In the Western cultures, what would be reminded first if imagine bow and arrow. Perhaps Cupid’s arrow would be one of the most romantic imagination of the bow and arrow.
As described by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1590s),
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath love’s mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.
And therefore is love said to be a child
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
The advantages of bow are as follows.
1) Silence: Nobody can catch the movement and the sound.
2) Shoot enemies from a long range