I have been watching a few documentaries recently on Britains military history, in which the long bow plays a pivotal role (Agincourt etc) it was a huge advantage to ourselves and we could boast the best archers in the world. So why did we abandon the bow? Early rifles were rubbish (and 19th century versions were not much better), their range was far less than a bow and their rate of fire was far less as well, also they could not be used in the rain, so why was archery abandoned? It does not make any sense to me. Imagine the battle of Waterloo with a few hundred archers. We would have massacred the French (even more so). I do understand that the evolution of the gun has led to the incredible weapons of today but still... Can anyone offer a good reason for the transition? And WHO decided to switch?