MOST LIKELY YET ANOTHER CROSSBOW ARTICLE
I'm sure this is another crossbow article. With almost 800 articles, how could I have not written about this before? Luckily for me, your attention has been drawn away by your daily need to go to work and help bail out the bankers and spendthrift states that promised the voters three dollars of spending for every dollar of taxes ( and those are the states in less trouble because of laws mandating balanced budgets ) so you are barely paying any notice to my troubled printing empire. However, loyal minion comments on slingshots and archery got me to thinking about crossbows again, so that is what you get today.
Today, CEO's get all hot and bothered when someone somewhere is making a living wage. They immediately hire a consultant ( a former employee they didn't want to pay health care to ) to tell them to hire out the services to India. The service will suck, not because of a substandard work ethic over there because let's face it if they don't do a superb job they have to go starve in Bombay with lepers and Black Plague and turds floating down the river so they really are motivated, but because of the language barrier. When people get pissed and call customer service they want something that can relate on a cultural level and not just possess perfect text book English. Which is why I never bought a Dell computer, so stick that in your forth quarter earning statement, jerk off. Back when kings were absolute rulers and not just some figurehead that got bossed around by some punk ass shopkeepers offspring that happened to get elected, they must have been getting all hot and bothered in a similar fashion. Geez, those archers sure do a good job and all, couldn't kick Frog butt otherwise, but they sure are expensive. It takes years and years for them to get proficient and then they must constantly practice. Poor royal dude, it must have really cut into the official budget. How many hunts had to be canceled as a result? So it must have been a real relief when someone came along with the crossbow.
Granted, the crossbow wasn't as easy to teach as today's spray and pray plastic carbines, but in relative terms it must have seemed like it. You could take a bunch of peasants and stick a few crossbows in their hands and that was pretty much that. Much easier, far less training. Of course the range was much shorter, but life was cheap and if you didn't die in battle you died of some pox or another anyway. In our near future, I can't imagine ever devolving past the point of black powder weapons. Even if they have to be without cases or primers. We won't enter a future of medieval weapons exclusively. Yet, I can still see a place for crossbows. They are not perfect, they are no match for chemically propelled projectiles, but you might find yourself in a "better than nothing" situation. For one, we can't 100% rule out a total gun ban, nor can we rule out the population meekly going along as they have in all other instances where the Constitution was ignored ( which is about every day ). The difference between us is I admit being a pussy. I'll run away before I'll fight. Some of you, on the other hand, act all macho and puff out your chest and roar how you'll fight them to the death if they...( fill in the blank ). Once I see it, I'll apologize over your grave. By admitting this, I'll acknowledge the need for alternate weapons for a worse case scenario. If guns are outlawed, outlaws can still make a crossbow.
What about if you are unemployed and your house gets robbed? You can't get another gun. But you could make a crossbow. What if guns weren't outlawed but ammunition became unavailable? Yes, I know you are all fabulously wealthy and can stock up on thousands of rounds at a dollar apiece, but what about a late comer to preps? What about family members you didn't arm? What if you already live in a state with draconian laws? What if you are in a concentration/reeducation camp and can't build anything else? By no means am I advocated a crossbow instead of a firearm, I'm just brainstorming ideas of why you might be forced to choose that way anyway. A few fun filled weekend projects with the family and you have the skill if it is ever needed. Of course, I would say put aside a few pieces of pipe and some shotgun shells if you really things are going to get that bad. Just proceed with caution as they will use those components as an excuse to Gitmo your ass for having bomb building materials.
You can always buy a $80 crossbow from Amazon. Go through my links at www.bisonpress.com ( just clink on any of my product links and then during the same visit find a crossbow-I get credit even if the item wasn't listed by me this way. A huge thank you for everyone that donates in this way ). With bolts and a spare cord it's about $100. I would recommend trying to build one however. The skill would be more valuable than the possession. Plus, who knows how good of quality the cheap China built ones are. And stay away from fancy modern crap like fiberglass and compound bows. You want to reproduce under primitive conditions. Below are build-it-yourself links.