posted on Nov, 17 2010 @ 07:13 PM
reply to post by XsameXoneXotherX
Uh.....did you think this through? The only reason I have to use a gun is for self defense, not murder. So if it is for self defense, then I don't
care if it is traced because right after I shoot an intruder or an attacker, I'm going to call the police.
Also, I can't carry a bow on my ankle, or in my pocket, or shoulder holster.
If you are talking about a SHTF survival situation then yes, a bow has it's place like any other tool. Good for silent hunting, but not as a self
defense weapon. Anyone who knows how to handle a firearm can draw, point and fire before you can load, draw, and aim your bow and arrow. And what
about a followup shot as is often required in a gun battle. If you miss, you have to load, draw, and re-aim while all your opponent will do is pull
the trigger again. What about penetration and kenetic energy? If your arrow finds it's mark it will penetrate "some" body armor and some heavy
clothing depending on the power of your bow and the tip of your arrow. If a vital organ is not struck, there is not enough kenetic energy to knock
your opponent down. However, a gun, of almost any caliber will do tremendous tissue damage. Any caliber from .32 or .38 will most likely cause your
opponent to go to the ground. Almost with out a doubt any caliber over .40 will put an opponent down. Even a .22 caliber will kill an opponent in
short order. What about range? What is the range of a bow? I don't know because I don't shoot them. I would think less than a 100 yards in any case.
Any decent handgun is good for 25 yards with many larger calibers easily handling 100 yards. Dare we go into the range of a rifle? 300 yds, 500 yds,
even a thousand yards. A crude AK-47 is good for 300 yards and this is with a 30 round magazine, not a dozen arrows.
Yes, a bow or a cross bow has it's place and I want one in my arsenal, but I'm not going to take one to a gun fight.