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Re: Xenophon and Rhodian Slingers: Analysis and Attempting reconstruction?
Reply #15 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 9:59am
 
I have used gut as a bow string.  It was small intestine from a whitetail deer. 

Slit it lengthwise.  It will be in layers with a fatty layer in between each, peel them apart and scrape the fat off them.  Hang them somewhere with a weight.  When dry, and that depends on humidity, but is only a couple of hours in sunlight with a breeze, twist it before bringing it down.

It is hard and stays stiff but will soften up in the area where the bowman's knots are tied.  It is not as flexible as a sinew string but is not as stiff as rawhide

If you have dogs, they love it and will chew on it every time you turn your back on them.  And they will destroy the tip of the bow while they are at it.   Sad
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Re: Xenophon and Rhodian Slingers: Analysis and Attempting reconstruction?
Reply #16 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 10:40am
 
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This is my preferred method for gut. Rawhide production is similar. My one attempt with wet sinew was not successful. I always reverse twisted it dry after that. I've heard it's possible and faster to twist up wet. No idea if that's true or not.



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Re: Xenophon and Rhodian Slingers: Analysis and Attempting reconstruction?
Reply #17 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 12:31pm
 
The whole sling
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Re: Xenophon and Rhodian Slingers: Analysis and Attempting reconstruction?
Reply #18 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 12:32pm
 
The pouch
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Re: Xenophon and Rhodian Slingers: Analysis and Attempting reconstruction?
Reply #19 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 12:32pm
 
The nick
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Reply #20 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 1:31pm
 
Alhough the nick is clearly visible, it did not break there...
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Re: Xenophon and Rhodian Slingers: Analysis and Attempting reconstruction?
Reply #21 - Jul 27th, 2018 at 9:18am
 
Wow, that looks great! Impressed with the range! I think most translation state that the slingers ranged twice as far as the Persians. If I remember correctly, that would put the range of the Rhodians at about 400m.
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Reply #22 - Jul 28th, 2018 at 6:13am
 
but the Rhodian slings were braided or plaited
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Re: Xenophon and Rhodian Slingers: Analysis and Attempting reconstruction?
Reply #23 - Jul 28th, 2018 at 1:21pm
 
Oh man I love this story, I think I remember Xenophon being an idiot and sending his light armored infantry to pursue Persian skirmishers. Roll Eyes

Oh I died a little on the inside! Grin
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