For example, a serial number of 5L212 would be a 1965 Bow.Prior to 1965, the serial numbers for all Bear bows were started over every month, making these bows almost impossible to date by serial number alone.The large Standing Bear decal also has the words “Glass Powered Bow” under the Standing Bear. All Wood vs Laminate: If your bow is ALL wood (no laminations of any kind) then your bow had to be made before the mass productions beginning in 1949.The large Standing Bear decal was used until 1955 when it was replaced with silk-screening the identification on the bows. • If the ALL wood bow has a stamp that reads “Bear Products” in some form it would have been made before the early to mid 40’s.Sabo SSR recurve bow (1969-70) shows earliest versions of "V" launch arrow rest. Some finger shooters drilled the side sight window plate and installed Hoyt adjustable side rest.(Photo is from a 1970 Sabo ad) Bear "Special Limited Numbered Edition" Take Down Autographed by Fred Bear (1980) Includes 22 karat gold plated limb mounts, clear glass and custom display box. The Yew for these bows was cut and seasoned by Earl Ulrich, at age 91.The Leather Grip: ALL Bear bows had leather grips until 1959.In 1959, the Kodiak Special removed the leather grip and in 1961 the Kodiak did the same, as well as the Grizzly in 1964. The Coin Medallion: Beginning in 1959 all Bear bows had a coin medallion of one type of metal or another.
Nels left Bear in 1948 when Fred made the decision to begin mass production of bows at the new factory in Grayling.
They had a small maple riser with a single shelf sculptured into the grip, which was covered in leather.
A thin lamination of lemonwood covers the aluminum on the belly side.
In late 1972 the coin was raised above the surface of the bow and came in both gold and chrome covered plastic and are still used in Bear bows today. Manufacturer Location: in 1978 Bear moved all manufacturing and offices to Gainesville, Florida.
If your bow shows Gainesville on it then it was made after 1978 8. Below is a yearly production chart for the most popular Bear Bows.