decided to try out my new bow today, was itching all over never bothered to use armguard shooting recurve, could get a slap every now and then but it was never bad. first and second shots were fine. third shot the string hit my arm, happenes so I adjusted my position for the 4th shot but it slapped again. stung a bit but I didn´t bother. 5th - 7th shot were all fine and then no 8 the string hit my arm again, this time it hurt so I pulled up my sleve to have a look.... got a big red bump sticking out, 2" across, 3" long and stcking out about 1/4" - ouch! I´m putting this one in the beginner´s archery... I knew very well I should have used an arm guard.. apart from that I´m very happy with the bow, very nice and I did 8 arrows in a 1 1/2 circle from 10 yards. very happy with that considering I haven´t held a bow for 10 yrs.