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Feb 11th, 2004 at 5:24am
 
Do you use any glove or other thing to protect your middle finger from getting peeled off when slinging?

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Reply #1 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 7:40am
 
I sew a leather sleave around my loop. I braid my slings out of sisal and it is a very course string. If I did not have leather on the loop, my finger would be hamburger meat!
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Reply #2 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 7:52am
 
If you are tossing many large stones, you might want to use a sling with a wrist loop instead of a finger loop.
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Reply #3 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 8:06am
 
Well, my middle finger is just recovering from an unfortunate slinging episode that turned it into hambuerguer meat.

Now I use a glove that my brother gave me. He works for a motor company and uses this kind of gloves to clean the outsides of the cars to remove all the dirt accumulated during the making of the car.

The glove is very tight and thin. It doesn't obstruct the handling of the sling.

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Reply #4 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 11:45am
 
Arrg, sounds nasty.  I've only experienced some abrasion on larger stones.   Use a wrist loop like dan mentioned in those cases.

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Reply #5 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 2:54pm
 
I use one of my gloves for sailing on my right hand--the leather just goes to the first knuckle and leaves the finger tips open. It works great. The hot glue coating I use one my loop even tears at the skin if I sling for too long. Duct tape around the finger works in a pinch also.
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Reply #6 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 3:06pm
 
Sailing gloves are a great solution. Why not permanently attach the sling to the glove!?   Grin
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Reply #7 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 3:16pm
 
I've never had problems with the loop causing any discomfort on my middle finger. I make it out of parachute cord and I sew it in place so it cannot constrict. When I first started making slings I had problems with the knot on the release cord tearing my fingers. Now I use a tab of folded leather to hold onto instead of a knot. Also, both cords of my sling are pinched between my thumb and pointer finger. The loop around my finger is more to keep the sling from flying out of my hand when I release rather than to anchor the weight of the projectile.
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Reply #8 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 3:18pm
 
I used the strip of the sticky bandage when I had that problem.

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Reply #9 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 3:30pm
 
Attach the sling to the glove? Its kind of hard on the fingers when you get your sling wound up in the winch and can't get the hand out  Roll Eyes
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Reply #10 - Feb 11th, 2004 at 4:06pm
 
I have had no problems (so far), maybe because my retaining loop is a bowline knot (non-slip) and I keep it fairly static rather than letting it glide around.  This can cause twisting of the two cables, but that is the only side-effect I know of.
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Reply #11 - Feb 12th, 2004 at 12:15am
 
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        You might like to try a toggle. There's very littel strain on the fingers, and you can let it go just by opening the hand. Works for me.



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Reply #12 - Feb 12th, 2004 at 3:42am
 
The toggle seems a good solution for the finger damage. So, you hold the retaining cord by the toggle? It seems to me that many times the sling will fly away with the stone when you let go.  Does it have a good grasp?

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Reply #13 - Feb 12th, 2004 at 10:25am
 
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        The way to use a toggle is to learn to release with the thumb only. This is not to difficult. You might release the whole sling once or twice, but after that it will become very natural. And you can always pratice with an empty sling till you get the feel of it. Just make sure that you make the toggle long enough to cross two fingers, and not so long as to hinder the thumb pinch of the release cord. You can view some toggles in the gallery. In use, the toggle is placed across the middle and ring fingers with the retension cord exiting between thoes fingers. and the fingers folded at the first joint, read here not a tight fist.
         I've always used a toggle and realy like it, never have problems of strain on the fingers. You will be suprised at the size rock that you can hurl with one without any pain.  8)
         Anyway good luck, Let me know if you try it.


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Reply #14 - Feb 12th, 2004 at 1:27pm
 
Ok, I understand. A very clear explanation. I'll try it and tell you about my experience. Thanks.

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