3 Reasons Compound Bows Suck For Survival

“You must hate compound bows!”

Wait, wait, wait…..keep your finger off the trigger and hear me out.

I’m actually a fan of compound bows but here’s the issue I find with many in the survival community. Much like any other tool on the market, each has their job. While I can take a pair of pliers and remove a screw, a screwdriver would be the better choice. In the task of selecting a bow for survival, there’s a set of criteria that needs to be considered when selecting that specific tool.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have my bows tested in the field by survival experts and also several outdoors/survival publications. When discussing what they were looking for, a clear list of what was necessary for someone living out of a pack for a week or longer who depended on a bow to provide food was developed.

When looking at these factors, we unfortunately came to this conclusion:


Here are a 3 of the issues we found:


– Should your compound bow fail in the field, you’re pretty much done. While they do have these small bow press kits you can take into the field with you, you’re looking at a big job here. You’ve going to need a specialized string, bow press kit and have the knowledge to safely do this in the wild. Issue with your cams? Issue with your sight? Lose your trigger release?

I was small game hunting a few years back and had the string break on my Assyrian Bow . The maintenance is merely inserting your foot and replacing the string. What happens if you don’t have a string? Guess what? You can MAKE ONE!

A simple tool with less moving parts is ideal when Murphy’s Law is in effect.


– This is one people don’t think about enough. Should you break an arrow or lose an arrow in the field with a compound, what do you do then? However many arrows you are carrying better be enough cause you’re not going to be able to make more. I can’t tell you how may times I’ve seen people bring bows on survival shows and lose their arrows shooting at game.

The amount of force and flex coming out of a compound bow is tough to gauge when crafting arrows in the field from natural materials. There’s a reason you don’t see wooden compound arrows. You’re likely gonna get an explosion or a broken arrow in the hand.

With something like a recurve or Odinson Slingbow, there are a variety of materials at your disposal to make your arrows out of.

You essentially have an endless supply of ammo.


– When finding yourself constantly on the move, each pound added feels like a ton. If you’re someone in the realm of SHTF carrying a bugout bag or just on a long wilderness excursion, lighter is better. Most compound bow average around 3 to 6 pounds in weight. Combine that with your gear, pack contents, water, etc and that becomes a big deal.

Now take something like the Assassin Bow that weighs under a pound, can be unstrung, is only 42 inches long and you’ll see there’s not really a comparison. Someone can carry something like a MCA Pack or a Silent Assassin Pack and ALL of that gear still doesn’t equal the weight of the compound bow alone.


There are more but I’m sure you get my drift.

If you haven’t given thought to your specific tool selection for a bugout bag, SHTF situation, scouting or whatever it may be; I’d highly recommend taking the time to weigh all of these factors in. Decide your goals, what you’re going to be doing and go from there.

Hopefully this makes everyone think rather than default to just being triggered by the title

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Odinson Archery SlingBow

The Odinson Archery SlingBow offers an affordable option for those looking for something lightweight and compact for their packs or field use. The SlingBow is capable of shooting any size arrow with any style of fletching. You can use your own custom arrow purchased from Odinson Archery or you can use regular plastic vain arrows as well.

The Odinson SlingBow has a built in V style arrow rest that enables the user a sturdy place for their arrow to sit while offering an easy pass for the arrow when released. High performance bands are used to get a sufficient speed for an effective shot with the arrow on your target or game.

The Odinson SlingBow is an excellent choice for bowfishing, small game hunting or target shooting.

You can have all of the benefits of a small game, takedown bow without the excessive cost! This will fit perfectly in a day pack or bugout bag.

PRICE – $20 + shipping

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Three Point Leather Back Quiver


When it comes to back quiver designs, you can’t beat a 3 point back quiver. With three points of control, it allows for a very secure back quiver perfect for just about every aspect of archery. This all leather quiver is firm enough to hold a solid form allowing ease of loading and unloading the quiver but also flexible enough to give you a moderate form of hold when bending over. While it is not as secure and isn’t quiet like the Silent Assassin, it is our next in line for silent back quivers.

