Martin Jaguar Review | A Recurve Bow Inspection

Martin jaguar takedown recurve bow review


A recurve bow like the Martin Jaguar Takedown is really for master archers and traditionalists who find that hunting with a compound bow is less sportsmanlike. Having to get closer to your prey near feeding ground and trails, being more mindful of the wind, and having to ensure that your shooting lane is clear is much more of a challenge to a more skillful hunter who want a more difficult experience.

But the good thing about a bow like the Jaguar Takedown is that it is both for more adept bow-hunters as well as an excellent starting model for beginners aiming for smaller, closer game or even learning to shoot for the first time. It’s equally satisfying for experienced hunters of whitetail and big buck deer who have grown weary of shooting from afar safely with maximum precision and not having to use your fingers upon release and for first timers shooting paper bullseyes in their backyards.


Who is this bow designed for?

– Experienced hunters looking for a challenge

– First timers looking to build their shooting skills.

Martin jaguar takedown recurve bow review
Martin jaguar takedown bow recurve bow review


 Here are the Martin Jaguar Takedown’s most interesting    attributes.

  1. Lightweight Construction

    – One of the most important factors in choosing the right bow is the weight. Too heavy and holding it during the draw becomes more cumbersome. The harder it is to hold the bow during the draw, the less accuracy you’re going to be able to achieve. You do need some weight to offset and center your arrow when you draw, but it can’t be too heavy. The perfect balance between the limbs can make or break any shot. The Martin Jaguar Takedown riser weighs about 2.7 pounds. It’s this light because of it’s predominantly magnesium/aluminum build and the natural compact size of takedown-style bows. This lack of excessive mass lets the user hold it steadier during draws and not tire, allowing them to focus more on accuracy and shooting lanes. The wooden frame comes with both a pure black as well as camo paint design for both night and day hunters.

This is a advantage that compound bows don’t have, since the pulley system that makes the draw on those kinds of bows easier is offset by mass it adds to the overall bow mass. Because you’re having to support the actual draw weight not corrected like a compound bow, a recurve bow needs to be lighter so the strain of supporting it doesn’t supply additional strain on your wrist as you aim and shoot. This is why Martin Archery made the Jaguar so light in the first place.


  1. Laminated Wood and Glass Removable Limbs

    – Takedown recurve bows are attractive because they are easier to disassemble and store compactly. You also have the ability to use different limbs with a takedown bow. This also makes stringing your bow a lot easier than with traditional recurve bows. You may not want this option when using the Jaguar, since the limbs it does come with are laminated wood and glass and are pretty amazing to begin with. Even more interesting, Martin Archery markets different limb designs that you can interchange with the Jaguar. Changing out the limbs of such a bow has an effect on both string length and overall size as well as draw strength. You may get a smoother bow with more forgiveness if you put limbs meant for a high draw strength, but this will also translate into a loss of said strength.

The best option is to use the limbs that come with the Jaguar and only make any substitutions if you know exactly the kind of performance you want and have experience experimenting with different limb sizes. Limbs are easy to interchange and simple for most people to figure out (it is referred to in the owner’s manual). In any case, the laminated wood and glass construction of these limbs are both beautiful and functional, as this reduces any drag and makes the draw incredibly smooth – totally consistent with the lightweight, metal construction of the riser. The accompanying carrying case makes storage and transport of such a large bow easy and efficient.


  1. Improved accuracy

    – There is a reason many bow fishermen like to use the Jaguar, causing Martin to create a bow fishing variation on it. All its distinguishing attributes (it’s lightweight construction, versatile and varying draw weight options, limb versatility, sleek design, comfort grip, durable riser and ease of draw) make the Jaguar exceptionally accurate. Most recurve bows have a range of about 20-30 yards due to the strain of the draw having an negative impact on the speed the arrow can attain, causing the shooter to correct for decreasing depth and arc most of their shots. Because the Jaguar is easier to shoot than most other recurve bows, there is little draw weight offset due to steading shot. Recurve bows are harder to master because you’re having to compensate for so many factors – your arm tiring the further back you draw your shot, long limb length, correcting for depth and range, etc.

