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Message started by Curious Novice on Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:15am

Title: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:15am
Hi everyone,

It is nice being able to post now. I am a university student in the upstate who likes to sling when there is spare time. Besides actually slinging, I also really enjoy the history and physics of slinging. I am definitely looking forward to learning from everyone on here.

Thanks!

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by kicktheotter on Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:17am
Welcome from Finland!

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Drakolith on Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:30am
Welcome to the forum! Iím also attending college, however I canít find anywhere to sling. But then again we have a gym but Iím afraid to try there, and I donít drive so Iím very limited on where I can go. Where do you go to sling? Also if you donít mind, could we get a few pics to see some of your slings? Itís always nice to see what others make.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:44am
Well. On campus I used to sling at the campus pond, until they drained it this semester. I also have gone slinging at the athletic fields when no-one is around to get hit.

Otherwise, I sling at trees in my backyard. I have to be really careful there, though, because it is only a half acre. No windows are broken yet, but ricochets can be pretty hair-raising.

As far as my sling goes, it isnít anything too fancy. It is made of two pieces of 50 lb parachord attached to a piece of corduroy that I sewed into a simple pouch. My current one is getting holes in it now, since it has been in use for a bit over a year now, so I will need to make a new one. I can take a picture a bit later for you, and hopefully post a picture of the new one when it is completed.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 15th, 2018 at 1:57pm
Here is my current sling. New pouch likely coming soon.

....and the photo got messed up. Let me see if I can get a better shot.

Well, that has the perspective correct. Letís try to shrink the file size.


Alright. Here is a workable photo. As you can see, the fabric wears out after a while. However, to increase longevity I made some seams on the side to slow fraying.
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Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Drakolith on Oct 16th, 2018 at 1:19am
That sling looks like it belongs in the wasteland of a nuclear apocalypse, you probably werenít going for that but it looks cool. I recommend leather, way more durable than most fabrics. Also, over time the leather conforms to the sort of ammo youíve been using.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by kicktheotter on Oct 16th, 2018 at 2:04am
It does look pretty Mad Max :D Yeah I suggest leather or woven paracord.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 16th, 2018 at 7:41am
Yeah, I mostly went for this particular design because it was cheap, since I had all the materials on hand, and it was quick to construct. It has served surprisingly well, considering how little effort it took to make. I even took it with me to Europe last summer and slung snowballs in the Alps.

I might try my hand at making a woven paracord sling, but I am not quite certain how much the extra weight on the pouch end would effect the slinging characteristics.

What weight of paracord would you recommend for making a woven sling?

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by kicktheotter on Oct 16th, 2018 at 7:58am
I haven't actually made a paracord one but I recently made a woven pouch sling using some mystery cord. It does make it pouch heavy but the good thing with woven pouches is that they an hold anything and will almost never wear out. I'm soon getting a delivery of paracord so I'll be trying out some woven pouches pretty soon.
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Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by walter on Oct 16th, 2018 at 8:44am
I used 500 on this one. Great for 4oz+ ammo.
The hemp sling is lighter and (I think) better for lighter ammo.

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Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Oct 16th, 2018 at 8:16pm
Howdy from Texas!† You can get a ton of scrap leather for a few dollars at Hobby Lobby. Thatís where I get mine when Iím not cutting up old leather boots.

If youíre really interested in the physics of slinging, I could use another person on the trebuchet-as-test-bed bandwagon. I had grand plans for trebuchets to do apples-apples sling comparisons before my wife got pregnant with kid #3. You have no idea what ďwhen I have timeď means until you try to take on an unfunded, independent R&D project while raising small children, keeping up a day job, and running an e-commerce business in whatever time is left.† †;D

Welcome to the forum!

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Aardvark on Oct 17th, 2018 at 10:08am

Drakolith wrote on Oct 15th, 2018 at 9:30am:
Welcome to the forum! Iím also attending college, however I canít find anywhere to sling. But then again we have a gym but Iím afraid to try there, and I donít drive so Iím very limited on where I can go. Where do you go to sling? Also if you donít mind, could we get a few pics to see some of your slings? Itís always nice to see what others make.


have you watched jaegoors videos ??
He slings in a gym all the time.

