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View Poll Results: The Best Survival Weapon.
Recurve 250 29.21%
Longbow 144 16.82%
Compound 142 16.59%
Crossbow 149 17.41%
Slingshot 79 9.23%
Blowgun 8 0.93%
Muzzleloader 84 9.81%
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I've got 4 compound boys and one recurve. The compounds aren't anything shiny and new, I think one is a Ted Nugent II being the newest. I also have a recurve (Bear I think it is) I picked up at a gun show for (Make sure you're sitting down on this part) $7.00. Guy had 4 or 5 other recurves and I still don't know why I didn't grab a couple more at that price. I refinishes the Bear, re-camoflaged it, new string..

To tell you the truth, it rides in my truck 10 times as much as the other 4 bows combined.

I think seeing your buddy take an arrow in his arm or chest is a lot more traumatizing than a bullet. Just watch a Cowboy and Western movie. When someone shot someone with a gun, you grabbed yours and shot back. But, when an arrow sunk in your buddy's chest, someone yelled "INDIANS!!" and everyone beat feet for cover.

Even removing the arrow looked a lot more painful back then. Breaking the arrow and feeding the broadhead part on through the entry area? Yeah, that's gonna mess them up a lot worse than giving them a shot of whisky and taking a hot knife and digging the bullet out.
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Ha! Recurve...... That's because we all know how great they are for instinctual shooting. Plus you can use para-chord as a bowstring on them.
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I lean toward the recurve easy to maintain the learning curve to use is not really all that hard sure not as simple as a cross bow or compound but once those break you screwed with out a proper workshop and know how to fix em.
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Recurve and a takedown at that. I hunt with a compound but for simplicity, recurve hands down. I have 150+ bows in my collection everything from 100+ year old longbows to modern compounds. I have had 2 compounds string let go while stored in the case. Unless you have a bow press or a way to change the string/cables and extra strings or a way to make them, this would be an issue in TEOTWAWKI as OP asked. I have 50+ year old recurves I regularly shoot. Yes, more practice is necessary with a recurve than with a compound but for the long term, it would be worth it.
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Question is simple, which is better in your opinion for TEOTWAWKI. Think long term, hunting/defence in a serious survival sitation. Consider that your ammo stores are limited, and that eventually it will begin to wear. Nothing lasts forever:

Recurve
Longbow
Compound
Crossbow
Slingshot
Blowgun
Muzzleloader

If you have a minute, please leave a comment on why you voted the way you did. This will allow us who are trying to figure out what to buy make an informative decision.
Overall I'd vote slingshot. Ammo can be found in most any stream bead. Lightweight and portable. Handle of a SR7 WristRocket does not wear out, & ample replacement bands/pouches can be easily stored. It will kill any bird around, from wild turkey to quail, along with squirrels, groundhog, rabbit, and even a fawn (headshot). One can become reasonably accurate by just practicing a few hours a day, for like a month. Do that for decades and you will not need to aim anymore.
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THE QUESTION is which is a better SURVIVAL weapon.

That indicates a period where things may not change for the better for a while.
So, as far as long term, anything mechanical or complicated would be out

The compound bow has to stay in tune to be useful and has cams/wheels parts that cannot be replaced if damaged or broken.

Muzzle loader is a funny stick when the powder is gone or wet.

The longbow/stick bow is basic survival and I own 2 of them from SAS but they are takedown bows that really get down and will fit in a pack.

Crossbow, powerful but bolts have to be tough and might be hard to replace compared to other arrows.

Slingshot and blowgun are specialty items but unless you have access to poisonous frogs the blowgun won't get you big game and neither will the sling shot.

The recurve is just a little more user friendly and a little more compact and at the same time has the simplicity of the stick bow.
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I chose the recurve.
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The ultimate single survival weapon is a 12 gage break open shotgun.

It can be used to hunt anything on the North American Continent.

Any thing from a squirrel to a grizzly bear !

You can fire flares or tear gas with it.

You can reload the ammo with simple hand tools.

You can even use it with black powder as a muzzle loading weapon.

