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Reply #15 - Feb 17th, 2010 at 8:49pm
 
Interesting conversation,but where did he go?
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Reply #16 - Feb 17th, 2010 at 11:25pm
 
We just had a bad spammer, so I think he was an unexpected casualty. Funny name+low post count=banned
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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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Reply #17 - Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:36am
 
i gotta agree with David. having turned multiple people on to the sling, i can say with some degree of accuracy that it doesn't take much training to get people to hurl in a general direction, a couple of hours at most. now, to hit individual targets? that depends on the person, but i think with intense training and practice, a couple of weeks at most.
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Reply #18 - Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:24pm
 
Rat Man wrote on Feb 17th, 2010 at 6:38pm:
I agree very much, Jaegoor.  Last summer some of my neighbors observed a friend and I using a staff sling.  They were very interested and wanted to try it.  Though neither of them had ever used any kind of sling before, their first shots each were pretty good, blasting off into the woods.  If you gave your 50 young healthy males staff slings you'd be way ahead of the game.


I know it's been discussed before but it amazes me that staff slingers don't appear to have been used much in open warfare. A company of staffslingers could stand quite close together and operating as two man teams, with a slinger and a loader, could deliver deadly and rapid fire, and all with minimal training time.
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Reply #19 - Feb 18th, 2010 at 7:45pm
 
Aussie wrote on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:24pm:
Rat Man wrote on Feb 17th, 2010 at 6:38pm:
I agree very much, Jaegoor.  Last summer some of my neighbors observed a friend and I using a staff sling.  They were very interested and wanted to try it.  Though neither of them had ever used any kind of sling before, their first shots each were pretty good, blasting off into the woods.  If you gave your 50 young healthy males staff slings you'd be way ahead of the game.


I know it's been discussed before but it amazes me that staff slingers don't appear to have been used much in open warfare. A company of staffslingers could stand quite close together and operating as two man teams, with a slinger and a loader, could deliver deadly and rapid fire, and all with minimal training time.


Also agreed. Staff slings are easy-peasy and you can throw ludicrously large weights.

They seem to feature in Medieval sieges but not in formal armies, presumably other weapons/users were better and available for the same cost.

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Reply #20 - Feb 19th, 2010 at 12:30am
 
Clearly the training required is a major problem for this weapon system.

What I am looking for is people that can throw a reasonable stone 100 yards and have a good chance of hitting someone. I noticed some interesting forum topic on this subject quoting about a 22% hit rate.

My medieval captain has 50 pupils.

I look at the poll, on the first day he has 2 people that can make the distance.
By the week's end, he has 13 people.
By the end of the month he has 22 people.

So he sacks the failures and takes another batch of trainees and starts again. By the end of three months, he would have his 50 slingers. The captain would be probably more efficient than that as some he would probably sack immediately.







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Reply #22 - Feb 19th, 2010 at 8:13am
 
Thearos wrote on Feb 19th, 2010 at 7:15am:


Nice staff sling shot... and Atlatl throw Shocked
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Reply #23 - Feb 19th, 2010 at 8:14am
 
Tell that to the guy who gets hit with the thing. But the size of stone v. accurate. Did Mesoamericans use staff slings ? Alas, the slinger later in the scene actually lets go of the sling.
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