Summary: I have read all the posts...I have a sad tale as well. I bought the first Adams a3 (9.5) about 7-8 months ago. It was the bomb! Very forgiving, very accurate, and very far...for the first half hour at the range. Then the head snapped at the hozel. I was stationed in Boston, MA, and it was cold. Figured the cold made the shaft brittle. Dick's replaced it that day no questions asked. The second shaft lasted almost 3 months. Then it too shattered at the hozel.