Dry firing can happen in two cases: First, If you do it by yourself and the second if it is happened by accident or mistake. In both cases, dry firing is dangerous not only for your bow but also for you.
Many Bow manufacturing companies are now testing their bows by repeatedly dry firing with them. They claimed that their bows can handle 400 to 500 dry fires but that’s not true.
A single dry fire may explode your bow if you draw it to your full length and release it without an arrow. The string will release with full energy and vibrations. These vibrations and heat can damage your bow limbs, break down your string or ruin your complete bow.
So, If your bow is dry fired, Here are the things you need to check before shooting it again:-
- Take a magnifying glass and a bright light.
- Inspect the bowstring completely to make sure that string is in the same condition as before or it is broken from any place.
- Inspect the both Cams thoroughly by turning the cam wheels to see any bent in the wheels. The area around the cam wheels is usually a higher stress point.
- Check for any crack or damage in both limbs. Damage includes CRACKING, SPLINTERING, or DELAMINATION.
- Inspect the cable guard to see whether it is in the right position or not.
- Check the cam axles to see any damages.
- If You don’t find any damage or misplaced part then you can try shooting it for once.
- If you noticed any unusual sound while shooting your bow, Take it to any archery shop and get it inspected by an expert.
How to avoid Dry firing a bow?
- Never Distracted while shooting your bow, Keep focusing on your arrow and target.
- Never shoot your bow without an arrow in it. Some people test their bow without putting an arrow in it, But I tell you never to pull your bow back without an arrow under any circumstances.
- Don’t give your bow into the hands of a newbie.
- Always nock your arrow properly so that when you release the string the arrow may not be slipped from the string.
- Don’t use lightweight or short arrows. The arrow must be heavy enough to absorb all energy transferred to it.
How to tell if a bow is damaged after the dry fire?
It doesn’t have to be damaged every time you dry fire your bow. The bow gets damaged when you pull back your bow with the full draw weight.
However, It is very important to inspect it whenever it goes through dry firing. If you don’t find anything wrong with your bow but still want to confirm whether it is dry fired or not, you need to take it to the Pro Shop and get it inspected completely.
If you buy a used bow, inspect it thoroughly. Check the limbs for cracks and delamination. Check the threaded accessory holes for stripped threads. I recommend replacing the string and cables as well, even if they look okay.
Can a Bow Survive a Dry fire?
Yes, Unless you pull back it to your full draw length and release it without an arrow. But Whenever you do it, Inspect it completely to make sure no damage has been done.
If you have any queries, ask me in the comments. If there is anything I have skipped then please mention it.