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Crossbow

A crossbow is a type of weapon based on the bow and consisting of a horizontal bow-like assembly mounted on a stock. It shoots projectiles called bolts or quarrels. The medieval crossbow was called by many names, most of which were derived from the word ballista, a torsion siege engine resembling a crossbow.

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Despite being developed only very recently in comparison to its much, much older self-drawn cousin, the crossbow is not a particularly complicated construction, which, compounded by its shorter reload times, (Usually) smaller ammunition, less training time to use (Minutes of explanation vs. years of practice), longer range, and both higher accuracy, and precision, make the crossbow is superior in almost every way. The website linked here provides an example of the simplicity of the crossbow, and shows a diagram, with instructions, on how the particular type shown can be built.

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