Use tennis balls or sockballs, hang a target on the wall and have at it.
Actually sockballs are best as they don't richochet as much as tennis balls and fly a little straighter.†

10 gets you 1 you'll get a bunch of people wanting to do it as well.
Start a slinging club.
Found the north american college slinging league, run for president of the college sports council.
Become president of the American national sports council.
Front an advertising campaign advocating slinging for health, become a nationally known personality.
Then run for president of the united states ! (lets face it, these days ANYONE can be elected).
Use the united states nuclear threat against the IOC and declare slinging a true olympic sport - or else !

Invite your old mate CA to join your cabinet as head of the government additive manufacturing technologies department.

And all that, just because you asked someone if you could sling rolled up socks in the gym :-)

The land of opportunity indeed :thumb:

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Aardvark on Oct 17th, 2018 at 10:13am
curious novice - send me your address.
That has to be rattiest sling I've ever seen !

I think we can do better :whistle:

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 17th, 2018 at 11:54am
Oh yes, my sling definitely looks pathetic  ;D

I am not comfortable sending out my address yet at this point. However, rest assured, I will be improving my sling design based on all your suggestions. I may have a little time next week to work on one. I have several different thicknesses of paracord to experiment with, so hopefully we can get some good results. I will post pictures so you can critique them.

I will also have to check out the leather at Hobby Lobby, per Wesleyís suggestion. I have noticed some pretty neat designs for leather pouches here on the forum.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Drakolith on Oct 17th, 2018 at 5:35pm
Thatís quite a progression CA† ;D. I actually was thinking of maybe trying to start a slinging club... but... Iím not the most outgoing person in the world and havenít really ever lead something like a club in real life. Also there isnít much space for slinging here, other than the gym which isnít exactly owned by the college Iím attending. I have watched his videos, I just assumed he knew the owner well or something. I also feel like Iíd have to ask the manager or something before doing it, but Iíd have no idea how to go about asking someone to do something so unusual in their gym.

Yeah Iíd recommend hobby lobby as well. I get all my leather from there.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Bill Skinner on Oct 17th, 2018 at 8:45pm
Up State South Carolina?  College?  That wouldn't happen to be Clemson, would it?

Ennyhoo, welcome to the site.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 18th, 2018 at 7:40am
No, not Clemson. One of my professors got his Masters and PhD there, though.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 20th, 2018 at 7:04pm
Well, I made a paracord ďnoodleĒ sling this evening. I can post a picture later if anyone wants to inspect it. It slings baseballs pretty easily. However, I feel it to be a bit limited in the variety of ammunition it can handle. Hopefully I will have enough time on Tuesday to work on a woven pouch design and test it out itís versatility.

By the way, for when I go looking for leather to make a pouch: Is it better to have stiff leather pouch or a more supple one?

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by kicktheotter on Oct 21st, 2018 at 3:07am
I would say more supple but stiff ones can work as well if they have enough of a cup.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Aardvark on Oct 21st, 2018 at 1:12pm
I pretty much only use more flexible leather. Mind you I've never seen any stiff leather for sale on the odd occasions i see leather for sale at all.

It's one reason I have so much - I mass buy whenever i see it :-)

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by kicktheotter on Oct 21st, 2018 at 1:49pm
There's this arts center in my hometown in the UK that sells recycled stuff as art supplies. My mum is a Girl Guide leader and has a discount card through them so I made use of that about two years ago and I still have so much leather left. I added half a calf hide I found being sold by a woman who bound books as a hobby about a year ago so I have way more leather than I will ever need most probably :D

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 12:29pm
Here are my two new slings.
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Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by walter on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 1:44pm
They look good!

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 10:02pm
Did you say Noodle?!  You know Jesus was a noodler too!  ;D

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 10:12pm
I am not sure what you mean 🤔

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by kicktheotter on Oct 24th, 2018 at 5:01am
Old joke courtesy of one of the members. He referred to simple slings as noodles, slingers as noodlers and suggested Jesus was a slinger, hence, Jesus was a noodler :D Those slings look really damn good by the way.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 29th, 2018 at 6:12pm
Here is my first attempt at a leather sling. It is a two piece design. It was designed to successfully sling tennis balls
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Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Worldwalker on Oct 30th, 2018 at 1:09pm
That looks great, Curious Novice! Let us know how it does after some testing.

Title: Re: Salutations from the Upstate of South Carolina
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 30th, 2018 at 7:48pm
«a marche!

It does both tennis balls and racquet balls with ease, without letting them fall out of the pouch. Much better than a flat pouch. Unfortunately the whipping I did is not holding together well, so I may need to look up how to do it properly.

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