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Howdy from Texas!
Apr 8th, 2018 at 11:18am
 
Hello all!
Iíve been checking in here for years and decided I should actually join the conversation instead of anonymously stalking the forums. Iím a robotics engineer by day and I get enough high tech interaction at my job that itís nice to come home sometimes and chuck rocks (or tennis balls) to unwind from a long day.

Most of my slinging practice is with a tennis ball in my too-small yard, because my dog brings the ammo back to me as long as I donít throw it over the fence Smiley
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Reply #1 - Apr 8th, 2018 at 12:57pm
 
Welcome from Finland!
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Reply #2 - Apr 8th, 2018 at 3:19pm
 
Welcome Smiley Maybe you would share a pic of your sling s. Always interesting to see what other slingers are using.
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Reply #3 - Apr 8th, 2018 at 6:40pm
 
Welcome! and... cool job! I'm halfway through MSc in robotics- I'm sure we would find a fair bit to talk about  Smiley
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Reply #4 - Apr 8th, 2018 at 9:57pm
 
Sure Judo, Iíd be happy to talk shop on robotics some time.

@walter... I have maybe a half dozen paracord or leather slings around the house right now. Iíll try to post some photos after I get my kiddos to bed if I donít fall asleep before they do Smiley
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Reply #5 - Apr 8th, 2018 at 11:08pm
 
Photo attached of three of my tennis ball slings. The paracord sling is actually a dog leash with a split pouch sling built in. Itís actually a bit small for tennis balls, but works well with rocks.

The dark leather one is a basic symmetrical pouch sling with a leather round braid cord on the finger loop side and an untwisted 2-strand loop on the trigger side. The cords attach on either side to quick-change hooks made from hardened and tempered bailing wire. I also used a cheap-o $99 laser engraver to put a custom hurricane shield logo on the pouch.

The lighter leather sling on bottom is very similar to the dark one but with fewer details worked in.† It has a 2-strand twisted leather cord on both sides, a wrist loop instead of a finger loop, and the etched shield has mostly faded from wear. I wear that one around my neck most days in case thereís an opportunity to do some throwing wherever I might be.
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Reply #6 - Apr 8th, 2018 at 11:24pm
 
... and a few detail shots of the quick change hooks, etched shield symbol and finger loop on the dark leather sling from the photo above.
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Reply #7 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 5:40am
 
Interesting. I haven't seen hooks like that used.
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Reply #8 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 12:28pm
 
Thatís because itís my own design  Grin
Iím not sure the hooks are really any better than just using a knot, but it doesnít seem to hurt either. Eventually I plan to run some experiments to see how adding a little mass at that spot affects the pouch release... just another thing to do in my copious free time.
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Reply #9 - Apr 9th, 2018 at 12:38pm
 
Love the way you attach that 6-hole pouch.
The weight of the hooks will work like my big knots and open the pouch to avoid hitting the retention cord.

Those little laser engravers are fun - but limited I've got a 30x40cm one currently on it's way from hong kong.

I'll use lighter coloured leather and be able to engrave the entire pouch in one go Smiley

Cool stuff Smiley
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