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slingers VS archers

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Topic: slingers VS archers
Posted By: babyblue
Subject: slingers VS archers
Date Posted: 07-Jan-2005 at 07:24

     ok i got this question about hte effectiveness of slingers...seems like a lotta occidental armies had one of these units at some point in history...less so in oriental armies, why's that?

   how effective are slingers in real battle? do they just injure the enemy or can they actually kill them? i was struck by a golf ball once back in highschool, stayed in the sickbay for about two lessons, then went back to class...

   are they as good as archers? i'm pretty sure they won't be as accurate as archers...



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Posted By: demon
Date Posted: 07-Jan-2005 at 07:55

i was struck by a golf ball once back in highschool, stayed in the sickbay for about two lessons, then went back to class...

I feel your pain, dude. 

are they as good as archers?

Nope, but it's easier and simpler to use and learn.  Also much cheaper and affordable.  It's one of the reasons palestinians use slingers to counter israeli tanks.



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Posted By: Paul
Date Posted: 07-Jan-2005 at 08:09

It's not a straight comparison. Slingers can fire stones or bullets, archers can have a variety of both bows and arrows, enemy units can be wearing all sorts of different armour, be fighting in close formation or skirmishing, or a cavalry army.

On the whole what makes a bow superior though is it firing can be concerntrated.



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Posted By: Jalisco Lancer
Date Posted: 07-Jan-2005 at 16:17


I agree with Paul.
Archers could concentrate deadly massive fire over the enemy by using a wide variety of arrows.



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