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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2009, 04:05:34 PM »
As a youth I didn't have an "apple thrower" like Jack's dad showed him.  Instead I had 'mega slingshot" one summer at my grandmother's house.  I blanch to think about the mayhem I could have caused with the thing.  I was about eleven years old at the time.

I found a large hardwood branch with a symmetrical fork, like a slingshot.  The base diameter was about 1 1/2 inches, the two arms were about 1 inch in diameter, and the branch was about 2 1/2 feet long from bottom of the base to the tops of the forks.  The spread between the top of the forks was about 1 1/2 to 2 feet.  Next, take a couple of packages of large rubber bands and using about 6 or so bands at a time, interleave them like a daisy chain, in order to create a thick multi-strand rubber cord about 1/4 inch in diameter.  One end of the rubber 'rope' goes to the forks, and the other ends were attached to a large piece of leather, and then it was discovered that a half tennis ball was also an excellent pocket.

Anyways, the 'handle' of the mega-slingshot would just fit into the clothes pole hole in grandma's backyard.  The hole was mounted in a concrete base to support the weight and torque of the clothes pole, so it was plenty adequate for 'mega'.  Now, behind my grandma's house, about 75 yards away, there was a railroad track on an elevated berm, about thirty feet high.  About another 75 yards beyond that berm was the NY State Thruway.

'mega' was too large for me to fire by hand, but by mounting it in the clothes pole base it could be swiveled 360 degrees, and I would lie on my stomach on the ground and then inch backwards while holding the launching pocket.  I could wiggle backwards, about 3-4 feet before the tension became too strong to hold.  In the pocket there would be a stone about 3" in diameter, weighing about a half pound.  When launched the rock would sail more than a hundred feet over the berm, and out of sight.  It is very likely that the trajectory dropped the rock near, if not on, the state thruway.  Very dangerous yes, but 11 year olds don't always think everything through; especially when enthralled with a new 'toy'.

The force and range of the mega-slingshot really impressed me.  It was nearly an artillery weapon.  It may, or may not, ever have a survival use, but it can be easily made, it is very powerful, and it is silent.  Ah, the good old days at grammy's  ...

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #31 on: August 14, 2009, 06:07:55 PM »


I'm guilty of similiar youthful indiscretions...usually involving "improved" fireworks. Glad I never hurt anybody.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #32 on: August 14, 2009, 07:05:22 PM »
Yep, I tried to make my own gunpowder and explosives when a young teen.  Now I guess I would have been questioned by homeland security.  As a young teen I also discovered another way to not have any mother in the neighborhood let their child play with you.  

Take a metal pump oil can, just like this one -



Then cut a coat hanger and straighten it out.  Wrap the wire from the hanger around the body of the oil can, and leave the loose end about an inch in front of the nozzle.  Cut off the nozzle tip, and take a pair of vise grips and carefully pinch each side of the opening at the end of the oil outlet tube to reduce the size of the hole (this will give more pressure, and hence more velocity and distance).  Bend a half inch of the free end over into a hook and place a small piece of folded cloth into the 'hook', which is now sitting about an inch in front of, and about a half inch below, the modified nozzle.

Fill the oil can with gasoline.  wet the cloth wit gasoline, and then light it.  When you pump the oil can you will get a nearly fifty foot long arch of flame, and anything it hits will be on fire.  This flame thrower 'pistol' was more accurately a hand held Molotov cocktail that I was lucky to not burn down the backyard, or BBQ myself with.

All the kids went home that night and told their parents about my neat new invention.  The next day several of them said that they weren't allowed to play with me until I stopped being a maniac and retired the flame thrower.  Within a few days I tired of the thing, and actually became a bit scared of it, so the kids could come back and play.  I'm still a maniac, but I am better at hiding it. ::)

It does remain in the mental arsenal though, as one of the ways to improvise weapons that will make people not want to f*ck with you.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2009, 07:43:23 PM by ClarkB »

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2009, 07:37:21 PM »
That's funny as hell. I can imagine 3 - 4 little munchkins running around on fire. Definitely get you kicked off of the Christmas list.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #34 on: September 07, 2009, 08:51:34 PM »
I haven’t been able to locate my old one so when a friend and I went to Wholesale Sports in Salem today I picked up among other things a pair of Truemark FS-1  folding wrist rockets. The damage was 6.99 each for the wrist rockets and 3.99 each for more powerful bands. They wanted more for their little white marbles (ammo) than I was willing to pay so I haven’t been able to shoot them yet. Time to put in an order for a few pounds at McGills Warehouse.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #35 on: September 07, 2009, 09:29:11 PM »
My brother and I used to get a tube and cut a hole close to the bottom and shoot bottle rockets out the car window.  We were lucky we never got caught.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #36 on: October 08, 2009, 03:19:13 PM »
I don't know why I hadn't bought another one sooner. I grew up playing with wrist rockets and shot just about anything I could out of it. Never even crossed my mind to use it as A survival tool. Now Im looking around for a good quality of one around town.... Ill tell you how I do.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #37 on: October 08, 2009, 03:38:47 PM »
Using the Slingshot to Hunt Big Game
my dad showed me this video you guys might be interested in

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #38 on: October 08, 2009, 05:57:44 PM »
Excellent find.

