Since I bought the game, (and I’m really quite enjoying it although it still is pretty rough around the edges) I thought why the hell not make a thread with a bunch of suggestions.
Since I heard the have an intention to move away from military weapons (I like that idea), let’s start there!
Metal Recurve Bow - Pretty self explanatory. A metal recurve bow, which could for example, shoot arrows with a faster travel time, and less arc, it could also be faster to shoot. It could require arrows with metal tips as ammunition.
Metal tipped arrows - see above
Machete - half axe, half knife is the best way I have to describe a machete. I’m also incredibly shit-faced right now, which might be related. Usually a handy tool in the wilderness, it has enough weight behind it’s swing to do damage and cut wood/brush, but also has the utility of a big knife. It would be the primary hunting/skinning tool, being particularly faster in this regard and weaker in all others.
Zip Gun - From inmates with a murderous intent, to crafty backyard tinkerers, Zip Guns have been around for some time. Usually single shot weapons in small (pistol) calibers, crafted from whatever is at hand, basic ingredients can be as simple as a pipe, spring, and homemade firing pin. With a little craftsmanship and imagination thrown in of course.
Muzzleloaders - The good 'ole muzzleloader, the long lost cousin of modern firearms. Coming in the form of pistols and rifles (and cannons too). Single shot, there are many different types of muzzleloader rifles, from flintlocks, to in-lines, to break-open, to… you get the point. As the name indicates, you load the ammunition and propellant through the muzzle… I think.
Single Action Revolver - Homemade Old western style revolver, doesn’t need 'splaining. Just like Granny used to make.
Pepperbox - Essentially looks like a revolver, except on most pepperboxes have multiple barrels and they are all once piece with the cylinder. Think about a longer revolver cylinder, substituting the traditional barrel.
Bolt-action Rifles - Homemade rifle. With a bolt. And ready for action. Think “Saving pvt. Ryan”, except in a nudist colony.
Actual Pipe Shotgun - With actual lead buckshot.
AAAAAAAaaaand, my brain stopped farting. That’s all.