FALL­ING THROUGH THE CRACKS

Bow International - - PRODUCTS -

It's time to go through your ar­rows – all of them, even the ones in the cup­board – and check for any cracks or dents in the shafts. Your ar­rows are the sin­gle hard­est wear­ing item of all your equip­ment; they take quite a bit of pun­ish­ment (and dam­age if your groups are nice and tight). Whether you shoot all car­bon, car­bon-alu­minium or pure alu­minium ar­rows you should check for any cracks or dents in the shafts. Im­pacts in the tar­get will weaken the ar­row and can cause it to fly badly or even splin­ter when shot.

Spin each ar­row by hand (or use an ar­row spin­ner) – a bent shaft will not fly straight and con­se­quently will not group with your other ar­rows. If you use car­bon ar­rows, flex the shaft to check for hid­den cracks. Hold each end of the ar­row just be­low the point and the nock, then gen­tly flex the ar­row away from you, putting at least one to two inches of de­flec­tion into the shaft. Lis­ten out for any click­ing or crack­ing noises, if you hear any dis­card the ar­row: it’s dam­aged and it’s not safe to shoot. Don’t for­get to ro­tate the ar­row a few times and check it from ev­ery an­gle as some cracks can be very small and hard to de­tect.

If you're look­ing for a new set, the new Eas­ton RX7 alu­minium in­door spe­cial­ists have been re­ceiv­ing ex­cel­lent no­tices from archers across the board, par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to for­give­ness. From around £10 per shaft, they're a lot more af­ford­able than many other high end ar­rows.

More at eas­t­onar­chery.com

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