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Slingbows....Anyone?

topic posted Fri, May 7, 2010 - 8:09 PM by  Ral
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Has anyone made a slingbow? Ans success with it??
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Ral
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Atlanta
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  • Unsu...
     
    Are we talking about an Atlatl? Or one of those gay slingshots modified to shoot small arrows?
    • It took a while to wade through a lotta videos before I was able to determine that a slingbow was essentially just a slingshot designed to shoot arrows. (damn it seems like every turn on U-tube is a wannabe video producer.)

      On one hand it is a very portable way to carry a bow (but the arrows will still be 30" long.)

      On the other hand, since it uses surgical tubing or bungees, it would not store well. Whereas a bow relies on the elasticity of wood (which stores well.)
  • why not just make a throwing stick and short spears?
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      I have not had alot of luck with the Atlatls When I get down to Atlanta next week I am going to pick up a whisker biscuit and see how this works. I allready have a pair of power bands for a wrist rocket, and a few old arrows I dont mind tearing up.
    • something like this is fairly easy to make in a hurry

      www.thudscave.com/npaa/desi...ayan01.htm
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        I have made them several times, Beast. I just cannot hit the broad side of a barn with one. These things were state of the art for mammoth hunting, I am told. I don't know if the spears I was using were not heavy enough, long enough or what. I may play with em a bit more though.
        • yeah i was thinkin i should make a set n play
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            I've seen two adaptations of the 'gay slingshot' arrow-shooter.

            One has a small 'cradle' in the crotch of the slingshot, where the shaft of the arrow rests as you draw it back, using the rear notch of the arrow to propell the arrow, like a bow would.

            I worry about a slingshot's ability to propell such a large projectile at anything better than 10 feet per second, ya know? My wristrocket was lethal and accurate with ball bearings, but with grape-sized gravel it just lobbed like a water balloon toss. I'm trying to imagine what kind of garage-door main springs you'd need to get a 30'' arrow up to any decent speed.

            The SECOND adaptation of the 'slingbow' I've seen uses special short arrows, looking more closely related to the bolts you'd put in a medium or small sized crossbow. Instead of being propelled from the back of the arrow, there is a special hook shaped notch in the shaft, just behind the head of the arrow. You hook this in the thong portion of the band, hold the BACK of the arrow with your fingers, so the arrow is much shorter necessarily, usually about 8 inches is all. Your length of draw is reduced by the length of the arrow, so the shorter the arrow, the better. Which also helps reduce the weight of the projectile and increases the flight speed. This way, the small ammo goes right along with the small launcher, instead of the purpose-defeating need for 30 inch arrows. However, you do have a chance of impaling the web of your 'slingshot holding' hand if something goes badly wrong. I suppose a simple guard/deflector might be prudent... once again, adding complexity and bulk to a system that is 'supposedly' made for compactibility.
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              I used to make the gay slingshots when I was 10. I basically used a stick with bungee cord rubber attatched to the end in a loop. The darts I made were made from coathanger wire pieces that were about 8 inches in length. I used black electrical tape for the stabilizing fins. The points of the darts were bent like a sharp angle hook to become the "nock" in which to be launched bu the rubber band elastic.

              Some darts would have an exrta piece of sharpened wire for a tip. We mainly used them to break bottles and harrass people we hate.

              it took a bit of skill and understanding that when you launch a dart, your launcher hand has to simultaneously get out of the way of the dart once its released. It becomes a natural movement.

              I stopped playing with them once I accuired a bb gun. But they sure were unbeatable for stealth.
  • Remember the old fashioned slingshots made with a piece of inner tube? That rubber would last well in a "time capsule" (buried treasure). The rubber could be used a lot of ways.

    John