Over the course of thousands of years, a wide variety of arrows have been created for uses as varied as hunting, competition, and conflict. Knowing the different types of arrows and the purposes they serve can help you make a well-informed decision when shopping for or using arrows.
Target arrows: Often used in archery and target shooting contests, they are typically made of carbon or aluminum, which are both lightweight and strong, and include small vanes (feathers) to aid in flight stability.
Field arrows: which are used for hunting, are often made of more substantial materials like wood or aluminum. They often have broadheads for increased penetrability and have larger vanes for increased flight stability.
Bodkin arrows: Designed to penetrate armor, Bodkin arrows saw extensive use in medieval warfare. Compared to field or target arrows, they are heavier and feature a more compact, sharper point.
Blunt arrows: When hunting smaller wildlife, it is more common to employ a blunt arrow, which is designed to injure rather than kill the target. They often have a blunt end and are made of lightweight materials.
Cross Bolts : When compared to arrows, crossbow bolts are shorter and thicker. Together with crossbows, they expand the scope of possible uses to include hunting and combat.