Originally Posted by Bart Dale
For example, I remember seeing one where they had the repeating Chinese crossbow penetrating a mail shirt. From what I read, the repeating crossbow only had a draw weight of 25 lbs, not enough to penetrate a mail shirt made the real way with rivets, not costume mail (which is just butted) that they clearly used.
Are you talking about the Sun Tzu episode? Actually, I think that's probably the worst episode of Deadliest Warriors.
First of all, this comparison was unfair to Sun Tzu, since Vlad the Impaler lived 2000 years after Sun Tzu's time. There's a huge technological gap. This is just like comparing the ancient Roman armies with modernday US armies. At least they should choose someone who lived around the same period as Sun Tzu to be his opponent.
Secondly, I doubt that the repeating crossbow existed in Sun Tzu's time. Even if it did exist at that time, it would probably be a different type, not the same as the one you saw in the show. The type of repeating crossbow shown in this episode probably appeared during the Song Dynasty or the Ming Dynasty. In Sun Tzu's time, the ancient Chinese soldiers were using conventional crossbows and composite bows. The conventional hand-drawn or foot-drawn ancient Chinese crossbows had a slower rate of fire compared to the repeating crossbow, but they had a much higher draw weight.
Thirdly, the Zhua was a fictional weapon. They should have given Sun Tzu a dagger-axe as his medium-range weapon. The bronze dagger-axe was the most common polearm at that time.