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Message started by Slyngorm on Feb 12th, 2020 at 3:57pm

Title: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Slyngorm on Feb 12th, 2020 at 3:57pm
I think I remember seeing a documentary about ancient Egypt years ago and in one scene some boys placed a stone at the end of a stick and threw it at some birds.
Could this be correct? Can atlatls be used in this way?

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Tomas on Feb 12th, 2020 at 5:36pm
Like the dog fetch toys?

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Mersa on Feb 12th, 2020 at 7:44pm
Definitely would work

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by walter on Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:32pm
a staff sling without a cord between the stick and pouch. Split the thicker end of a 4-5 foot stick and put a pouch between the fork you just made by splitting the thicker end. might work better (accuracy wise) than a staff sling  ;)

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:56pm
You've got the idea walter! :D

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacrosse

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Feb 12th, 2020 at 11:04pm
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7vJBKfQFD8I

Jump to 15:45

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Kick on Feb 13th, 2020 at 8:50am
I still haven't been able to get a good release from my staff sling (though it's been a while since I took it out). I can imagine this would be easier either as Joerg does it or with a cup.

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Slyngorm on Feb 13th, 2020 at 5:01pm

Tomas wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 5:36pm:
Like the dog fetch toys?


That is actually a nice conceptualization of what I am thinking. A stick with a bowel.


Mersa wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 7:44pm:
Definitely would work

Has it ever been made though?
Haven't been able to find anything like it. And I mean both if it has ever been used by some ancient peoples, or even just as a modern day idea.


walter wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:32pm:
a staff sling without a cord between the stick and pouch.


joe_meadmaker wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:56pm:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacrosse

Not likes this though. I mean a stick with a little bowel, almost like a spoon.
This concept sounds interesting though. Has it ever been utilized outside of sport?


NooneOfConsequence wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 11:04pm:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7vJBKfQFD8I

Not like this either. I am thinking something in the vein of a sling, where every kind of projectile can be picked up and thrown.

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Mersa on Feb 13th, 2020 at 5:43pm
I canít say I know of anything specific but itís surely been done and would definitely work.

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Feb 13th, 2020 at 9:11pm
Like this?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pehQp5VFDPY

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Curious Aardvark on Feb 14th, 2020 at 4:21pm
hadn't thought of the tennis ball throers as 'atlatl's.
But I guess they sort of are :-)

I've thrown stones with one. Not easy and does take a lot of practice with timing, but works !

Like a staff sling, how and when you accelerate the thrower determines when the missile releases.

Thing is with dream's acceleration - it's just safer to stick with tennis balls.
You never know, one day he might accidentally run in the right direction !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1GXMduLtts

Would be fairly easy to make one with automatically adjustable jaws - set to open via an elastic band.

But I have way too many projects already, so you'll have to make it yourselves :whistle:†

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 15th, 2020 at 10:41pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Feb 14th, 2020 at 4:21pm:
Thing is with dream's acceleration - it's just safer to stick with tennis balls.
You never know, one day he might accidentally run in the right direction !

This made me laugh so hard. ;D

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Slyngorm on Feb 16th, 2020 at 4:21pm
Considering all these nice replies I guess that I should go ahead and make one. I am thinking a Y-stick with an extra piece of wood, so it forms a triangle. At least for a starter.

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by timpa on Feb 25th, 2020 at 1:04pm
I am sure, Atlatl is first thrown stones. Then only the spears.

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Rat Man on Feb 25th, 2020 at 10:35pm

Kick wrote on Feb 13th, 2020 at 8:50am:
I still haven't been able to get a good release from my staff sling (though it's been a while since I took it out). I can imagine this would be easier either as Joerg does it or with a cup.


Try adjusting the length of your release cord.  It changes the angle your pouch hangs at consequently changing your release point.  Don't give up. Staff slings are great.

Title: Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Post by Kick on Feb 26th, 2020 at 2:23am
That's actually just what I did agree commenting :D Haven't tested it as I've been practicing for Mallorca but once in back I'll take it out :)

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