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%
66%
19%
4%
21
flagthe United States
10%
57%
23%
7%
196
flagthe United Kingdom
17%
51%
25%
4%
258
flagIndia
11%
50%
27%
11%
18
flagAustria
21%
50%
28%
0%
14
flagBelgium
16%
50%
33%
0%
12
flagPoland
19%
45%
30%
4%
8286
flagthe Netherlands
17%
45%
28%
8%
35
flagFrance
8%
45%
40%
5%
35
flagGermany
21%
44%
28%
4%
132
flagRepublic of Ireland
13%
41%
37%
6%
29
flagSweden
10%
40%
40%
10%
10
flagUkraine
20%
40%
30%
10%
10
flagUnknown
30%
35%
23%
11%
60
flagCanada
20%
33%
40%
6%
15
flagItaly
46%
32%
21%
0%
28

Gender

men39%
women50%
bow
19%
17%
crossbow
39%
50%
sling
34%
27%
composite bow
6%
5%

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