An arrow shaft can become damaged from impacts with hard objects or other arrows, or after being shot into a game animal. A damaged arrow could break upon release and injure you or a bystander. You must carefully inspect each arrow shaft, nock and other components before each shot to ensure that they have not been damaged. Before shooting, look closely for nicks, cracks, splits, dents or other marks that could indicate damage to the arrow. When checking carbon arrows, perform the following additional tests:
Grasp the shaft above the point and below the fletching and flex the arrow in an arc (bending it away from you and others) with a deflection of 1 to 2 inches, and listen for cracking noises. Perform this test four to six times, rotating the arrow slightly between each flex until you have gone around the entire arrow. If you hear or feel cracking, the carbon has been damaged.
While still holding the point and fletching ends, twist the shaft in opposing directions. If the arrow “relaxes” or twists easily, the carbon has been damaged.
If an arrow has been damaged, or if you believe it has been damaged, do not shoot it again, as it could break on release, and sharp arrow pieces could strike and injure you or someone nearby.
Practice Safe ShootingCarbon arrows may be used for hunting if special precautions are taken. Carbon arrow shafts used in bowhunting could break after being shot into a big game animal. This arrow breakage may be caused by the angle in which the arrow impacts the animal, or by the reaction of the animal itself such as rolling on the shaft or rubbing against a tree. The break may be inside the animal and may not be immediately obvious after recovery of the animal. Unlike aluminum arrows, when a carbon arrow breaks, it tends to shatter with the resulting creation of many sharp, splinter-like fragments. These fragments can be harmful to humans if ingested; therefore, when game is recovered, the hunter should always carefully determine whether the arrow has broken inside the animal. If the arrow has broken, follow the instructions below:
- Use extreme caution when removing broken segments of the carbon arrow shaft.
- When field dressing game animals, use care to avoid splinters of carbon fiber.
- Carefully remove the flesh in the area of the wounds. It may contain carbon fiber, particularly at the entry and exit points.
- Thoroughly clean the surrounding area of the wound and inspect for the presence of carbon fragments.
- Carefully dispose of any meat that might contain carbon splinters. Do not leave for scavengers to eat.
The Beman arrow shaft limited warranty covers any defects in material and/or workmanship for one year from date of purchase. It does not cover damage caused by impact from another arrow, impact with hard objects, improper cleaning or fletching, or from normal wear. Warranty does not apply if damage results from any non-compliance of printed instructions. Arrow shafts that are defective will be replaced by your local dealer or by Beman.