straightness of an arrow is just what it sounds like, and it's usually expressed
in plus or minus a few thousandths of an inch. A perfectly straight
arrow (if that were to exist) would be a ±.000" arrow. All other others
are "crooked" to some small measure. But don't worry ... we're literally
talking about splitting hairs. A basic arrow will usually have an
advertised straightness of ±.006", and a premium arrow as little as ±.001".
Oddly enough, that's about the thickness range of human hair. So even if
you buy the "most crooked" arrow on our list, it's still straight to the whisker
ATA/ASTM standards, arrow straightness should be measured along the full
length of the shaft minus two inches. However,
measuring a ±.001" deviation along a 30" section of a flexible cylinder requires
some pretty specialized equipment. So this is one specification that's
hard to verify.
And perhaps it's worth noting the obvious ... the straighter an arrow is, the more money they charge for it. So as an established retailer representing these fine products, we officially recommend that you buy the straightest arrow you can afford. Off the record, we suspect that a ±.001" arrow straightness is more about targeting your wallet than your deer. There ... we said it. If you need help, call our pro-shop at 877-410-7811 or email us for assistance.
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