Dave Canterbury rocks.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #39 on: August 02, 2010, 09:20:14 PM »


http://www.slingshotrifle.com/picts/complete_gun_large.jpg

Wasn't sure if the picture would show up or not, so I posted the link as well.  I typed 'slingshot rifle' into google and found this.

This would be easy to master, effective on small game, and use free ammo.  I'd take one of these before I'd rely on my skill with a wrist rocket.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #40 on: August 02, 2010, 09:44:06 PM »
One last thing.  I had seen posts about these before and had asked if this was more powerful than a regular slingshot.  Someone emailed my question to the inventor and got a response.  I'm pasting it in here.

"I just made an inquiry and this was the reply from"

http://slingshotrifle.com/index.html

{Hi David,
Our sling shot rifle is more powerful and more accurate than any other sling shot on the market. How I accomplish this is buy using two bands on each side instead on one. The bands can also be adjusted to suit your needs. I've loaded them up so strong that I couldn't even pull them back. So, it's up to you how powerful you want it.
thanks for your inquiry, keep in touch, Stan Wing}


Assuming the response was truthful, this would make a nice addition to preps.  Seems to me this could give a pellet gun a run for its money.  It has the advantage of fewer parts that would need to be replaced---mainly the bands---and it can use rocks for ammo.  It looks like it would be accurate enough to take small game reliably.  What's not to like?




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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #41 on: August 03, 2010, 12:04:28 AM »
How durable are the marbles as ammo? I picked up a cheap slingshot at Harbor Freight the other day and want to play, ummmm practice, with it. I'm just concerned with breaking a marble when I miss the target. Just don't want to have more broken glass around the yard than there already is.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #42 on: August 03, 2010, 07:39:23 AM »
How long do the rubbers last in everyones experience.   I've never had good luck keeping the rubbers alive for more than one summer.  They seem to get brittle if not used for a couple of months.  I've only used the yellow sets from walmart-Target-K-mart, never tried any of the more expensive bands online.

I did try lubing the bands with silicone to keep them supple but it still didn't make a big difference. 

Any other suggestions, or is it worth it to order the more expensive bands online?  I thought I'd get smart and get 3 pairs and just store the spares, but the spares both got brittle over the year even in dark storage in my spare kit bag.  (Got about 30 shots out of one and the other did about 100 before it tore). 



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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #43 on: August 03, 2010, 12:07:30 PM »
I have zero experience with slingshots thus far (but this thread is really making me want one!) so forgive me if this is a dumb question, but...

Would there be any problem with using pea gravel as opposed to marbles? A bit smaller, use several at once, really cheap, etc...

Just thinkin'. :)

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #44 on: August 03, 2010, 12:21:52 PM »
In my experience...gravel is too light and too irregular to get consistent flight out of it.  The smoother the rock, they straighter they fly if you're going to use "natural" ammo.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #45 on: August 03, 2010, 12:58:17 PM »
I love ball bearing.  You can get all kinds of them from broke down equipment, bicycles, wheels, etc.  The junkyard is a great place to shop for Ammo!!!  LOL

I hit the jackpot about 8 or 9 years ago.  I found a box of some kind of wheel bearings at the junk yard.  The owner let me have it for free with the parts I was grabbing.  (They were about 1/4 inch sized). There were 12 or so in each casing and the whole box was full of them.  I spent a couple hours pushing them all out of the casings and dropping them into a bucket of solvent to get rid of the grease.  Ended up with a coffee can full of them.  I gave them to a friend and we would go shoot them at his place.  I think he still has the buck around with some left in it.   That field would probably drive someone with a metal detector crazy, but would make a good place to bury a cache, after finding hundreds of bearings, they would probably give up looking LOL).


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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #46 on: August 03, 2010, 03:22:16 PM »
i just read your post about slingshot rubbers. it made me curious so i dug out my survival bag and pulled out the slingshot and ammo thats been sitting in it for about 12 years. took it out back and shot it a few times. rubber is still in great shape and it had lots of sting to it. i think sunlight is probably the biggest factor with anything rubber. if its sitting on a shelf with a window neer by it might not last as long. but im still going to grab another one to thow in the bag now as a spare. thanks bro for reminding me about the slingshot, forgot i even had it, Razor

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #47 on: August 03, 2010, 07:21:53 PM »
They were in a canvas bag in the back room.  No light, but that is also 15 inches from the dryer.  I think the heat from the dryer caused them to break down.  They were flaky and dry when I dug them out.  They were not in any kind of protective bag either.  Just laying in the bag. (My fault for tossing them in there without thinking about it).








