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ancient non-military uses for the sling
Jan 22nd, 2005 at 2:59pm
 
I'm looking for any ancient Near eastern culture non-military uses for the sling.
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Reply #1 - Jan 25th, 2005 at 8:46am
 
People in tibet used it.  What exactly are you looking for?
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Reply #2 - Jan 25th, 2005 at 1:13pm
 
what about the sheperds  useing them  to protect the flock
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Reply #3 - Mar 12th, 2005 at 9:15am
 
People all over the world used the sling in that capacity, in Tibet, Peru/Ecuador/Bolivia, ancient near east, and so on.
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Reply #4 - Jun 2nd, 2005 at 7:36am
 
SOme sheepherds also used the sling instead of a sheep dog, theyd simply drop a stone close too the animasl to round them up
  Mustve tkaen a lot of skill though
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Reply #5 - Jun 2nd, 2005 at 11:55am
 
i would of used the sling and the sheep dog personaly.  Smiley
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Reply #6 - Jun 2nd, 2005 at 3:02pm
 
Togetehr youd be nearly unbeateable i nany fights a sheepherd could get in"
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Reply #7 - Jun 2nd, 2005 at 3:12pm
 
I guess they also hunted with the sling, may be just smal animals but may be even bigger game.

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Reply #8 - Jun 2nd, 2005 at 10:46pm
 
Check out
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.  The Mescalero Apache gentleman he learned the sling from, told Forsyth that his people used slings for hunting game as well as warfare.  They'd take down deer with a sling.
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Reply #9 - Jun 6th, 2005 at 9:35am
 
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Reply #10 - Jun 24th, 2005 at 8:01am
 
Here in Spain a few old shepards still using the sling to drive the flock, specially at the mountains where it's hard to climb up and down to get close to the sheeps, they use it  along with dogs. fiveteen years ago i met 2 shepards at Sierranevada range (over10.000' height)
They were driving a flock of 3.000 sheeps with 5 dogs and  their slings.
Shepards here also do some stealth hunting  while going with the flock, but they use their sheep stick/cane as a rabitt stick for getting some rabbits hares  partridges etc.
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Reply #11 - Jun 26th, 2005 at 1:54pm
 
Can you imagine how good one of those guys would be with a sling....makes me drool just thinkin about it. In the Bible didnt David mention protecting his flock from a lion or bear with a sling? Maybe even killed them with it I'd have to look it up. I suppose if you've been using a sling day in and day out since the time you were just a small kid your accuracy would be so good and your arm so strong you might kill a bear or lion with a sling. Though if you didnt kill them on the first shot you better be a fast runner.
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Reply #12 - Jun 26th, 2005 at 2:13pm
 
By the way does anyone here use the slinging technique described by L.W. Forsyth in the Apache sling article? I tried it the other night and nearly tore a muscle. If anyone has any advice on it, I'd appreciate it.
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Reply #13 - Jun 29th, 2005 at 1:47pm
 
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Can you imagine how good one of those guys would be with a sling....


While i was talking with this two shepards  about accuracy with the sling  2 mountaineers came in sight more than a hundred yards away,  one of the shepards said he was able to shot down  one of them  with the 1st stone....   Shocked
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Reply #14 - Jun 29th, 2005 at 1:59pm
 
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...In the Bible didnt David mention protecting his flock from a lion or bear with a sling? ... I suppose if you've been using a sling day in and day out since the time you were just a small kid your accuracy would be so good and your arm so strong you might kill a bear or lion with a sling. Though if you didnt kill them on the first shot you better be a fast runner.


Here there are only a few animals to protect the flock from... some feral dogs and may be some fox...  no wolves here...,
usually the shepard dogs fight back any other dogs or foxen, shepards also should use their slings to scary away dangerous animals, also their shepard canes if the animal is close enough.
Their slings had tapered fluffy release cord ends wich make a loud crack! sound  like a whip does... animals know what this sound means... (a slinged stone on the way....  Grin ) so they better run away before any stone can reach them.
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