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Message started by P.W._Smith on Nov 4th, 2006 at 7:11pm

Title: Hey from Washington!!
Post by P.W._Smith on Nov 4th, 2006 at 7:11pm
HI this is Derek from Washington State. (My user name means primitive weapon smith). I'm 14 and have been slinging for about 2 years now...and I've got decent accuracy. Cheers

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by siguy on Nov 4th, 2006 at 9:09pm
hey welcome to the site.  sounds like you have been doing well.  what style and kind of sling do you use?  pictures please  ;)

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by P.W._Smith on Nov 4th, 2006 at 10:27pm
I usually use either a peruvian sling that I braided myself, or I use a baleric style sling. For distance casting I use either greek overhand or underhand with 3 or 4 ortations before release. For accuracy, I use helicopter or apache (I have yet to master the elusive figure-8 style) >:(. I have decent accuracy with helicopter, on good day being able to hit a 1 gallon milk jug (empty) at about 20-30 feet consistently.
Derek

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by siguy on Nov 5th, 2006 at 11:18am
sounds good.  when you reference the style names that we generally use here...did you start slinging because you found this forum years ago and never became a member, or did you read all the articles so that you could use the common terms when you got here?

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by P.W._Smith on Nov 5th, 2006 at 11:32am
I started before I even knew this forum existed...I got interested when I read the Biblical account of David and Goliath...and when I started I just used the helicopter (it came naturally) and then stumbled upon this site :D. I started adapting to the styles mentioned here, and am still slinging very often...every day when it's not raining ;D.
Derek

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by lupis on Nov 14th, 2006 at 12:24am
Hey P.W. , I am new here so forgive me for asking what I should know. What is a baleric style sling?

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by slingbadger on Nov 14th, 2006 at 10:28am
 Seems like more boys are becoming interested in slings lately. I mean,we have a lot here in the forum.
  Last weekend, i introduced one of my Scouts to slinging, and he has a real talent for it. He was doing a few styles better than me. ( remind me to break his little arms)
 He even did his " sling dance", where he spins around, almost the way a shotputter does.

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by CanDo on Nov 19th, 2006 at 1:08pm

wrote on Nov 5th, 2006 at 11:32am:
I started before I even knew this forum existed...I got interested when I read the Biblical account of David and Goliath...and when I started I just used the helicopter (it came naturally) and then stumbled upon this site :D. I started adapting to the styles mentioned here, and am still slinging very often...every day when it's not raining ;D.
Derek



This raises an interesting point. With free advertising in the best selling book of all time ever, shouldn't slinging be more popular?  :P ::)

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by SlingWolf on Nov 20th, 2006 at 11:24am
There should.. but unfortunately there isnt :'(

;D SlingWolf ;D

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by slingbadger on Nov 20th, 2006 at 4:26pm
Unfortunatly, slinging plays only minor roles in the Bible. I think the only other Book to mention it is Judges.
 There was alot more smiting by other weapons in the Bible.
 As for today, most, uninformed people regard the sling as a toy, or simply to primative to be effective, when compared to .. oh, lets say a Glock.

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by Dale on Nov 20th, 2006 at 5:28pm
Hi, Lupis!

Regarding Balearic slings:

We had a fascinating discussion with a guy named Vicente, who is a member of the Federacio Balear de Tir de Fona (or, the Balearic Slinging Federation).  He gave us a lot of information about how slinging is done in Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands.

Balearic slings are basically split-pouch slings (often with a bit of leather covering the pouch cords), made from grasses or other vegetable fiber.  Here is a link to a page illustrating how to braid a Balearic sling, from start to finish.  The text is either Catalan or Spanish (I cannot tell), but the pictures are pretty clear.

Also, here is a page illustrating a recommended slinging style.  I cannot tell whether this is supposed to be an underhand or overhand style, just from the pictures.  Perhaps the text makes it clear, but I cannot read it.

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by lupis on Nov 20th, 2006 at 11:06pm
Hey...I know that style of sling! There is a tutorial on this site for the same construction method, but with para-cord instead of natural fibers.

I can't really tell from the pictures on the other site either, but I am leaning to underhand from the later pics...

Can you tell me...does a sling made from natural fibers work of feel better than one from para-cord? I think my sling feels too heavy, or something.

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by lupis on Nov 20th, 2006 at 11:11pm
Cancel that last question, I just read a bit of a thread on a different post and it answered my question. I would like to hear other opinions though, you never know what you are going to learn...

Title: Re: Hey from Washington!!
Post by lupis on Nov 29th, 2006 at 11:43pm
Hey Derek, what were your first three slings made of and how were they made....I have an idea here about how slingers start with their equipment...Thanks

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