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Can atlatls throw stones?
Feb 12th, 2020 at 3:57pm
 
I think I remember seeing a documentary about ancient Egypt years ago and in one scene some boys placed a stone at the end of a stick and threw it at some birds.
Could this be correct? Can atlatls be used in this way?
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Reply #1 - Feb 12th, 2020 at 5:36pm
 
Like the dog fetch toys?
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Reply #2 - Feb 12th, 2020 at 7:44pm
 
Definitely would work
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Reply #3 - Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:32pm
 
a staff sling without a cord between the stick and pouch. Split the thicker end of a 4-5 foot stick and put a pouch between the fork you just made by splitting the thicker end. might work better (accuracy wise) than a staff sling  Wink
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Reply #4 - Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:56pm
 
You've got the idea walter! Cheesy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacrosse
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Reply #6 - Feb 13th, 2020 at 8:50am
 
I still haven't been able to get a good release from my staff sling (though it's been a while since I took it out). I can imagine this would be easier either as Joerg does it or with a cup.
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Re: Can atlatls throw stones?
Reply #7 - Feb 13th, 2020 at 5:01pm
 
Tomas wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 5:36pm:
Like the dog fetch toys?


That is actually a nice conceptualization of what I am thinking. A stick with a bowel.

Mersa wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 7:44pm:
Definitely would work

Has it ever been made though?
Haven't been able to find anything like it. And I mean both if it has ever been used by some ancient peoples, or even just as a modern day idea.

walter wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:32pm:
a staff sling without a cord between the stick and pouch.

joe_meadmaker wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:56pm:

Not likes this though. I mean a stick with a little bowel, almost like a spoon.
This concept sounds interesting though. Has it ever been utilized outside of sport?

NooneOfConsequence wrote on Feb 12th, 2020 at 11:04pm:

Not like this either. I am thinking something in the vein of a sling, where every kind of projectile can be picked up and thrown.
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Reply #8 - Feb 13th, 2020 at 5:43pm
 
I canít say I know of anything specific but itís surely been done and would definitely work.
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Reply #10 - Feb 14th, 2020 at 4:21pm
 
hadn't thought of the tennis ball throers as 'atlatl's.
But I guess they sort of are Smiley

I've thrown stones with one. Not easy and does take a lot of practice with timing, but works !

Like a staff sling, how and when you accelerate the thrower determines when the missile releases.

Thing is with dream's acceleration - it's just safer to stick with tennis balls.
You never know, one day he might accidentally run in the right direction !


Would be fairly easy to make one with automatically adjustable jaws - set to open via an elastic band.

But I have way too many projects already, so you'll have to make it yourselves whistle
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Reply #11 - Feb 15th, 2020 at 10:41pm
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Feb 14th, 2020 at 4:21pm:
Thing is with dream's acceleration - it's just safer to stick with tennis balls.
You never know, one day he might accidentally run in the right direction !

This made me laugh so hard. Grin
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Reply #12 - Feb 16th, 2020 at 4:21pm
 
Considering all these nice replies I guess that I should go ahead and make one. I am thinking a Y-stick with an extra piece of wood, so it forms a triangle. At least for a starter.
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