AM
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Anything 70's or before was made in Grayling which should be in the silk screen.

Serial numbers starting with K were made in the 70's and serial numbers starting with 5-9 were made from 1965-1969 respectively (that may also be true for 4: 1964, can't remember off hand). Before that I don't think the serial numbers can be used exlusively for dating.

That's the Bear 101 (and about all I know). In fact I don't really know anything specific about the Black Panther model. If you go on Ebay, they were all made in 1953. That's the patent date and doesn't mean a thing except higher bids.
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If it has a raised coin it was amde after 1972-if it is a Grayling bow it was made prior to Bear archery moving--last Graayling bows were 1978-I have a couple laying arud here some place---LOL!
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Old 11-06-2003, 02:25 PM
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I'm no expert, but I think the Black Panther (56" amo length), and Black Panther Hunter (52" amo length) were both made only for the K-mart retail chain by Bear Archery.

They are both fine shooters!
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