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Atlatl + Sling Combo?
Feb 1st, 2010 at 10:23pm
 
I recently showed a buddy the atlatl, and when in the wood shop today he just started making one. (Art students, hooray)

When we were walking back he asked me what if we attached my sling to the end of the atlatl. I was certain it would work, and I KNEW we weren't the first to think of this. It would work sort of like a treubchet. There's gotta be a name for this, any insight?
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Reply #1 - Feb 1st, 2010 at 10:49pm
 
basically, it would be a short staff sling, right?
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Reply #2 - Feb 1st, 2010 at 11:05pm
 
Yep short staff sling. They do work.
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Reply #3 - Feb 1st, 2010 at 11:59pm
 
Paleoarts wrote on Feb 1st, 2010 at 10:49pm:
basically, it would be a short staff sling, right?


Ah, so that's what a staff sling is. I thought it sounded familiar.
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Reply #4 - Feb 2nd, 2010 at 6:43am
 

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Reply #5 - Feb 2nd, 2010 at 11:20pm
 
SirBrittanicvs wrote on Feb 1st, 2010 at 10:23pm:
I recently showed a buddy the atlatl, and when in the wood shop today he just started making one. (Art students, hooray)

When we were walking back he asked me what if we attached my sling to the end of the atlatl. I was certain it would work, and I KNEW we weren't the first to think of this. It would work sort of like a treubchet. There's gotta be a name for this, any insight?


I went through this myself and i'm sure there are some slingers that will disagree, but sometimes a cross between two useful items isn't quite as good or useful as the originals. The atlatl is a great dart thrower and the sling was created for throwing rocks. The hybrid you are describing just complicates the sling and turns an atlatl into a mere handle. Just my op. You should try it out for yourself.

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Reply #6 - Feb 3rd, 2010 at 8:34am
 
Staff sling! I kinda like using them, but not as much as normal slings.
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Reply #7 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 3:42pm
 
I have heard that you can throw an atlatl dart with just a sling. Holding both cords tight in your hand and placing the dart in the pouch then throw like an atlatl. I never tried it, but can see it working. I don't think you would get as good of results as an atlatl.
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Reply #8 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 7:15pm
 
Hmmm... I don't think that would work very well, you can't push with a rope. I'll have to try it though.
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Reply #9 - Feb 4th, 2010 at 8:24pm
 
It wouldn't be pushing. When done properly the rope pulls the atlatl. I've had some experience with this as an alternative to trying to figure out how to make a cestrosphendone. It works the same way as a french arrow, but you don't have to bother with making a notch in the dart. I could hit within a foot of my intended target within an hour at any range, so think stationary pig hunting.
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Pikåru wrote on Nov 19th, 2013 at 6:59pm:
Massi - WTF? It's called a sling. You use it to throw rocks farther and faster than you could otherwise. That's all. 
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