After Long period Bow and Arrow in warfare, Chinese people invented crossbow in 5BC, invention of crossbow resulted in major shift in projectile weapons. Crossbow played a keyrole in wars of east Asia in 1500s armies started battalions of crossbowmen as a specialized weaponry group.
As the time changed and after the invention of guns, crossbow become unused. In current times crossbow is being used in sports and hunting.
Crossbow is very simple weapons, it has no complex design but yet very effective in its time of war. Its just a bow mounted on stick. To shoot with crossbow you just need to pull the trigger like a gun.
After the use of crossbow started in hunting and sports, the weapon has evolved in many different types. lets look at major types and what actually that is. so one can decide the best crossbow for his/her need
Recurve crossbow is just like traditional recurve bow, In a recurve bow tip of the bow is curving in opposite direction of archer. Recurve bow is mostly used is sports and not very popular in hunting because of noise it makes while shooting, that might alert the target so its not being popular among hunters. Recurve bow has many things similar to todays modern compound crossbow.+
Lastest Crossbows are Compound Crossbows, no need to say that it is similar to compound bow. compound bows are usually silent than re-curve bows and use maximum energy available in shot. all these makes it very popular for hunting, with compound bow there is less chances for your target to get away. Compound crossbows are faster and more accurate.
Small Handgun Crossbow
Small handgun crossbows also known as pistol crossbows, these pistol crossbow where being used by armies in warfare as small firearm in ancient times, these crossbows used to have shorter ranges but it was highly effective at that time.
Crossbows are not less deadlier weapon than guns but these are less regulated, that makes it most popular weapon among the hunters. If you own a crossbow take all the safety measurements you’re taking for gun. Have fun.