Caring for your Equipment: Arrows

Correct and constant maintenance is necessary to prepare the arrows to fly and to increase their lifespan.

The correct fit of the tips is important for an arrow. Since the arrows are subjected to enormous energies on launch and especially on impact, the archer must check the arrows again and again. It does not necessarily have to do with a bad dealer or bad material when an arrow fragments!

To lengthen the life of the arrows one should consider the following things:

1. The tips and the inserts must always be perfectly glued. If you tap on a hard object with the tip of the arrow, you can feel vibrations when the tip is loose. In this case, the insert and tip must be completely removed and reglued. Screw tips are good for bow tuning, but glued tips are better for the arrow.

2. The cams must be checked and replaced regularly.

3. Springs must be checked again and again. The surface must be smooth, no edges, no small wrinkles shall weaken the original shape of the feathers. Natural feathers should not contain any breakage and should have an identical shape.

4. The arrow shafts must be cleaned from time to time. This is best done with alcohol. Cleaning agents containing solvents attack the material and should not be used. Especially the particles from the targets, which often accumulate in the front area of the shaft, change the total weight of the arrow and influence a good grouping.

5. Compound shooters often use silicone spray to make it easier to pull the arrows out of the target. The silicone spray is rejected by most arrow manufacturers since these solvents carry into the shaft and the adhesive, which is used for the carbon, gradually dissolves. As a result, the arrow becomes brittle.

Indeed, it is a problem for the compound shooters to pull the arrows out of the target as gently as possible. You should then use a silicone oil and not a spray.

Wrapping up our first part of our Caring for your equipment series

The arrows are the most important part of the equipment. It’s not much use to shoot an expensive bow with cheap arrows. The arrows should correspond to the quality of the bow and the archer and thus should be handled with care!

The arrows must be checked for damage during cleaning. Especially for carbon arrows: if a carbon arrow is damaged, it must be replaced. It may also not be used for technical training. A damaged carbon arrow can splinter and injure the archer.