This back quiver also features an arrow divider for separating your arrows in the quiver as well as a small leather pouch for storing other small equipment in the field.

Price = $75 + shipping

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Bad Experiences With PVC Bows? Me Too!

“That’s a beautiful bow but I’ve had bad experiences with PVC Bows” – Rick B


I get this comment a lot from jaded people who were ripped off by some so called “PVC bowyer”. You end up getting a low quality PVC bow made with a $10 heat gun by a hobbyist, who bought their pipe from the yard at a local hardware store, that breaks on the first shot.

You’re not gonna believe what Rick B had to say about his Odinson Archery Assassin Bow at the end of this.

I get it, Rick.

You see, my first PVC bow was from one of these guys also. It was uneven, low powered and broke after a few shots. Since I was a kid growing up reading Green Arrow comics, I’ve wanted one of these lightweight compact horse bows. My parents were hard workers who provided for my siblings and I but buying a $500 horse bow, a $200 quiver and $150 worth of arrows was out of the question.

I thought to myself “FINALLY, I’ve found a solution!”

When that bow broke, my heart broke along side it.

From this heart break, Odinson Archery was born.

That’s why I’ve devoted my entire business to correcting those experiences for my customers by:

  • Learning about the chemical composition of PVC and what it takes to make a strong PVC bow
  • Buying the most purest possible PVC on the market
  • Specialized Heating & Treating that PVC to make it as durable as any wooden or composite bow on the market
  • Making sure our bows perform equally or above industry standards compared to big name brands through rigorous speed testing
  • Hand crafting every single bow to the customers specs
  • Making sure my customers had a guarantee on their bows and gear

Last but CERTAINLY not least, making it AFFORDABLE for the hard working individual or family. Families who were like mine and kids like me that just wanted to learn about the wonderful experience that is archery. It’s why I created things like The Family Pack so that families could enjoy archery together.

Talking to Rick B, I was able to convince him to give us a try and this is what he had to say:

OMG, THIS THING IS AMAZING! My other bow kinda felt like a toy but this thing feels like a weapon. Been shooting it every day since I got it. Guess I’m gonna have to get some bows for the kiddos now cause they keep wanting to shoot mine. LOL!” – Rick B

Thank you, Rick.

That right there is why I do what I do.

Online haters and those seeking to spread negativity come and go but these are the people that matter to me.

— Alan Odinson

Laminated Bows

Tartar Horse Bow (Fiberglass/Oak/Black Walnut)

For those looking for an even more traditional style bow, the Tartar Horse Bow is the way to go! Made of a super durable laminate Oak/Fiberglass design, this bow is light and shoots extremely fast. Measuring at 49 inches overall and capable of tremendous draw lengths exceeding 32 inches, this is the perfect bow for those interested in a solid horsebow to last for generations to come. The bow is ambidextrous and features protective black walnut siyahs for added protection.

TARTAR BOW 35LB$275 + shipping

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TARTAR BOW 45LB$275 + shipping

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Known for their amazing speeds and great distance shooting ability, Turkish Horse Bows are the best bang for the buck. This Turkish Horse Bow features an ultra strong, lightweight bamboo/fiberglass laminate for years of shooting. Coming in at a mere 43 inches in overall length, these bows offer a wonderful compact design perfect for shooting in tight brush where room is a luxury. These bows are also ambidextrous so you can enjoy traditional 3 finger or the classic thumb draw. Draw length on this bow is capable of 32 inches!

