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Originally posted by madokie
incredible weapons system???????? hardly, on the tv show Deadliest Warrior they test all manner of weapons old and new, and they tested the Atlatl and found it lacking,is was wielded by an expert in its use, it had 100yrd range but not very accurate and very little penetration.i have seen almost every episode of this most interesting show, and this is typical of all these wonder weapons, user needs extensive training and continual practice, they just arn't efective weapons,some weapons were and are used to instill fear in your enemy regardless of their effectivness, and i bet the atlatl was used in mass against a charging enemy where accuracy wasent a concern but high rate of fire and long range was.it whittled the enemys numbers down a little and made the enemy think they were going up agains a suppior opponent with more sophisitcated weapons,giving the atlatl users a slight psycalogical boost.for Close Combat the ones that are effective are the tried and true ones like spears and swords ,bows and arrows ,crossbows,and such stick with those that have proven their worth over the centuries,you can get training with those also, but not some wonder weapon that no one uses today, or didn't use centuries ago either.keep it simple folks, leave the wonder weapons for the experts.
Originally posted by Dbobt
Nice info never heard of this before. Its amazing what we could do. I would still prefer to go hunting with an AK though
Originally posted by MojaveBurning
Very interesting, thanks for sharing! Like someone else, I was interested in seeing how these would be made with no modern technology, and I found a pretty good video (in my opinion). Thought I'd share, it looks useful!
atlatl using only stone tools
but not some wonder weapon that no one uses today, or didn't use centuries ago either.keep it simple folks, leave the wonder weapons for the experts
Originally posted by RedParrotHead
reply to post by Jeremiah65
Another good site Primitive Ways
The sections 'Arrow Straightening' and 'Grow Your Own Bowstring' could be invaluable if modern made supplies ever become hard to come by.