posted on Feb, 26 2007 @ 04:17 PM
In general I believe that the rubber tubing in sling shots tend to rot out over time due to oxidation of the material. Rubber, and it's synthetic
alternatives, are sensitive to oxidation breaking down the material. Oxygen atoms bond with the rubber making it dry and brittle. This is often
exacerbated by exposure to ultraviolet light. If you are looking to long term storage, I suggest keeping them in a cool dark place and if possible
pack them in a container that has been flushed with nitrogen. Room temperature nitrogen NOT liquid nitrogen. Nitrogen is inert and will not react with
Slings, which are basically a leather strap, are very powerful but in my opinion are not well suited to hunting in many circumstances. They are OK in
open areas but more difficult to use in wooded areas. They also take a great deal of practice for use on smaller targets.
Spears are great multipurpose tools and are perhaps the easiest to manufacture. Making a short spear along with an Atlatl (spear thrower) is a great
choice. With the shorter spear and significantly increased impact from using a spear thrower, native Americans were able to hunt and kill very large
game. They have also been used in warfare with great success.
Simple Atlatl construction