Archery is the art, practice, or skill of propelling arrows using a bow. Historically, archery is used mainly for hunting and combat but in modern times it is mainly used for recreation. A person who uses an bow is called an 'archer' or a 'bowman'.
Due to unreliability of Old Time rifles and the limited number of rifles and muskets, and their slow reloading time, archery was the preferred method of combat in the feudal kingdoms of late 21st century California.
Archers, using crossbows, were the mainstay of both Detinan armies during the Detinan Civil War. They were used in offensive action but were also very effective when defending from entrenched areas. They were vulnerable at close quarters and protected by lancers or their own short swords (however, archers were not very skilled with their shortswords).