From 1959-1960 Shakespeare introduced the Model 100 through Model 600 series of recurves. These were beautifully crafted laminated wood and fiberglass. They had leather wrapped grips, and if right handed, had the name of RH-100, 200, 300, etc. If left handed, they of course were LH-100 and so on. In 1961, the leather grip was dropped, so was the RH 100..LH100. After 1962 Shakespeare dropped “Model” designations which were replaced with the ”X“ models and the bows took on a more sleek design, showing the Ernie Root influence. From 1961-65 the Model X17 was a slender 62 inch target / hunting bow with white, gray and /or green fiberglass. 35 lb - 60 lb (1961-62 right hand only- left hand special ordered 1961-62). 6 inch sight window. brace height 6 3/4.
In 1964 Shakespeare began naming their hunting bows after famous hunting areas. "The Necedah" X26 was introduced in 1964 and the X17 was re-introduced as the Ocala X17 in 1966.
|Lewis Kent's 1962 X17-62 in excellent condition|
- AMO 62"
- draw weigh 30 - 60 Lbs
- riser: Benge exotic hardwood
- Glass: white
- left hand special order in 1962
- 6 inch sight window
- 6 3/4 inch
- limbs 1 3/4 wide
- Ocala x17 1966, Ocala x17A with sight after 1970, Ocala X14A with sight 1971
- 62 AMO, (60 AMO after 1970, 1971 X14A was 62")
- Weight 30, 35, 40, 45 50, 55, and 60 lbs. (rare)
- Handle of laminate of Benge and zebra wood (after 1970 Bubinga Riser)
- Limbs 2 inch wide Olive green glass (after 1970 cinnamon brown glass 2 inch limbs)
- Tips- Benge and Cherry (after 1970 Cinnamon and white)
- Semi-pistol grip
- Brace height 7 7/8 inches
- Sight window 6 inches
- Arrow speed- 12 shot average. 410 grain arrow
1. 45 lb. Ocala 62"--------------- 178.97 FPS2. 60 lb. Ocala 60"--------------- 194.10 FPS
|Shakespeare - Root riser comparison|
|My 1968 62" 45# Ocala|
|1970 Ocala Special X-14A|
|1971 Ocala Special X-14A|
- Ocala X14A with Pro Hunter sight 1970, 1971
- 62 AMO
- Weight- 40, 45, 50, and 55 lbs
- Riser- Bubinga
- rest- Shakespeare "Hunter Rest"
- Limbs- 2 inch wide cinnamon brown and white glass
- Tips- Benge and Cherry
- Semi-pistol grip
- Brace height- 7 7/8 inches
- Sight window- 6 inches 1970, 6 1/2 inches 1971
- Arrow speed- 12 shot average. 410 grain arrow42 lb. Ocala X14-A ---------- 175.56 FPS
The term "rare" often gets over used today but I think RARE aptly describes the X-14-A. The Ocala Special X-14A was designed as a hunting bow. It is a modified Ocala with longer limbs and a factory mounted Bow sight. This bow was manufactured for just two years and it is a very hard bow to find today. Since I have been collecting vintage bows I had not seen a single X-14A offered for sale, trade or auction. Then this summer my friend Lewis Kent spotted one on eBay and he won the auction. His bow is in excellent condition with the medal medallion, the original arrow rest and strike plate, it has the original bow sight which is missing the pins. The bow has a few minor scuffs but it is in beautiful shape.
Lewis Kent's Rare Right Hand Ocala Special X-14A
My Lefty Ocala X-14A
Lewis lent me his bow to photograph for this blog. When I layed my bow next to his, I noticed a couple differences. The riser window in my LH is slightly larger than then his RH bow. The decals are also placed differently. As I was preparing to take some photos, it occurred to me that I might be shooting a very rare photograph, perhaps the only known photograph of a right handed and left handed Ocala Special X-14A together, an very rare confluence in the history of archery!!!
My Ocala X14-A LH with Lewis Kent's Ocala X14-A RH 1971 Ocala X-14A magazine AD
|My restored 60 lbs. Ocala is a beautiful and hard-hitting bow!!|
|the author with his ram harvested with the OCALA 1967|