Context: Two characters are teasing each other about what they view to be the "superior" form of ranged combat. One's from the Carolingian Empire (Lombardy region specifically), and the other is from Baghdad. In this situation they're hunting wolves, if that affects the context, but answers don't need to be tied specifically to animal hunting or anything like that!
Problem: I've been finding conflicting sources on the web, so was wondering if someone could help me out. I've seen that Islamic texts refer to the crossbow as the "Frankish bow" -- is that something they would have had in the 9th century? The present year is 813. Or could it be a composite vs self bow argument? Looking for fun little details the characters can argue over, but also any info, sources, or fun facts you have on weaponry at the time is welcome and appreciated!