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Crossbow vs Gun – What Makes The Best Survival Weapon?

We all know about the AMC’s post-apocalypse TV series - The Walking Dead - which hits its 8th season on October this year (2017).

One thing we’ve all learned from this popular show is the power of a crossbow in a doomsday scenario…I’m talking about Daryl Dixon's crossbow which has saved him and his fellow survivalists right from the beginning of the show.

And get this from me:

The show has influenced the preppers’ choice of a survival weapon, with a handful opting for the crossbow…yet a handful still swears to guns and cases of ammunition.

The question is:

How does a crossbow compare to a gun in a SHTF situation?

Sorry for asking that question,

I know it’s mind-wrecking and might give you headaches as you try to weigh between the two weapons.

But I promise you that by the time you’re done reading the following post, you’ll have a clear mind on what weapon you’d pick if the walking dead becomes real in future (just kidding).

Let’s get into more details…

PS: We’ll discuss the two weapons side by side, under the following subheads:

#1. The Silence Factor

Crossbow vs Gun

After picturing at the various SHTF situations, there’s no doubt that observing some silence is necessary when facing them. And that means that you should look for a weapon that produces way too less or no noise at all.

For instance…when hunting for food, defending your family/home against an intruder, etc., you won’t want others to discover your whereabouts.

It, therefore, makes some sense that you’d want to use your crossbow for its silent signature for most of your SHTF scenario.

On the contrary, rifles produce that loud bang that’s sure to bring uninvited visitors your way. Like… after you’ve gunned down the game, the other folks will know it easily and will want a share of your kill - either peacefully or forcefully.

#2. Ammo Availability

Crossbow vs Gun

Another factor that sets a huge rift between the crossbow and survival guns is the ammo availability.

Don’t get me wrong…

…Am not saying that there’s a shortage of ammunition. In fact, dozens of gun ammo are being manufactured every hour to meet the ever rising demand!

But the harsh truth is, when you start shooting with your gun, the ammo will get depleted and you might be left defenseless.

What of the crossbow? The ammo here is re-usable, an advantage that keeps the crossbow many, many miles ahead of your gun. As we’ve witnessed Darryl do it multiple times on the Walking Dead show, walking up to your target and pulling the crossbow bolt makes ready for reuse.

Remember that you can do this again and again, without affecting the penetrating power of your bolts.

#3. Ease of Use (or User Friendliness)

When put on comparison table with the tradition bows, crossbows have shown to be easy to use, even for the absolute beginners.

Yes, you can easily fire super-accurate shots with your crossbow, with only some hours of practice.

This stems from the fact that a crossbow doesn’t require you to mind about the hand placement, drawing the string, hold, hold, hold… (too much for the tradition bow). Rather, it holds back the bolt for you…which minimizes fatigue…so you can release with a simple trigger squeeze plus consistent draw strength.

Guns…do you even need much training on how to use them? If 11-year-old kid can use them, how about you? It goes without saying that guns are incredibly easy to use.

Bottom line: both the gun and crossbow are easy to use in all survival situations.

#4. Maximum Range

If you’re a keen observant, you’d have noticed that Darryl shoots the zombies at incredibly close ranges. I believe it’s about 30 yards or less. That’s a pretty honest yard.

But some video will show you bow hunters taking down deer sized games at a range of about 80 yards. This is a pure exaggeration!

As per legit crossbow hunters will tell you, the maximum range of a crossbow falls between 25 and 50 yards.

What about the guns?

The maximum range depends on the type of fireman you use. Not forgetting the type of metal used to make the bullets as well as the weight of the ammo powder grain.

Despite all these factors, there’s no debating that a gun will help you hit a target at a greater distance than the crossbow.

You can even trust a simple .22 LR round to accomplish that.

#5. Size can be a concern too (more so when it comes to portability)

A typical crossbow is big and bulky. So, if you’re bugging out in secondary survival retreat, it might not be the ideal travel companion for you - more so if you’re on foot.

BUT…if you've got a car, there’s no excuse as to why you should leave the crossbow behind.

Given its size too, you can’t easily conceal the crossbow. Picture yourself walking with in a wasteland that was once your home (as it happens in the Walking Dead)…and other defenseless folks see you with a weapon. What would stop them from attempting to take it from you?

NOTE: the situation isn’t all bad though. There are extremely portable crossbow models - with a smaller size and less weight than the standard models. Commonly referred to as the pistol crossbows, these models have a shorter range an require you to be near your target for effective shooting.

In the case of guns, we've got the CCW (or concealed carry weapons) that’s highly portable and you can easily tuck it under your gun belt and walk among many folks, without anyone notice that you're armed.

