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walter
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Dec 8th, 2012 at 10:45pm
 
found this in the garage.  made it in1986. Huh This sling actually throws good. Real good Smiley What's your first sling look like? when did you make it and how does it throw?
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Reply #1 - Dec 8th, 2012 at 10:49pm
 
Same sling
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Reply #2 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 12:33am
 
Wow! Prehistoric sling from 1986!!!  (inspired by http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s02e18-prehistoric-ice-man ).

My first sling was made from slingle piece of rope (3 strand pouch, see Malik Lund's tutorial, but I used single image of pouch knots found elsewhere) -- just four knots...  It was not very good, so I reused the piece of rope in other sling, something like Jeffrey's 5 strand.
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Reply #3 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 3:42am
 
My first sling was one of these my that brother made for me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APExNLO1oHY
but it was to small and didn't hold rocks very well.
Anyway, I forgot about it when I got my Aussie pouch  Cheesy After that I started experimenting with lots of different slings. My first successful sling I made myself was a simple sling made from some old jeans, which worked quite well in the beginning, after a while it tore up.

Aha, found an old, really bad, picture of it.
These were the first slings I made.

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they are all long lost and gone, except the immortal aussie pouch  Cheesy
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Reply #4 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 6:39am
 
My first sling was totally made up of florescent pink nylon mason line and was a pretty hideous first attempt.  The braiding is loose, it's too short (even for my ten year old), and has a split pouch about 2 1/2" Long!  LOL.  I'll post a pic of it later (if I remember) so that everyone can cringe right along with me!   Grin
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Reply #5 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 7:53am
 
I started out just tying cords to a rectangular denim pouch but they'd tear after a few shots. Then I reinforced the pouch with duct tape and I was set. I used the same sling for probably almost the entire first year of slinging, and I just added another layer of duct tape when it started wearing down. Then I added a split down the center of the pouch so I could hold larger ammo too.

I'll get a picture of it up soon.
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Reply #6 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 9:00am
 
Wev'e got some pretty good therapy going on Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #7 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 9:53am
 
Here's my first sling, and still one of my favorites. She's seen better days, but throws like a champ nonetheless. I thought I lost her for several months, but she came back to me  Cheesy Walter, I think you and used the same type of cord.
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Reply #8 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 10:06am
 
benkolmer wrote on Dec 9th, 2012 at 9:53am:
Here's my first sling, and still one of my favorites. She's seen better days, but throws like a champ nonetheless. I thought I lost her for several months, but she came back to me  Cheesy Walter, I think you and used the same type of cord.


yes we did. we even made the same type of sling, but you didn't better job with the cord and pouch attachment and finger loop Cool
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Reply #9 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 10:31am
 
   Like monoid, all of my first few slings were Appu-slings per Malik Lund's tutorial.  For the first four months of my slinging career that's all I used.  I made them from bootlaces.  They were simple, cheap, easy to make, and filled the bill for a while.  I don't have any pictures.  Next I made a couple of Rockmans, but the cotton I used was too thick so they were very cumbersome.  I still have them somewhere... they even have names: Craig and Greg.  After that I made a sisal Rockman that was my first "good" sling.  It was also the first sling that I got a bull whip crack with.   The rest is history.
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Reply #10 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 12:25pm
 
I'm another one that used an Appu as my first sling, I set it up to use tennis balls.  That was probably one of my smarter moves, I bounced a tennis ball off the windshield of my truck the first time I tried throwing.
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Reply #11 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 5:02pm
 
Top, middle, is probably my first sling. (The 70's)

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Reply #12 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 5:34pm
 
Here's mine, used to have boot laces but the pouch is what's left...
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Reply #13 - Dec 9th, 2012 at 6:59pm
 
Seems like this is a pretty common pouch shape for our first sling. Also boot laces seem to be a shared trait.
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Reply #14 - Dec 10th, 2012 at 8:55am
 
Here's my first sling. Sorry it's so blurry. I tried some editing stuff on it which helped some but I'm not really working with a hi def camera.  Smiley

Again, duct tape and denim pouch and the cords are salvaged from old curtains. It's about 22" long.


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