Darton History


Darton is one of the few archery companies today that can say they have been in the archery business for over 70 years.


A very humble beginning in 1950, in a simpler time, Darton Archery started making leather archery accessories. Darton expanded its growth through its early years making traditional recurve bows. With the introduction of the compound bow, Darton Archery and Rex Darlington became one of the few companies to produce the new bow; a bow with wheels on each end which would become the blueprint for the modern compound bow used today.


Fast forward to today, Darton has become the world's leader in archery technology and innovation, and manufacturer of compound bows. Darton is still a humble family-owned company with one motivation: pushing the limits of its engineering to produce the best performing archery equipment. Darton continually improves its line of bows, holding onto its proven design basics while applying new innovations to an outstanding lineup of compound bows and crossbows for target and 3D competition, and for our primary obsession, hunting! Our bows are designed for men, women, and the youth market. 


Now a few words from the president, head engineer, and holder of numerous archery patents used today by Darton and others in the industry, Rex Darlington. 


Darton will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2020. I would personally like to thank all Darton employees who have contributed to our success. I am grateful to the dealers who have taken in our products and have shown us loyalty when there are so many other products in the marketplace. They had faith in our quality and top-performing equipment. We appreciate the patronage of each and every archer that has picked up a Darton bow and created a memory. And it’s you, the consumer, that has made Darton their choice that made 70 years happen. I thank you all.”

Rex Darlington

Darton Owner

A historic informational source was Vintage Archery, Darton;  http://www.vintagearchery.org/darton.html

Rex & Barbara Darlington

1998 Safari to Africa

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Darton bows are 
Made in Hale, Michigan and have been since 1966



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'Did You Know' Historic Darton Facts

Ralph Darlington began making Darton archery accessories in 1950,

as an outgrowth of a business he developed to supply the automotive industry with leather goods. They made thick leather protective welders aprons and protective padded gloves for sheet metal workers. It wasn’t too difficult for the same people and machinery to begin cutting and sewing products for the archery industry.

Darton produced hunting and target recurve bows throughout the 1960s. 


In 1965 the Darton Thunderbird had a hand checkered grip, inlay yardage markers in the riser, and an adjustable scope. No bow at the time had been sold for $200, but that’s what dealers were able to get for this target model.

Darton did not use the Allen Compound Bow patent when they designed their first compound bow in 1975. 


This ten-wheel compound was also patented and a lot different than the other compound bows of its time.

Darton patented the first true Center Shot Design in 1976.

[Pat. #4,079,723]

Darton has made some of the fastest shooting bows in archery during its 70 years of existence.


Having the fastest shooting bow is great, but speed comes in second to shootability at Darton.

Shootability is defined as dependability, stability, and consistency of a shot.

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Darton introduced the first hybrid cam to archery. 


The Darton CPS Cam Technology brought the ‘forced draw curve’ and ‘let-off’ into conversations as people discussed the new single-cam. 

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Darton introduced a hybrid bow that looked more like a wrist rocket than a conventional compound.


The stinger turned out to be more controversial than successful and was shelved for a later date.

Does this remind you of a crossbow prototype, perhaps?

Darton is in innovator of youth compound bow cam technology.


[Pat. #6,994,079 B1]

Darton Archery products are covered and/or licensed by one or more of the following patents, and Additional Patents Pending.














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