Fletchings and Footings

What makes the best arrow? What will work best with your bow and on your particular targets.
We here at Tuffhead, obviously lean toward strong, high FOC arrows that live up to the high standards set by Dr. Ed Ashby.
Wood shafts, aluminum, or carbon, as long as the arrow flies true and holds together on impact to carry its momentum thru the target, we try to follow the guidelines set down by Dr Ed's studies.

A&A Fletchings
As small and light weight as possible while being effective in stabilizing your broadhead as noted in the arrow tuning methods page described by Dr Ed. A&A Fletching
Ashby says: "Why do we apply fletching? We use it to provide enough drag to help the arrow overcome paradox quickly and keep it flying point-first, and to provide a degree of arrow rotation, for more stable flight. With our broadheads we can add that the fletching must provide enough arrow stability to overcome the wind sheer effect created by the particular broadhead used.

On arrows in the upper EFOC range, an above, I use the A&A fletching applied as a straight fletch: no helical, no offset. The arrow is already tuned for perfect flight with a field point. With field points we already have extremely fast paradox recovery; faster than normal FOC arrows having large fletches with lots of offset and helical. That means the shaft alone is providing all the drag needed for the arrow to overcome paradox quickly and to provide quality flight downrange. The only additional stability our hunting arrow will require is enough to overcome the windsheer effect of the broadhead. Non-vented, high MA broadheads also have a very low windsheer effect. The natural curvature of the feather induces arrow rotation in flight, so the arrow does still rotate. The straight fletch is more silent in flight. If the offset and helical are not needed to stabilize the arrow all one is accomplishing by using it is draining some arrow energy in flight - which, though a small amount, is still lost arrow force - and making the arrow nosier in flight.

If it isn't necessary, and it reduces arrow efficiency, why use it? Necessary is the key though. One MUST test their finished arrows, with a broadhead, in all wind conditions to be certain they have enough arrow drag and rotation to always stabilize the arrow with the particular broadhead being used. Any fletching induced drag or rotation above the minimum required is simply reducing the arrow's efficiency."

Arrow Footings

As stressed in many of the Ashby studies, arrow integrity is of the highest importance to maximum arrow penetration and effectiveness. One of the common points of arrow failure is at the joining point of the broadhead and the shaft.

In the effort to strengthen this union of broadhead to shaft, Vintage Archery and friends have developed hardened stainless steel and titanium screw in adapters, brass glue in adapters, and single and double over footings sized to fit many popular arrow shaft sizes in use today.

Stainless steel, titanium and brass adapters are much stronger and resist the bending that can frequently occur when soft steel adapters or soft aluminum inserts hit heavy bones. Plus when adding the Arrafoot Single footings with or without the BigFoot over footings, front end strength is maximized.

The Arrafoot Single Footing is designed to cover the front end of the arrow shaft, any portion of the choosen insert and any exposed portion of the adapter. The Arrafoot should fit snugly up into the base end of the TuffHead.
   This first photo shows a carbon arrowshaft, a MeatHead broadhead fitted with the new Tuff Extended Stainless Steel Heavy Screw-in adapter and an loose Arrafoot footer. The second photo shows the assembled shaft, with the brass replacement screw-in insert, and the MeatHead with the Tuff Extended adapter attached. To properly use the footer to fully stengthen the front end, you want to cover all three items, the shaft, any exposed insert, and any exposed adapter stopping flush with the front end of the adapter up inside the back end of the broadhead. as shown in the last picture.

A&A Fletchings, titanium and brass adapters and ArraFoot and BigFoot over footings are all available in our on-line store.


Check out this short video comparing footed and non footed arrows impacting concrete...



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