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Message started by Thearos on Jul 26th, 2017 at 6:23pm

Title: Roman reenactors try slinging (not great)
Post by Thearos on Jul 26th, 2017 at 6:23pm
http://arbsoc.org.uk/arbeia-journal/4588598107

Issue no. 3 (1994), some students of Roman military things / reenactors have a go at slinging. They try in during one session, and discover how hard it is.

Title: Re: Roman reenactors try slinging (not great)
Post by kicktheotter on Jul 27th, 2017 at 4:33am
Real interesting. Thanks for the link :)

Title: Re: Roman reenactors try slinging (not great)
Post by JudoP on Jul 27th, 2017 at 7:17am
Very interesting.

"...and it is recorded that on Ibiza modern trained slingers could hit a one metre square target at a range of 200m (Hubrecht 1964, 93)"

I wonder how many tries it would take to hit such a target though... (for me it would be hundreds most likely)

It seems that these sling researchers need to get in contact with someone from this forum to get a better picture of the power of the sling. It seems most keen amateurs can eventually achieve 200m or more with good stones, so professionals using lead glandes must be significantly further than this.

Also, I imagine they were using poorly constructed slings if they couldn't manage helicopter style without losing stones.

Title: Re: Roman reenactors try slinging (not great)
Post by Morphy on Jul 27th, 2017 at 7:52am
That reminds me of other tests Ive seen where practicality is usually not high on the list of requirments. I imagine 1 or 2 hits out of several hundred would have still been considered a success. If nothing else it shows what is possible.

Title: Re: Roman reenactors try slinging (not great)
Post by Parmenion on Jul 27th, 2017 at 9:39am
read the journal number 8
paragraph "CAESAR, THE NERVII, AND TESTING HEATED
SLING SHOT by Birgitta Hoffmann"
page 133(pdf page 143)
interesting stuff

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