Mathews Inc., founded 1992 in Austin, Minn., by Matt McPherson and Joel Maxfield, manufactures archery equipment, bows and accessories. Archery and bowhunting enthusiasts who own or are planning to buy a Mathews bow may need to know its age for a variety of reasons, including purchasing, selling or other research. Luckily, finding out the year a Mathews bow was made is possible through both online and offline sources.
Visit the Mathews inc. website. Type "www.mathewsinc.com" into the address bar of your browser, or do a Web search for "Mathews Inc." On the home page, select Products in the top horizontal menu, then choose Discontinued in the drop down menu.
Identify your bow. Locate your bow by either matching the picture or by model name, which are listed alphabetically. Beneath each bow are the years that model was produced giving you a 2–5 year manufacturing range of your discontinued bow. Click on the bow to view further information and specifications.
You can use this information to better help narrow down the year of manufacture for a discontinued bow and assist you in narrowing down your bow to the exact year it was made.
Contact a local Mathews retailer. Click on Find a Retailer at the top of the Web page. Choose to search either by zip code or city and state and enter your location information. A local Mathews retailer will be able to tell you the age of your bow and the single year it was made.
Contact Mathews directly. On the Mathews home page click on Customer Support in the top right-hand corner. On the Customer Support page, locate the Submit a Support Request section and click on Technical. Fill out the Contact Information and the Support Request Information forms as directed on the website to request information about the year your bow was made. Be very specific when describing your bow.
Visit Mathews forums. Click on Bowlife at the top center of the website, then choose Mathews Forums from the drop down choices. Click on Register at the top of the forum page to set up a forum account and gain access to posting new message threads and/or respond to forum posts. You will be asked to agree to their terms and fill out a form. At time of publication, Mathews Forums has more than 15,000 active users, many of them professional archery experts who can assist in determining the year your bow was made.
Mary Cole resides in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and works as an engineer for a major wireless company. She began writing professionally in 1999. Cole holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and attended film school at Columbia University in New York City.