Most people are unwilling to put in the time it takes to become proficient with a vertical bow. Thay are just as fast and accurate as crossbows,and
usually considerably quieter too, but they are far more difficult to shoot well. I can put a crossbow in someone's hands and in the course of an
afternoon have them shjooting it well,as long as the range is known. Guessing or estimating range is a whole nother ball of wax that most people
unfamiliar with archery fail to understand.
With a vertical bow, you need to practice a bunch to be ready to hunt with it. I see too many people who figure that since they can hit a paper plate
at 20 yards most of the time,they are ready to hunt. Taking a shot at an animal,especially big game,adds a whole new level of stress to situation,and
your shooting abilities tend to deteriorate quickly.
Longbows and recurves are more of the same-practice. If you can practice for a month with a compound to be hunt-ready, you probably need 3 months with
a trad bow,if you are shooting at least 3 days a week. Not many people have the time or inclination to work that hard at something that they'll
probablky never use. Therefore,the crossbow becomes an attractive option for them. Personally, having hunted with one for several years, it would not
be my first choice by far, and a pistol crossbow would probably be left behind as not being worth it's weight to carry.
Handguns are notoriously hard to shoot well,and the pistol crossbow is no exeption.The ones I've handles and shot have had wretched triggers,poor
sights and wore strings out in a hurry. I have a Crosman 1322 pneumatic pellet pistol,and while I have killed numerous grouse and squirrels with it,
it likely would get left behind too. It simply is not an efficient enough of a weapon to be worth taking. Range is too short, too hard to shoot
accurately,fails to anchor game reliabely. I'll take a small .22 rirle instead,or .22 handgun. Load it with CB rounds for small game and you not much
louder than a pellet gun anyway. I find a short,light rifle to be far more practical than a handgun in most situations,so that's probably the way I'd
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