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Reply #45 - Jan 31st, 2004 at 12:39pm
 
Re the demoralizing buzz, .....yep, there's a lot to that.   I went to Jr. HighSchool in tuff town & for fun over lunch a cuple gangs would square off at opposite ends of the football practice field & throw rocks at each other.   Anyway, I had small sling even then & a lucky shot w a rough "buzzy" stone over the top of a charge from the other end would break up the charge instantly.    Kids knew how to have fun then, huh?   That was a long time ago.  A wonder none of us ever got killed!    mgreenfield
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Reply #46 - Jan 31st, 2004 at 7:48pm
 
While I agree that the noise can be demoralizing (I've heard them whip past my head many times), I do believe the sling was an effective weapon as well.  For example, the romans developed tongs to remove slingstones from wounded soldiers.  I'm confident that a sling in the right hands with the right ammo could be very deadly. 

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Reply #47 - Feb 1st, 2004 at 11:03am
 
I tested my pink concrete ammo today, but with my first hit, the ammo smasch into hunderds of pieces... So itīs more for long shots like my daughter slinged. They landed soft in the snow. And was pretty easy to find.

Stones work so far best for me.

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May the stones go your way&&&&//Ulrica
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Reply #48 - Feb 1st, 2004 at 7:22pm
 
Urlica,

I'm sorry about your pink ammo Sad It was so... so... beatiful Cry Wink

Last Saturday I tested the plaster-sand-balls. I fit a proportion of the sand and plaster and water this way that I was able to form the balls by the hands, without the molds. They hardened very quickly and were dense enough. I used minimum of the plaster, only for getting the good cohesion. They flew like a quite good stones, but some smashed up durring the release. Getting the good proportion require some tries but it is pretty quick and cheap way.

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In the shape, structure and position of each stone, there is recorded a small piece of history. So, slinging them, we add a bit of our history to them.
 
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