The Proper Bow on the Go: Survival Archery Techniques’ Atmos


A few years in the past, I did a evaluate of the main survival bows available on the market. Considered one of them was the Recon from Survival Archery Techniques (SAS). It was a well-thought-out design, and it shot nicely. So, when American Survival Information Editor Mike McCourt requested me if I had been curious about doing a evaluate of a brand new takedown bow from the identical firm, I rapidly agreed.

That bow is the brand new Atmos Compact Trendy Longbow.

Some background

The SAS Recon Folding Survival Bow is the “grandfather” of the Atmos. They each use the identical composite limbs (these could be interchanged if you need heavyweight limbs for big-game searching) and a set of light-weight limbs for follow and small sport. (Photograph: Survival Archery Techniques)

Doug Shadwell, the director and proprietor of Survival Archery Techniques, has been an archer and bowhunter for years. Beginning in late 2015, after the success of his Recon folding survival bow, he started getting requests from prospects so as to add holes for sights, bowfishing mounts and various kinds of arrow rests. Others requested him to make his bows center-shot to make it simpler to tune and goal them.

As a result of this wasn’t possible from a structural perspective, Shadwell determined to suppose outdoors the field: In 2017, he settled on constructing a brand new riser for a brand new bow. It could cater to the bigger archery market in order that compound and recurve shooters may have an possibility for a compact backpackable bow that felt extra acquainted to them than the folding bows he already supplied. It could not solely really feel acquainted, but in addition look comparable. With these qualities built-in, he felt he had one thing that will garner the curiosity of many archers. 


To attain these objectives, SAS outlined the next design standards for its new bow:

  • Made in the united statesA.
  • 31-inch most draw
  • Should not stack
  • Match into a normal 22-inch backpack
  • Really feel acquainted to all archers
  • Weigh between 2.Four and a couple of.Eight kilos
  • Have to be sturdy
  • Have to be corrosion resistant and weatherproof
  • Settle for any kind of accent
  • Capable of be shot with fingers or a launch
  • Could be shot off the shelf or through a relaxation/whisker biscuit
  • Has to shoot quietly
  • Must look good and have nice styling

The Atmos is available in quite a lot of colours, so you may exhibit when you find yourself on the vary or mix in when you find yourself searching within the backcountry. (Photograph: Survival Archery Techniques)


This desk summarizes the traits of the ultimate design:


Nation of origin:



IBO size: 60 inches
Disassembled size: 22 inches
Mass weight: 2.6 kilos
Draw weights: 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 kilos
Most draw: 31 inches
Brace top/Fistmele 7.5–8.5 inches
Reduce previous heart: 0.53 inch
Handedness: Proper or left
Supplies: Riser: 6061 T6 aluminum
Limbs: Excessive–tech composite fiber
{Hardware}: 316SS, MIL-SPEC and HTS metal
Takedown arrows: 7075 aluminum
String: B50 Dacron
Riser colours: Camo, Cerakote Cobalt, Cerakote, Burnt Bronze, Blue Cerakote, purple and blue
Included in package deal: Atmos Compact Trendy Longbow
Nock set
Allen wrench
Six takedown arrows


Simple meeting

When your Atmos arrives, the field will include the Atmos riser, two limbs within the weight you ordered, the bowstring with a brass nock set and two units of limb bolts and washers.

Like most fashionable takedown bows, the Atmos is straightforward to assemble. It’s composed of the next elements

  • Machined riser
  • Two solid-fiberglass longbow limbs
  • Two units of limb bolts and washers, each in plastic bag
  • Six-sided Allen wrench to tighten the limb bolts
  • Bowstring with a nock set, each in plastic bag

To assemble the bow, you merely must—

1. Take away the elements from the packaging or your pack.

2. Put every limb bolt in its washer, with the broad a part of the washer towards the limb.

3. Place a limb within the pocket on the finish of the riser. Make sure that the limb is positioned in order that the grey string groove lower into the limb is going through towards the goal. This can enable the string to put naturally within the string groove. Make sure that the limb suits flush with the limb pocket and isn’t resting on the facet of the limb pocket.