No other weapon has the versatility of this weapon .
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Question is simple, which is better in your opinion for TEOTWAWKI. Think long term, hunting/defence in a serious survival sitation. Consider that your ammo stores are limited, and that eventually it will begin to wear. Nothing lasts forever:

Recurve
Longbow
Compound
Crossbow
Slingshot
Blowgun
Muzzleloader

If you have a minute, please leave a comment on why you voted the way you did. This will allow us who are trying to figure out what to buy make an informative decision.
None of the above here. Knives ( Multiple knives per person) = #1 choice.....and followed closely by the axe. ( Again....more than 1)

I assume that everyone already has at least 3 knives prior to picking anything on the list above? At least one hatchet, tomahawk, or axe?

One might find them handy for fabricating traps, cordage, etc..... making those bows and arrows in the first place, processing critters etc...and more than a few other things common for surviving TEOTWAWKI long term. ( Axe = firewood, building shelters, pens/ corals for livestock, etc...)


Just my opinion here, but nothing on that list is more important than the knife and axe. ( Too include modern firearms)

Again....... Trapping would be a primary means of obtaining wild game as well as a means of defense. ( Fabricating nets for trapping and fishing is also high on the list)

.....And both could be utilized for personal defense if required. Especially knives, as there is no person in my group who would not have at least one on thier person 99.9% of the time.

Fwiw...... I can think of a few more items that would have more importance overall than anything on that list above, but those items probably dont fall under a " primitive weapon" area as knives and axes do.

In short...... The knife and axe combined with a few other items means modern rifles are selected for security, but have the consistent capability to take any game in North America with a 1 shot dump out to 300+ yards. Ammunition can be there by conserved for security and longer distance hunting.

With that said, our budget for ammunition is rather high by most standards, and we reload. ( Ie. ....7.62x51mm, 7.62x39mm, and 22lr by the pallets , a rather extensive cache program, etc......

Note: Regardless of whatever else is in it......every cache container has at least 1 knife inside.

Here is how my list would look like, and in order by precedence.......

1. Knife x 3 plus
2. Tomahawk/ short axe x2
3. Long axe x2
4. A few other items not mentioned...lol
5. Modern rifle x2 ( 308 )
6. 308 pallets ( 40k rds per pallet) x5 plus
7. Modern rifle x2 ( 22lr)
8. 22lr pallets ( 100k rds per pallet) x5 plus





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None of the above.
I vote for having a brain.
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In large numbers they did, but until the repeating and cartridge fire arms were invented they were really ineffectual against Indians.
??? We had pushed the Indian all the way past the Mississippi River by the time repeating firearms came along. I'd call that pretty effective.
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??? We had pushed the Indian all the way past the Mississippi River by the time repeating firearms came along. I'd call that pretty effective.
Im pretty sure that the Indians would have agreed to, as the ones that could made the switch as soon as they were able.

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I vote for having a brain.
I wish you good fortune while you search for one.

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The ultimate single survival weapon is a 12 gage break open shotgun.



It can be used to hunt anything on the North American Continent.



Any thing from a squirrel to a grizzly bear !



You can fire flares or tear gas with it.



You can reload the ammo with simple hand tools.



You can even use it with black powder as a muzzle loading weapon.



No other weapon has the versatility of this weapon .
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The OP started out with a weak, poorly defined argument. A modern rifle is the best solution.

The very best weapon choice for a long term crisis, is one that lets you live through the first few months.
That means a semi auto carbine with several high capacity mags, ie an assault rifle!

If you current ammo supply is limited, go shopping. Or better yet, learn to reload.
If you are concerned with part breakage and wear, learn to build new parts, or store replacements, or simply buy a couple spare guns.

You might end up having to hunt with a bow and arrow several years after the event.
But first, you will have to defend your food supplies, your family, and your life with your rifle.
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I have several compound bows from 35 to 50#. I'm looking for a recurve in 30-40# range. 35# will do fine for small game. I also like pellet rifles. My .22 pcp is quiet, ammo is cheap and it will take game up to 20# easy.
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I vote for having a brain.
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The OP might have had added repeating weapons to the Poll but, the thread is so old, they might not have been invented yet.

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The OP might have had added repeating weapons to the Poll but, the thread is so old, they might not have been invented yet.

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Had he done that everyone with a brain would have voted for them instead of primitive weapons.

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