Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

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Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:58 am

This basic guide is designed to aid in identifying production Kodiak Specials from 1955-1967. Although some lengths listed are not shown in the Bear Catalog for that year, all lengths listed do actaully exist.

Not shown are experimental Kodiak Specials and the many factory variations of normal production bows.

Because the lettering and numbering sequence for Kodiak Special serial numbers changed several times from 1955 to 1967, and some sequences repeat several years apart, it is oftentimes unwise to use serial numbers to attempt to identify the year a Kodiak Special was made. Ignore the serial numbers and use these photographs to assure that you identify the year of the Kodiak Special correctly.

Bear Kodiak Specials 1955-1960

Produced in these lengths...

1955 - 60”, 64”,……. 68”,….… – Gray glass back, brown glass belly, decal logos
1956 - 60”, 64”,……. 68”,.…… – Gray glass back, brown glass belly, silk screen logos
1957 - 62”, 64”, 66, 68”, 70” – Tan glass, 2-color tombstone sight window - 68" not in Bear Catalog
1958 - 62”, 64”, 66, 68”, 70” – Tan glass, rosewood sight window
1959 - 62”, 64”, 66, 68”, 70” – Gray glass back, white glass belly, flared riser inset over glass
1960 - 62”, 64”, 66, 68”, 70” – Gray glass back, white glass belly, crescent riser inset under glass

1959 #s - http://tradgang.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=14;t=002059#000000
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:59 am

Bear Kodiak Specials 1961-1967

Produced in these lengths...

1961 – 63”, 66”, 69” – Soft Green glass, Zebrawood Riser
1962 – 63”, 66”, 69” – Soft Green glass, Brazilian Rosewood Riser
1963 – 63”, 66”, 69” – White glass, Rosewood Caps, Bubinga Riser, Shelf in front of Caps
1964 – 63”, 66”, 69” – White glass, Rosewood Caps, Bengal Wood Riser, Rounded SW Corner
1965 – ……. 66”, 69” – White glass, Brazilian Rosewood Caps, Bubinga Riser, Scalloped SW Corner
1966 – ……. 66”, 69” – White glass, Golden Rosewood Riser, Brazilian Rosewood Strip along belly
1967 – ……. 66”, 69” – White glass, Zebrawood Riser, Angled Black Phenolic Inset

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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide

Postby kurtbel5 » Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:02 pm

Thank you Wade I will go edit :oops:
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:27 pm

All five length of the 1960 Kodiak Special Deluxe...

1960 - 62", 64", 66", 68", 70"

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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide

Postby Seneca Archer » Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:38 pm

Thanks for resurrecting this guide Wade. This is one of the ones I regret not downloading from the old TG site.

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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:46 pm

Yule - My pleasure to resurrect the Kodiak Special Identification Guide. I will try to make it even better.

The new 1955-1960 Photograph is probably better when it is enlarged to its full size.

I will also try to incorporate some of lesser known facts so overall this Guide should be a noticeable improvement.
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Wade Phillips » Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:45 am

Kurt no need to edit, as it was a legitimate question on this forum.

I truly appreciate you asking the question, because your question prompted me to look at this thread again.
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Wade Phillips » Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:56 am

Updated and edited the text and images above. Replaced 1960 Kodiak DeLuxe image with a better one...

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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby seboomook » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:11 am

Thanks Wade, I'm thinking this, and the grizzly thread would be great "stickies" along with the Kodiak guide.
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby dickvtas » Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:18 pm

Great Post as always , Can any of you explain why the '59-up specials don't get the crazy prices of the Kodiaks? Dick
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Wade Phillips » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:27 pm

Dick - Good question. Lots of answeres.... here are few to get you started....

1 - Not many guys collecting Kodiak Specials. Not many guys even know how good the 62" KS shoot.

2 - 1959 to 1967 Kodiak Specials are generally considered to be target bows, that is especially true in the longer lengths of 66", 68", 69" and 70".

3 - A 62" 55# 1959 Kodiak Special with beautiful wood in excellent condition will sell for big bucks. You just haven't seen the right auction yet for a hunting weight, hunting length, Kodiak Special.

4 - I have never seen a photograph of Fred shooting a 1959 to 1967 Kodiak Special, have you?
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby dickvtas » Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:12 am

Thanks Wade- I have a 55# '62 ks and a45# '61 ks and a50# '56ks, they are all real great shooters as you stated. Thanks for all your input!!!!
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby 4runr » Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:14 pm

Wade,

Over on Tradgang, the photos you put up of the '55 KS shows Pea Soup Green glass on the back, however, in your post here and there it says brown glass on the back. Did some of them have brown and some green?

Asking because someone over there asked about ID's on a couple Bears.

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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Wade Phillips » Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:28 pm

Kenny -

Thanks for catching that. You have a good eye. The gray and brown were reversed when I re-created the descriptions here shorty after we were exiled. I have straightened them out now.

The photos on TradGang show a bow with the finish discolored so the gray glass looks to be Pea Soup Green. Lots of guys think the glass on the 55 and 56 Specials is really green, rather than gray. It is just the 55 years of the finished becoming discolored.

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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby 4runr » Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:36 pm

Sorry man. Went back and looked at the photo again and saw your note.
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Wade Phillips » Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:14 am

In 1964, the standard Bear Kodiak Specials were routed for and equipped with the new decorative Bear Custom Bristle Rest and Adjustable Nylon Arrow Plate. All Kodiak Specials under 50 lbs, would accept the new Bear Premier Bowsight.

The 1964 to 1966 catalogs also stated that any Kodiak Special could be special ordered without the sight window routed. The 1967 Kodiak Special Catalog page did not offer this option.

Does anyone have a 1964 to 1966 Kodiak Special that does not have the sight window routed out?
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Aeronut » Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:30 am

Thanks for reposting this Wade. Now maybe I can figure out what year mine is. I'm thinking it is a '57.

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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Aeronut » Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:15 pm

I guessed wrong on mine. It is a 1956 model. 64" 50#@27".

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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Wade Phillips » Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:59 am

Dennis,

There are also some 1956/1957 Transition Kodiak Specials that have the 1956 Risers and the 1957 Tan Glass. I didn't want to add these Transition Bows to the list as it can confuse some people.

Just wanted to mention the 1956/1957 bows as perhaps your bow is one of these Tradition Kodiak Specials?
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Re: Kodiak Special - Identification Guide 1955-1967

Postby Wade Phillips » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:38 am

Just added this text as the third paragraph to the first post of this thread....

Wade Phillips wrote:
"Because the lettering and numbering sequence for Kodiak Special serial numbers changed several times from 1955 to 1967, and some sequences repeat several years apart, it is oftentimes unwise to use serial numbers to attempt to identify the year a Kodiak Special was made. Ignore the serial numbers and use these photographs to assure that you identify the year of the Kodiak Special correctly."



This example illustrates how unreliable serial numbers are to identify Kodiak Specials....

Bottom is a 1960 Kodiak Special, serial number XG009

Top is a 1956 Kodiak Special serial number XG220

Use the photographs in the Kodiak Special Identification Guide to identify the year of your Kodiak Special.
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