Please forgive my stupidity.
What's the difference between a longbow, a shortbow, a recurve, and a reflex?
I don't want to start a war, I want to know the difference. Advantages, disadvantages, what it looks like, variants, etc.
I made a conclusion: (although I am sure I am wrong)
Longbows are "long bows," that are shaped like a D while not drawn/string not pulled, and provides better accuracy and velocity than shortbows.
Shortbows are "short bows," that are also shaped like a D while not drawn, but are smaller (hence the name) and I think you can shoot faster.
Longbows and shortbows can also be a recurve bow which has the ends turned so that the string also touches a part of the limb. Even though it can get damaged more easily, and is louder, they can hold more energy and fire arrows at higher velocity.
Long bows and short bows not only can be recurves, but also reflex bows, which the center is like point inward toward the archer? (Kinda hard to say) and I THINK provide good grip.
Lastly, any bow that is a recurve and/or a reflex is usually a compound bow which is a bow made of multiple materials to strengthen the bow.
Thats my conclusion but I am sure I am wrong.