cybrxkhan wrote:Rodlox wrote:Ollock wrote:
Hmm, so it was used. Interesting. I wonder what you would do if the bolt got jammed somehow,
probably the same thing as if your bullet jams in your gun: either use the gun as a blunt weapon, or toss it to one side.
That's also why historically, most Crossbowmen and Musketmen in the medieval and early renaissance carried swords or some kind of melee weapon. Actually in a lot of cultures troops would still carry a melee weapon alongside with the musket anyways.
Torco wrote:It must also have to do with the fact that archers can be attacked by mele, they shouldn't but it sure did happen.
All true. Even today soldiers are trained to use their guns as melee weapons, as well as carrying knives (sometimes still affixed to their guns as bayonets) and being trained in unarmed fighting techniques. It seems if you don't train your troops for every eventuality they could be lost in a real fight.
What I meant about the bolt jamming wasn't so much about what to do in the moment. Clearly you'd throw it away and draw a sword or spear for melee. But later, when it's recovered -- repairing it could be a pain with that enclosed magazine. I suppose if you're lucky you can pull it out from opening at the bottom. Otherwise somebody's going to have to get a hook to fish that bolt out. And looking at the way they were loading it in the video, I imagine it got jammed quite often.