How Fast Does an Arrow Travel?

How Fast Does an Arrow Travel?

Arrows travel at different speeds depending on different factors, such as the weight of the bow and of the arrow. A recurve bow is known to hit speeds of 150 miles per hour, or 225 feet per second, which is the typical measurement of speed for arrow travel.

The arrows of a longbow travel slower due to their heavier weight. Other factors to consider in arrow speed are the materials used to construct the bow and the arrow, the draw length and type of fletching on the arrow. Environmental factors to consider are wind, humidity and rain, all of which can slow the speed of the arrow.