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The name Ragim might not ring a bell here in the U.S., but this Italian bow manufacturer is actually a world-renowned maker of traditional longbows and recurves, and a company that’s fairly familiar in archery circles across the pond. Ragim bows are sourced to a lot of companies worldwide (including some big names) and are also marketed and sold under their own branded label.
In this review, we’ve decided to take a look at the [easyazon_link identifier=”B071G1X3WJ” locale=”US” tag=”bowgrid20-20″ cart=”n” popups=”n”]Ragim Raven[/easyazon_link], a traditional entry-level quality longbow available for both right and left-hand shooters on several different marketplaces right now.
|AMO length (inches)||66|
|Draw weight (lbs)||20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55,60|
|Materials used||Black fiberglass, dark and clear exotic wood|
Materials and design
The woodwork that went into the making of Ragim longbows is truly impressive, given the price at which some of these bows are sold. The black fiberglass laminated dark wood looks elegant and feels balanced and well built. This bow will please all the traditional archers out there who love natural wood colors. Too bad the wood customization options are quite limited.
As other Ragim traditional bows, the Raven is fully fiberglass laminated on both sides which provide great stability and durability. The handle is thick and easy to grip, and even after continued use should not suffer from limb twisting or permanent damage.
The bow comes with a Dacron factory bow string (not a fast-flight, however the bow is fast-flight compatible in case you need to upgrade at some point)
At 66″ of length, the Ragim Raven it’s not exactly the ideal choice for the youngest or smallest-framed archers, but it offers a wide range of draw weight configurations (20-65lbs, with increments of 5). Additionally the bow is also available for left-hand shooters.
The Ragim Raven is easy to tune, and shoots smoothly and accurately. Some users have reported quite a bit of hand-shock towards the end of the draw, but this is a common characteristic of most traditional bows due to their lightweight. This, however, has no significant effect on shot accuracy, and it’s something you might just need to get used to if switching from modern equipment to traditional bows.
Pros and Cons
Ragim Raven Review: Conclusion and Rating
In conclusion, the Ragim Raven made in Italy is a great entry-level longbow, and an ideal choice for archers and bowhunters looking to switch to traditional equipment without breaking the bank. The bow feels balanced and lightweight, and it’s made out of elegant and durable materials. It’s a very smooth-shooting and accurate bow, easy to tune, and can be taken out in the fields for hunting, or target/3d practice or simply used for recreational purposes.
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