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Message started by IronGoober on Sep 3rd, 2020 at 11:17pm

Title: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by IronGoober on Sep 3rd, 2020 at 11:17pm
It is that time of year, Time for the Pumpkin Challenge!

The winner of the challenge will get a portable slinging target from DangerGoods.com (Disclaimer: this prize is put up by yours truly, no sponsorship deals have been made. This is in support of slinging businesses and bringing slinging to a wider audience)
https://www.dangergoods.com/products1/danger-goods-portable-sling-target

The rules are simple, you must:
1. Submit a video of your entry via YouTube and post the link in this thread.
2. The video must contain a pumpkin, a sling, and a slinging aspect. (If you can't find a pumpkin, any other similar food item will do!)
3. Entries submitted after Halloween (October 31st) will not be considered for the prize but are still welcome.
4. The rest is up to you!

The winner will be determined by a poll for entertainment value, difficulty, and encompassing the spirit of the sling.
Voting for yourself is certainly not discouraged. (As long as you really believe yours is the best...)

Let the challenge commence!


Entry 1: Kick https://youtu.be/jzDIvx98TCY
Entry 2: Jaegoor https://youtu.be/ldW49nXWDOo
Entry 3: PracticalParacord https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFs0K25lP9s
Entry 4: NooneOfConsequence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESabnoRsKdQ
Entry 5: IronGoober https://youtu.be/T-fIUb-66zw

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 4th, 2020 at 8:19am
Thanks for getting this started IG, and very generous prize!† I can't wait to see what people come up with :)

In fact, I think I'll sweeten the pot and add a participation challenge...† If we can get at least 10 participants this year, I will throw in a randomly selected winner for a Razor Glande facemask:

https://www.redbubble.com/i/mask/Razor-Glandes-Aim-for-the-Eyes-by-tacpar/52933365.9G0D8

Edit: I originally said ď2nd place prizeĒ, but I think a random selected winner among all participants encourages more entries even if someone doesnít think they can win :)


Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 4th, 2020 at 10:19am
I can't wait to get in on this. I'm just hoping the weather is good on my next day off.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 4th, 2020 at 1:07pm
So it begins...† :D

I'll be checking the grocery store for pumpkins.† Best of luck to all!

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 4th, 2020 at 1:10pm

NooneOfConsequence wrote on Sep 4th, 2020 at 8:19am:
I think a random selected winner among all participants encourages more entries even if someone doesnít think they can win

Forgot to mention, I completely agree with this.† Good call!

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Mersa on Sep 4th, 2020 at 7:49pm
As a little bit of additional data perhaps we could all take a photo of our chosen victim (pumpkin) and maybe weight and size dimensions. Just for future pumpkin challenges.

Also might be an idea to move this challenge to general slinging section, not sure we gat as much traffic in this section??

Good luck everyone!!

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Albion Slinger on Sep 5th, 2020 at 8:00pm
This is going to be fun...

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by PracticalParacord on Sep 6th, 2020 at 9:07am
This challenge sounds fun!! I will promote this.To be clear how do you win?

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 6th, 2020 at 11:23am

PracticalParacord wrote on Sep 6th, 2020 at 9:07am:
This challenge sounds fun!! I will promote this.To be clear how do you win?

Cool man!† There's no specific situation in which someone will win.† Entries just need to have a sling hit on a pumpkin.† Once the deadline is reached we'll add a poll to this thread and slinging.org members will vote for the one they believe is the best.† The listed criteria are 'entertainment value, difficulty, and encompassing the spirit of the sling'.† The voting will be subjective, but it's all about having fun!

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 6th, 2020 at 1:28pm

In the spirit of friendly competition... I also think it will be fun to crush you all like a pumpkin and win the prize ;D

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 9th, 2020 at 6:57am
Pumpkin: Acquired

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by SlingingBri on Sep 9th, 2020 at 7:29am
Now, you didn't say that there couldn't be somebody off camera with a shotgun so that when the slung rock hits the pumpkin it makes a super loud bang and then explodes? :D :D

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by IronGoober on Sep 9th, 2020 at 10:31am

SlingingBri wrote on Sep 9th, 2020 at 7:29am:
Now, you didn't say that there couldn't be somebody off camera with a shotgun so that when the slung rock hits the pumpkin it makes a super loud bang and then explodes? :D :D


Entertainment value is one aspect!  But difficulty is also. Choose your poison. :)

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 9th, 2020 at 2:59pm
As long as youíre using firearms, you might as well use a hunting rifle and stuff the pumpkin with tannerite :)
Of course then youíll definitely need to be slinging from afar, so you get the difficulty check mark too!

