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These things are everywhere, but are there some really nice, high quality ones out there that have more power than the rest? I was just curious. I'd like to get a really nice one, just to have some fun with.
 

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I'm not much of a slingshot guy (but have always had a few around). In high school a buddy and I made several custom ones from scratch. We also modified wrist rockets by doubling up on the bands, using heavier ones, etc. You can increase the power but we never found the heavier pull ones to be much fun nor very accurate. I get the shakes while trying to hold heavy bands back.

I've had one of these for ~10 years. We take it on hikes and camping trips to places where we can't shoot firearms or airguns...

http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Marksman_3055_Tapered_Band_Slingshot/562#sSpec

It has a little magnet in the pouch that holds the shot in place. Works great with 3/8 ball bearings. Smaller shot is hard to hold because the magnet is ~3/8 diameter. Comfortable to shoot all day (even in my gorilla-size hand) and fairly powerful.

Can't say it's "really nice," but it sure does the job. I think it would be a bargain at twice the price.
 

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I bought another "Wrist Rocket", they call them Trumarks now. This thing is really powerful and accurate, incredible range. I think I spent $6.00 on it, later I also bought the upgrade kit, high velocity tapered band, but have not used it yet.

Have been using the plastic practice ammo, small plastic balls, but have used some old aquariaum off round glass projectiles. I call those the "7 mm magnum" as they hit like one! In the old days I used the 2 sizes of steel balls, I want to go back to those but have to use up what is in stock first.

I have seen the guy on You Tube, and might make my own heavy artillary like he does. Then I will nick name my sling shot "155 mm Long Tom". ;)
 

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I have an old wrist rocket used as a kid in the mid 60's. Great little tool. Make sure you get one that you put your hand trough, that way it can be turned loose and it will stay on your arm. I shoot marbles out of mine, they are cheap, plentiful, are just the right size for the pouch and the weight is right.
I make a target out of a cardboard box with a rod across the top and a towel hanging over the rod. Put a pie plate size bulls eye on the box and when you shoot the towel stops the marbles.
Also I load 4-5 marbles in my mouth for quick reloads. Works great . (Stray garbage tipping dogs live hard around my house)
 

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A tip on marbles...

If you put them in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes they'll shatter on impact with a hard object rather than bounce. :)
 

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have to try that ;) . . . .
 

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forgot to ask. . . .
do you take them out and let them cool,
or do you let 'em cool in the pot of water,
or what? :-\
 

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Ranger99 said:
forgot to ask. . . .
do you take them out and let them cool,
or do you let 'em cool in the pot of water,
or what? :-\
You have to do it while they're boiling hot. Anything less than 212 degrees and they'll turn into unicorn tears in mid flight.

Just kidding, you let them cool off. I guess it seemed obvious at first.
 

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well . . . . .
i didn't think you snatched 'em out of
the pot and used 'em hot , but i had
wondered if it was like cast bullets,
you know, drop them in a pot of cold water,
or fish 'em out and let 'em cool off on a
towel or something. . . .didn't know. . . :-\
 

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Most will use the same rubbers, that is where the power is. I have found that the ones that look like surgical tubing are the best.
 

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i have built them out of 6 foot ''snap ties''


they come almost to my elbow...one even has 6 inch overdraw
they look like way oversized wrist rockets


make you own
just buy the rubber and pocket at wall mart


must have killed 50 lunch stealing seagulls before the navy got on to us
 

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Slingshots were fun when I was a younger kid. Dad made my first before I made all my own the old school way... fork from a tree, strips of tire inner tube, patch of leather, sinew. Had store bought when I was much older, typical Whamo and later a wrist rocket. But while still a young lad with my grandfather's help I switched to slings. Now that is a hunting tool, both for vermin control and for cook pot fodder. Even though I got my first firearms when still very young, I continued to use the slings into my high school years just for the fun and challenge of them.

My son went through about the same process. He started with an old school slingshot while Dad used a sling. Eventually he wanted to step up to slings, so we made his first together. Was a lot of fun for us to hunt with them, use them to while away some time on camping trips, etc. We could spend hours on a lake shore skipping rocks and throwing them to far corners of the lake, or knocking pine cones off trees, etc. While my son had guns from a very early age too, he learned how to stalk like an expert because of his slings.

They have more of a learning curve than a slingshot, but with practice you can get very deadly with them. And to far longer ranges than with a slingshot, and take much larger game with them. Good techniques need to be learned, pretty much underarm for distance, side arm and more over the top for shear power to match situations. Easy enough for us to learn control... I pitched youth baseball from PeeWee to Little Leagues and in high school, fast pitch softball in city leagues to mid life after college. My son baseball up through Minor League.

Most likely you already have all the fixings for a sling in your home/garage. My first ones were simply made from old leather boot laces, a piece of heavy leather cut from an old boot, and sinew. Later used 550 paracord and store bought materials, but nothing at all wrong with just the basic slings. Had different sized and shaped pouches with different size/type "ammo" cuts/holes for different ammo and uses for hunting, target and chucking rocks of various sizes, and cherry bombs, M80's, etc. From back in the early days I had tons of ball bearings from quite small to as big as a golfballs from aircraft (my Dad had a Seabee buddy who worked at an Air Force base after the war). As a regional marbles champion X times starting from 4th grade I had endless marbles for my hunting/target slings as well and for the endless marble cannons. A couple of sizes for rocks and I was set for any use. Was a David in a Goliath world for quite some time. To this day my "survival kit" still has a "rock" sling in it.

Low cost, lots of fun, and can be very useful. Found the below link you might check out for a starting place. But don't be afraid to experiment with materials and styles to find what works best for you and your style. Just make sure there in not much stretch (looses accuracy) and you'll be good to go. 8)


http://slinging.org/index.php?page=how-to-build-and-use-a-traditional-apache-sling---l-w-forsyth
 

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i have and use slings. the learning
curve was a bit tough for me at first.
my place is mostly sand, so the projectile
choice is limited for sling use. been mostly
slingshoting (?) with the marbles.


i'll go with you on the slings though, you can
really whack something once you get it down ;)
 
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