#6. Magazine Load Time

Something that makes the use of the crossbow as a survival weapon a bad idea is its magazine load time.

As you know, it takes time to load a bolt at a time. And that means that you’ve to ensure that every shot you fire counts. Add this to the maximum range of a crossbow (we discussed this earlier) and you’re doomed!

As for the rifles:

Should we even compare the magazine load of a rifle with that of a crossbow?

Final Word: Crossbow vs Gun - Which is the best survival weapon?

Both the gun and crossbow are great choices for use in survival situations. Both weapons have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. And your choice of the ideal weapon should be dependent on the type of SHTF situation facing you.

If you still swear by your guns after reading this post, I’d advise you to never leave your crossbow behind - make it your backup weapon!

Archery For Women – Key Things You Need To Know

Women archers - a community whose numbers has grown in the recent years.

I believe that the ever-rising women’s interest in archery and bowhunting could have been fuelled by the emergence of heroine archers like Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games TV Show, or the legendary horsewomen archers (the Amazons), or simply due to the increased popularity of the bow and arrow.

However, I’ve learned that there’s still a good number of females who want to join this sport or want to better their archery skills but don’t know where to start.

I, therefore, came up with this info-rich article to give you answers to everything you need to know about archery for women.

Archery is a sport for Everyone

Before we get into the details, it’s important to understand that archery is a fun game that has no limits on who can practice it.

Anyone can undertake it - from women to men, kids to adults - everyone!

So, if you think that archery and bowhunting aren't really for you, think again.

With that in mind, allow me to share a few things all women interested in the bow and arrow sport need to know:

1. There are archery gear specially tailored for women archers

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When we talk of archery equipment, the main thing that should appear in your mind is the bow.

Seeing the high increase in the number of females interested in bowhunting, the archery gear manufacturers have changed the way they make their products. They’ve gone the extra step to make your newly found sport fun and thrilling by tailoring bows that meet your unique physiology and needs.

That being said, here are some top ways in which women archers bows differ from those of men:

  • They come with a shorter draw length to compensate for the height of women (who are typically shorter than men).
  • The draw weight on a woman’s bow tends to be lower than that of other bows. If you’re a beginner in this game, I’d advise you to start with low draw weight and increase as you advance your skill. You can start with a minimal weight of 40lbs for deer hunting.
  • And, of course, they come with sleek designs, to meet your needs for holding an eye-grabbing model that stands from the rest.

Next time, don’t struggle using your hubby’s/dad’s bow or go for a cheap kid’s bow. Look for a bow specially made for you, and you’ll love the sport even more.

2. You need to take some archery lessons before you start shooting

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I know many beginners wouldn’t want to hear this. I didn’t want to hear it either.

Sadly, there’s no shortcut to archery…you’ve got to undergo some training on how to use your bow and arrow correctly (as well as other archery related gear) before you actually start chasing that deer.

BUT…don't worry. This isn’t hard as you might be thinking. You’ll just need to listen to and follow your instructor carefully, and you’ll be ready to go.

Some of the main things offered in the basic archery training courses include:

  • Stance and posture (how to position your body when firing arrows)
  • Nocking (finger and hand placement)
  • How to correctly extend your bow arm
  • Drawing the bow
  • Anchoring
  • Aiming
  • Releasing
  • And, following through your shots

Apparently, you might not know how to do these things if you’re a beginner. Thus, it makes sense that you’ll need to attend that class or look for a mentor to take you through the process.

Again, it’s a fast, easy-to-learn process if you remain focused and determined!

3. Training isn’t enough; practice and practice will make you a better archer!

women practice with 3D targets

Even when you attend the best training or get mentored by a pro archer, you’ll never reach your full archery and bowhunting potential if you don’t keep practicing.

That’s another painful truth I learned the hard way.

Practice helps improve your accuracy and confidence when actually shooting at your target in real life. DON’T make the mistake of firing a few shots right before you set out to see if “you still have it.” This will hurt you terribly. Instead, learn to practice regularly.

And don’t just practice; do it in different settings, including lifelike hunting situations to fully prepare yourself for what you’ll face when that moment comes.

I remember my mentor always insisted that I practice with 3D targets set at different intervals in the woods. Honestly, this helped me improve my guestimation and fire shots that count.

And oh! It also helped me notice the mistakes and challenges I’m likely to encounter while in the woods and how to easily avoid them.

4. Avoid Making The Common Mistakes

I’ve seen a good number of females join this sport with lots of enthusiasm, make some common mistakes on the way and eventually quit (convincing themselves that this is not their stuff).

