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Message started by Kick on Jul 11th, 2021 at 1:57am

Title: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Kick on Jul 11th, 2021 at 1:57am
New episode up! We look at the history of the sling in conflict which is arguably the history of humanity itself. You listen to it here:
https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-vk5gj-1076156

On YouTube here: https://youtu.be/HLgQKhQA0RY

And we'll have a blog post up soon with extra info on the website CatchThisPodcast.com.

Enjoy!

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Mersa on Jul 11th, 2021 at 3:09am
Up on Apple for all the iPhone users too

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Hirtius on Jul 11th, 2021 at 9:06pm
Sorry guys, but I'm gonna dump some probably unwanted advice. First thing I gotta say is I love listening to you guys and I'm so glad that you are doing this. The things I am about to discuss are not meant to bring you down, but hopefully to help improve some stuff for the future. And maybe a few nitpicks (sorry). I might come off as a little harsh, but it's meant with love. I will point out that these are just my opinions and suggestions, don't feel too pressured to take the advice. This is your podcast, you should do it the way you feel is best.

You guys have an issue with history. I think your presentation of it is a little confusing, some of the history you discuss might not have been researched the best, and you leave out an unholy amount of information. All of these issues kind of tie in together, but I'll address them one at a time.

First there were some details that I really liked. I was surprised at the discussion of the battle of Uhud, that was a very good detail and I think was described well enough (as far as I know about it). I think different sources will give different weapons for the one that wounded Muhammad, but I think the sling interpretation is the best and the one I would go with (I might be biased). Another thing that surprised me was Cook's notes on slings, and how it was clear it was an object that he had encountered before. This was new to me, and I thought it was amazing that you actually found the reference in the primary source.

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Now to the not so great. First is the presentation. I like that you do it in chronological order, but the way you present the topic is jumpy. You guys jump centuries and thousands of miles with each mention. It doesn't really create a great sense of continuity or how widespread it is. I understand this was an introductory and covered the whole world, but I think anything you do in the future should better connect each instance you are discussing. My suggestion for future historical episodes would be to break it up by region. There are multiple ways you could do it, but Europe, Asia (Would largely be focused on West Asia. East Asia and South Asia have sources but might not be enough to have their own episode) Africa, North America, South America, and Oceania. Again, you could organize them differently. I'll get to it in a paragraph or two, but there is enough information out there to do that. The last thing I'll mention for this is that I wouldn't separate conflict, hunting, etc. in any historical episodes. It's all connected.

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My second issue is kind of nitpicky, but sometimes it feels you didn't research the best. For example, I think Kick talking about Najera said it was between the English and the French. Not quite. I think whenever you are discussing a historical group using it, make sure to know who it was that was using it. I'm sure you have notes, make sure that stuff is in it. You also said that you could find nothing about there being slingers at Najera except for in the picture. There are actually a few references.

(Scroll to bottom of the page, this was a source I found from a thread here on slinging.org)

http://books.google.com/books?id=tSBEAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA372&lpg=PA372&dq=froissart+slings+chandos&source=bl&ots=QxKjmJcCay&sig=mmI4DiGNLsMtrX-c3Za0481i4YA&hl=en&ei=yrpaTqKAKcin8QOQzZWUDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false


(I found this one through google, take some of it with a grain of salt since the guy is not a slinger)

http://warfare.gq/WRG/Middle_Ages_1-89-Castillian_Slinger.htm

The point being that there is a lot more information out there. If you can't find any or even if you think there is nothing there, it's worth asking the community or seeing if it has already been discussed.

This is pretty much irrelevant, but I think the name Vegetius in Classical Latin would be Weh-geh-tee-oos (I don't speak latin, someone correct me if I'm wrong). Not sure when the v sound switched in Vulgar Latin, but it might have been around the 5th century when he lived. I don't know how we should say it in English, maybe just Veh-geh-tee-us (the g is still a hard g). It probably doesn't matter.

