Arrow Pile

Arrow piles, also known as arrowheads or points, are the tips of arrows that are responsible for delivering the force necessary to penetrate the target. The design and material of the arrow pile can have a significant impact on the performance and accuracy of the arrow.

Types of Arrow Piles

The most common types of arrow piles are:

Field Points

Field points are the most basic type of arrow point and are typically used for target shooting. They have a simple, conical shape and are made of steel or other hard metals. Field points come in various sizes, from small to large, and are often used for practice and warm-up shots. They are designed to penetrate the target cleanly without causing too much damage, making them ideal for use on targets such as paper or foam.

Bullet Points

Bullet points are similar to field points but have a rounded tip, making them more aerodynamic. They are often used for hunting because they can penetrate the target more deeply than field points. Bullet points are also commonly used for 3D archery, where accuracy and penetration are critical factors. The rounded tip allows the arrow to glide more smoothly through the air, increasing its speed and accuracy.


Broadheads are specifically designed for hunting and have a blade-like shape that cuts through the target. They come in different sizes, from small to large, and are typically made of steel. Broadheads can be further classified into two types: fixed-blade and mechanical. Fixed-blade broadheads have a single piece of metal, while mechanical broadheads have multiple blades that expand on impact. Mechanical broadheads are often used for larger game, as they can deliver a more lethal blow, while fixed-blade broadheads are preferred for smaller game and target shooting.

Judo Points

Judo points have small, spring-like arms that open upon impact with the ground, preventing the arrow from getting lost in tall grass or other vegetation. They are designed for shooting small game, and their unique design makes them ideal for shooting on uneven terrain. Judo points are often used for hunting small game such as rabbits or squirrels, as well as for target shooting on rough terrain.

Blunt Points

Blunt points have a flat or rounded tip and are used for small game hunting or target shooting. They are designed to deliver a strong impact without penetrating the target. Blunt points can be made of steel, rubber, or other materials, depending on the intended use. They are often used for hunting small game such as birds or rodents, as well as for target shooting where the goal is to knock down a target rather than penetrate it.

Arrow Piles: Attachment Methods

Arrow piles can be attached to the arrow shaft in various ways, including:

  • Screw-in points: These are attached to the arrow shaft by screwing them into the threaded end of the shaft. They are commonly used for field points and broadheads.
  • Glue-on points: These are attached to the arrow shaft using adhesive glue. They are commonly used for target shooting.
  • Insert points: These are inserted into the end of the arrow shaft and secured with glue or other adhesives. They are commonly used for broadheads and other specialized arrow piles.

The choice of attachment method depends on the type of arrow and arrow pile being used, as well as the intended use of the arrow.