Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

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Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:14 pm

Grizzly 1949-1953 - Static Recurve - Single Shelf - 62"

Leather Wedge Shelf Under Leather Grip

1949-50 - Woven Glass Back, Alum Lam under Walnut Belly
1949-50 - Woven Glass Back, Alum Lam under Cherry Belly
1951 - Blond Glass Back, Alum Lam under Cherry Belly
1952 - Blond Glass Back & Belly
1953 - Red Glass Back & Belly
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Re: Bear Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:15 pm

Grizzly 1954-1957 - Static Recurve, Double Shelf, 62"

1954 - Red Glass
1955/56 - Black Glass, Wood Underlays
1957 - Black Glass, No Underlays
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Re: Bear Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:15 pm

Grizzly 1958-1963, Working Recurve, Single Shelf, 62"

1958 – Gray Glass, Wedge Sight Window
1959 – Carmel Glass Belly, Pea Green Back, 2 Dark Chevrons in Sight Window
1960 – Carmel Glass Belly, Pea Green Back, 1 Dark Chevron in Sight Window
1961 – Camo Painted
1962 – White Glass
1963 – Aqua Glass, Angled Dogleg Riser
1963 – Aqua Glass, Angled Dogleg Riser
1963 – Aqua Glass, Curved Dogleg Riser
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Re: Bear Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963

Postby seboomook » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:22 pm

Thanks Wade
You're bringing these ID guides back better than ever!
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Re: Bear Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grips

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:45 pm

These Guides are simply basic tools that many of us need to use daily.

Let me know if anyone has any ideas to improve them.
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Re: Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grip Years

Postby Seneca Archer » Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:42 pm

Wade (or anyone),

Was the '61 only cataloged in camo? I'm sure someone must have looked beneath...... what did you find??

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Re: Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grip Years

Postby 4runr » Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:01 pm

Plain Jane maple riser and red/brown glass on both sides. Lots of stress lines as well. At least that's what mine has. I'm in the process of refinishing it, it won't be original ;)
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Re: Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grip Years

Postby Cody Roiter » Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:30 pm

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Re: Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grip Years

Postby Seneca Archer » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:02 pm

4runr wrote:Plain Jane maple riser and red/brown glass on both sides.
Solid riser...no I-beam or 60/40?

4runr wrote:I'm in the process of refinishing it, it won't be original
You are going to let us see the (re)finished, (un)original, "4runr-ized" '61 when you're done right? At least bring it down to one of the shoots next year so Chuck & I can check it out.... :!:

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Re: Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grip Years

Postby Seneca Archer » Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:10 pm

Wade,
I'm curious why you call bow # 6 from left "angled" dogleg vs #7 "curved" dogleg -- to my untrained eye they look just opposite??
Also don't recall seeing one like #7--can you fill in a few more details if possible, wood types & the wrist seems way higher and kind of tapering towards top....any background on this one?

Wade Phillips wrote:1963 – Aqua Glass, Angled Dogleg Riser
1963 – Aqua Glass, Curved Dogleg RiserAttachments
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1958 – Gray Glass
1959 – Carmel Glass Belly, Pea Green Back, 1 Dark Chevron in Sight Window
1960 – Carmel Glass Belly, Pea Green Back, 2 Dark Chevrons in Sight Window
1961 – Camo Painted
1962 – White Glass
1963 – Aqua Glass, Angled Dogleg Riser
1963 – Aqua Glass, Curved Dogleg Riser
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Re: Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grip Years

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:07 pm

Yule -

The Angled Dogleg appeared in the 1963 Catalog, and was later replaced with the beefier curved Dogleg.

Wood type stated in catalog was Tropical Walnut.

I originally had the order with Angled Dogleg first, but edited the image to putting the Angled Dogleg last, and failed to change the order in the text.

After reading your question, I edited the text, and put the Angled Dogleg last. Thanks so much for calling the oversight to my attention.

There are a some of the Angled Doglegs floating around. One was listed on eBay a few months ago. The one in the image is one Roy took a photograph of a late last summer. Some other guys have them too.
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Re: Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grip Years

Postby bowhunterfrompast » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:40 pm

Cody....what year is your Grizzly?
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Re: Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grip Years

Postby Cody Roiter » Sat Nov 28, 2009 4:46 am

bowhunterfrompast wrote:Cody....what year is your Grizzly?


Rick, I dont know I would like to find out the year.. I been told it could be a 1952 and or 1953

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Re: Grizzly Identification Guide - 1949-1963 Leather Grip Years

Postby Wade Phillips » Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:27 am

Cody -

Your Grizzly looks like it has blond glass on the back and belly, which would make it a 1952

Refer to the top photograph.

The blond glass was Bear's first attempt to make the unidirectional glass. The intensity of the color of blond glass varies, some is almost clear to some that is almost yellow.
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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby Wade Phillips » Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:29 am

Bernie -

Sent you a PM regarding your 1961 Grizzly...
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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby bowdoc » Fri Dec 11, 2009 8:54 am

SA I have striped many 1961 Grizzly's of thier original camo finish and I've found everything from pastel green to clean fiberglass used o them great shooters.bd
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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby Seneca Archer » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:03 am

bowdoc wrote:I have striped many 1961 Grizzly's of thier original camo finish and I've found everything from pastel green to clean fiberglass used o them great shooters


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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby cacciatore » Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:21 pm

Thanks Wade,you are recreating what was destroied :rolf:
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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby Simon » Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:33 pm

My first contribution...

I restored a 1961 grizzly not long ago. Here is what the bow looked like when I got it.

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See the tennis ball grip? Cut to center window.

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Here it is along side a 1959 Grizzly I refinished a while back. Look at the difference between the shelves. The 1960 Grizzly has the same shape shelf as the 1959.

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Here you can see the difference between the 1960 and 1961 shape. Both were flat on the floor. The 1961 has more deflex than the 59' and 60'.

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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby kurtbel5 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:00 pm

Simon
Are you able to shoot these 2 side by side yet?? what do you feel the differences are?
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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby Simon » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:04 pm

Kurt

I refinished the 1961 with the help of one of your reproduction coins and have shot side by side the 1959, 45 @ 28 and the 1961, 45# @ 28 and found that the 61 seemed to be a little quicker. I did not chrono them though. Both are very silent but, I hate to admit it, I think the 61 actually is of a better design.

I’ll post pictures here later tonight.

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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby Simon » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:34 pm

OK here is a pic of the restored 1961 Grizzly. In order not to further more denaturate this thread, I’ll start a new one with the title «1961 Grizzly camo restoration».

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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby 4runr » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:26 pm

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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby Tony Wallace » Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:06 pm

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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby Wade Phillips » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:59 pm

It's true, some guys can't leave well enough alone. Yes, I am one of them.

Just edited the 1958 to 1963 post above and replaced the previous image with this one.
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Re: Grizzly - Identification Guide 1949-1963, Leather Grip Years

Postby bowhunterfrompast » Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:15 pm

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