Ming Moon Series

The Ming Dynasty (1368--1644 AD) was both a period of great revival and great turmoil. The early part of the Ming Dynasty saw the resurgence of China, including the construction of the great sailing fleets of Zheng He that traveled the world. And amid the chaos of the later part of the Ming Dynasty, great generals such as Qi Jiguang made their name, defending the people from pirates and other invaders.

The Ming Moon series is inspired by the Xiaoshao bows (小稍弓) that were used during this fascinating time. These bows are characterized by their short, forward-pointed siyahs, which allow the archer to comfortably launch an arrow with extra speed. Ming Moon bows come in various models to suit the needs of different archers.


Ming Moon 4 (明月四)

Max draw length (from belly): 31"
Length of braced bow: 50.75" (129 cm)
Min warrantied arrow mass: 9.0 grains-per-pound
Price: $400 (up to 45# @ 31"), $420 (50--60# @ 31"), $455 (65--70# @ 31")

The Ming Moon 4 is Mariner's most popular bow. Its small-to-moderate size is suitable for horseback archery.


Ming Moon 6 (明月六)

Max draw length (from belly): 32"
Length of braced bow: 53.25" (135 cm)
Min warrantied arrow mass: 9.0 grains-per-pound
Price: $400 (up to 45# @ 32"), $420 (50--60# @ 32"), $455 (65--70# @ 32")

The medium-sized Ming Moon 6 is great for those who are looking for a middle point between arrow speed and smoothness of draw.


Ming Moon 1 (明月一)

Max draw length (from belly): 34"
Length of braced bow: 59.1" (150 cm)
Min warrantied arrow mass: 10.0 grains-per-pound
Price: $400 (up to 45# @ 34"), $420 (50--60# @ 34"), $455 (65--70# @ 34")

The Ming Moon 1 is suitable for archers with a long draw who want some of the speed and comfort benefits of the Ming Moon series.


Ming Moon 3 (明月三)

Max draw length (from belly): 35"
Length of braced bow: 62.6" (159 cm)
Min warrantied arrow mass: 11.0 grains-per-pound
Price: $400 (up to 45# @ 35"), $420 (50--60# @ 35"), $455 (65--70# @ 35")

The Ming Moon 3 is suitable for archers with a very long draw length who want some of the speed and comfort benefits of the Ming Moon series.


Ming Moon 5 (明月五)

The Ming Moon 5's three-piece takedown system (one riser, two limbs) is a first for Chinese traditional bows. If you find yourself traveling often, you'll definitely appreciate the convenience of this design. As with other Ming Moon models, the tips of the Ming-5 are short, forward-pointed static recurves styled after the Ming dynasty short-siyah bows (小稍弓). You can choose the Shot Limbs model if you want a max draw length of 32", or the Long Limbs model if you want a max draw length of 33". Bow case and arrows not included.