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Reply #5985 - Jul 15th, 2020 at 3:37am
 
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1. Dyneema Mersa Sling (Keyring/EDC Edition)
2. Dyneema Mersa Sling (Model 001)
3. Kangaroo Leather 6 Braid with Rabbit Foot Handle and Fur Pouch
4. Cotton Sling By Morphy
5. Hemp Sling By Hubert
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Reply #5986 - Jul 15th, 2020 at 3:47am
 
Damn those are nice looking slings!
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Reply #5987 - Jul 15th, 2020 at 4:17am
 
Yeah they’re pretty nice, still need to add a Balaeric Sling to the collection, and waiting on a 2019 Sith arrival from CA.

Love the patina on my MERSA
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Reply #5988 - Jul 15th, 2020 at 7:37am
 
Those are freaking beautiful.
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Reply #5989 - Jul 15th, 2020 at 9:27pm
 
That's a sick Peruvian.
I always admired those slings but never commited to the 16 and 24 strand braids. Let alone the weaving!!!!
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Reply #5990 - Jul 15th, 2020 at 10:46pm
 
Beautiful stuff being posted.  I think every time someone posts a picture of a sling, my first thought is, "I want one of those!". Cheesy
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Reply #5991 - Jul 18th, 2020 at 10:55pm
 
Wow! Mine pale in comparison.

I finally brought my first sling up to the standard of the second, replacing the tiny cupped pouch with a much bigger, not-so-cupped pouch.

As you can see, I had a nice selection of river rocks to practice with.
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Reply #5992 - Jul 19th, 2020 at 5:22am
 
Nice. What grip style do you use?
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Reply #5993 - Jul 20th, 2020 at 11:10am
 
Made a really simple sling out of willow bark. 2 ply, 3 strand pouch and weaved it with strips. It slings really well for how quick you can make one, it took about 50 minutes. I am confident it can take down a pheasant. The only tool one would need to make it is an edged/sharp stone for removing the outer bark and cutting the strips. The cordage is stronger than I thought. I have thrown about 50 times with it and it is still holding up well. It is my first try at one, the next one is going to be more refined but first I want to sling this one till it breaks to see how much it can handle.
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Reply #5994 - Jul 20th, 2020 at 7:44pm
 
Pretty cool, jauke  Cool
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Reply #5995 - Jul 20th, 2020 at 10:01pm
 
Some great slings here.

Jauke, that willow sling certainly has that 'survival' look to it!
Have you tried flat braids with the willow?
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Reply #5996 - Jul 21st, 2020 at 1:55am
 
I love the historic reconstitution Smiley
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Reply #5997 - Jul 21st, 2020 at 2:55am
 
Refurbished my willow sling into something slightly better

@wots nope
@tombelaine me too.
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Reply #5998 - Jul 21st, 2020 at 7:17am
 
I've slung quite  a bit more with it, throwing heavy angular stones to test how it holds up. It is doing very well for what it is. I like it more than my rather poor nettle sling and it only took a fraction of the effort. In fact I think I will eventually settle to only using traditional slings made from the field because my primary reason for the sling is as a tool for primitive survival. I've decided that getting good at competition throwing; ''sling as a sport'' is no longer relevant for me

So far it was a very useful experiment. This type of sling can be constructed even quicker than an atlatl. It works best with quite heavy rocks, at least 150g+
I am more accurate with it than with an atlatl, throwing stick or hand-spear throw. Another benefit is that the bark comes from a stick that is perfect length and thickness for a spear.
So you get a free stave/spear with it.  Using it together with the sling gives an extremely satisfying feeling.

I think I will settle for learning to use the spear+sling (and knife) combo as my main weapons for primitive survival. These two complement each other really well and can both be made with very little effort, and provide other uses than just killing too, slings as cords/belts/carrier and the spear as a walking aid.
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Reply #5999 - Jul 21st, 2020 at 8:00am
 
I love the look of traditional materials but I can’t get over the performance of modern materials.
Very nice to have the skills to make that from next to nothing, it’s satisfying learning skills from the past.
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