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Message started by Tomas on Feb 7th, 2020 at 6:47am

Title: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Tomas on Feb 7th, 2020 at 6:47am
The sling hunting thread has me thinking what else a sling would likely be useful for if we lived in nature.
I think it would have often been used to hit things out of reach like a bird's nest or even something you want to stay away from like a hornet's nest or beehive.
Herding of course, and keeping birds off the crops.
What else?

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Mersa on Feb 7th, 2020 at 7:13am
Knocking fruit out of high trees, frightening predators, fun.

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Kick on Feb 7th, 2020 at 8:26am
Having extra cord that can then have a secondary use is always a good idea. Helps to save space and weight whilst moving about so you could use a sling as a strap or to tie something off.

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Rat Man on Feb 7th, 2020 at 1:19pm
    Shooting at flocks of sitting waterfowl.  I wouldn't want to use an arrow in that situation because if you miss with your arrow, which you invested time and effort in making,  it will most likely be impossible to retrieve. 
   Other good targets would be squirrels' nests and primates up in trees. 
    A sling is very easy to make in almost any situation and in many cases good ammo is lying at your feet.  IMO it would be insane to not have a sling as a secondary weapon in a survival situation. 

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Teg on Feb 7th, 2020 at 3:15pm
Signaling, if you are considering a whip crack suitable ;)
Scaring prey possibly as well.

Not really survival, but I used a sling once for work. That was during a geological survey in the high alps. In early spring if I remember correctly. Some markers were needed in the middle of a rock face as reference points. The reference points had to be placed about 30 m or so above ground in the rock face.
The rock face was instable. Climbing it was completely out of the question. Approach from above as well as below was also quite dangerous because of avalanche danger and rock fall. We ended up blowing out some eggs and filled them with paint. Then I launched a couple into the rock face. That worked quite well.

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Feb 7th, 2020 at 5:42pm
Holding my coffee while while I’m driving  around in an old armored personnel carrier. The thing has no cup holders and staying caffeinated is definitely a matter of survival!
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Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 7th, 2020 at 5:48pm
Once you're finished finding water, food, building a shelter, and starting a fire, you could use sling making to keep your mind occupied until you get rescued. :D

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Jaegoor on Feb 7th, 2020 at 6:31pm
Kombinieren Sie einen Bogen 🏹 mit einer Sling und sie haben ein Pellet bow. Ich war sehr überrascht über die Funktionalität

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by walter on Feb 7th, 2020 at 8:06pm
Around mid September through October, the pitch in pinyon cones dries enough to allow the seeds to be released when hit by a rock or tball. We have come out of the woods with four shopping bags of seeds harvested in one day. That is a lot of slinging for an old guy!

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Curious Aardvark on Feb 11th, 2020 at 6:57am
pellet bow is cool !
Also - @noc - we need pics and more details of your 'suv' !

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Mersa on Feb 11th, 2020 at 7:09am
Pellet bows seem cool but god I’d be scared of shooting my own hand.

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by maxibon on Feb 11th, 2020 at 8:00am
i was thinking you could use it to throw a projectile into the air to attract attention of a plane/boat if you were stranded? as in if you were able to make some sort of flair/smoke grenade out of supplies

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Kick on Feb 11th, 2020 at 11:41am

Mersa wrote on Feb 11th, 2020 at 7:09am:
Pellet bows seem cool but god I’d be scared of shooting my own hand.


I've seen a crossbow version which I would be much happier using. At least then you have a lump of wood between the pellet and your fingers :D

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:45pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Feb 11th, 2020 at 6:57am:
pellet bow is cool !
Also - @noc - we need pics and more details of your 'suv' !


Nope. Sorry. I don’t have any photos of the whole vehicle to share publicly. All I will say is that it’s so old that the military doesn’t want or need it anymore, so they let us researchers turn them into robots... and it’s a lot of fun to drive!

Title: Re: Uses for sling(ing) in a survival situation
Post by Curious Aardvark on Feb 14th, 2020 at 4:35pm
fair enough - but still very cool :thumb:

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