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(The Daily Beast)   When crossbows are outlawed, men in tights get very nervous   (thedailybeast.com) divider line
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2021-03-04 12:45:58 PM  
soon, they will be again under British rule.

no plastic sporks for you
 
2021-03-04 2:41:56 PM  
So, might want to cancel the Japan leg of the tour?

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2021-03-04 2:55:45 PM  
Way to be objective there, DB.
 
2021-03-04 2:55:58 PM  
Ok, but have they banned cat-a-pults yet?

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2021-03-04 2:57:14 PM  
Geez, talk about a different culture: "...in the last 10 years there have been 32 cases of crossbows being used in crimes, with six people killed and 11 people injured."

That's a slow week for shootings in the US.
 
2021-03-04 2:58:28 PM  
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2021-03-04 2:59:33 PM  
"Semi automatic" crossbow?

Unless they've teched to chu-ko-nu, that seems unlikely.
 
2021-03-04 3:00:12 PM  
According to Japan's National Police Agency, in the last 10 years there have been 32 cases of crossbows being used in crimes, with six people killed and 11 people injured.

That's not exactly an epidemic of violence.

The crossbow killings unleashed a volley of copy-cat crimes

Hah. Nice phrasing, DB.
 
2021-03-04 3:00:48 PM  
Can you buy a crossbow in the US without a 5 day wait? Do they follow gun regulations in any way? Crossbows are only things I use in video games and RPGs.
 
2021-03-04 3:03:05 PM  
Longbows are next, and it'll be all Kevin's fault.

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2021-03-04 3:03:13 PM  

bthom37: "Semi automatic" crossbow?

Unless they've teched to chu-ko-nu, that seems unlikely.


My Farky for you was already about crossbows. You must really like crossbows.
 
2021-03-04 3:04:30 PM  

NINEv2: Geez, talk about a different culture: "...in the last 10 years there have been 32 cases of crossbows being used in crimes, with six people killed and 11 people injured."

That's a slow week for shootings in the US.


There were over 11,000 gun homicides in the US in 2016. Six would be a very slow day.
 
2021-03-04 3:05:45 PM  
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Can't say I recall seeing crossbows in the movie, but close enough
 
2021-03-04 3:07:09 PM  
So they banned guns, got rid of almost every gun, and only had three gunshot deaths in a year?  I've been told several times that violates the laws of the universe.
 
2021-03-04 3:08:23 PM  
Hopefully no government types watch Joerg Spraves crossbow and bow YouTube channel. If he didn't seem like such a good guy, I'd swear he is an evil genius.
Well worth the watch, I'll let him show you it's features
 
2021-03-04 3:11:19 PM  
if you're using a crossbow for a legitimate purpose-like crossbow shooting-you'll be allowed to keep it

Ummm
 
2021-03-04 3:13:44 PM  

ArkPanda: So they banned guns, got rid of almost every gun, and only had three gunshot deaths in a year?  I've been told several times that violates the laws of the universe.


There's NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE to curb gun violence in the United States. Thank you for your understanding. 

/s/ The Firearm Manufacturers Of America
 
2021-03-04 3:13:53 PM  
In 2017, there were only three people killed by gunshots in the entire nation.

See? Gun laws don't work.
 
2021-03-04 3:13:55 PM  
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From my cold dead hands
 
2021-03-04 3:19:48 PM  

ArkPanda: So they banned guns, got rid of almost every gun, and only had three gunshot deaths in a year?  I've been told several times that violates the laws of the universe.


They never really had guns to begin with, and they're an island.

It has always been illegal for the hoi polloi to own them, and everyone else was completely disarmed after a world war.

But other than that, it's a completely valid observation and comparison  to the United States.
 
2021-03-04 3:20:31 PM  

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Can't say I recall seeing crossbows in the movie, but close enough


The "Dirty Harry" guy hired to snipe Robin had one.  Pulls it out in the meeting between the sheriff and the Don.
 
2021-03-04 3:20:36 PM  
People find ways to kill each other, news at 11. This here seems like a bit of an overreaction to me, the point of limiting guns is that they make killing easy but a crossbow should have a significant loading time. I don't really see this stopping any murders, if you want to kill an individual there are still baseball bats and knives and if you want to kill a group well cars seem pretty effective.
 
2021-03-04 3:20:42 PM  

NINEv2: Geez, talk about a different culture: "...in the last 10 years there have been 32 cases of crossbows being used in crimes, with six people killed and 11 people injured."

