A bow without a proper arrow is useless. There are many arrows out there to choose from, so which one is the right one? The answer is that there is no universal answer. We will go over the essential parts of the arrow so that you can make a more informed decision. If you are looking at an arrow, from front to back, you will see the tip, then the insert, the arrow shaft, the fletching/vanes, and finally the nock. The following is a brief description of the arrow components as well as its function.
- The Tips: These can be practice points, broadheads, etc. These are used to puncture your target, and hopefully land you a great shot!
- The Insert: This is a small threaded hole which allows you to screw in the tip to your arrow
- Shaft: The shaft comes in various manufactured materials. Two of the most popular are carbon and mixed aluminum and carbon. They are the “heart” of the arrow and have different straightness tolerance ranging from +.001" to +.006" and different lengths ranging usually from 26" to 30".
- Fletching or Vanes: These usually consist of three fletches on the shaft that allows the aerodynamic stabilization of the arrow. The two fletches that are the same color are called the hen-fletches, and the odd colored one is the cock-fletch.
- Nocks: this is the portion of the arrow that lets you attach it to the string. Some have a V-shaped groove so that the arrow does not slip around when you are in the process of firing.