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Message started by Kick on Jun 10th, 2020 at 7:14am

Title: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Kick on Jun 10th, 2020 at 7:14am
I stumbled across this and thought it was pretty darn genius. I don't have any tubular bands but it could be possible to make something similar with flat bands. I'm also now imagining adding a small piece between the bands at the "fork" to act as an arrow rest. Pocket sling bow would be pretty awesome.

https://slingshotforum.com/gallery/image/3639-pocket-slingshot-1/

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by JudoP on Jun 10th, 2020 at 7:54am
That is pretty nice indeed. I think tubular bands should be easy enough to get hold of on ebay or similar.

I've experimented a little with slingshots before. I tried to modify an existing arm braced one with an absurd amount of theraband (to the point where I could barely pull it back all the way). It was insanely powerful and capable of seriously deforming tin cans with just duct tape balls. Unfortunately the bands just ended up tearing themselves apart after a few hours usage...

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Kick on Jun 10th, 2020 at 8:10am
Already have some surgical tubing on the way :D I love the internet.

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by walter on Jun 10th, 2020 at 8:34am
Looks like it might be too easy to shoot your hand :-?

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Kick on Jun 10th, 2020 at 8:45am
Lots of slingshots have very low forks it just comes down to shooting style. I quickly made an improvised version with two rubber bands and without the leather at all and tried shooting a barbecue skewer. I think this might be the best use of this design, as an arrow shooter. It ensures the ammo doesn't hit your hand and the band doesn't seem to hit either so I can see this working well even with proper tubing.

Just as an aside, even a small elastic band and skewer packs quite a punch. Got it through a fairly thick cardboard box with no problem.

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by vetryan15 on Jun 10th, 2020 at 2:33pm
Its a modified no frame slingshot. You can make a set with tubes and a pouch, and use your hand as  the frame. Its called bareback.

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Curious Aardvark on Jun 11th, 2020 at 7:36am
the whole shooting over the top of your hand just looks dodgy.

But neat if you can do it :-)

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Mersa on Jun 11th, 2020 at 7:45am
We call this a ging in Australia, pretty common amongst school kids when I was young. Sometimes I remember just a smal piece of cord instead of the leather and you just wrapped the cord around your hand/fingers.

I nearly lost an eye when I was young. Was from a band failure hitting me in the eye so I get super paranoid shooting rubber powered things these days. Shame because I really love the look and simplicity of slingshots.

The sling remains No1 !!!

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Kick on Jun 11th, 2020 at 11:52am

Mersa wrote on Jun 11th, 2020 at 7:45am:
The sling remains No1 !!!

Absolutely! I still do love a nice slingshot though and I really like the idea of one that takes up basically no space.

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by vetryan15 on Jun 11th, 2020 at 1:23pm
Also be careful on that forum. The mods are KNOWN within the slingshot world along with a similar forum on the subject, to be down right mean. If they dont like you they will make it known, ban you, and cause a whole bunch of internet trouble, over a toy. Its mind boggling to say the least. Thhey are brutal to say the least.

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by walter on Jun 11th, 2020 at 9:20pm
@ vetryan15

Thanks for the warning :)

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Kick on Jun 12th, 2020 at 9:29am
I just found the picture, I don't have an account but good to know :D

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Kick on Jun 24th, 2020 at 10:09am
Finally, the tubing has arrived and, as I thought it would, this design works great with arrows. I'll maybe make a video soon.

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Kick on Jun 25th, 2020 at 12:53pm
Here's a short video of it in action. Really comfortable to use and has quite a lot of power for something so small. I would love to do some distance tests, but I don't have anywhere nearby I would be comfortable shooting arrows around. Sling and stone I feel I can get away with more than arrows (despite a sling being far more dangerous than this little bit of rubber tubing...).

https://youtu.be/zbf2D1VBwXQ

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by walter on Jun 25th, 2020 at 2:53pm
Cool! Is the arrow the same length as your draw length?

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Mersa on Jun 25th, 2020 at 5:20pm
Slingbows are fun

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by Kick on Jun 26th, 2020 at 12:47pm

walter wrote on Jun 25th, 2020 at 2:53pm:
Cool! Is the arrow the same length as your draw length?


Yes. The bands could probably stretch back a little further withbut a longer arrow, but I don't really need the extra power and I want it to be comfortable to use. Trying out longer arrows or darts could be pretty fun though. It wouldn't be too hard to add a fishing line to a wrist strap for fishing either.

Title: Re: Interesting Pocket Slingshot Design
Post by walter on Jun 26th, 2020 at 4:19pm

Kick wrote on Jun 26th, 2020 at 12:47pm:

walter wrote on Jun 25th, 2020 at 2:53pm:
Cool! Is the arrow the same length as your draw length?


Yes. The bands could probably stretch back a little further withbut a longer arrow, but I don't really need the extra power and I want it to be comfortable to use. Trying out longer arrows or darts could be pretty fun though. It wouldn't be too hard to add a fishing line to a wrist strap for fishing either.

LOL

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