Did Samurai Use Crossbows? An explanation

When samurai warriors are mentioned, the sword is often the first thing that enters people’s minds. We could blame pop culture for giving us the image of an invincible sword-wielding superhero with movie star looks. But as we all know, real life is different. And in the case of the samurai, they were as practical as any warriors of their era. Meaning, they carried more than their katana (or tachi in earlier periods) and were trained to handle many types of weapons.