TURKISH HORSE BOW 35LB$265 + shipping

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TURKISH HORSE BOW 45LB$265 + shipping

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TURKISH HORSE BOW 50LB$265 + shipping

The Vent Straw

“There’s no reason you can’t enjoy your favorite beverage and also be armed” – Alan Odinson

Many years ago, I found myself having to work in places that were “less than savory” and concealing “safety tools” was a bit of an issue. This idea was spawned on a cruise my wife and I went on. When getting on and off the ship at port, you are scanned my metal detectors every single time. Many of these ports are HIGHLY sketchy areas so I needed something that had the ability to move undetected YET right in the open.

It was here that the Vent Straw was born.

This straw is made of stainless steel with a hypodermic style point at the end. This allows the tool to act as a “ventilator” by “emptying fluid from the meat container” should it ever find the need to be inserted. The Vent Straw is a “bendy” style straw which allows for a solid grip for insertion.


When not being used as a ventilator, it works as a simple stainless steel drinking straw. This means you can carry this right in the open in a drinking class or bottle without anyone being the wiser. This means it’s ALWAYS ready for action!

PRICE – $10 plus shipping

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Black Hole – 4 Side Target

For years now, I’ve been using the Black Hole 4 Sided Archery Target for all of my archery needs. They are long lasting, extremely durable and are capable of handling whatever draw weight bow you’re shooting. The best part? Easy to remove the arrows!

4-SIDED SHOOTING – Contrasting aiming points on all 4 sides. Shoot field points at the “wrapped” sides and field tips, broadheads and expandables at the “open-face” layered sides.

  • EASY ARROW REMOVAL – Patented open layer design stops arrows with friction not force allowing for easy arrow removal and less shooter fatigue
  • PORTABLE – Lightweight with a convenient carrying handle
  • ECONOMICAL – Great price and long-lasting durability
  • MADE In the USA

Proudly made in the U.S.A.

Black Hole targets have an unprecedented reputation for premium performance and is an economical target option for those looking for a great value.

The Black Hole archery target is ready to take shot after shot, whether you’re using broadheads or field points. With two sizes available for compound and recurve shooters and one specifically designed for crossbow shooters, the Black Hole target is a must-have for any bowhunter.

**Not intended for high speed crossbows.

PRICE = 50 plus shipping

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Molle System Back Quiver

If you’re looking for a quiver that is designed to take a beating and keep going, this is the quiver for you! Designed for outdoorsmen who find themselves in the elements frequently and need a quiver than can stand up to the tortures of the bush.

  • Made of Canvas, Very durable material, water resistant
  • Size: length approx. 21.7inch.
  • Three-points carry system. Lightweight and comfortable, it can hold about 30 arrows (other can hold 24 arrows only)
  • Easy to carry and take off, Accommodates arrows of any length Large front storage pocket with quality zipper. It can hold your arm guard, arrows puller and other archery accessories
  • Suitable for both Left and Right Hand.
  • Perfect for shooting, hunting, target practice and so on.

PRICE = $45 plus shipping

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Leather Thumb Guard

If you are interested in using a more Asiatic style draw using the thumb, it is highly recommended that you use some sort of thumb protection. While some people like the thumb rings, it has been found that the leather thumb covers are much easier to use in the long run and provide as good, if not better, protection.

ADJUSTABLE – Medium sized and adjustable elastic design for suitable size

PERFECT FOR SPEED SHOOTING – Enables good dexterity to feel the nock of the arrow for fast reloading

UNIQUE & BEAUTIFUL – It has a beautiful style, good quality and durable

HIGH QUALITY – Made from soft cow hide leather

DURABLE – Strong protection for your finger during shooting

PRICE = $15 plus shipping

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Leather Hand Guard

When shooting true traditional archery like we do here at Odinson Archery, our bows travel across the hand. With your hands being an extremely valuable commodity in archery, we want to protect both of our hands. This is why we recommend this leather hand guard for the bow hand.

This hand guard is specifically designed for the left hand and protects from cuts and abrasions that can occur when shooting off hand. With the durable leather design, this guard offers long term protection for the shooter. The wrist strap is adjustable to fit a variety of wrist sizes.

PRICE = $20 plus shipping

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