Medieval archer takes aim with a drawn longbow


Bows have been used to hunt game since prehistoric times. The practice is now mostly dominated by firearms, but in some countries they are still used.

In England, during the middle ages, the longbow was an important weapon, though its use as a hunting tool was restricted to the noble classes. Ordinary people, who were required by law to practise with it and use it for war, were strictly forbidden to hunt with it.

The longbow

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Going off half-cocked

Many older guns have a form of safety that prevents the gun from being fired when the hammer is pulled halfway back. Sometimes a fault develops which allows the gun to fire when the hammer is in the half-cocked position, before a proper aim can be taken.