PSE 10 Snake — My reviews

I got what I asked for; can’t complain!

The PSE 10 Snake recurve bow is a sleek silver model, which is probably what caught my daughter’s eye when I first asked her to pick something out for the first time she was going to come with me on a bowhunt.

We live in western Massachusetts, where bow hunting is legal for a variety of game, but it requires a minimum draw weight of 40 lbs. The PSE 10 Snake has a draw weight of only 22 lbs., but I wasn’t too concerned; I figured I’d let her get a few practice shots off once I’d actually brought something worthwhile down (don’t look at me like that, lol. It’s part of the process that I learned by, and I turned out alright). In any case, I figured — correctly, as it turns out — that Meagan wasn’t going to be all that interested in shooting actual, live game: she’s always been her daddy’s girl, and she just wanted to come along for the trip and “do what I do.” I wound up taking her target shooting with her new Snake recurve, and she had a blast, so it’s a pretty clear-cut case of “what ends well…”

A good entry level bow for the money

With a draw weight of only 22 lbs. and a sleek, silver appearance to it, this is a good bow to get someone young involved in archery — whether just for the sake of shooting, or to graduate them from toys and “practice” items into the beginnings of the “real deal.”

There are certain things you want to look for, when buying a bow for this sort of reason, and while I was originally doubtful as to Meagan’s choice, the line “nearly indestructible” caught my eye. At $40 — one of the reasons I was so uncertain to begin with, but then models that aren’t suitable for hunting rarely fall into the same price range as those with actual practical applications — I figured I didn’t have much to lose (beyond $40) so I figured we’d put that to the test.

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By the end of the first day of our hunting trip. Meagan had been using her new bow as a stick to walk with and a staff to lean on. I stopped her at every chance I got, but she’d just giggle and run circles around me (where do they get the energy?) except for when I was actually setting up to line up a shot. With Meagan along, it wasn’t a particularly “fruitful” trip — you try asking a small child to sit still for six hours with morning dew dripping off of the tip of their nose at 4:30 in the morning! — but when I made like I was setting up an actual shot, she got really still, and very quiet.

We had a ball, overall, even though I did catch her using the bow as an assist to climbing a tree (and, well, monkey see, monkey do… she kept asking me to try it too, but apparently 12-year-old girls and 36-year-old men don’t have the same kind of flexibility). I think she’ll make a great hunter someday; when I got really serious, she just had that look in her eye. Maybe in a couple more years I’ll buy her something stronger, and in the meantime she can practice her archery skills — because for what it’s worth? The Snake is damned near unbreakable, as far as I can tell.

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