4. Thread the limb bolt and washer by means of the opening within the limb and into the limb along with your fingers. Then use the hex wrench to tighten it. Don’t overtighten the limbs. Don’t apply extra stress if you really feel the hex wrench cease shifting, since you may crack the composite limb materials. It is possible for you to to tighten it extra—however don’t do it.

5. Put the bowstring over each limbs, putting one finish within the backside string groove. Then use a bow stringer to bend the limbs and transfer the higher finish of the string into the opposite string groove.

6. Upon getting your arrow relaxation in place, you should utilize a bow sq. to place the nock set to make sure you constantly place the arrow within the appropriate place on the string.

Add your equipment

In relation to equipment in your Atmos, the very first thing you should resolve is that if you may be aiming it instinctively or with sights. Taking pictures instinctively takes time to construct your abilities and follow to maintain your abilities sharp. So, until you actually get pleasure from capturing a bow and can put within the work to be correct out to 20 or extra yards, you need to most likely go along with sights.

If you’ll shoot instinctively, all you should do is apply a stick-on arrow relaxation (comparable to a Bear Climate Relaxation) that may maintain your arrow in place whilst you draw and shoot. It’s also possible to use strips of hook-and-loop materials or thick felt to construct up an arrow plate and arrow relaxation to shoot off of. Utilizing a stick-on arrow relaxation can be simpler and simpler for the less-experienced shooter.

If you wish to use sights, first choose an arrow relaxation from the handfuls available on the market. All of them have their benefits and downsides, so check out a couple of on the compound bows at your native archery professional store to see which fashion you favor. With the business commonplace holes machined into the Atmos’ riser, most, if not all, of them will match.

The subsequent accent can be your sight. As with the arrow relaxation, there are dozens of those out there, so choose the one that matches your preferences and funds. They vary from easy pin sights with a number of pins, sights with fiber optics to light up the pins in low-light situations to scopes that amplify the goal for you and simplify aiming.

The sight, arrow relaxation, stabilizer and quiver I selected to make use of with the Atmos all got here from TRUGLO and labored positive with the brand new riser.


After I put the Atmos collectively for the primary time, I used to be impressed by the benefit of meeting and the match of the element items. It felt good in my hand, had a slender grip like that discovered on most compound bows and was nicely balanced. The riser and the limbs are all the identical size—round 21.5 to 22.Zero inches—and the situation of the arrow relaxation is midway between the 2 limb suggestions (which is one thing that different bowmakers don’t at all times get proper).

Along with the match and really feel, the Atmos can also be very clearly designed to be sturdy. Whereas spinning it round in my hand to judge its steadiness, it jogged my memory of my martial arts days and dealing with a bow workers. The limbs are stiff sufficient in order that when they’re hooked up to the riser, you may have a defensive instrument to dam and thrust with when it isn’t strung. I believe Little John and Robin Hood would have been very comfy with the Atmos!

I used to be additionally very happy by the efficiency of the Atmos on the vary. Utilizing the 50-pound limbs it got here with, and capturing a 665-grain takedown arrow, it despatched the arrow downrange at 135 ft per second and produced what I at all times search for in an arrow—a really satisfying thunk when it hit the goal.

The Atmos is a steady shooter and can provide you teams comparable to this.

You may debate all you need about arrow velocity and kinetic vitality, however I need my rig to shoot a comparatively heavy arrow that may take up the vitality the bow can ship and maintain onto all of it the best way to the goal. That’s the way you get good momentum for deep penetration. The advice for an efficient searching arrow with conventional deal with is at the very least 9 to 10 grains per pound of draw weight (gpp). This mixture had 13.Three gpp.

Whereas I’m not a aggressive archer, I used to be capable of produce 2- to 3-inch teams with three arrows at 20 yards utilizing a sight. All of them flew off the arrow relaxation easily and hit the goal at proper angles with no lack of vitality resulting from unhealthy arrow flight.

The Atmos match nicely in my hand, and I used to be happy to see that it didn’t produce any hand shock or vibrations. This is perhaps due partly to the heavy arrow, nevertheless it was a pleasure to shoot. It was additionally very quiet on the shot, so I don’t suppose anybody who hunts with one at shut vary must fear about noise. And this was with none string silencers on the bowstring.