That's a slow week for shootings in the US.


that's a slow week for shootings in Detroit.

copy cat crimes as mentioned in TFA are more danger to society than we place responsibility upon. it only takes a news article, a book or a movie and they crawl out of the woodwork, pushed over the edge by mere exposure. it's overdue to limit exposure for crimes. there are just too many people that are a push button away from acts of lunacy.
 
2021-03-04 3:23:16 PM  

bthom37: "Semi automatic" crossbow?

Unless they've teched to chu-ko-nu, that seems unlikely.


The Fenris, originally the Legolas, bow by that crazed German slingshot guy.

"The Fenris" - Finally. At last. Archery's New Dawn!
Youtube BF_OuEba3a4
 
2021-03-04 3:24:42 PM  
I drink and I know things.
 
2021-03-04 3:24:45 PM  

bthom37: "Semi automatic" crossbow?

Unless they've teched to chu-ko-nu, that seems unlikely.


Semi-auto is for wimps...

A Dream Came True: Home Made Full Auto Crossbow!
Youtube tbKGjRoSofA
 
2021-03-04 3:31:10 PM  
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2021-03-04 3:32:55 PM  
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2021-03-04 3:34:02 PM  
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2021-03-04 3:35:12 PM  
Crossbows = bad guys
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2021-03-04 3:53:53 PM  
Serious question-other than murder in a country where firearms are hard to get, what's the use case for a crossbow? Is there anything legal they're best at?

I get that people hunt with bows because it's more entertaining/sporting/difficult than using a rifle. I just never got the impression crossbows really scratched that itch for hunters.

Enthusiasts, what am I missing out on?
 
2021-03-04 3:56:45 PM  

bthom37: "Semi automatic" crossbow?

Unless they've teched to chu-ko-nu, that seems unlikely.


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It is also known as the Zhuge crossbow (Chinese: 諸葛弩; pinyin: Zhūgě nǔ, also romanized Chu-ko-nu) due to its association with the Three Kingdoms-era strategist Zhuge Liang

Whoa.  I remember my Three Kingdoms days.

/ i'm old
 
2021-03-04 4:23:41 PM  

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2021-03-04 4:27:53 PM  
Disarm Tod but he can just build another.
Tod's workshop
 
2021-03-04 4:58:35 PM  

zeroflight222: pwkpete: [i5.walmartimages.com image 612x612]

Can't say I recall seeing crossbows in the movie, but close enough

The "Dirty Harry" guy hired to snipe Robin had one.  Pulls it out in the meeting between the sheriff and the Don.


Your recollection is most impressive sir! Spaceballs and The Holy Grail seem to do a good job covering my Fark needs and I do need to review them on a periodic basis to keep them fresh!
 
2021-03-04 5:00:15 PM  

bthom37: "Semi automatic" crossbow?

Unless they've teched to chu-ko-nu, that seems unlikely.


Maybe they're referring to something like this?
Tactical Repeating Crossbow - Now Taking Orders!
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2021-03-04 5:37:24 PM  
Crossbows should only be illegal for the kind of person that wants to buy a crossbow.
 
2021-03-04 6:17:11 PM  

The Flexecutioner: Can you buy a crossbow in the US without a 5 day wait? Do they follow gun regulations in any way? Crossbows are only things I use in video games and RPGs.


You can buy one of those in Gatlinburg, TN over the counter on the main strip.
 
2021-03-04 6:53:42 PM  
hey everybody. I am pretty outdoorsy in rural Japan and I will neither confirm nor deny that I have various weapons.

But I do want to let everyone know how this stuff goes in Japan.

Any knife that you would consider "long" is de jure illegal in Japan. Yes, you might have it seized. Yes, you will be stopped and bothered if you have it somewhere you should not have it. I forget what the letter of the law is, but the length is amazingly short.

But guess what. You can carry around  a machete and a three foot long scythe if you are working in a field or might be working in a field. If you work in a kitchen and want to work with a two foot long blade, nobody will bat an eye. This is what I call freedom. The police have absolute authority to hassle any suspicious person, and let's say particularly unemployed people, and seize whatever weapons are against the law and there is not a lot you can do about it. Unless of course you have a plausible explanation for whatever it is you are doing. I am lucky to be plagued by boars, monkeys and wild animals, if you get my drift.

Someone upthread said that guns are illegal in Japan. That is untrue and preposterous. They were pretty commonplace even before the war. After the war, they became less and less common and more and more difficult to own. You have to keep an account of each bullet you fire and be ready to present that if audited. There is a fun zombie movie on Amazon called I AM HERO about a young guy who really really loves his shotgun. His girlfriend kicks him out and he demands that she let him back in the apartment because he has a legal obligation to be in possession of his gun at all times. The thing is... there is nothing to do with a gun in Japan. They are a hassle. They are not sexy. They only become useful in a zombie holocaust, which is kind of the deal with the movie.
 