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 15th, 2020 at 5:01am
Pumpkin: Destroyed.

Video coming soon.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 15th, 2020 at 2:32pm
Awesome!  That was fast.† I didn't even get a pumpkin yet.† :(

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 16th, 2020 at 1:17am
I had to be quick. I've had precious few days off and even fewer where the weather hasn't been utterly dismal. I was lucky to get it done yesterday as today is grey, raining and misty as hell. Even so, every now and then when I missed there would be a splash as the rocks hit one of the many puddles.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 17th, 2020 at 10:26am
Pumpkin acquired. Game on Kick!

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 17th, 2020 at 12:16pm
Here's what you have to best. I'm pretty happy with the finale :D

https://youtu.be/jzDIvx98TCY

I can't wait to try out my new target...† :P



Gold star award wining post


Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 17th, 2020 at 4:20pm
Wow!† You sure smashed that thing up!† Fantastic first entry.† The bar has definitely been set high. :thumb:

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Mersa on Sep 17th, 2020 at 6:44pm
Yeah Kick!!!
Thatís for sure your best entry in the pumpkin challenge yet and a great video to start the challenge.
I might have to change my plans a little after seeing that.
Your pretty good with that staff sling seems like you got it tuned

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 17th, 2020 at 11:03pm
Yeah it took some throws to get back into it; been a little while since I last used it, but, once I was warmed up, I was getting pretty consistent. I really love that thing.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 18th, 2020 at 10:18pm
Way to come out swinging Kick!  Definitely setting a high bar.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by IronGoober on Sep 20th, 2020 at 3:14pm
Nice Kick! You are getting really good with that staff sling.

Also, I'm going put the links to all the entry videos in the first post so they are consolidated and can be found easily.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 21st, 2020 at 6:11pm
I hope everybody isn't waiting to the last minute, because I've got a serious contender coming soon!  My 5yo son just finished the design that we plan to carve into the pumpkin before I start slinging, but don't worry... my schtick isn't just going to be me slinging at a carved pumpkin instead of an uncarved one.  I have a few real surprises in store ;D

It's raining, so I'm going to wait a day or two to carve and smash the pumpkin when the weather clears up a little bit.   

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by IronGoober on Sep 21st, 2020 at 10:34pm
I honestly hadn't considered taking the time to carve it before smashing it up... good idea! I won't steal it, but good idea nonetheless. I'm looking forward to the video.

I got my pumpkin, but I need a workday that is light so I can leave early to film.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 2:28am
I considered carving mine but I wanted to ensure it's structural integrity.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Jaegoor on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 6:38am
https://youtu.be/ldW49nXWDOo :)

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 7:06am
As always... nice shooting Jaegoor!


IronGoober wrote on Sep 21st, 2020 at 10:34pm:
I honestly hadn't considered taking the time to carve it before smashing it up... good idea! I won't steal it, but good idea nonetheless.


Itís not stealing if I give the idea away. Besides, I am pretty sure Iím not the first person to come up with the idea of carving a pumpkin :)


Kick wrote on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 2:28am:
I considered carving mine but I wanted to ensure it's structural integrity.


Ha! If we're being scored on structural integrity, then we should just give the prize to Jaegoor and his coconut now! Itís true that carving will weaken the pumpkin, but I decided it would be worth it because one of the criteria is entertainment value... plus my son really wanted to carve it when he saw that I bought a pumpkin.† ;D

Well Iíve talked about it enough and itís time for less talk and more pumpkin destruction...




Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Mersa on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 7:32am
Yeah Jaegoor nice stuff, this challenge is already producing the goods, Iím still awaiting the arrival of the classic orange pumpkins in my local stores, I have a few ideas on what I want to do but Iím getting less confidence as the clips roll in . Anyway Iíll try my best , itís fun nonetheless

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 10:42am
Fun is always the main point anyway. The only reason I got mine done so quickly was because I had to. Can't trust the weather this time of year so I just went for it. That was really the main reason for not carving it, I didn't have the time :D

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 12:32pm
Awesome hit Jaegoor!
Two broken pumpkins so far.† I'm getting concerned that I will not.† :D

I got mine.† Hopefully this weekend I'll get some time to throw at it.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 3:17pm
Channing (Practical Paracord) posted up his attempt and did amazing! I guess a link will be coming soon.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 23rd, 2020 at 6:16pm
Another teaser for yíall. Smashing complete. It may take a little longer to finish and post the video.
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Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 23rd, 2020 at 6:21pm

Kick wrote on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 3:17pm:
Channing (Practical Paracord) posted up his attempt and did amazing! I guess a link will be coming soon.