I don’t want you to follow the same path as other archers. Learn to avoid the following when using your bow and arrow:

  • NEVER use too much draw weight - doing this will only compromise your comfort when drawing your bow and you’ll end up firing awkward shots
  • NEVER misjudge distance - the most common mistakes that will make you wound or lose that target deer.
  • Always ensure that your archery gear is in good condition before you start using them
  • Poor placement of shots on your target; be sure to target the vital organs (heart, lungs, etc.). And if you can’t do that, take time to practice with 3D targets. It helps a lot.
  • Not practicing (we just discussed this one)

5. Remember to keep SAFE!

Yes, we live in a world of uncertainty, and anything can happen to you as you go about your archery practices.

My simple advice to you is: always be aware of your shooting equipment (ensure they’re in good conditions to avoid any misfortunes) and your shooting environment, especially when in the woods.

Bowhunting in groups is also highly advisable for your own safety.Just do everything you feel it’s necessary to keep safe when bowhunting!

Final Thoughts

These are five key things all women in archery, including those who want to join the sport, need to know.

To get the most out of your archery and bowhunting endeavors, start by picking the right equipment, get trained on how to use your bow and arrows, practice regularly, and avoid the common mistakes.

Eventually, your efforts will pay off handsomely.

Again, remember to keep safe.

Recurve vs Compound Crossbow: What is the Best Crossbow for Hunting?

When I was still doing initial research on bowhunting to determine if I should pursue it as a serious hobby, I noticed that many pro hunters prefer to use a recurve crossbow than a compound version when hunting.

I was more familiar with the compound crossbow that time, and during the course of my research, I often found myself asking, why do many hunters choose a recurve crossbow instead of a compound crossbow?

Today I’m going to discuss the major differences between the two types of crossbows and try to give light on why so many bowhunters prefer to use the recurve kind.

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Back Tension vs Thumb Release: What is the Best Way to Use Them?

Have you ever looked at a handheld release and not know if it is a back tension or a thumb version?

Most back tension releases and thumb releases are handheld but this doesn’t mean that the two are one and the same. Many bow users prefer using one for hunting and the other for target archery.

While knowing what a back tension vs thumb release may sound confusing at first, there are several guidelines that can help you differentiate one from the other. Continue reading to know what these are and how to use each type properly.

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Thumb Release vs Trigger Release: What is the Best Release and Why?

Are you planning to buy a bow release anytime soon? Getting the right release is essential if you want to maximize its use during a hunting trip.

Some hunters prefer the thumb release while others like the trigger release better. Whatever your preference, it’s important you understand how each type of release works before you make your purchase.

Knowing the advantages of a thumb release vs trigger release and vice versa will help you when choosing a bow release. Find how out each one works and see which works best for you.

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Which Bow Should I Use? Different Types of Bows And Their Benefits

When choosing which bow you should use you must first consider how you will be using it and to what end you will be using it. These are two very important items that must be answered, but before you can answer that question you have to know what kinds of bows there are and how they are used.

There are three different types of bows - each type has a unique design and background, and each type is suited for a specific purpose. We’ve broken those details down for you below so you can become more knowledgeable about archery and more adept at using specific types of bows.

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On Shooting Skills: What Is The Effective Range Of A Crossbow?

Are you using a crossbow for hunting? Do you own a crossbow as a hobbyist? Either way, you need to know what is the effective range of a crossbow and how to wield it.

If you’re a bowhunter like me, you know what the ideal range is, but the question is - how do you make the most of what this equipment can do? Based on experience, it’s all a matter of man, machine, and prey (or skill, crossbow, and game).

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How Much Draw Weight Is Needed To Kill A Deer?

As someone who loves hunting, I had a pretty difficult time learning the skills at first, such as how much draw weight is needed to kill a deer? But through time, I started to learn about the basics and became better at killing my game. I put this article up to help beginners become more knowledgeable on the basics of drawing weight and how to use it to hunt effectively, most especially with popular game such as deer.

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How Long Can You Leave A Crossbow Cocked?

Have you ever come from a long day’s hunt with no success, and are left empty handed and with your crossbow still cocked? This is something that bowhunters experience all the time. But now, what should you do with your cocked crossbow?

You may be wondering if just leaving it cocked until your next hunting session is a good idea, and if so, how long can you even leave a crossbow cocked? Luckily, we are here to help you solve all these, and many other questions.

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Why Use Arrow Wraps?

Arrow wraps are adhesive strips that come in various types and designs. You have probably seen these sticker-looking things before, wrapped around the ends of an arrow, but aren’t sure what exactly they are for. Some people think that they are just for decoration. However, experienced bowhunters will tell you that arrow wraps serve a much more important purpose.

Why use arrow wraps? Here are some of the reasons why.

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