FAQ

Frequently-Asked Questions

Do you offer layaway?

We do offer a payout plan for our Stock Bows (the ones that are prebuilt and ready-to-ship). This is a great option for shoppers who fall in love with a Stock Bow and want to secure it before it gets away. With a 10% downpayment, you will be able to split the remaining cost among 6 monthly payments. Each month, you will receive an invoice via email reminding you of your payment due. It is important to note that if the payments are not received in a timely fashion, or if you choose to cancel the purchase, your downpayment is nonrefundable. On each Stock Bow product page, you will see this clickable option. If chosen, the deposit will be calculated for you in the Cart, along with the remaining balance to be split among 6 payments. To shop our Stock Bows, CLICK HERE.  We also offer a short payout on our Custom Bows – with 50% down and the balance due in 4 weeks.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards – VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express – plus PayPal, certified money orders, cashier’s checks and E-Check (secure payment directly from your bank account).

Obviously, we have a great appreciation for the sentimental value of a Wing bow. Bob’s personal collection is proudly displayed in the lobby of our Jacksonville facility. However, determining a build date for any given Wing model typically requires a “best guess”. The records for those bows have long since vanished, and the numbering system changed several times during Wing Archery’s duration. Occasionally, the serial number will suggest a “reverse” month and year that the bow was built. But more often, the numbers were randomized and lend very little information as to the born-on date of the bow.

Can you tell me what my Wing bow is worth?

This is another vague area. As with any collectible, a Wing bow is worth precisely the amount of money a buyer will pay and a seller will accept. Obviously, cosmetics and shootability factor into the amount, but we rarely offer an opinion. While there are a few models that are considered “rare” (such as the Presentation II Short Handle – especially in half Micarta, half Brazilian Rosewood), the majority of the Wing collectibles we see today are still available in great volume, which can sometimes serve to dilute the perceived value of the owner.

I’ve heard that Bob Lee invented the takedown bow -- is this correct?

That is correct. Bob introduced the first detachable limb bow in 1961 with the Presentation II model, an overnight success, a forerunner to the takedown bows on the market today, and considered by many collectors to be the best recurve ever built.

I shoot a compound but I’m considering a tradbow -- how do I know what draw weight I would need?

Typically, a drop down of 15 to 25 percent poundage will be comfortable. A good mid-range hunting weight is 45 pounds, but of course, that can vary depending on what type of game you’re pursuing. 

I have an older Bob Lee that needs refinishing -- do you guys do that?

Yes, we do offer refinishing to restore your Bob Lee (built from 1989 and up), but it’s important to note that we do not offer this service on the Bob Lee WING bows (from the 1970s and earlier). Call us to discuss options and to let us know when you will be shipping your bow so we can help you best manage the time you will be without it. Get more information on our Refinishing Page.

Do you refinish old Wing Bows?

We do not offer refinishing of the old Wing Archery bows. Oftentimes, these bows feature logos and other silkscreens that cannot be preserved during the refinish process, and we feel those add greatly to the sentimental and “vintage” value of the Wing bows. Additionally, we cannot assume liability for these irreplaceable collectibles.

Can you build new limbs for my old Wing Bow?

We get this request quite often, and unfortunately, we cannot build or repair limbs for the vintage bows.  Limb reproduction would require bow presses configured specifically for each of the old Wing models, and we simply do not have equipment with those specs. Likewise, we cannot build limbs for other vintage (non-Wing) bows.

Can I use mechanical releases or sights with your bow?

Yes, but you would need to ship the sight to us so that we can install inserts on your bow. We would also have to add a release loop to the string.

Do you allow visitors to your shop in Jacksonville?

Absolutely. People have traveled long distances to meet the gang and shoot our bows. One family has flown in twice from England, and another couple drove nonstop from New York State! So yes, we’d love to see you. We do ask that you give us a headsup before you start your trip so we can make sure we’re here to greet you and can set aside ample time for your visit.

Do you give tours of your Production Shop?

We welcome all visitors to peruse our Lobby and the Wing collectibles and stock bows therein, but we must limit your visit to the front end of our shop. Our production area is limited to Bob Lee staff only, mostly due to safety concerns (and stern directives from our insurance agent).

Do you offer archery lessons at your Bow Shop?

We don’t “officially” offer archery lessons, but we are available to provide tips and short lessons for our customers just getting into archery. Even if you are a seasoned Bob Lee shooter, we’re happy to help troubleshoot any issues you may be having by observing you at the practice butts here at our Shop. Or, give us a call if you have questions or concerns.

Can you take some of the weight off my bow?

We do offer weight reduction. The amount of weight removal varies from bow-to-bow, depending on a couple of factors: basically, length and width. Our weight reduction service allows us to remove – on average – 3 to 5 pounds from the draw weight of your Bob Lee limbs, and includes tillering to your shooting style, fresh silkscreens, a new string and FREE SHIPPING back to you. Get more information on our Weight Reduction Page.