Every Damn Time I get my shit together to go out to Viking Archery and get my arrows fixed, I immediately break another one the next day.
Maybe I should start at the beginning…
So, are you familiar with the term Robin-Hooding? If you’re not, let me enlighten you: Robin Hooding is when you place two arrows to close together on a target that you cause damage to one or both. The most classic illustration of this is when you split one arrow with the second. Well, on Tuesday, I Robin Hooded my first arrow. But here’s the thing, I use aluminum arrows. And instead of splitting, they break at the point of impact:
So Tuesday’s pretty uneventful, but today I got my shit together and made a run out to Viking Archery. It’s 3o miles from my house to the shop (one way) and getting out of San Antonio is a huge pain in my ass no matter what time of day it is. Don’t get me wrong, I love going out there because the shop is worth the drive, but it’s still a huge inconvenience. So I drive out there, I chat with the boys who work up there, they cut down my one arrow (they were cut long to being with, 27″ instead of 25″), I replace all the field points on my full quiver and I come home. I get home around 3pm and immediately go out to the garage and shoot for about an hour. And in the beginning, it’s all going really well. While my accuracy still leaves something to be desired, my consistency is improving by leaps and bounds.
But then the unfortunate happened. I fucked up two arrows in a ROW.
And these weren’t clean, pretty breaks like the first time. These are ugly and mean.
One of the arrows is OK, it can be cut down an used again; the break occurred right down at the end of the shaft, where the insert (that holds the field point) ends. I’ve lost maybe in inch of the shaft, which was cut 2″ longer than my draw length anyway.
The other? The other is well and truly fucked. I’ve lost about 4 inches of shaft and now it’s too short for my draw length.
And yes, I do realize that this is the only situation in which I could say “I’ve lost 4 inches of shaft” with a straight face.
And honestly, it’s really not that big of a deal, I mean, I can buy a whole new quiver (12 arrows) for about $75 after tax. But that’s not really the point. The point is, this is why we can’t have nice things.