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Slings have been around and used effectively for thousands of years and are as effective today as they were for David. Now I'm not claiming to be an expert with one by any means but I made one and have played with it enough to see their advantages. A Slingshot (rubber bands on a Y shaped handle) are easier to master but in general are like a 22LR compared to the slings more potent power.

 

With a sling I'm chucking golf ball sized rocks at Nolan Ryan speeds. If I hit you in the head you are DEAD! They are effective against small game and will keep a pack of dogs at bay where a slingshot might just piss them off unless you only managed head shots.

 

The best thing about a sling is that it isn't dependent on ANY modern materials. I probably own a dozen sling shots and have packed them since I was a little kid. We were poor and I didn't have a BB gun so I made due with what I had. They are great for a while but the bands don't last forever. In the end a sling shot is actually better than a Red Rider. It just takes more time and practice to master. The sling is the same way, practice and in the end it has more power and is just about as accurate as a slingshot.

 

If you live in an area where rocks aren't easily found (Like in the muddy swamps of South East Texas and South Louisiana) you make your ammo with clay and bake it near the fire. In most ways this is actually better than rocks because they are more uniform in size and shape and ballistics so are more accurate.

 

In a bind I could make one from hand made cordage that would work long enough for me to take down an animal and make a better one from braided leather. With a slingshot when your last band breaks you are out of luck. Just a thought...

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I carried a sling and stones well into my 20s. Played with all the time and was fairly accurate. Helped with my woodscraft, always looking for more stones. I made one about a year a go, gonna go find it, lotta fun.

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dan....how the heck do you aim the darn things.....i tried for weeks when i was around 13 and a few times since and can't hit WEST much less a rabbit. love the power a sling has but,for me, the control is a big issue.

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In ancient times, slingers were valuable troops for an army to have, but they were trained from birth basically. I've used a sling and a staff sling (for tossing molotovs and such over an obstacle) but I was never good enough to hunt with one. One downside to a sling is that you need clear air around you to get the room to swing and release, which might be difficult in brushy areas.

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well , in a teotwawki, this part of texas would be over grown in a matter of about 5 years so that limits its usefulness quite a bit......fun to mess with tho, may see if my boy has any aptitude.

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When you start it is best to do the basic overhand throw like you are throwing a baseball. You start with the rock hanging down and then with a smooth motion you swing it gently forward and then as it comes back you throw it with an over the top motion. The round and round over your head stuff is cute but I suspect that it is a lot like the wild shooting styles you see on TV and movies...bull poop. The sling is used as a leaver and lengthens your arm allowing you more power and speed. After you get better you can work on the spin and throw but at first keep it simple. If you are teaching a little kid how to throw you don't start with a major league windup, you just teach them the simple toss. Do the same and work first on accuracy then add the power.

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Rick I bought a sling shot too and need to learn to use it.

Did you find any good tutorials?

 

 

go to youtube. you will learn more about prepping and survival than any book will ever teach.

be careful and dont believe everything you hear on there but there is a ton of info on the subjects

above and plenty of slingshot videos too. ive been watching them lately too. i need to get a couple

more. get ya a couple slings for spares sherrie.

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go to youtube. you will learn more about prepping and survival than any book will ever teach.

be careful and dont believe everything you hear on there but there is a ton of info on the subjects

above and plenty of slingshot videos too. ive been watching them lately too. i need to get a couple

more. get ya a couple slings for spares sherrie.

 

As soon as I bought the sling I bought spare bands.

Trick is... I need to see if my hands can do this. They were both injured in severe turbulence years ago and I now

have arthritis. I try to suck it up but just not sure a sling shot is within my ability. If I can do it I will get an exta one for the Bugoutbag in car, and I already keep the one I bought in the BUGOUT bag for home.

Thanks I will google youtube and slingshots.

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When I was a kid, we used to use slings to have neighborhood fights using "green" sweetgum balls. You did NOT want to get hit! It was like poorman's paintball. haha Anyway, I was always pretty good at it, but havent tried one in about 30 years. By the way, We used the round and round your head technique and I could routinely hit a mailbox sized target at about 15-20 yards. Dont ask why I used a mailbox for a size estimate.

 

We hand made our slings using a giant roll of hemp cord that we had at the house. I just cant remember what we used for the pocket. Probabably a piece of cloth or vinyl. We got quite good at it though.

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I took the dare..

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIEm8WjXvI0&NR=1&feature=endscreen

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0wf6DzKO_0&NR=1&feature=endscreen

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELYea2UDfeY

 

Last one..

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEr85ZTqbcI

 

 

So when we go to DC..this spring we take a sling?....and some Golf balls??

Just asking..

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Ok, there is a world of difference between a "sling" and a "slingshot". A sling is what David boinked Goliath in the head with and is a deadly weapon made of cord and a leather pouch. A sling shot is an excellent small game getter but in general not what I would want to use if I had evil intentions in mind. It is made with a forked stick and rubber bands. Dennis the Menace carried one in his hip pocket all the time. They are great for birds and little critters up to rabbits and squirrels.

 

The one that I was originally talking about was the Goliath slayer type. I throw a golf ball sized projectile up to about a baseball sized one and if I hit you in the head you are DOWN. We have lots of rocks here so I use them but you can make them out of baked clay and they are just about as effective and even more accurate because of their uniform shape and size. Shepherds used them to protect their flocks from wolves in the old days. they had a lot of time with little to do and so probably got a lot of practice. It served David well.

 

Most of the old BCE armies had slingers and they were especially useful in defending the city walls. They are free to make and all you have to do is practice with them to become proficient. Archers were expensive and not a lot better when the enemy got close. A baseball sized rock traveling over a hundred miles and hour is NOT something that you want to hit you ANYWHERE. These guys were STOUT and threw harder than you could ever imagine. Heck, some of those archers back then were drawing long bows with bow weights over a hundred pounds and slingers were still first line soldiers!

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