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
5%
66%
22%
5%
18
flagthe United States
11%
56%
23%
7%
177
flagBelgium
9%
54%
36%
0%
11
flagAustria
9%
54%
36%
0%
11
flagthe United Kingdom
17%
51%
25%
4%
228
flagIndia
11%
50%
27%
11%
18
flagUnknown
30%
46%
11%
11%
26
flagGermany
22%
45%
26%
4%
122
flagPoland
20%
44%
30%
4%
7604
flagFrance
7%
42%
42%
7%
28
flagthe Netherlands
19%
41%
29%
9%
31
flagUkraine
20%
40%
30%
10%
10
flagRepublic of Ireland
11%
38%
42%
7%
26
flagItaly
45%
33%
20%
0%
24
flagCanada
27%
27%
36%
9%
11

Gender

men40%
women50%
bow
19%
17%
crossbow
40%
50%
sling
34%
26%
composite bow
6%
5%

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