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Although there is plenty of information online, you might want to consult some more formal sources. Below is a list of books that can aid your research. If you know of, or have found any new resources that are not listed here, please email me at so I can add it to the list.

  • Avery, Michael. "Stone and Fire at Hillfort Entrances of Southern Britian." World Archaeology, Vol 18, No. 2, Weaponry and Warfare, p216-230. October 1986.
  • Ballard, Lynn P.  "Making and Using the Venerable Hand Sling." In, Mother Earth News: p. 148-149. May/June 1985.
  • Ballou, James. "How to Make Twine and Braids." Wilderness Way Magazine: Volume 10, Issue 1 (Spring), p. 28-30.
  • Blackmore, Howard. "Hunting Weapons." Walker & Company, New York, 1971.
  • Blaiklock, Edward M. "The New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology." Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1983.
  • Byers, Gary A. "To Sling or Not to Sling/Ekron." Bible and Spade - The Associates for Biblical Research, Walkersville, Maryland. Winter 1998.
  • Cahlander, Adele.  "Sling Braiding of the Andes." Weaver's Journal Monograph IV.  Colorado Fiber Center, Boulder. 1980.
  • Campbell, Paul.  "The Chumash Sling." The Bulletin of Primitive Technology. Fall 1996.
  • Deem, Ariella. "...And the Stone Sank into his Forehead. A note on 1 Samuel XVII 49." Vetus Testamentum, Vol 28, Fasc. 3, p349-351. July 1978.
  • Edge-Partinton, J. "Hawaiian Squid-Hook Sinkers and Sling Stones." Man, Vol 17, p79-80. May 1917.
  • Foss, Clive. "Greek Sling Bullets in Oxford." Archaeological Reports, 21, 40-44. 1974.
  • Foss, Clive. "A Bullet of Tissaphernes." The Journal of Hellenic Studies, 95, 25-30. 1975.
  • Greep, S.J. "Lead Sling-Shot from Windridge Farm, St. Albans and the Use of the Sling by the Roman Army in Britain." Britannia, 18, 183-200. 1987.
  • Harding, David. (Ed.) "Weapons: An International Encyclopedia From 5000 B.C. to 2000 A.D." New York: St. Martin's Press. 1980.
  • Harrison, Chris. "The Sling in Medieval Europe." The Bulletin of Primitive Technology, Vol. 31, Spring 2006.
  • Hawkins, Walter  "Observations on the Use of the Sling, as a Warlike Weapon Among the Ancients". Printed by J.B. Nichols and Son. p. 14. London. 1847. 
  • Heizer, Robert F. and Irmgard W. Johnson.  "A Prehistoric Sling from Lovelock Cave, Nevada". American Antiquity 18(2): 139-147. October 1952.
  • Korfmann, Manfred.  "The Sling as a weapon" Scientific American 229(4): p. 34-42. October 1973.
  • Kuttab, Daoud. "A Profile off the Stonethrowers." Journal of Palestine Studies. Vol 17, No. 3, p14-23. Spring 1988.
  • Lindblom, K.G. "The Sling, Especially in Africa" p. 11, 35. Stockholm, 1940.
  • Meddelonden, Smärre. "The Sling, Especially in Africa, Additional Notes to a Previous Paper," Nr. 17, Stockholm: Statens Ethnografiska Museum, 1940.
  • Mixter, John R. "Man’s first long-range missile weapon." Military History, 18:3, August 2001.
  • Moir, J. Reed. "A remarkable Object From Beneath the Red Crag." Man, Vol 29, p62-65, April 1929.
  • Owen, Rodrick  "Braids: 250 patterns from Japan, Peru, and Beyond." Interweave Press.  Loveland, Colorado. 1995.
  • Richardson, Thom. "Ballistic Testing of Historical Weapons," Royal Armouries Yearbook 3, p. 50. 1998.
  • Rorebeck, Scott. "Adventures with a Sling" The Backwoodsman Magazine: p. 57-60. March/April 2003.
  • Savage, Cliff.  "The Sling for Sport and Survival." Breakout Productions.  Port Townsend, Washington. 1999.
  • Schwartz, Max.  "Machines, Buildings and Weaponry of Biblical Times." Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, 1990.
  • Sellers, Ovid R. "Sling Stones of Biblical Times." The Biblical Archaeologist, Vol. 2, No. 4, p41-45, December 1939.
  • Stoddard, Scott. "Ancient/Modern Weapon: The Sling." American Survival Guide: p. 58-59, May 1988.
  • Tada, Makiko. "Comprehensive Treatise of Braids II: Andean Braids."
  • Van Driel-Murray, C. "Roman Military Equipment: The Sources of Evidence" Proceedings of the Fifth Roman Military Equipment Conference, BAR International Series 476, p. 1-11. Oxford. 1989.
  • Vindolanda Research Reports, New Series Volume IV. ISBN: 1 873136 46 3. pg.12
  • Vutiropulos, Nikos. "The sling in the Aegean Bronze Age." Antiquity, 65, 279-286. 1991.
  • Zorn, E. "Sling Braiding in Macusani Area of Peru." Textile Museum Journal, p. 19, 20, 41-54, 1980-1981.

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Slings are dangerous weapons; exercise caution at all times. is not liable for damages. Sling at your own risk!