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Author Topic: Modern Chinese army displays ancient preference for crossbow  (Read 12945 times)
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« on: 9 July 2009, 19:30:27 »
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/5780852/Xinjiang-riots-Modern-Chinese-army-displays-ancient-preference-for-crossbow.html

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« Reply #1 on: 20 September 2009, 18:51:39 »
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I know why recon/infiltration units would want a crossbow but it looks like these guys are on riot fighting detail.  WHY would anyone need those for riot control??
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« Reply #2 on: 20 September 2009, 21:40:28 »
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Parade?

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« Reply #3 on: 20 September 2009, 23:44:42 »
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sorry, should have explained more...they were used in rioting control...but in China every protest is rioting...
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« Reply #4 on: 21 September 2009, 00:45:56 »
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I wonder why the army is used for riot control and not the police?  Perhaps they have more equipment and training?
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« Reply #5 on: 21 September 2009, 07:41:43 »
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Might be police actually.  I think they also sometimes wear cammo.
Still... why crossbow for riot control?
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« Reply #6 on: 21 September 2009, 12:20:08 »
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the latest riots were big, huge, too big for only the police to handle...
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« Reply #7 on: 22 September 2009, 17:05:41 »
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Just saying.  I've seen Chinese firemen wear camouflage for certain occasions.
But serously, regardless of who they are, why a crossbow for riot control??
Can they launch tear gas through those?
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« Reply #8 on: 22 September 2009, 18:47:02 »
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http://www.chinacartimes.com/2007/11/23/the-dongbei-boys-also-get-the-cool-toys/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/5780852/Xinjiang-riots-Modern-Chinese-army-displays-ancient-preference-for-crossbow.html

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Despite the telescopic sights and gun-like triggers which give them more than a passing resemblance to a modern sniper rifle, the crossbows wielded by members of the military units operating in Urumqi retain a striking resemblance to their ancient counterparts.
A staple of warfare in mediaeval Europe, they are believed to have been used in China since about 400BC, appearing in Greece slightly later.
Featured in Sun Tzu's The Art of War, remnants of crossbows were even found in the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, among his Terracotta Army.
Although they are believed to have been first used for hunting, the military potential of the crossbow was quickly appreciated.
Firing short dart-like missiles known as bolts further and faster than a traditional bow, they proved capable even of piercing armour.
Modern varieties can fire sleek metallic bolts or bullets.
In Europe, crossbows were used by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, where they were said to penetrate English shields.
Replacing the longbow, they remained in use for a further 400 years, after which they were superseded by guns.
In China, large, catapult-like versions were developed, employing basic mechanics to string the bow, line up the bolt and fire it in a single motion.
The repeating crossbow was widely used until the late 19th Century.

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« Reply #9 on: 22 September 2009, 23:21:41 »
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Still does not explain why riot police would sport them (though, lie 13th, tear gas was my first notion)

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« Reply #10 on: 23 September 2009, 11:54:27 »
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more info on the weapons and armour they use: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2009/07/08/crossbows-bayonets-and-axe-handles-the-latest-in-chinese-riot-gear.aspx
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« Reply #11 on: 21 November 2011, 20:07:56 »
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