Courage Takedown Recurve » SAS Bow Review

Southland have only been in the industry since 2007 which makes them newer than a lot of their competition but the SAS bow called Courage is a good bow. The SAS in the name of the bow may lead you to think that it has some some sort of relationship with an Elite military force based in Hereford in the UK (the Special Air Service), but alas... you’d be wrong, the SAS stands for Southland Archery Supply and I’m not sure the real SAS would have much use for a bow and arrow these days, I’m pretty sure they favor guns, explosives and hand-to-hand combat 🙂 Anyway… Let's take a look at how the SAS Courage stands up….

Courage SAS Bow

Scores

Riser

Limbs

Assembly

Accessories

Shooting

Styling

Pros

  • Left and Right Hand models available
  • Usually supplied with 3 year limited manufacturer warranty

Cons

  • Limb tips not reinforced for string upgrades
  • Old iterations come without pre-drilled attachment points for stabiliser / sight

Our Verdict

An attractive good quality traditional barebow that shoots well. Not as easily upgradeable as others in the same category like the Sage or Spyder but if you are looking for a bow to shoot field/target or hunt traditionally with no added extras this may be the bow for you.

Key Features

Southwest Spyder

Draw weights (lbs):

35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60

Weight (lbs):

3

AMO Length (inches):

60

Riser:

Wood, laminated bitangor, makore and chuglam

Limbs:

Laminated maple and makore, black fiberglass finish

Price Range:

Low

Handedness:

Left and right hand models available

Warranty:

3 year limited manufacturers warranty

Package Deal

The Courage is available direct from the manufacturer in a package containing the version of the riser with brass bushings installed for the plunger, stabilizer and sight/quiver. It also comes with a leather arm guard, finger tab, stringer and paper target! Unfortunately there are no arrows or a case included with this package.

Courage SAS Bow Package

Product Review

Riser » 4/4

A laminated wood riser, feels nice solid and durable in the hand and is comparable in quality to other risers in the category like the Sage.

The most recent iteration of the SAS courage comes with pre-installed brass bushings for a plunger, stabilizer and sight / quiver, be careful here because we’ve seen older iterations on sale without any of these fitments pre-installed meaning if you get one of those you’ll either be stuck with a barebow or you’ll need to drill the riser (which will probably invalidate your warranty).

Limbs » 4/5

The limbs are of laminated construction using 2 different woods Maple and Makore, and the face and back of the limb is coated with high strength fiberglass in a matte black finish. These limbs are not reinforced at the end to allow the use of upgraded strings.

The limb length on the Courage give it an AMO length of 60” which is shorter than some others in the same category like the Spyder, Sage and Razorback, if you’re a beginner (and unless you are small in stature and you need a 60” bow) you may want to look at something with a longer limb length which will give you a more forgiving experience.

Shooting » 4/5

If we’re taking the Samick Sage as the benchmark shot in the entry level recurve bow market then this bow shoots comparably to the Sage, there is some vibration but not enough to be overly noticeable and wouldn’t present a major issue with this bow.

The slightly smaller AMO length on this one means it won’t be as forgiving when shooting as vs the Sage or Journey as the limbs just aren’t as long.

Styling » 4/5

Attractive, good looking bow with a nicely styled wooden riser.

Assembly » 4/5

The limbs are located onto the riser using metal pegs to stop limb rotation and then secured using a hex wrench or allen key which should come with the bow. This design is neat and tidy, relatively easy to assemble but due to the tooled assembly not something you’ll want to be performing day in day out and unless you remember your tools, not a bow you’ll want to be taking down when on the road.

Accessories » 3.5/5

In the box you’ll find this bow should arrive with a string and stick on rug style arrow rest which is great if you don’t want to shoot directly off the shelf, there’s usually also a reasonable quality bowstring included.


See the ‘Riser’ section for information on accessory fitments for this bow.

"How does it compare?"

Samick Sage

The Sage is longer than this bow at 62" AMO. The Sage is however slightly heavier, but has a higher quality finish, a bigger range of draw weights, and the benefit that you can also disassemble it without tools. 

PSE Razorback

From the largest US archery manufacturer comes a great beginner bow available for juniors (PSE Jr Razorback) but only up-to 35 lbs draw for adults, that draw weight should be fine whilst you are learning, but if you want to go higher you'll be stuck with the Razorback. Another downside to this bow (for some) may be the white limbs with the PSE logo making it look like a target shooters bow. The Courage has an advantage here over the Razorback as it has a far greater range of draw weights, however the Razorback is slightly lighter.

Martin Jaguar Elite

The Jaguar is only available for right handed shooters, the supplied arrow rest is also a little on the flimsy side and the assembly and disassembly is slightly more fiddly than the Courage however the Jaguar does have a metal riser, comes in black or camo and can be accept ILF limbs should you wish to upgrade it to that level and is again slightly lighter than the Courage.

Southwest Archery Spyder

The ‘Sage killer’ or 'Sage v2' is designed by the same people (but not sold by the same company) as the Samick Sage and it lives upto the hype, it’s lighter, more polished and has slightly better build quality than the Sage. A good looking bow with a wide ranger of draw weights than the Courage and available in 62" or 64" AMO lengths, it is also lighter than the courage by 0.7lbs. Hard to beat this bow on face value.

About the Manufacturer

From an 11,000 sq foot facility in California, Southland Archery Supply focus their efforts on hunting and target archery and make both compound bows, crossbows, and recurves. They field test their bows and are fully aware of what their target market demands and understand hunters and competitors. Southland have been doing this since 2007.

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About the Author David James

I've had a love of shooting since I was a kid. My parents used to tell me I'd never stop bugging them to let me have a real bow and arrow! That desire never really went away and now I own lots and lots of different things you can shoot with, bows, rifles, catapults, you name it I've probably got one. and I still love to shoot them. Please let me know what you think of my work, comment, like, rant, speak up!

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