reply to post by r2d246
At last something we can agree on!
I am big fan of slingshots. Where I live they are called catapults, or 'gats'.
As a SHTF tool, they are a great option. Where I live there is no big game, so a slingshot is the ideal weapon. They are small enough to fit into your
pocket, and easy to maintain. They are easy enough to gain accuracy with after some practice. They're relatively cheap, in fact they are also easy to
I use 9mm steel balls, 12mm lead which I cast myself, and if I run out I can use stones off the ground.
How powerful your slingshot is is up to you. I use both tubes and bands, and various set up depending on the ammo and what I'm shooting at. For
example, shooting 12mm lead requires a hefty set up of double flatbands, and I cut these to lengths and taper them to my personal preference, this is
an ideal hunting set up, and I can put a 12mm lead ball into a target 30 meters away at over 250 feet per second. I use tubes for smaller ammo and
these can exceed 250 fps.
Here's one of mine:
I'll also add that part of the fun of slingshots is customizing your set up. The main components of a slingshot are the bands or tubes. In order to
master your slingshot, you should experiment with the propulsion system. For example the slingshot pictured above has looped 1842 tubes installed, but
you can easily take these off and put thicker tubes on, or you skip tubes and put flatbands on. Bands are faster than tubes, but have a shorter
lifespan. How you cut the length of the tubes or bands depends on how much power you want - vs - what you draw length is - vs - how heavy your ammo is
- vs - how thick you tubes are or if you're using single, double, even triple bands! Generally more rubber = more power. Sounds complicated but once
you start cutting and attaching your own rubber it becomes obvious. Materials are cheap enough too.
edit on 6-10-2012 by seabhac-rua because: (no reason given)