Crossbow Pro

What are the pros and cons of the Bow vs the Crossbow?

This is the 2nd of a series of questions on the Bow. Please back up your answer with an explanation; facts are preferred but I'm interested in all answers.

Crossbows

Pros: They are easy to use. They are extremely accurate, and can be accurately used by a person with as little as two weeks' training. Crossbows can have draw-weights over 1000 lbs, and still be used by the "average" person. They can be left drawn for relatively long periods of time, enabling the user to take very careful aim. They can be designed to be very quiet. They can be used in places a longbow can't -- such as heavy brush.

Cons: They have a relatively low rate of "fire", due to the amount of time needed to load and draw. The bowstring wears out more quickly, because it is dragged down the "stock" of the crossbow while sending the arrow on its way. They are physically much heavier than a longbow, making them more difficult to carry around. In the Modern World, crossbows can be used for hunting purposes only with a special permit (in addition to the hunting license). Also in the Modern World, they are illegal in many areas longbows are allowed, even for target work. The heavy draw-weight crossbows (more than 200 lbs) require special equipment to pull the string back (even "weight-lifter" types have problems with heavy-draw crossbows).

Longbows

Pros: With proper training and good arrows, they are accurate at distances up to (and sometimes exceeding) 100 yards. They can be legally used for both hunting and target work in nearly all places in the U.S.. They can be used at any archery range (so long as the range's rules and by-laws allow them). In most places, a special permit is not required to use them for hunting purposes (other than the hunting license).

Cons: They require an extended period of time for proper training, sometimes up to five years. The user cannot take a lot of time to aim, since they must hold the bow at full draw with their own muscle power. They are not always as effective in heavy brush as other weapons, since the bow's limbs tend to catch on over-hanging branches and in bushes, etc. They are not as accurate as crossbows, since the arrow travels at a slower speed.

There are more pros and cons for each, but there is only so much room here to list them.......

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