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Jan 18th, 2018 at 12:57pm
 
Hi everyone!
Finally got around to making an account here!
Slinging isn't in my blood, given that I come from one of the cultures that never really developed slinging(hint hint: chopsticks), but it's certainly a wonderful exercise to connect with ancient history!
I've gotten several slings from fellow forum members, and made 2 attempts making them myself(abysmal failures), and I've only slung a grand total of 2 stones before, but I hope to get better!
Eager to learn more!
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Reply #1 - Jan 18th, 2018 at 1:18pm
 
Welcome from Finland! Don't give up on making slings. I've found if you have a lot of slings made, you can bury the early bad ones at the bottom of the pile Cheesy
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Reply #2 - Jan 18th, 2018 at 3:06pm
 
Hello and welcome from the uk!

Have a look round the forum for good designs- My 4th sling was my first one that actually worked, but I've made 30-40 since that are generally improved from that stage!

If you lack equipment you can make a reasonably effective braided split pouch with 100% just twine. Options increase if you get leather, a hole punch, sewing equipment etc

Tutorial for basic split pouch:
http://www.slinging.org/articleimages/20/19.htm

Note: I'd recommend 5-6m for a decent length sling not 3m. Maybe it's a matter of how tight you braid but I'd struggle to reach 20'' with 3m cord, which is very short for a sling.
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Reply #3 - Jan 18th, 2018 at 5:08pm
 
Welcome from downunder
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Reply #4 - Jan 19th, 2018 at 7:12am
 
Thanks everyone! I'll keep trying!
I bet it's definitely rewarding when one uses a sling they made themselves!
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Reply #5 - Jan 19th, 2018 at 8:44am
 
Welcome from Texas! It is very rewarding to use ones own sling. We have some real master sling makers here but there's nothing quite like using your own.
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Reply #6 - Jan 20th, 2018 at 2:08pm
 
Hello from Alabama. 

Seeing as how slinging is pretty much a human thing, I'll bet if you go back far enough, you'll find some slingers in your ancestors past, somewhere.

I might have been for hunting, herding animals, war or just to throw a rock a long way but the chances are pretty good that somewhere back there, there are some slingers.
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Reply #7 - Jan 21st, 2018 at 1:34am
 
Morphy wrote on Jan 19th, 2018 at 8:44am:
We have some real master sling makers here but there's nothing quite like using your own.

Amen to that!

Bill Skinner wrote on Jan 20th, 2018 at 2:08pm:
Seeing as how slinging is pretty much a human thing, I'll bet if you go back far enough, you'll find some slingers in your ancestors past, somewhere.

I bet someone figured out how to sling snowballs with a blanket or something.
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