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Just going to throw this thought out there. Bow and arrows were a weapon of choice to Native Americans, specifically for hunting. Do you think it should be an option in-game to use over a gun? Or would this mess with the whole "Red Eye" and "revolver" aspect of the game too much? I think it would be great for hunting.

Even if you can't use it on enemies or people. 

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I don't think bows were used during that time period.  It's late 1800's, right?  I think most Native Americans were using rifles and pistols by then.

Not sure how I'd feel about using them, either.  The novelty wore off after playing both Tomb Raiders and the more recent Horizon Zero Dawn.

However, I would be open to tomahawk throwing!

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6 hours ago, lonestar said:

I think it was the late 1860s that Native American Indians started acquiring guns.

But did they all start using them? In RDR they still used bows if I am not mistake and that took place in the 1900's. I think a lot of people, even in this day and age use them for at the very least, hunting wise like the OP mentioned. 

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Well from watching the new trailer im 99% sure bows will be in the game even if indians were using rifles and pistols at this point in time. Lets face it people still use bows in this day in age, also bows are better for stealthy kills. I remember playing red dead revolver and using bows with different arrows like fire arrows and explosive arrows, i would happily welcome bows to the new game 

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Just for the record, the bow was not a 'weapon of choice' for Indians, they used them until they came in contact with and then when they could get guns.
Tribes with guns displaced tribes without guns beginning in the 1700's.
At the Little Bighorn in 1876, about 30% of the Northern Cheyenne and Sioux had lever-action Henry repeaters, this was mostly the veteran warriors and warrior societies; about 50% had some combination of bows, lances, hatchets and stone hammers, these were mostly younger warriors; the remaining 20% had whatever gun they could get, muskets, buffalo rifles, and single shot breechloaders like the army had at that time.

Yes it is good the game will have them.
 

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On 2/10/2018 at 6:39 PM, Cheyenne Dog Soldier said:

Just for the record, the bow was not a 'weapon of choice' for Indians, they used them until they came in contact with and then when they could get guns.
Tribes with guns displaced tribes without guns beginning in the 1700's.
At the Little Bighorn in 1876, about 30% of the Northern Cheyenne and Sioux had lever-action Henry repeaters, this was mostly the veteran warriors and warrior societies; about 50% had some combination of bows, lances, hatchets and stone hammers, these were mostly younger warriors; the remaining 20% had whatever gun they could get, muskets, buffalo rifles, and single shot breechloaders like the army had at that time.

Yes it is good the game will have them.
 

Huh. I had no idea about this but it makes sense. You can see in the trailer the indian man talks about getting a gun so clearly they were using those at this point but I do think they preferred bows for hunting. 

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On ‎13‎/‎02‎/‎2018 at 9:02 PM, ZLion said:

Huh. I had no idea about this but it makes sense. You can see in the trailer the indian man talks about getting a gun so clearly they were using those at this point but I do think they preferred bows for hunting. 

Rockstar may arm some enemies with bows to make combat interesting but based on the trailers and screenshots most people are speculating that this game will take place in the 1890's when most Native Americans had guns although I don't think the line said by the Native American in the trailer pertains to needing an actual gun (firearm) I assume he means they need another gun (gunman/accomplice).

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