The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.reply to post by daskakik
The only thing that I can think of that they could be talking about is recoil. My break barrel has just slightly less sound and recoil then a real 22
rifle does, where a pump gun has none. But the trade off is that it has tons more FPS, distance, and is a higher caliber.
Also in regards to buying a 22. A 22 is not a bad thing to own, but long term you can only maintain a 22 for exactly as many shots as you have firing
(priming) caps to reload the ammo. Your last priming cap is your last shot, even if you can make the bullets, power, and casings. Plus ammo ages, and
is prone to the effects of humidity and getting wet. Additionally, the maintenance and tolerances on a firearm is always going to be much higher then
its lower powered kin. The fancier the gun, the faster its going to be a fancy club.
Bows are an even worse problem in many ways. Arrows are not a compact item to be toting around, and for both high-powered compound bows and crossbows,
you cannot home build arrows without special equipment. If I made an arrow, knapped an head, and fletched it, then put it in either of these bows, the
shaft would explode on release. A modern arrow actually flexes and compacts on release, even if you do not visually see it happen. Also these
high-powered bows go through strings like water (especially crossbows), and the strings have to be to the correct tolerance.
Reliability of bows has historically been a problem, it was considered an art to properly construct one, and it might take up to a year to do. When I
learned how to do knapping/fletching, I asked about learning to build a bow, and was told that it wasn't worth the time or trouble...
A better bow longevity wise is a recurve bow. You can produce reasonable strings and arrows that will work on a recurve, because its lower power means
it has lower requirements. Because the strings an arrows are not put under the same levels of stress, you do not have to have replacements with
prefect tolerances. When something fails, it will not be as catastrophic.
You can also get break-down recurves that will easily fit into a pack, but its arguable if you will take a reliability hit because of its coming apart
into pieces. Of course, being able to break it down also means that you can replace parts rather then having to ditch the whole, when something does
Lets cut right through all the BS here and get right to the point. Most folks, especially here in the US, want things that are loud, explosive, cool
looking, flashy, and high powered. People want to live out the fantasy of being Mad Max, or Pipboy, living after the end of the world. The truth is
that those folks will not last long, and will die or kill each other off very quickly. The folks who will survive will be those who studied what
worked in the past, even though its not high-powered, loud, cool looking, or flashy. Indians and settlers would survive for years with no support in a
hostile environment with only what they would carry on their backs. You might not look cool without your tire armor and sawed off shotgun, but you
will have a much better chance of long term survival.
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