With strict gun controls here in the UK, arming ourselves and equipping ourselves for defence as part of our emergency planning and disaster preparedness is very difficult.
I have often wondered about crossbows which I have seen offered for sale.
The crossbow turned the tide in several conflicts during the late medieval period because practically anyone could use one – whether it was hunting with a crossbow or fighting with a crossbow – this weapon made its mark.
Long bowmen were highly skilled thus highly valued warriors. To become a master at the longbow took years of training and dedication. Therefore, only a select few could be counted on to use the weapon effectively.
This reduced the overall effectiveness of the army until a weapon came along that even the untrained archer could master. The crossbow soon became a popular weapon with armies and hunters alike because of its ease of use and power.
Today modern hunters and others still use the crossbow for various reasons and anyone considering a weapon for hunting while in a wilderness environment should seriously consider a crossbow.
A crossbow is silent and is ideal for covert operations and on hunting trips. Flying bolts will not scare the game off like loud gunfire. If you find yourself in a survival situation, you may not want to reveal your location to others. Using a crossbow for hunting is ideal in these circumstances.
To find out more about crossbows, there is a really interesting article which I found: http://www.wildernesssurvivalskills.org/hunting-with-a-crossbow-techniques-and-methods
It’s well worth a read.
Now, I must say that I am not sure where we stand in the eyes of the law here in the UK about possessing what might be seen as an “offensive weapon” – I would love to hear from someone who can advise on this.
In the meantime – stay safe, stay health and be prepared!
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