lessons for negotiating zombie apocalypse black market deals, 2
Yes, the compound bow or the crossbow are stealthy weapons with a nice effective range, and from a well-designed tree blind can be quite effective against a small band of marauders, provided you are able to keep your position hidden. Which becomes more difficult if the marauders have even a rudimentary understanding of geometry and physics — which in today’s America, I agree, is a vanishingly small skill set.
Still, even intuitively, a small band of marauders, seeing their first scout downed by a carbon-fiber arrow, might be able to figure out that the shaft of the arrow and the angle in which it embeds into the stricken scout effectively points to the bowman’s position — at which point it helps if the bowman has built amid the trees a series of bridges or rope escapes. While hoping he’s being attacked by a band of marauders not armed with shotguns, nightvision, or scoped rifles.
— All of which is a roundabout way of saying your crossbow or compound bow is effectively useless, except maybe for hunting, and even then, only provided you can find an area of wooded land not already over run with newly formed militia groups. Me, I’m just interested in it because I’m looking to build a banjo with the string.
So. The bow for a tray of hash brownies? Plus, I’ll even through in a cassette of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and a boombox outfitted with 8 barely used D batteries.
You know you want to. And you also know it’s the right thing to do.