How to Change Nocks on an Arrow

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How to Change Nocks on an Arrow
Archery is a precision-based skill that requires practice. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Arrows are placed onto the bowstring via an arrow nock. This is the small piece attached to the arrow shaft end, behind the fletching. Over time, arrow nocks can become loose, worn or even broken. Once this occurs, the nock must be removed and replaced with a new nock. Nock placement also requires precision. The nock must be positioned in line with the arrow shaft and angled appropriately toward the fletching to ensure proper arrow flight.

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Things you need

  • Pliers
  • Lighter
  • Sandpaper
  • Shaft glue

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  1. 1

    Hold the arrow upside down with the nock facing up. Hold a lighter near the nock to soften the glue. Ensure that you don't singe the fletching.

  2. 2

    Twist and pull off the old arrow nock with pliers. Lightly sand down the shaft end to remove any leftover adhesive material. Brush the shaft end free from debris.

  3. 3

    Place a couple drops of shaft glue into the new nock. Press the nock onto the arrow shaft end and twist until it covers the shaft end.

  4. 4

    Turn the nock so that the end slot is angled 90 degrees away from one fletching feather. Look down the shaft from the nock to ensure that the nock is in line with the shaft.

Tips and warnings

  • Several types of arrow shaft glues are available. If you use aluminium or carbon shaft arrows, specific shaft glues are required.
  • Never point an arrow at anything that you do not intend to shoot or kill. Use caution when handling arrows.

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