Why a Takedown Bow is a Good Thought

Now that we now have seen why the Atmos is an efficient addition to the ranks of takedown bows, let’s check out why having a takedown bow is a good suggestion for a prepper or backcountry hunter:

  • They’re enjoyable to shoot and follow with.
  • They’re quiet, so that you gained’t be heard when you find yourself utilizing them.
  • They’re versatile; you should utilize them for sport, protection or searching.
  • They’re easy to make use of and keep.
  • They weigh a lot lower than a gun.
  • You should utilize the identical ammunition time and again.
  • They don’t seem to be regulated as firearms are.
  • They don’t seem to be as costly as firearms.
  • With totally different heads/factors, your arrows are simply adaptable for various functions.
  • Archery and bowhunting are helpful abilities as a person or as a member of a survival group.

With its quick meeting, particularly if you’re capturing instinctively, this can be a good addition for anybody who needs so as to add a bow and arrow to their bug-out bag or backpacking gear. The 50-pound limbs I evaluated are appropriate for searching something from small sport as much as whitetail deer. With the heavier limbs SAS presents, you should utilize this bow for any sport animal in North America. It’s a sturdy and well-crafted piece of deal with … and, like all bows, it’s enjoyable to shoot!

Equipment to Improve Your Effectiveness

Whereas a lot could be stated concerning the instinctive fashion of capturing utilized by conventional bowhunters being the perfect capturing fashion for searching, using some key equipment on fashionable bows can go a protracted technique to making your photographs extra correct, particularly if you’re simply entering into utilizing a bow for searching.

Arrow rests: The arrow relaxation is what the arrow rests on as you’re capturing. It may be so simple as some hook-and-loop strips on the riser or a stick-on relaxation with a movable arm. Extra-sophisticated rests are totally adjustable and drop out of the best way if you shoot.

Sights: Sights are used if you do not need to, or can’t, shoot instinctively. Like an arrow relaxation, they screw onto the riser and have changes for windage and elevation.

Quivers: Quivers could be hooked up to the bow with screwed-on brackets; alternatively, they are often strapped on on the high of the riser. They maintain anyplace from three to seven (or extra) arrows and are available in quite a lot of designs.

Stabilizers: Stabilizers screw into the entrance of the riser and assist steadiness the bow in your hand. In addition they take up any vitality left within the bow in order that it doesn’t flip into noise or hand shock.

Arrows: The best arrow is important to your capturing success. It’s essential to choose arrows which are stiff sufficient at your draw size to fly nicely off your bow. They need to have sufficient mass to soak up as a lot of the vitality doable out of your bow and hold it whereas they fly to the goal. The vitality the arrow retains till it will get to the goal defines how a lot momentum it has for penetration; the heavier it’s, the extra vitality it would take up and retain throughout its flight and switch to the goal upon influence.

Completely different Factors for Completely different Functions

A set of takedown arrows is the proper complement to a takedown bow. No must have 30-inch arrows protruding of your pack when your 22-inch bow is hiding inside.

Simply as you employ totally different lures for various kinds of fish and totally different bullets for various sorts of sport, there are totally different sorts of heads in your arrows, relying on what you’re capturing at.

Subject or follow factors: These are essentially the most primary heads to place in your arrow—easy, pointed items of metallic used for goal follow or stump capturing. You should utilize them for small sport, however a devoted small-game head will serve you higher.

Small sport heads: These are used to kill small sport. They arrive in two frequent sorts. Blunts and spring leg designs, like JUDO heads, kill by shock and breaking the small bones in squirrels, birds and rabbits. Chopping designs additionally use shock however embrace small slicing blades to chop tissue and blood vessels.

Broadheads: These are used for searching huge sport the dimensions of turkey, deer and hogs. They’ve razor-sharp slicing blades designed to chop by means of tissue and blood vessels, inflicting the animal to die rapidly from lack of blood.

Bowfishing heads: These heads are designed to punch by means of the scales of gamefish comparable to carp and tarpon. The heads have a pivoting head or blades that hold it within the fish so that you could reel it in.

Through the use of the suitable level in your arrows, you should utilize your bow for all kinds of functions. From left to proper are a discipline level for follow; a two-blade broadhead for searching huge sport; a JUDO/spring-leg head for searching small sport; and a blunt for stump capturing or searching small sport



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Editor’s word: A model of this text first appeared within the January 2019 print problem of American Survival Information.


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