"A simple short bow, made with skill, but using only the most primitive technologies."
A simple weapon dropped used by primitive raiders and also sold by combat traders. Low damage output, but has a decent range, and even out-ranges some firearms.
The Short Bow can be purchased for very low prices, found on enemy tribals, crafted at a Crafting Spot for 40 Wood, or you can start with 2 Short Bows in the 'Lost Tribe' scenario. The Short Bow is arguably one of the worst ranged weapons in the game: It has relatively low damage, a fairly long warmup time and poor accuracy, but it has a fairly decent range. It is significantly less powerful overall than the Great Bow.
Because of its attributes and ease of crafting, it's a great weapon to make early-game to cover the beginning part of the game, but even a low quality Pistol can outclass a Normal quality Short Bow with a much quicker warmup time and also similar or better accuracy. Therefore the Short Bow should be replaced with a better weapon ASAP and can quite easily be replaced too. The ideal range for use of the Short Bow is within 15 cells as it becomes too inaccurate for reliable use past that range, along with the standard dropoff with Shooter Accuracy.