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Anatomy of an Arrow

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« on: December 10, 2006, 06:51:27 pm »

Let start with the basics.  The parts of a modern hunting arrow are pretty straight forward, but these parts will be referred to throughout this help guide.  So before we really get going here, let's take a moment to bone-up on our arrow jargon.

The foundation of every arrow is the SHAFT, a long hollow tube usually made of aluminum or carbon/graphite composite materials.  The rear of the arrow is fitted with a small piece of molded plastic called a NOCK, which allows the arrow to physically attach to the bow's string.  At the front of the arrow is a small aluminum (sometimes plastic) sleeve called an INSERT.  The insert gets glued into the end of the shaft and provides a threaded hole in which to screw in the arrow's TIP.  A tip doesn't necessarily have to be a practice point (as pictured here).  A standard insert allows you to screw-in and use of a variety of tips in the same arrow (broadheads, judo-points, blunt-tips, field points, fishing tips, etc.).  The last component is the arrow's FLETCHING.  The arrow's fletching is usually done with colorful parabolic shaped pieces of soft plastic (vanes) or feathers.  In most cases, the three fletches are glued onto the shaft in an equally spaced circular pattern, with two fletches one color and the the third fletch a different color (the ****-fletch).  The fletching is very important, as it provides steering and stabilization for the arrow during flight.
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