Its a word I often see when people are describing ancient weaponry. Once upon a time many years ago when the earths crust was cooling and HTMQ gave me money to wear green and stand in a straight line I was a weapons instructor amongst other things. (My father who was navy complained bitterly that the army had J/NCOs asinstructors while the navy didn’t have any instructor with less than 10/12 years experience and I pointed out that army was nortiously better at hitting the target, drill, discipline, organisation and not hurting ourselves than the navy and we had a different conversation) I’ve been trained on everythign from 9mm pistols to 105 howitzers and I’ve passed on a lot of that training to others via the manuals that came with these weapons.
Im nearing completion of the deisign for one machine – Agrippa – at 20 pages of engineering details, 10 pages of wood working specs and five pages of ammunition details. These are just the technical drawings, not the instructions. for assembly. The actual “instructions” which will include an operational manual, maintainence and repair instructions and training plans will come out about another 40 pages by my evaluation. That puts Agrippa on a par with any modern weapons system I’ve ahd to work with.
We may need to revise what “primitive” means.