The Jaguar is the kind of recurve bow that was made specifically to address the disadvantages inherent in these types when compared with compound bows. Lighter, sleeker, smoother and easier to use and line up a shot, this gives it tremendous accuracy and little need for depth correction. It may not have the same range as a compound bow depending on the kind of draw strength you opt for, but it does have comparable accuracy in 20-30 yard ranges, even more so in some cases. This make it ideals for small game or fish from afar or larger game up close.


  1. 29-55 lb. Draw Weight options

    – Most bows come at varying draw weights. You can customize the draw strength based on your experience with such bow and arms strength. The Jaguar is available in a wider range of draw weight than usual for recurve bows. You can get it at 29 lbs., 35 lbs., 40 lbs., 45 lbs., 50 lbs., and 55 lbs. The higher the draw weight, the hard it will be to draw a shot. But this also translate to arrow velocity and target penetration. The only downside to a larger draw weight is a negative impact on accuracy. The harder you have to hold your arm and wrist steady while aiming, the less accurate your shot will be upon release. That means that if you’re not used to drawing at 45 to 55 lbs., it won’t matter how fast your arrow goes because it won’t go anywhere near your target.

The most important factor you must consider when deciding upon a draw weight is your comfort while preparing a shot. The steadier you can hold your bow when lining up, the more accurate your shot will be. This is where knowing where to hit your target can compensate for a slower arrow. That’s why the Jaguar is so excellent in this regard. Anywhere from 35-40 lbs is fine for a beginner. Now, if you have previous experience with bow that are stringed for a larger draw weight, then you can order a Jaguar with the 55 lbs. draw weight option and (as long as you can shoot it accurately) can hunt for larger and more robust game.


  1. Smoother performance

    The Jaguar is one of the most popular recurve bows not because of its power or accuracy (though it does excel in these regards) but because of how smooth it shoots. This is because of it’s slender riser construction and thin build. The low vibration levels and lack of grip torque lets this bow shoot much straighter upon release. This is because the riser is larger than normal, cause most of the shock to be absorbed and less residual energy is dispersed when making a shot. Another added benefit of this smoothness is the total lack of sound it offers. Even if you don’t put on string whisher or limb dampeners, this still very unlikely to spook any surrounding wildlife. Also, because the grip is so comfortable, it’s easier to steady your arm while drawing and aiming.

In addition to these features, with such adjustable risers and limbs, it’s much easier to tune this bow to the perfect type of shot you are most comfortable with. The 10 strand string also adds to the smoothness of shot launched from this model. Also, because the bow is so balanced, there’s no tendency for it to sway to the sides. The riser doesn’t dig into your hand when drawing, so this also adds a level of comfort that enhances how smooth the Jaguar shoots. And since the CPC arrow shelf provides for maximum arrow clearance, you will hardly have to tune it in the first place. This makes it compatible with most any type of arrow to accommodate your shooting style.


What we like:

– Lightweight

– Very accurate

– Easy for beginners yet challenging for veteran archers

– Smooth performance

– Quiet shooting


Our Concerns:

– Only currently available for right-handed archers

– Slight discomfort for those with large hands




  1. Q. What accessories does it come with?
  2. Bowstring, stringer, owner’s manual, and warranty. It does not come with arrows or a string nock.
  3. Q. What’s the draw length?
  4. 30 inches.
  5. Q. Can you put a quiver on this bow?
  6. Yes, you can.



The Martin Jaguar Takedown Recurve is easily the best of this type at both a low price point without sacrificing performance as a result. Comfortable and easy to use, quiet even without silencers and customizable and adjustable in terms of draw strength and limb tuning, it is versatile for different kinds of bow hunter or general archers. Because it’s so lightweight, you can use is in almost any environment as long as you’re close enough to make the most accurate shot possible. Regardless if you view it as the ideal unit for bow-fishing or hunting for deer (big or small), it has appeal to both beginners and experienced archers. Highly recommended.


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