Never Fire a
No matter what type, size, brand, or style of arrow you choose to shoot,
you must always inspect each arrow for damage before each shot. Proper
care of your new arrows can ensure years of quality performance.
However, shafts can become damaged, and shooting a damaged arrow is
extremely unsafe! Never assume ANY arrow is safe
-- not even a BRAND NEW arrow --until you have
verified it yourself. It is your responsibility to check your
equipment and be sure your arrows are always in good condition.
Flex Testing Routine
inspect the arrow for defects, hold it on both ends and flex it away from yourself
(and others) while visibly and audibly checking for splinters, cracks,
nicks, or dents. Rotate and repeat this inspection several times to make
certain the arrow shaft is not damaged in any way. If you find the arrow
to be damaged - destroy it immediately. Shooting damaged arrows
can result in arrow failure and possible bodily injury.
Most Arrows Get Damaged
Ironically, the reason most arrows get damaged is because modern
equipment is simply too good. In years past, the recreational
archer was often happy with paper plate accuracy and groups of
4-8" within a typical bowhunting range. But those days are long
gone. With modern equipment, even a novice archer can practically
pile arrows into the same hole at 20 or 30 yards. Unfortunately,
shooting tight groups means there is a chance that an incoming arrow can
strike and damage an arrow that's already in the target. If one
arrow strikes another, the force of the impact can cause lateral cracks
or dents on the arrow shaft. This
dramatically weakens the arrow shaft. AND IF YOU DON'T
FLEX-TEST all your arrows before shooting the arrows again, you may not
detect the damage. So when you fire the arrow again later, it can
buckle and snap upon release. This will put your bow hand (the
hand holding the bow) at great risk of making contact with the moving
segments of the broken arrow. Unfortunately, in a toughness
contest between your hand and an arrow shaft, the arrow shaft always
Other 1: Always
Shoot Arrows of Sufficient Length
It is very important your graphite arrows are trimmed to the correct
length to match your equipment. Arrows that are too short can become
lodged in the arrow rest or behind the riser of the bow (obstructed
path). Shooting an
arrow that is lodged in a bow or arrow rest in this manner will almost
certainly result in arrow failure, damage to your equipment, and/or personal
injury. The end of your arrow shaft (not including the tip) should sit
approximately 1 inch (2.4 cm) in front of the arrow rest (or more) when
you are at full draw. An arrow that is “just” long enough is too
short! Please note that changing your bow’s draw length and/or
draw stop peg setting (for bows equipped with this feature), will likely
change your arrow length requirements. Also, as your bowstring
ages and stretches (as all bowstrings do) your bow's effective draw
length will slowly increase - particularly if the string set is left in
service for an extended period. If you choose not to have your
string serviced and replaced at regular intervals, be advised that your
bow's arrow length requirements may change over time.
Other 2: Seat Nocks Properly on the String
Before firing your arrow, make sure the nock is properly seated all the
way against the string.
Be advised that some nocks use a “2-click” procedure, where the nock
isn’t fully seated until
you hear the second click. Failure to properly nock your arrow on the
string may cause the
arrow to fall (or partially fall) from the string during the drawstroke.
This could result in a
dry-fire or an obstructed path shot which could damage your equipment
and/or cause bodily
Take a look at the painful photograph at right,
provided by fellow archer Percy Giblin from Houston, TX.
THIS IS A WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF YOU FIRE A DAMAGED
statistically this type of injury qualifies as a "freak accident," it does happen to a number of archers each season. And while it may be intuitive to
"blame the arrow," the reality is that all brands, all types, all
models, and all sizes of arrows can fail upon release if they are
damaged prior to the shot.
And don't assume that expensive arrows are any less susceptible.
They are not. Any arrow, aluminum or carbon, small diameter or
large diameter, camo finish or black finish, light or heavy, cheap or
expensive, popular or obscure, WILL BREAK IF
THE ARROW IS DAMAGED PRIOR TO THE SHOT.
If you ignore flex-test safety procedures, your damaged arrow shaft
can buckle and snap when you shoot it again.
Unfortunately, some of the broken pieces will likely continue
accelerating, often with unpredictable
direction. If you're lucky, the broken pieces will fly away from
your bow hand (the hand holding the grip). If it's
not your lucky day, you'll be making a trip to the emergency room. So
don't risk it. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT FIRST!
If you have other questions about arrow safety or any other concerns
about your new
arrows, please call our pro-shop for further assistance. We hope you get
years of safe and
trouble-free enjoyment from your new custom arrows.
Is Archery a Statistically
Actually, no. Statistically, Archery is
twice as safe as Golf and Fishing. The U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission (CPSC) operates the National Electronic Injury
Surveillance System (NEISS)1, which is a database used to track hospital
injuries for more than 15,000 kinds of consumer products used in sports
and recreational activities in and around homes and schools.
study confirms that archery is among the safest of all sports,
ranking just above Ping-Pong and Bowling in number of injured
participants per year.
Especially impressive is the fact
that archery maintains a consistently high safety record despite the
fact that participants range from grade-school children to senior
citizens, many of whom have never before picked up a bow and arrow.
Nonetheless, periodic archery injuries are a reality of our sport --
most often because archers simply forget to follow safety procedures.
So don't be the 1 in 1,000 archers who end up in the ER.
FLEX-TEST YOUR ARROWS EACH AND EVERY TIME YOU
SHOOT! We sincerely hope you have a safe and enjoyable
archery experience and we strongly encourage you to practice and share
this information with other archers.