Re: Long vs crossbow
- Well said!!
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "Ben" <unclestrongbow@y...>
> Okay, this feels soooooo crazy, but I'm going to try to argue theBut
> merits of the crossbow (having an English longbowman persona).
> I've been sane now for a long while. The change is refreshing.longbow,
> First, the crossbow does seem to favor a static defense. It's
> compact, has a tremendous range and is easier to use than a
> as it has fewer physical requirements of the shooter. It's alsolacks
> able to stay primed & ready to shoot almost indefinitely. It
> speed in sending bolts down range, which is not so important whento
> you have a static position with lots of cover. So, yes, I can
> easily accept that the crossbow is superior for seiges.
> Truth be told, the longbow wasn't, in and of itself, so great a
> weapon. It was hard to draw, had almost no mechanical help
> whatsoever, and it was very large compared to the crossbow. What
> made the longbow's reputation wasn't so much the bow itself, in my
> humble opinion, as the man behind it. Its speed made it better on
> open ground than the crossbow, while its size, I think, made less
> favorable from a wall or other cover. The longbowman was trained
> shoot as quickly and as accurately as poosible, but their mainfor
> advantage was that they could fill the air with arrows much faster
> than crossbows. Facing a charging line of horsemen, numbers help
> more than accuracy, methinks. But the sheer amount of training
> a yeoman made him more costly than a crossbowman in the long run.much
> While the crossbow is more costly in materials and time, it is
> easier to train a man at arms to use it.own
> As a weapon, the crossbow is more mechanically advanced, and does
> more of the work for the shooter, making it easier to use,
> especially from a defensive position. It gets high marks on its
> design and ease of use. While the longbow is simpler to make andof
> harder to use, I find that its appeal to me is more in the sense
> accomplishment I get from each shot than in any technicalsuperior.
> superiority over the crossbow. It's not the bow that is
> It is who the bow makes me, as an archer, that defines my love forlike
> it. The crossbow is a fine weapon...but I feel that I'm a better
> man for taking up the longbow, and following a harder path. I
> the crossbow, but I LOVE the longbow.
> Yours on the line,
> Jon Strongebowe