The Bear "76er" was first introduced in 1973 as “The bow all of america had been waiting for, the bow that will win over both the Archie Bunkers and the Michael Spivaks,the bow that will enable all americans to get into the challenging sport of archery.” That may have sounded great back in the day but I had to google those names. For those of you, like myself, who don’t know Archie Bunker, was a fictional character from the 1970s American television sitcom All in the Family and its spin-off Archie Bunker's Place, played by Carroll O'Connor. Bunker, a main character of the series, is a World War II veteran, reactionary conservative, blue-collar worker, family man and often Described as a "lovable bigot". Michael David Spivak is an American mathematician specializing in differential geometry, an expositor of mathematics, and the founder of Publish-or-Perish Press.
So yeah,....I’m guessing the meticulous engineering is what would've appealed to Mr. Spivak while their lower price was the selling feature for Archie’s blue collar roots, never the less it appeals to a large group of people, still. What I do know is the Bear 76er was and is a great bow for people to get started out in archery. It featured a “space age magnesium” riser and solid fiberglass limbs, which made these bows almost indestructible. The limbs were originally made to be interchangeable, so you could adjust your draw weight just buy buying extra limbs,which is still the case however replacement limbs are becoming harder to come by. The limbs just slide into the riser and snap into place with no need for tools or expensive limb bolts to lose. Without those clunky bolts the bow retains the classic lines of a traditional recurve. Most of these bows have a 64” AMO, but the great thing about them is that when they are not in use they can be broken down for easy storage and travel. For years they have been popular with sportsmen because of their durability and reliability, and are especially popular as bowfishing bows due to their rugged construction. These bows were ahead of their time and are able to be customized for the archer, with a spot for sights, a stabilizer, interchangeable grips, and as I mentioned before you can also adjust the poundage of the bow by swapping out the limbs. But the true testament to how well these bows were built, is the fact that they are still out there today, in full use. Their low price meant people were more prone to but them thru their paces and these bows were more than up to the challenge, creating an almost cult like following
below is a video review I did of a Great little 76er. It was a great shooting bow that was a lot of fun to shoot!