Patent Number: 6,253,752

Title: De-tensioning and breakdown system for a compound bow

Abstract: A foldable archery bow has a center section and two flexible arms extending in substantially opposite directions, describing a bow plane, and a separation interface disposed in the center section and positioned to allow the bow to be separated into two separate sections. At least one latching connector is attached to a first point on one of the flexible arms, and is adapted, when the flexible arm to which it is attached is substantially flexed, to latch at a second point on the same side of the separation interface as the first point. By drawing the bow, which flexes the flexible arms, and latching the latching connector, all tension is released from the bow string or strings, and all forces thereby removed from the separation interface. The separation interface, normally fastened in a closed position, may then be unfastened and separated, allowing the bow to divide into the two separate sections forming a smaller package than in the assembled aspect. The bow may be again set up by aligning and refastening the separation interface, drawing the bow, and unlatching the connector, restoring the same tension to the bow that it had before folding. In some embodiments a hinge is employed at the separation interface, allowing the bow to fold, and a variety of force removal mechanisms are taught.

Inventors: Cox; Jimmie D. (Salinas, CA), Bresette; Douglas T. (Shady Cove, OR)


International Classification: F41B 5/00 (20060101); F41B 5/10 (20060101); F41B 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018