Slingshot, Formerly Known as the Sling

Posted by   Steve Thibeault
09/05/2012
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History of the Slingshot

The slingshot is not just a toy; throughout history it has been used as a very effective weapon for hunting all over the world. Before it became the toy we know today, the sling was used by cultures as far back as Roman times.

In fact, there is practically more documentation about this primitive weapon than almost any other. Before the classic y-shaped rubber and wood slingshot, most slings were made of leather straps with a leather cup in the center. The ammunition, usually a rock, was placed in the cup and slung in a circular motion.

Slingshot History

The sling has been used in battle for centuries, and was a primary hunting weapon as well. Variations of the sling exist, such as the sling attached to a wooden staff, and the catapult and trebuchet are nothing more than giant sized sling shots.

Catapult

Catapult

Trebuchet

Trebuchet

The sling shot and the actual sling used as a weapon take a tremendous amount of skill to operate, but are also fascinating to use, which may explain why it was one of the most popular toys ever invented. It was actually created with its modern look in 1918, but the 1950’s brought about a tremendous surge of renewed interest.

History of the Sling ShotInterestingly enough, during the 1940’s, the National Slingshot Association was created, and many professional grown sportsmen developed an interest in the slingshot as both a competition and as a hunting weapon.

Ammunition for Slings

Different ammunition was used for hunting, including BB’s, ball bearings, buckshot or even arrows. However, it is not recommended that amateurs use this type of ammunition, as the slingshot bands have been known to break when heavily used.

Always use the type of ammunition as recommended by the slingshot manufacturer, and use extra caution until you are familiar with this weapon. Like any weapon, you must check into your local restrictions for slingshots.

Ammunition for Sling

If you have always wanted to learn how to use a slingshot, first you need to check slingshot legislation in your area. Although rare, some areas do categorize the slingshot as a potentially deadly weapon.

Ready to Buy One?

If you have no restrictions against the use or possession of slingshots, we offer a high velocity slingshot that is portable and affordable. The pouch is made of leather, and the sturdy aluminum frame offers a perfect handle for your ammunition. This slingshot is perfect for paintballs, and can shoot them an impressive distance. You can order extra bands as well.

Using Slingshots for Pest Control

Many adult men have considered the sling shot as a favorite childhood toy. It’s compact, light, easy to carry and, if you knew exactly how to wield it, quite accurate and effective. Today, they are still in use although they’ve gone beyond their childish function as a toy, becoming quite efficient slingshots for pest control.

Vermin Slingshot

What is a Sling Shot?

A sling shot consists of a Y-shaped handle usually made of wood, aluminum or plastic with a rubber band attached to its two prongs. The rubber band forms a continuous line, the middle part of which is attached with a patch that will hold the pellet.

Sling Shot Made Of Wood

Most sling shots manufactured today are designed to be compact and can easily fit into a back pocket. They also boast of sufficient propelling power, with some models capable of covering a range of a hundred to 150 yards.

How to Use the Sling Shot

To use, load a pellet, a steel shot or a pebble onto the patch. Holding the handle steady with one hand and the patch around the pellet securely, stretch the band by pulling the patch towards you. Aim at your target, making sure it is sighted in the middle of the two prongs. Once you’re ready, simply release the patch so it will in turn release the pellet.

Sling Shot Aiming

How effective are sling shots for pest and vermin control?

A sling shot is a tried and tested weapon for vermin control. In many cases, the sling shot is usually not a lethal weapon, although with sufficient force, it can do real damage. It can be very effective for surprising or scaring an animal and driving it away.

However, using a sling shot does require some level of skill. Remember that its main function is target shooting. If you’re not familiar with this tool, you will have to practice wielding it first. It doesn’t have a steep learning curve, however. It’s quite easy to use and you should be able to hit your target after just a few tries.

Using a Sling Shot for Hunting

Be careful when using sling shots on little animals, particularly birds and young animals. That is, if you don’t intend to kill them. Rubber pellets, steel shots and pebbles can hurt small animals severely. If you want to use a sling shot effectively, be aware of what it can do from a specific distance.

Vermin Slingshot

For vermin control, sling shots can be a good alternative to other tools. Learn to use the sling shot carefully, especially if you will be using it around solid or hard objects and surfaces. Wear safety glasses or any type of eye protection. Pellets could bounce off a hard surface and hit you.

If you’re interested in purchasing a modern slingshot, you can get one here.

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