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The third issue is probably the biggest, and that is missed information. Although there is no way of knowing that you are even missing something, it might be a good idea to ask the community. As mentioned earlier, I know this is more of an overview, but you missed so much of the available information out there. While you said the earliest evidence of slingers was from Catalhoyuk around 7,000 BCE, there are stones from the Monte Verde site in Chile and biconicals from the West Coast of North America that might date to around 11,000 BCE. The comment on slings being around for as long as humans have been is probably not correct (we have no evidence and the sling was not known in most of Australia), but we can probably guess the sling was probably around when humans crossed into the Americas. This was all info that was floating around on this site or could be asked about. Even info more recently discussed on slinging.org was overlooked. The chalk biconical sling stones from Northern France are one such detail, that would be a cool thing to note.

I think what you are doing wrong is sticking only to the more well known aspects of slinging in slinging circles, besides a couple of the cases I mentioned at the beginning. You definitely need to talk about David and Goliath, the siege of Lachish reliefs, Greek and Roman lead sling bullets, Incan slingers, etc. Those are all very important topics, and I'm not saying in any way to skip over them. I am advising to look for information on the less investigated topics, which is why I suggested earlier to tackle history by region, so you don't have to hit only the most notable topics.

History doesn't even stop at just discussing it's use by region. You could probably do an entire episode on the surviving historical sling designs, like the Peruvian sling (2500 BCE), Lovelock cave sling (1200 BCE), Cortaillod sling (circa 1000 BCE), Egyptian slings (circa 1900 BCE - 800 BCE), etc. and all the ones that have survived through continued use and ethnographic collection. You could probably do a whole episode on historical sling bullets, perhaps two. The history of the sling might seem sparse, but when you take into account the whole world and a lot of searching, there is actually an absurd amount of content to cover.

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Again, sorry if this critique was too much. I am hoping to be constructive. That brings me to the final thing I want to say. This is pretty much the biggest piece of advice, and what I already mentioned. Use the community! If you are ever wondering if there is more information is out there, ask everyone else. There's of course slinging.org, but we also have discord and stuff like that. There's lots of places to ask. I know I would be willing to help you find whatever you need, and I'm pretty sure that many others would love to help and have information they could contribute. Despite all my criticism, I still learned something new from this podcast. That's why the community is important. You're just 2 people, and this is a massive and spread out topic. With help from the community, there is so much cool stuff you could dig up and include. All you have to do is ask.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Mersa on Jul 11th, 2021 at 11:55pm
I don’t think that was than much of a critique as it was a call for more!!!
I think what needs to be remembered is Kick and Nooc are doing this all amongst their normal everyday working class lives. For sure I want to hear everything there is to know about slinging and know that the sources and tales are researched and referenced as best as possible but the truth is that’s an incredibly high standard to ask for from two guys doing it for the love of it. I think your comment about asking the community is fair, I agree. That’s exactly why we have this section of the forum, to try and involve people in this. And that’s why I find your critique more praise than anything.

It’s nice to know there is interest in the podcast and globaly (at least to me ) it seems there’s also a growing interest in slinging.

On here we all probably know our fair share of slinging info, but slinging is often misunderstood by non slingers. I think catch this could be a fantastic tool for introducing people to all aspects of slinging, and that’s why it’s a slinging podcast not necessarily a slinging history podcast. Who knows where it will go but I’m more proud than anything of the guys efforts and episodes so far.

I think the quality of the show will continue to grow and get better as time moves on , not that I have any problems with it as it stands but as the guys gain traction and explore more topics it will hopefully create a great resource for all slingers.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Kick on Jul 12th, 2021 at 5:22am
Those are all very fair and true assessments and critiques. I hope you realise I am now wanting and expecting this sort of breakdown for all of our future episodes :D

With this episode, it was going to be impossible to actually cover the history of the sling in conflict because, as we said and all of us here know, the sling has been in almost every conflict. The episode ended up being 40 minutes or so long but we were recording for more than an hour and we simply didn't have time to explore everything there is to say about the topic in one episode. As you said, it's a huge subject and that's why this episode should really be seen as a taster. We jumped around a lot and only lightly touched on subjects, but we wanted to hit both the main events or periods that the sling is known for in more mainstream culture as an overview and then I (I was the one that planned and researched this episode) wanted to explore in slightly more depth the Battle of Uhud because it isn't well known outside of the Muslim world and then I found the Battle of Najera interesting more because of the later illustration than the battle itself. The continuation of the sling being seen as an important battlefield weapon over so many hundreds of years that took pride of place right at the front of the painting, was fascinating to me. Showing slings being used on a battlefield where a lot of the participants are in plate armour, I thought was something new to bring to people and didn't want to get bogged down on the details of another single battle. I'm glad you enjoyed Cook's notes. I found that really cool as well :D

Our plan in the future is to have maybe single episodes on particular battles where we can go in depth and really show how the sling contributed to those specific situations as well as single regions and cultures. Don't worry, just because something was mentioned in this episode does not mean we are done with it. This was just to entice people in.

