At the intersection between ancient and high-tech weapons lies the inventive and funtional crossbow. Relatively easy to construct out of scrap in decent numbers, familiar pistol grip and sighting, easy enough to create ammunition for, and powerful enough to kill a medium sized enemy even in decent armor--there are real advantages to the crossbow in the wastelands of Gamma Terra. It's no suprise then, that with it's sideways spring loaded bow and arrow design and trigger pull release, the crossbow is one of the primary ranged weapons in use. There are many variants. Some launch bolas or flasks of chemicals, some have over and under mechanisms to fire two bolts before reloading, some clever designs even have a magazine of bolts loaded by a lever from the top.