The Evolusion Arrows Stay Arrow Safe guide provides advice in five key areas that you should follow for the safe handling and use of carbon arrows:
Correct arrow spine selection is very important! Arrow safety starts with the proper arrow selection.
Never shoot an arrow that is under-spined (too weak for your bow set-up). The excessive stress on an under-spined carbon arrow shaft SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES THE RISK OF ARROW FAILURE and serious or permanent injury to you or bystanders.
Always refer to the Evolusion Arrows spine selection chart here before purchasing Evolusion arrows or shafts to match your bow set-up to the correct arrow spine, shaft length and point weight.
Know the 5 grains-per-pound rule! Shooting any carbon arrow with a finished weight that is less than 5 grains for every pound of bow draw weight increases risk of arrow failure. It may also void your bow manufacturer warranty.
Only shoot your own arrows! Never use an arrow shaft if you are unaware of its usage history. A second-hand arrow may have hidden damage that may present a safety risk to you and any bystanders. It is always safest to buy new arrows.
Never use an arrow that is not suitable for you. Select arrows that suit your bow draw weight, draw length, bow speed rating, chosen arrow point weight or your style of shooting. It is your responsibility to know if the arrow you intend to use is suitable for your bow specifications, set-up and purpose.
Carbon arrows are not toys! DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO USE OR HANDLE A DAMAGED CARBON ARROW. The fibres from a damaged carbon arrow may cause irritation or injury if incorrectly handled.
Supervision by a responsible adult is essential for children under 16 years of age and anyone requiring specialised care because of age or limited physical or intellectual capacity when participating in archery or handling and shooting any carbon arrow.
As a participant or supervisor of the sport of archery, you need to make yourself and anyone in your care aware of the safety precautions that are essential to reduce the risk of injury. Bystanders and spectators must be located behind and away from any person using or shooting an arrow with a bow.
Wearing protective eye-wear and an arm guard may reduce the risk of injury when shooting any arrow from any bow. The use of bow-hand protection such as a leather or Kevlar glove may reduce the risk of injury to the hand gripping the bow.
Arrow damage may lead to arrow failure, which may cause serious or permanent bodily harm to the user or bystanders.
Any part of the arrow can become damaged with normal use.
Some causes of arrow damage you should be aware of:
If new arrows are handled roughly during shipping via international and local transport, damage may occur. You should inspect each NEW arrow or shaft before its first use.
If your arrow has struck a hard object or surface, such as another arrow, a hard or sun-aged target butt or 3D target, a target frame, a tree, the ground or rock, animal bone, or a lost arrow point embedded deep inside a target, it may have cracks, chips, grazes or splits present.
If you shoot groups of arrows into a practice butt, or compete in a tournament, your arrows are likely to be struck or grazed by other arrows.
If you subject an arrow to excessive force when pulling from a target, such as severe twisting, bending or two people attempting removal at the same time, you may cause damage to the arrow. Use arrow lubrication and an arrow puller to make one-person arrow extraction possible.
CLOSE ARROW INSPECTION IS VITAL.
At a glance, arrows may appear undamaged. Fit arrow inspection into your shooting routine for every shot, or while walking back to the shooting line or the next 3D peg, to save time.
You should carefully inspect the entire arrow including shaft, nock, and other components for any damage before every shot. Replace damaged arrow components before use. DO NOT shoot a damaged arrow. Responsibly dispose of damaged arrows or arrow components.
Wear eye protection when inspecting and shooting carbon arrows.
How to inspect an arrow:
CHECK the entire arrow shaft for any visible imperfections, cracks, nicks, grazes or splits. DO NOT shoot any arrow with visible damage. Responsibly dispose of any damaged arrow.
To inspect for damage that may not be immediately visible, grip the arrow shaft at each end and FLEX the shaft gently away from your face, creating an arc of approximately 5 cm.
Flex the arrow less for a short or stiff spined arrow and more for a long or weak spined arrow. Listen for any cracking, ticking or other sounds. Complete a full rotation of the arrow by flexing 4 to 6 times per arrow, rotating the shaft slightly between each flex.
Gently TWIST the arrow shaft and listen for any cracking, ticking or other sounds. If you hear ANY sound produced during the flex and twist inspection stages, DO NOT shoot the arrow. Dispose of it in a responsible manner.
INSPECT the nock before each shot. A damage-free nock is also vital for arrow safety. Replace a cracked, split or loose-fitting nock before using the arrow.
Always use a high-speed arrow saw that is purpose-built for cutting carbon shafts and arrows. It should have a dust extraction system. Do not use a hacksaw, pipe-cutter or any hand-held power tool to cut a carbon shaft. ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION and an appropriate PARTICULATE FILTER MASK WHEN CUTTING ANY CARBON SHAFT or ARROW.
Using arrows that are too short can result in severe injury or damage to shooting equipment. When using a bow equipped with an overdraw, the risk of injury to the shooter is high, since it allows the point of the arrow to be drawn past the shelf of the bow. An arrow should always be cut to a minimum of 1.5 inches in front of the arrow rest at full draw.
Correct arrow length is the responsibility of the user. If you are unsure of the correct arrow length for your set-up, consult with an experienced archery dealer or archery club.
ARROW REST SAFETY
It is important to ensure that the arrow rest is properly adjusted to fit the diameter of the arrow shaft being used. Incorrect adjustment may cause the arrow to fall from the arrow rest and/or get jammed in the bow, possibly injuring the shooter or bystanders, and causing damage to equipment.
DO NOT swap from one diameter arrow to another without adjusting the arrow rest to suit.
If finger shooting, make sure your bow is designed for finger shooting, and is set up with an arrow rest compatible with finger shooting.
Seek advice from an archery coach, archery club, experienced archers, or reputable online source about correct shooting technique (form) and bow set-up. Poor shooting form in extreme cases can lead to bow torque, string derailment and possible arrow failure.
BOW MAINTENANCE AND TUNING
A bow that is not maintained or correctly tuned can exert abnormal forces on any carbon arrow. Poor cam timing, poor string or d-loop condition, incorrect draw weight and draw length may contribute to bow and arrow failure.