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Old September 3rd, 2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Primitive alternative shtf weapons: Hunting with a slingshot

I thought I'd give you guys something to think about and possibly another valuable piece of kit. I grew up using one, though I don't have one currently anymore, I've got a band in my BOB to make one with carving out a frame in the woods. That will be quickly remedied next week as it's been something I've been forgeting to do. I'm going to buy a new Gamo and start making primitive ones.



Reading an article on slingshot hunting in the new issue Backwoodsman with former Seal and Seal trainer, survivalist Madison Parker got me thinking about it again. It's really an amazing tool in the hands of someone who knows how to use it and capable of taking lots of game to put meat in the belly. And basically a silent way to hunt compared to a firearm too. The steel or other manufactured shot are much more accurate in my experience and in expert opinion, but rocks can still kill and there easy enough to find lying around.

http://www.primitivesupply.com/index...d=57&Itemid=69

http://www.youtube.com/user/Equip2Endure





http://ezinearticles.com/?Hunting-Wi...ids&id=3507553





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Rufus Hussy, the master of the slingshot. I really enjoyed that video!

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Old September 3rd, 2012, 06:15 PM   #3
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Rufus Hussy, the master of the slingshot. I really enjoyed that video!

I was trying to figure out when it was made. By the vehicles, old cans, style it looks like the 80's. Either way, he's real good.



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Old September 3rd, 2012, 06:20 PM   #4
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I killed my first two rabbits with a wrist rocket when I was a kid. I used marbles for ammo. Worked good.

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I'll take the Pana.
http://www.primitiveweapons.com/products/sshot.html

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Old September 3rd, 2012, 07:26 PM   #6
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With a powerful sling shot, marbles, steel ball bearings, and lead round balls, like Hornadys muzzle loading balls are all worth having.

Also if you have a good leather pocket on your sling shot, if you fill it with say No2 lead bird shot, to No4 Buck, it makes gathering small game easier.

Just keep your "aiming" thumb out of the way...

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Old September 3rd, 2012, 08:19 PM   #7
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Definitely an effective hunting tool - relatively easy to make and very accurate with enough practice!

Another tool that fits those criteria that comes to mind is the Atlatl,
they are reasonably simple to make - can be done in the woods and are also very accurate and good for some distance shots - again with enough practice - and they're a lot of Fun!

couple the atlatl with a sling shot and you have small to large game covered.

Great videos by the way - thanks for posting!

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Always been partial to blow guns. Damn ninja flicks I guess.

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Another tool that fits those criteria that comes to mind is the Atlatl
During my childhood in the late '50s, we use to call those stick-n-arrows. Of course the ones we made were always too short and the arrows were crooked. They were fun though, while stalking through the fields of tall grass.

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I had bought a new slingshot & was stored for four years. Pulled it out & rubber tube broke before I got the first shot off with it.

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Old September 3rd, 2012, 09:04 PM   #11
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The rubber bands are basically the weak point in a slingshot. Like all elastic band/rubber material it starts to dry, crack and weaken to the point of tearing easily and loosing elasticity. Gotta have spares or find new bands/material.

The bands don't weigh much at all though and take up barely any space. In a pinch just like regular surgical tubing they could be used as a tourniquet too.



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Has anyone ever tried to learn to use a sling, the biblical kind that you whirl around and then let fly? I guess that, like shepherd kids, if you lived in a stoney country covered with suitable ammo and had hours of practice a day, you could learn how to hit a tree....

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I've two of them somewhere. One made of elk & the other from bison hide. I could never get accurate with the things but sure could throw stuff far. Tried acorns but they were too light. Marbles seemed to work best.

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Has anyone ever tried to learn to use a sling, the biblical kind that you whirl around and then let fly? I guess that, like shepherd kids, if you lived in a stoney country covered with suitable ammo and had hours of practice a day, you could learn how to hit a tree....
I have when I was a boy. I've tried to make and use every weapon I saw when I was young and could actually make. Those I found extremely hard to hit where you want. David may have knocked down Goliath, but I'd rather have an M14 at that point or run.




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If you guys like sling shots, you have to look at Dave Canterbury's set up. He has an adaper to turn it into a sling bow and has a 3 part takedown arrow.

http://stores.thepathfinderschoolllc...ter/Detail.bok

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