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Archery Arrow Basics

As a new bow hunter there will be many things you will need to understand in order to get an idea of how all of your archery equipment works. In this video we will be covering all the basics of an arrow and how to decide what arrow you will need to use. If you are new to archery you can usually buy arrows that are pre built with all the components fastened together, but you can always buy everything separate as well and create a more custom arrow as you become more advanced.  

First we will explain the different parts of an arrow and how it is broken up. The shaft is what makes up the body of the arrow. Arrow shafts can come in a few different types of materials. One of them is wood. Wood arrows are commonly used with traditional bows such as recurves and longbows. Another arrow type is aluminum but the most commonly used for compound bows is carbon. There is also carbon and aluminums offered now, which consist of a carbon interior and an aluminum exterior. 

The next component we will cover is the nock. This sits inside the shaft on the back side, where your arrow will connect to your bow string. The nock is designed to clip into the string and hold onto your arrow as you draw your bow back. It is important to make sure your knock doesn’t clip into your string too easily or it is hard to clip on. Both of those factors could affect your tuning on your bow. You want a nock that clips in with the right amount of grip, so you may have to test a few different kinds out at first. 

Fletchings, also referred to as vanes help control the flight of your arrow. These sit at the back of the shaft underneath the nock. There are many different styles of these. Some are low profile and short while others can be a more high profile and longer. As you get more experienced with archery you can try out different styles to see what shoots best out of your bow. 

The last part is the insert. This goes inside of your arrow shaft on the very front end. The insert is what has the threading for your arrowhead to be screwed into. Depending on what diameter arrow shaft you shoot will determine what size of insert you need. You won’t really need to worry about this as most arrow companies provide the proper inserts with the shafts you buy.

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