 


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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #48 on: August 22, 2010, 02:37:09 PM »
Using the Slingshot to Hunt Big Game
my dad showed me this video you guys might be interested in

hmm i have never thought to use a sling shot like that... seems like it would work great though!! thanks!

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #49 on: March 05, 2011, 12:34:29 AM »
I got some bags of marbles at Wally World for like a buck or 2 for like 100 so I figure at a cent or two not bad and the glass is a bit heavy. Larger then the Ammo for Slingshots that is just white marbles and I got some actual shot to practice with as well. I figure I can garb my garden with it this year. And Get the practice to be able to use it well, Like when I was a kid. :) Nothing was safe I shot everything from firecrackers to rocks out of it. Also thinking about the idea of figuring out a way to use those 3 person waterballon slingshots. Not really sure other then a way to have fun with kids.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #50 on: March 06, 2013, 01:51:53 PM »
  I've found instructions on making the sling shoot bow in Dave Canterbury's video I'm wondering if any one has had luck making and firing this. Here is a link to the web site. There is a pdf you can download for offline use.
  I'll be making this with my next pay check and will post the results.
  http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Bow-in-5-minutes/
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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #51 on: March 13, 2013, 09:55:41 AM »
  I've found instructions on making the sling shoot bow in Dave Canterbury's video I'm wondering if any one has had luck making and firing this. Here is a link to the web site. There is a pdf you can download for offline use.
  I'll be making this with my next pay check and will post the results.
  http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Bow-in-5-minutes/

Nice idea!  Thanks for the link BillP38!

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #52 on: September 19, 2013, 08:52:11 PM »
I've been reading a lot on slingshots and watching a bunch of videos recently.

 I have a very big complex of 'if I'm going to do it, I want to do it right'.  Well, there are many ways to go about this as long as the safety procedures are followed.

For cost reasons and to try to get better acquainted with the process, I'm making a slingshot.  There was a bunch of brush in the yard from the people across the street trimming trees.   I found a tree fork and am working it in to shape.  Once that gets close, I'll order some banding material Theraband Gold or Black perhaps.  I work leather quite a bit and will be able to make the pouch in a few minutes I'd think.

I'll try to update y'all on the progress.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #53 on: September 20, 2013, 08:09:17 AM »
  I've found instructions on making the sling shoot bow in Dave Canterbury's video I'm wondering if any one has had luck making and firing this. Here is a link to the web site. There is a pdf you can download for offline use.
  I'll be making this with my next pay check and will post the results.
  http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Bow-in-5-minutes/

Now that is cool as heck!

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #54 on: September 21, 2013, 05:20:13 PM »
The Slingshot Channel will give you more ideas that you will have time to make.  Joerg Sprave is awesome.  ***Warning*** major time waster! He made a slingshot that shoots cannon balls :o

http://www.youtube.com/user/joergsprave

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #55 on: September 25, 2013, 02:54:39 PM »
The Slingshot Channel will give you more ideas that you will have time to make.  Joerg Sprave is awesome.  ***Warning*** major time waster! He made a slingshot that shoots cannon balls :o

http://www.youtube.com/user/joergsprave

cool site.. i'll have to waste some time there later.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #56 on: October 11, 2013, 01:00:52 AM »
I have a few sling shots. Best is to look on the Amazon. Then get A whisker biscuit as you would for a Bow. Mount that in the center of the wrist rocket. now you can shoot arrows as well. I Made one from the video on Youtube from the pathfinder school.




Sling Bow Final Modification How To
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyxjnDNHW7Y

http://www.thepathfinderstore.com for a sling bow.

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #57 on: April 07, 2014, 09:23:32 PM »
Been a while since I was in here on the forums, and I couldn't help but get in here to this thread to post.
I do a bit of scrap metal recycling, and last week I got a nice windfall from a gentleman I used to work with. He called me up last week one day to let me know that he had some stuff that he wanted to get rid of.

As I was loading up the items that he was getting rid of, he asked me if I could use what he had in a bucket sitting next to where he was standing. It was a three gallon bucket full of ball bearings set into three inch diameter plastic races. By my guess, the bucket must weigh around twenty five pounds or better.

The bearings pop out of the races so easily that I would imagine that I should be able to remove all of them within an hour easily. They are by my best estimation, roughly a .30 cal. size bearing, so they will make some most excellent slingshot ammo.

I first thought to take them with that load of scrap, but being a person prone to repurposing items, it quickly dawned on me that they would be best used as ammo for my wrist rocket instead of a small bit of cash in my pocket for something else.   8)

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #58 on: April 07, 2014, 10:11:56 PM »
great find!

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Re: Slingshots
« Reply #59 on: August 18, 2018, 11:56:40 AM »
A really, really good source for slingshots is Pocket Predator.  I bought a tac hammer and it shoots great!
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