Just looked it up on YouTube... Nice slinging Channing!


Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 23rd, 2020 at 7:32pm
Good smash there NOC!† Looking forward to that video!† :)

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by IronGoober on Sep 23rd, 2020 at 8:01pm

Jaegoor wrote on Sep 22nd, 2020 at 6:38am:
https://youtu.be/ldW49nXWDOo :)


Jaegoor, great job, as usual. I love that it was a hit in the dead center.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 23rd, 2020 at 10:30pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESabnoRsKdQ

...and yes.† That is a razor glande mask I am wearing :)



Gold star award wining post


Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Mersa on Sep 24th, 2020 at 12:53am
Very very entertaining!!! , this is going to be a hard one to vote on thatís for sure !!!

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 24th, 2020 at 2:31am
Damn hard. It's going to be pretty close I think.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 24th, 2020 at 9:56am
Nice!† If there was a category for 'most intricate setup', you'd have that with 100% certainty!† :D

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 24th, 2020 at 11:03am

joe_meadmaker wrote on Sep 24th, 2020 at 9:56am:
Nice!† If there was a category for 'most intricate setup', you'd have that with 100% certainty!† :D


Well I was fresh out of grand pianos, but I did have a pile of bricks handy.  When you can barely squeeze a 10-yard shooting range out of your backyard, you have to focus on the "entertainment" aspect to stay competitive :)

My 5yo was certainly entertained by the whole process!  He designed the face on the pumpkin and provided some excellent color commentary in the background. No matter who wins, my son and I had a ton of fun with this one.  There's just something deeply satisfying about pulverizing a pumpkin with a pile of bricks ;D





Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by IronGoober on Sep 24th, 2020 at 11:30am
Haha. I was chuckling the whole time. I truly enjoyed the ending. It's much more satisfying when it is destroyed in one fell swoop.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Curious Aardvark on Sep 24th, 2020 at 4:33pm
Haven't awarded a gold star for some time - But damn NOC - That was absolutely AMAZING !

You got my vote :-)

And of course, the rare and widely coveted Curious Aardvark Gold Star Award for services over and above to the cause of slinging :-)

***


Well this is completely unprecedented !!!

TWO gold star awards in a single thread !

The world's gone mad :-)

But kick, for the very first serious and extremely accurate use of a staff sling in slinging.org history - Have a gold star !

All i got to say is: pumpkins be double tough !
That was some big rocks coming in at decent velocity.†

No jaegoor is not getting one. lol
I mean: jaegoor hits target - it's not exactly news is it :-)

So guys - is it possible. can you turn this into a triple star award thread ?
Have at it !

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Mersa on Sep 24th, 2020 at 7:20pm
Crazy to me that we have run basically the same thing the past 2 years in the ďonline challengeĒ thread but just a little bit more effort in making a specific thread for the 2020 Halloween pumpkin challenge has really picked up interest. Also the editing skills of everyone so far has been great. Itís really raising the bar!!!

Still no orange pumpkins in stores here yet but Iíll be getting one as soon as they arrive!!

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by IronGoober on Sep 24th, 2020 at 7:58pm

Mersa wrote on Sep 24th, 2020 at 7:20pm:
Still no orange pumpkins in stores here yet but Iíll be getting one as soon as they arrive!!


If this continues to be the case, I think a painted vegetable/fruit of your choice would also be acceptable. :)

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 24th, 2020 at 9:40pm

Mersa wrote on Sep 24th, 2020 at 7:20pm:
Crazy to me that we have run basically the same thing the past 2 years in the ďonline challengeĒ thread but just a little bit more effort in making a specific thread for the 2020 Halloween pumpkin challenge has really picked up interest.†


To be fair, I was planning on entering this competition for the first time before IG spun off the new thread, but it is cleaner to have separate threads for each individual challenge.  It might also help that there's a serious prize up for grabs this year... two prizes if we have at least 10 participants.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 24th, 2020 at 9:48pm

IronGoober wrote on Sep 24th, 2020 at 7:58pm:

Mersa wrote on Sep 24th, 2020 at 7:20pm:
Still no orange pumpkins in stores here yet but Iíll be getting one as soon as they arrive!!


