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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

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My final hour is at hand. We face an enemy more numerous and cunning than the world has yet seen. Remember your training, and do not fear the hordes of Judas. I, without sin, shall cast the first stone. That will be your sign to attack! But you shall not fight this unholy enemy with stones. No! RAZOR GLANDES! Aim for the eyes! May the Lord have mercy, for we shall show none! -Jesus the Noodler
 
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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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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 cant say I know of anything specific but its surely been done and would definitely work.
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Reply #9 - Feb 13th, 2020 at 9:11pm
 
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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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Reply #13 - Feb 25th, 2020 at 1:04pm
 
I am sure, Atlatl is first thrown stones. Then only the spears.
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Reply #14 - Feb 25th, 2020 at 10:35pm
 
Kick wrote on 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.


Try adjusting the length of your release cord.  It changes the angle your pouch hangs at consequently changing your release point.  Don't give up. Staff slings are great.
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