help choosing first bow
I'm a 26 year old looking to buy my first bow. I've shot my dad's old fred bear a couple of times and I've shot a buddy's Martin he bought at Dick's sporting goods. I'm not sure how these bows stack up to a martin bought from a dealer since they are named something different at Dick's. I'm just starting to look so I don't know my draw length. Last time I shot the bow string hit my arm and swole all up and bruised but I'm guessing that was from having a longer draw length than what's recommended for me (whatever that may be). I hear a lot about Hoyt, PSE, Parker, and some Fred Bear and of course Matthews. I would like to spend less than $450 or maybe $500. Would a martin bow be a bow for me and will it last a long time?