Jackalope Moonstone Hybrid – Mysterious and Fascinating
We’re proud to introduce the German archery brand Jackalope to New Zealand. Jackalope has been crafting fantastic longbows with renowned German quality since 2016 and has gained a global reputation quickly. As a trademark feature they name all bows after gemstones that reflect their modern designs, colours and the desired heart and feel of the bow.
The Moonstone was the 2nd series by Malachite as there was high demand for a very short, fast and snappy bow in dark colours.
What is so good about this bow?
The Moonstone is a very fast and stunning looking bow. It likes a heavier arrow to deal with its speed – making this a wonderful bow for 3D archery or any use in the bush. It has a deep cut arrow shelf that makes arrow selection easy as it accepts a wider variety in spine. Needle thin tips shed unnecessary weight and give extra speed. It has a hand-made Flemish twist string – rare in this price range – making it very quiet. The Dymondwood adds weight and provides stability. The beautiful black grey tint of the riser demonstrates quality and efficiency.
When you take this bow into your hands you feel the excellent quality and craftsmanship. When you string it you will be surprised by the energy that is stored in the pre-tensioning process. When you shoot it for the first time you will be surprised by the speed and accuracy.
The Moonstone wants to be tamed with a heavier arrow and demands a bit more control from the archer – but in return will reward you with speed, precision and a being very short and portable traditional longbow.
The Moonstone has a very elegant design, with a dark-grey, nearly black, colour that still shows the wood grain. The Moonstone gem is said to reduce emotional stress and to support intuition and focus – all important mental skills in archery. Innovative black and grey dymondwood absorbs vibrations and ensures fast and balanced shooting. High quality maple core limbs are combined with black power-fibre glass for even more stability and excellent performance.
At first glance this is a modern longbow – but with 60″ it’s very short. This is a classical feature of a modern hybrid: Shorter bows are made possible by designing longbows with much greater reflex-deflex design. This results in a more compact bow, with a smooth draw, high arrow speed and next to no vibrations. And yet the string doesn’t touch the limbs but only the tips.
Limbs: Maple with Black Power-Fibre Glass
Tips: Bakelite – Fastflight compatible
String: Flemish Twist Dacron
Bow length: 60″
Draw weights: 30# to 55# in 5lbs increments
Recommended Brace Height: 7″ – 7.5″
String: Flemish Twist Dacron included, Fast Flight Compatible
Hand: Available in right and left hand
Maximum draw length: 30″
Included: Bow, string, fur shelf rest
Comes with 2 Year Warranty – see T&Cs for details.
You can test all our bows in person
Get in touch and schedule a visit to test your dream bow on our range at Archery Park Nelson.
If you’re about to buy your first bow you should consider a few things.
1. Start with a low draw weight bow
Archery is a very unique way of using your muscles. Nothing will have prepared you for this. So your muscles and more importantly tendons need to be trained to cope with the stress of pulling and holding back the string. If your bow is too strong very bad posture will become a habit: things like not having a definitive anchor point in your face, head tilted too far backwards or forwards, back leaning backwards, bad release etc. It also increases the risk of injuring your shoulder. Your muscles will build up faster than your tendons, so keep practicing good form with this bow for a month longer than you think you need to before you go up in draw weight.
All adults will be comfortable with 20# and most will be with 25# – our Red Ranger longbow and Beginner Black Hunter are available in those draw weights. If you’re fit and regular work out than 30# should still be fine. The official DOC Hunting draw weight is now only 35# – they too realised that precision beats power.
2. Find out if you need a Right or Left Hand Bow
Find out which one is your dominant eye. This will determine if you will be a right or left hand shooter and if you need a Right or Left Hand Bow (this is counterintuitive, so read on before you order!).
Right Hand Bow: A right hand archer holds the bow in the left hand and pulls the string with the right hand. The arrow will therefore be lined up under the right eye so they can look along the arrow towards the target. The arrow passes the bow handle on the left for right hand bows.
Left Hand Bow: A left hand archer holds the bow in the right hand and pulls the string with the left hand. The arrow will therefore be lined up under the left eye so they can look along the arrow towards the target. The arrow passes the bow handle on the right for left hand bows.
This video explains how to work out which of your eyes is dominant:
Most people when they are right handed are also right eye dominant and vice versa. However a few people are what is called cross-dominant. It is extremely advisable to practice archery according to your eye dominance. So if you’re right handed, but left eye dominant, then you should shoot a left hand bow. I have seen first hand what the difference is when I trained with a good female archer who was cross-dominant but didn’t know about it. Her scores in tournaments were always good, but when we started training with a left hand bow and after she got used to it her scores were off the chart. She shot a simple primitive wooden bow, but her scores made other women in the Recurve class jealous.
3. Get a Bow Stringer
A bow stringer is a useful tool to string your bow and protecting your bow limbs from becoming permanently twisted or damaged. It’s worth the investment and in our opinion totally required for bows with strong recurves like the Black Hunter Recurve. Our Bow Stringer Pro is great, strong and affordable. Nearly every archery store on this planet (ours included) will not warranty twisted limbs if no bowstringer was used.
4. Invest in a good Shooting Glove or Tab
I still use my second glove, it’s now 14 years old. It’s worth the investment! It should fit like a second skin. I like to buy mine one number too small. We got a great rang available that we all tested thoroughly.
5. Get help with your Arrows
Every stick makes a bow, but an arrow is hard work. The arrow needs to fit the bow and you. And it’s a complex system. Even the most basic arrow shaft information, the spine, comes in various ways depending if it’s a wooden, carbon or aluminium shaft. Carbon arrows need also to be splined and they are difficult to lengthen at home. The weight of the arrow tip has as much influence on arrow flight as the type and lengths of feathers. And the length of the arrow has big influence on the dynamic spine. Ask someone to check your nocking point too. If your heads spins by now, just follow my advice and get help – ideally from us!
Oh, and don’t buy an arrow set of Alibaba until you really know what you’re doing AND you can check you got what you ordered at home.
6. Get an Armguard
An armguard is not just to protect you from stringslap ( a hit of the string on the forearm, common on longbows). It can also protect you from serious injuries when anything goes wrong with your arrow, arrow nock or string.
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b bow handles aluminium 2213s and slightly longer 2117s without any problem, while 500 spine carbons seem a bit weak! Would be fine for hunting. Finish on the bow is decent without being special (not a complaint - check the price) and it's fun to shoot. Terrific value. Show Less
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Beautifully made bow at an exceptional price.
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I like it. Comfortable, well made, well priced, jolly good.
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