2021-03-04 7:01:32 PM  

semiotix: Serious question-other than murder in a country where firearms are hard to get, what's the use case for a crossbow? Is there anything legal they're best at?

I get that people hunt with bows because it's more entertaining/sporting/difficult than using a rifle. I just never got the impression crossbows really scratched that itch for hunters.

Enthusiasts, what am I missing out on?


I don't get crossbows myself. All the complications of a compound bow with the easy of a rifle.  That's for the hunting bows. You can by cheap X bows on amazon  if you like living dangerously.

/I do want a medieval cross bow, though.
//I'm not your typical hunter type who needs the newest tech.
///I'll prefer primitive / vintage
 
2021-03-04 7:26:23 PM  

big pig peaches: semiotix: Serious question-other than murder in a country where firearms are hard to get, what's the use case for a crossbow? Is there anything legal they're best at?

I get that people hunt with bows because it's more entertaining/sporting/difficult than using a rifle. I just never got the impression crossbows really scratched that itch for hunters.

Enthusiasts, what am I missing out on?

I don't get crossbows myself. All the complications of a compound bow with the easy of a rifle.  That's for the hunting bows. You can by cheap X bows on amazon  if you like living dangerously.

/I do want a medieval cross bow, though.
//I'm not your typical hunter type who needs the newest tech.
///I'll prefer primitive / vintage


A bunch of States have declared crossbows legal tackle for use during archery seasons. Early on it was only allowed for disabled folks, but now it's pretty much across the board. Gives you a separate, usually earlier season and separate bag limit (most places), State gets more deer killed, which they desperately want.

I think last year in Tennessee you could take two bucks, period, across all seasons and weapon types, but you could take 3 does per day, and they'd give you flowers.
 
2021-03-04 7:30:18 PM  

2fardownthread: Any knife that you would consider "long" is de jure illegal in Japan. Yes, you might have it seized. Yes, you will be stopped and bothered if you have it somewhere you should not have it. I forget what the letter of the law is, but the length is amazingly short.


5.5cm blade limit for any folding knife. I've known a few foreigners who've been stopped by popos and had their folding knives (even a Leatherman) confiscated. I keep my Buck at home in my camping backpack, and there it remains unless I'm, well, camping.
On the guns tip, I've harbored a secret desire to go pheasant hunting in Japan one day. I kinda miss weekends blasting skeet clays in Colorado.
 
2021-03-04 7:54:10 PM  

big pig peaches: semiotix: Serious question-other than murder in a country where firearms are hard to get, what's the use case for a crossbow? Is there anything legal they're best at?

I get that people hunt with bows because it's more entertaining/sporting/difficult than using a rifle. I just never got the impression crossbows really scratched that itch for hunters.

Enthusiasts, what am I missing out on?

I don't get crossbows myself. All the complications of a compound bow with the easy of a rifle.  That's for the hunting bows. You can by cheap X bows on amazon  if you like living dangerously.

/I do want a medieval cross bow, though.
//I'm not your typical hunter type who needs the newest tech.
///I'll prefer primitive / vintage


I have one - it's loads of fun for target shooting.
 
2021-03-04 8:08:09 PM  
Compound crossbows are wicked awesome when they fire.  Very satisfying and more accurate than a regular compound bow because the additional poundage.  Not gun accurate, but for those of us that don't dig guns, it's pretty sweet.  I like compound bows, and I like the feel of them in my hands, so I'd prefer one of those if I were a hunter.

But as a target shooter I get a kick out of the crossbow on occasion too.  Makes it possible to go for more distant targets.
 
2021-03-04 10:44:53 PM  
Wait until they come around to banning rocks!

Crossbows are awesome..Illinois just recently opened up their bow hunting season to allow anyone
to use a crossbow..They were (as stated above) just for disabled,older people and kids, for a long time.
For hunting turkey, it's probably the perfect choice..You don't have shot all over, wrecking the bird. You get a quick kill and it's quiet enough that you don't also scare any other birds nearby..

A nice simple recurve crossbow is all you need for something like a turkey..
 
2021-03-04 10:52:09 PM  
True Men in Tights use Longbows.
 
2021-03-05 2:21:31 AM  
Wait, what century is it? Are we back in the 11th century and crossbows are banned again by papal decree?

*Checks calendar on phone*

Oh good, we're not and the timeline is intact. Germany lost WWII, North Korea exists, and the alien mothership has not been found. Also have that damn audit calibration meeting in two weeks.
 
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