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%
83%
16%
0%
12
flagSwitzerland
25%
68%
0%
6%
16
flagNorway
17%
58%
20%
3%
29
flagAustralia
25%
56%
18%
0%
16
flagthe United States
11%
55%
24%
7%
219
flagDenmark
30%
53%
15%
0%
13
flagthe United Kingdom
16%
50%
28%
4%
320
flagBelgium
16%
50%
33%
0%
12
flagSpain
25%
50%
8%
16%
12
flagIndia
14%
47%
28%
9%
21
flagGermany
20%
46%
27%
5%
169
flagthe Netherlands
15%
45%
30%
8%
46
flagPoland
19%
44%
31%
4%
12764
flagFrance
10%
44%
39%
5%
38
flagAustria
27%
44%
27%
0%
18
flagRepublic of Ireland
16%
41%
35%
6%
31
flagSweden
17%
41%
35%
5%
17
flagCanada
18%
36%
36%
9%
22
flagUnknown
23%
29%
41%
5%
1043
flagItaly
43%
28%
28%
0%
32

Gender

men33%
women48%
bow
20%
17%
crossbow
33%
48%
sling
39%
28%
composite bow
6%
5%

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