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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Supernatural Hunting Armory: Compound Bow VS Crossbow

Welcome, fellow hunters. We will be discussing types of weapons used on supernatural beings. Today's topic will be:

Compound Bow vs. Crossbow
Creature Type: Vampire
Arrow: Wooden of course

So, you're out hunting that vampire because you have no chance to wait for it to sleep during the day (if it does). You don't want to get close, all that biting and loss of blood, you know. Your armory is open. Choose your weapon.

Compound Bow:

A compound bow is a modern bow that uses a systems of pulleys and cables to bend the limbs.

Advantages: First off, the bow is easier to draw. It doesn't have a crank or lock to worry about. All you need is your arm. The form is simple and light which makes the bow less cumbersome to carry on your hunts. Compound bows have less recoil than that of other bows. The accuracy is good due to a consistent archer point and a string loop system. The arrow sits on a string loop and it is the same point every time. The maximum range is longer for a compound bow. 

Disadvantages: The compound bow takes longer to master. This can be months, even years.

Crossbow

A crossbow is a weapon consisting of a bow mounted on a stock that shoots projectiles, often called bolts or quarrels.

Advantages: The crossbow is relatively quick to learn, you could master it in under an hour. The most difficult aspect is to make sure the bow is cocked perfectly strait so the arrow does not stray. The weight of a crossbow is distributed evenly so you can hold it at your shoulder for a longer period of time. The quarrel can be locked and loaded ahead of time in preparation for your shot.

Disadvantages: Compared to the bow, a crossbow is heavier overall and clumsier to carry around. This can impede you when your on the move after that vampire. The rate of fire is slower and you have to reload and lock the cross bow, unless you have a repeating crossbow.

What weapon will you choose?

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22 comments:

  1. I'm definitely compound bow. Although a crossbow seems like it would be faster, it really isn't. They are incredibly hard to load (especially for girls, sorry ladies it's true) and they are easy to misfire. Although I haven't played with a compound bow in easily a decade, they are easier to load in a swift and fluid motion. If something takes a long time to master, it's usually worth your effort.
    Compound bow: Thumbs up!

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    1. LOL, very true.
      Maybe a crossbow could be used until the compound bow is mastered. Vampires don't wait for skills.

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    2. Wise words, wise words.

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  2. I'm more of a recurve or longbow person myself, but compound bows do have a ton of power. I love this post. You have great ideas!

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  3. Aw, just hand me a stake and I'll dust that vamp!

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    1. The good ole standyby! But some people don't want to get that close.

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  4. I think I'd carry a locked and loaded crossbow, but I'd have a compound on my back. Because let's face it, if you miss that first shot (or if there's more than one bloodsucker about), you just aren't going to be able to load that crossbow in time for another shot.

    This same principle works for a zombies or post-apocalypse raiders. Everyone should learn how to use a bow, I say!

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    1. So true. It looks like the compound bow is winning out. Speed is a bi factor when fighting off most of these monsters.

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  5. I've fired all three. The pull is even in tension on a recurve, and I do appreciate their simplicity and how easy they are to re-string. A compound has a tension that lessons as you reach the maximum pull, and you're able to get more power. I can pull a 25-30lb recurve, but can pull a 70lb compound. That's huge when it comes to distance and stopping power. Because the tension isn't as high at the maximum pull, the compound is easier to site - you're not struggling to hold it steady with quivering arms. Crossbows rock, but I've had to actually brace them with my feet and use leg muscles to string them - they can be that hard. May be a problem if you've missed the first shot and need to rapidly reload.

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    1. I apologize for missing this comment. Thanks for the hands on experience. That is interesting to know. I've only ever tried a recurve personally.

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  6. problem is that wooden arrows split when shot from a compound bow, so the only thing you succeed in doing is driving a piece of wood through your bow arm, and becoming the vampires next meal.

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