And so my quest continues in search of a self defence weapon usable in forests and fields. I'm a martial artist, so I've got short range covered. I know my way around with a staff, so I've got mid range covered. I need something for long range takedown. I know a handgun would be more practical, and am aware now that there is no use of a gas pistol, but I still somehow don't want a firearm, so what about going medieval and using a crossbow? The drawback of course is that there is only one shot that has to hit the target, and also it's bulkier and heavier than a hand gun, but are there any other drawbacks? It would sure be fun to practice with! Please tell of your experience with the crossbow? Thanks! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!