Instead of using short range celestial bronze (CB) weapons like swords and arrows why not make advanced weapons like machine guns or grenades with CB shrapnel in it?

  • I don't recall that being mentioned in any of the books. If I had to guess, well, it simply doesn't fit the theme. – JC2k8 Jul 28 '15 at 21:13
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    @sumelic Yep. That was mentioned in The Titan's Curse. Also, Piper was offered a Shotgun when she arrived at Camp Half-Blood. Seemed like an exception though. Celestial Bronze is a very rare metal thus creating CB bullets seems a bit wasteful. On the other hand, considering that the Argo II was built almost exclusively from CB I sense a contradiction there. – JC2k8 Jul 29 '15 at 10:43
  • They struggle to make CB weapons so they mainly use ones left over from Greek times. They have Greek Fire hand grenades. – Bellerophon Feb 14 '16 at 21:40
  • Argo 2 was celestial Bronze plated with the Celesstial Bronze off Festus. – Bellerophon Mar 27 '16 at 15:29

Frederick Chase, Annabeth's father had created bullets with celestial bronze casings.

Her father blushed. "Well, not bad for a middle-aged mortal, I suppose." "But the celestial bronze bullets! How did you get those?"

"Ah, well. You did leave quite a few half-blood weapons in your room in Virginia, the last time you... left."

Annabeth looked down, embarrassed. I noticed Dr. Chase was very careful not to say ran away. "I decided to try melting some down to make bullet casings," he continued. "Just a little experiment."

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 03 - Titans Curse, Chapter 18, A Friend Says Good-Bye

Celestial Bronze is not a rare element according to wiki

Celestial Bronze is normally mined from Olympus, if Hephaestus is upset with his work, he throws pieces of Celestial Bronze into the mortal world.

Celestial Bronze seems almost as abundant as iron to Greek Demigods, as not only their weapons made out of it, but it seems like almost everything the Greek Demigods make is made out of it, using it as a magical alternative to what other metals would normally be used for weapons. Though this is justified as its mined from Olympus which is right above the Empire State Building.

I can think of few reasons why modern weapons are not used regularly

  1. The quest our heroes take are of longer duration. Modern weapons like guns would run out of bullets and heroes cannot come back to Camp Half-Blood to get more ammunition.

  2. Not all heroes are like Leo Valdez, who can create new weapons/machines whenever required.

  3. Traditional weapons don't need to be recharged and they add more drama, because heroes would have to get close enough to the monsters to kill them.

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    Per the 'zombie survival guide'; "Blades don't need reloading" – Valorum Jul 29 '15 at 12:41

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