I have a now ancient Ben Pearson recurve bow of about 60bs pull. Signed by him. Don't or I don't hear much of his brand these days. The bow string is original a good waxing is a it needs, I think. I never was a crack shot with it but did fair. Some years ago on TV they showed a cross bow that you cocked the forward part and it brought up another bolt ready to fire, from something I guess you might call an open magazine. Don't believe I've seen one or sale in decades. There are all sorts of recurve and cross bows with cables and pullies to increase bot and arrow speed, and confuse the heck out of you, if it goes awry. Now they have carbon fiber arrows and still some aluminum. Had none of this in the fifties and sixties and early seventies. To the meat of the subject. When all the guns are empty or no shells on hand or available, you can make a serviceable to excellent bow and arrows. As a kid and early teen we had no money, but we made bows out of hickory and osage. No telling how many hickory bows broke for me, nor osage and other woods. Had to break a lot to get it somewhat right . Arrows were all wooden shafts. There were many many arrows that broke or shattered when a 65 to 85 lb or even more were released. The aluminum ones won't do it but I have heard of the carbon fiber ones breaking or shattering about half way down the shaft, when they first came out. When the hdwe stores started carrying maple round sticks it was a gift from heaven for us who made their own. They were a bit heavier but suited our needs. I haven't seen a proper size stick in their section in some time now though, they are too thick. If you pan on using a bow in a survival situation buy a bunch of them , in the right size, and seat them good with whatever modern latest and greatest coating there is. And..buy a bunch of glue on not screw in tips. I never had a etching fixture but understand they don't cost too much. The ancient arrows I have, the turkey feather fletching has a crumbed off or maybe dust mites or both. The arrows left to me by my Youngest Brother who passed in 77 were synthetic or plastic and they too have rotted off. So buy a fletching fixture, some quantity of glue sticks designed for fletching or whatever is the latest, that has a long shelf life, and earn to make your own fetching from the straightest portion of a turkey feather. A sharp razor or special tool to cut the feather shaft lengthwise and to shave it to the width you need. If you want to make projectile points there are some classes in summer here and there that cover starting mostly. And when you break edge it is sharper than a Surgeon's scalpel. I have made many but would surely fail my ancestors standards, but with time and practice anyone, I think can do it. When the Europeans first became Trappers and in fighting off Indians and hunting, many adopted the bow and arrow. Native Americans could fire a lot of arrows accurately before a European could reload for a second shot. The range of a muzzle loader smooth bore was greater but less accurate than a good bowman. The range was too much of a factor in the thick woodlands of eastern America. Do you suppose they might take our assault bows from us?