Projectile tools and weapons were required for many uses including: hunting, fishing, siege tactics, toss-and-capture, and warfare. Superseding the traditional bow and arrow is the Crossbow and bolt, and for many reasons the crossbow has become more practical than a traditional recurve bow. It can be drawn and held at the ready position for extended periods of time without strenuous muscle effort on the archer. Since the crossbow uses a trigger mechanism to release the bolt, it can be fired by just about anyone responsible enough the handle it. Most notably, a modern crossbow is equipped with a set of adjustable iron sights which assist in aiming, making it incredibly superior to shoot accurately by a novice. Some modern crossbows are even equipped with magnifying scopes and laser attachments.

Crossbows come in two varieties: Recurve Crossbows, and Compound Crossbows. The traditional sense of a crossbow is the Recurve-type, which uses the tension of the flection of solid limb parts. It may take significant force to cock and load a crossbow, and that force is held in place until it is discharged. Compound crossbows use a very different mechanism to hold tension and reserve kinetic force. When cocking a Compound Crossbow, the cam-pulley system is able to tension the limb more evenly, while the cam relieves the force needed to store the kinetic energy. In other words, Compound Crossbows can handle higher output due to the ability to store more kinetic energy by cam-relief.

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