Why is it bad to dry fire a bow?


Why is it bad to dry fire a bow?

In: Engineering

The energy that usually propels the arrow forward instead travels through the limbs and can cause breaking.

ELI5: what is a dry fire bow?

The fast moving tightly pulled cord can cut flesh, cause lacerations, and the force is transfered into the body of the bow, risking a violent snapping of the bow limb(s)

When you draw a bow, you load it either energy and the arms curl in.

Letting go means the the arms snap out. If they snap out too fast, they can overextend and crack.

The weight of the arrow slows down their snap back and absorbs energy. Without that arrow, they can snap back much harder.