If this continues to be the case, I think a painted vegetable/fruit of your choice would also be acceptable. :)


I don't think anyone who really wants to participate should be disqualified because they are unable to buy a pumpkin.  A watermelon would certainly be acceptable by my standards!† Also, I'd like to see a tomato... not because it's a good replacement for a pumpkin, but because it would be fun to watch it explode :)

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 25th, 2020 at 12:21am
Thank you kindly C_A! I'll put that on the mantlepiece. This has definitely been a good idea to seperate out theof challenge to it's own post.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Kick on Sep 25th, 2020 at 12:22am
Also, I agree. Watermelon, squash, courgette... I'm fine with anything being included.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Mersa on Sep 25th, 2020 at 3:35am
The pumpkin will come , itís just not the typical pumpkin where im from , we have these Grey things that are basically concrete or butternuts as the usual in the store but they always bring in the orange ones before Halloween. But Iíll definitely need help editing my clip , I will clearly lose on the editing quality if not, the videos so far have been great Iím loving it

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 25th, 2020 at 8:43am

Kick wrote on Sep 25th, 2020 at 12:21am:
Thank you kindly C_A! I'll put that on the mantlepiece. This has definitely been a good idea to seperate out theof challenge to it's own post.


Same here CA. What an honor!  I didnít have any room on my mantle, so I took down my university diploma and two of my patents to make room for the star in my office. Doing so immediately boosted my credibility with both colleagues and clients... or at least it would have if we werenít in a pandemic and anybody were actually coming to my office.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Sep 25th, 2020 at 9:00am
@Mersa, Iím very much still an amateur but Iíd be happy to share editing tips if you want. I use Blender, which has a truly awful user interface but is a powerful video editor if youíre willing to learn how to use it.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Curious Aardvark on Sep 25th, 2020 at 11:47am

NooneOfConsequence wrote on Sep 25th, 2020 at 8:43am:

Kick wrote on Sep 25th, 2020 at 12:21am:
Thank you kindly C_A! I'll put that on the mantlepiece. This has definitely been a good idea to seperate out theof challenge to it's own post.


Same here CA. What an honor!† I didnít have any room on my mantle, so I took down my university diploma and two of my patents to make room for the star in my office. Doing so immediately boosted my credibility with both colleagues and clients... or at least it would have if we werenít in a pandemic and anybody were actually coming to my office.


I think I've been giving these out for at least ten years and I'm pretty sure we are NOT into double figures yet.
So yeah, pretty damn rare.

Unlike most awards that get given for trivial things like killing people or running faster than someone else who is also running fast.
You have to do something fairly unique to get one of my gold stars :-)
   
So hey treasure it - one of these days there may even be an actual physical award - but you know me. easily distracted - so if that ever happens, it will really be one of the rarest awards on the planet :-)

We don't have pumpkins yet.

However the field near my house has been cut for hay, close enough I can hoof the target over, and sufficient backspace that I don't risk killing anyone.
Currently figuring best way to set pumpkin up for demolition.

It ain't even october yet we've got over a month to go - even I've got enough time.
(you'd think)

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Jaegoor on Sep 25th, 2020 at 1:16pm
Melone.

https://youtu.be/15p3CKnzKGo

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by IronGoober on Sep 25th, 2020 at 6:12pm
Here is my entry.†

https://youtu.be/T-fIUb-66zw

I hoped to have better results from the first bit, but oh well.  It was nice to have just about anyone interested , but I'm not used to having an audience. On a different note, I suppose it does say something interesting about the relative "safety" of rusty balls.

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by Mersa on Sep 25th, 2020 at 10:04pm
Bravo, another great entry!!! This is the best online challenge yet , no questions asked!!!
Great hits and editing again !!

Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by IronGoober on Sep 25th, 2020 at 11:05pm

Mersa wrote on Sep 25th, 2020 at 10:04pm:
Bravo, another great entry!!! This is the best online challenge yet , no questions asked!!!
Great hits and editing again !!


Thank you. I look forward to your entry. I don't want to put forward too large of expectations, but I am hoping for some form of flying pumpkin...(I thought about doing it myself, but I am not good at aerial targets)


Jaegoor wrote on Sep 25th, 2020 at 1:16pm:
Melone.

https://youtu.be/15p3CKnzKGo

I really liked this video when you posted it. I wonder, did the gland shape show any differences in damage?? It is hard to tell without having the melon in hand.


Title: Re: Pumpkin Challenge! (Prize included)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Sep 26th, 2020 at 1:38am
Awesome IG!† Great slinging!

All these entries are flying in.† It's great, but making me anxious.† Mine's going to be a little while yet.† It's going to take some time to do what I'm planning.† And basically hope that everything works out. :D

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