Originally Posted by leakbrewergator
This is from Karl Friday's Samurai, Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan:
(Sorry for the quote within the quote)
The Chinese author that is quoted by Friday is Wu ching tsung yao.
Interesting. I've always understood as per this (admittedly, not necessarily as academic) link: The Crossbow vs the Longbow in the Medieval Period - on 'The Beckoning'
On the other hand, that is a comparison of crossbowmen to longbowmen. which is not the same comparison as I think we are talking about here.