Which of projectile weapons required the least skills to operate?

bow
crossbow
sling
composite bow
A bow required a con­sid­er­able degree of lifetime train­ing, physical strength and ex­per­tise to operate with any degree of ef­fi­cien­cy. In con­trast, the crossbow was the first pro­jec­tile weapon to be simple, cheap and phys­i­cal­ly-un­de­mand­ing enough to be operated by large numbers of con­script sol­dier­s.

Answers distribution

bow
crossbow
sling
composite bow
answers
flagAfghanistan
0%
81%
18%
0%
11
flagNorway
9%
68%
18%
4%
22
flagthe United States
10%
57%
23%
7%
201
flagthe United Kingdom
17%
51%
25%
4%
267
flagIndia
11%
50%
27%
11%
18
flagAustria
21%
50%
28%
0%
14
flagBelgium
16%
50%
33%
0%
12
flagAustralia
30%
46%
23%
0%
13
flagFrance
8%
45%
40%
5%
35
flagPoland
19%
44%
30%
4%
9653
flagGermany
21%
44%
28%
4%
138
flagthe Netherlands
19%
44%
27%
8%
36
flagRepublic of Ireland
13%
41%
37%
6%
29
flagSweden
10%
40%
40%
10%
10
flagUkraine
20%
40%
30%
10%
10
flagCanada
20%
33%
40%
6%
15
flagItaly
46%
32%
21%
0%
28
flagUnknown
24%
30%
39%
6%
488

Gender

men35%
women50%
bow
20%
17%
crossbow
35%
50%
sling
37%
26%
composite bow
6%
5%

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