With the prehistoric finds, the problem is that it can always be argued that stones were actually used for something else and weren't sling ammo. Catal Hyuk is a good fixed point because it's pretty unambiguous that it's a slinger and is recognised as the earliest depiction of a slinger.  Physical evidence for slinging is the biggest hurdle for tracking it's development. I truly think slings have been around for most of human history and could even have been used by other species of hominid. If they could make cord, it doesn't take much imagination to then make a sling. Of course, the evidence isn't there, but I think it isn't such an outlandish claim.

We have been mostly hitting the well known stuff first because in a lot of ways we aren't making the podcast for you guys :D Of course we are still making it for slingers, but we are seeing the podcast as a great way to get new people into slinging. Unfortunately that does mean we have to go over ground that is very old and well known to most longer term slingers, but will be entirely new information for a lot of people. I think we forget because we're so into this interest how little "outsiders" know. The sheer number of people that don't realise you have to let go of one end shows the sling just doesn't have the cultural impact it once did so we have some work to get those people even halfway to our understanding. Right now we are trying to balance information that is new to outsiders, but known to slingers and information that is new to both outsiders and slingers. We need to have balance so as not to put off new people by getting into nitty gritty subjects that only interests us lot and that requires a little bit of background in slinging to understand.

Please please don't apologise! This is exactly the feedback we want. We want this to be the number 1 slinging podcast because of quality in addition to being the only one in existence :D With using the community we will try to do that more. I think we have been wanting to build that hype and surprise people by having a big reveal. Maybe announcing ahead of time and specifically asking for contributions would be a better way forward. We have another episode "in the can" that I need to get around to editing, but the one after that is yet to be planned (or decided upon I think) so we might well make a post calling for input pretty soon.

We are constantly wanting to improve this (I've been using my new microphone and listening to these "older" episodes is frankly painful now :D) and strive to make something for this community and to expand the community as much as we can. This is still early days really and we are wanting this to continue... well, indefinitely. We have more than a year and half's worth of topics we want to cover if we are sticking to once a month-ish which for now is suiting our schedules best. We are truly in this for the long haul :D

Really though, thank you so much for your comment! Truly this podcast is a group project. It might be myself and Nooc that have "put it together" but Mersa, Morphy, IronGoober and Ryan have all been there with help, advice and encouragement and we would never have come together without the forum and without the slinging community so this baby is all of ours :D

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Jul 12th, 2021 at 9:33am
I’ll second Kick’s comments. There is absolutely no need to apologize for telling us how you think we can do better.  Right now we are the world’s best podcast dedicated to slinging… but the bar is so low that we also qualify as the world’s worst podcast dedicated to slinging!  We’re not “experts” on slinging or podcasting or much of anything else. We’re just the guys who took action when we thought the world needed a slinging podcast. I am happy that people are generally enjoying it and we plan to keep making new and better content as long as people keep listening and engaging with us, so please keep the feedback coming!

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by czechslinger1.0 on Jul 12th, 2021 at 4:08pm
It's great to listen to! I agree with points others here made, there are some nitpicks you could fix, but I hope to see or more accurately hear more of it.
  I think you should some time include hussite slingers, those are hard to find info on, but were the most famous czech slingers! When people see me slinging here they recognise it as hussite sling(husitský prak).

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Morphy on Jul 13th, 2021 at 8:30am
I didnt get nitpicky from that Hirtius. It was worded very well actually.

Straight and to the point, no negative emotion involved just an honest desire to see the podcast progress, specfic areas of improvement rather than subjective complaints etc. Well written man.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Kick on Jul 13th, 2021 at 10:53am

czechslinger1.0 wrote on Jul 12th, 2021 at 4:08pm:
It's great to listen to! I agree with points others here made, there are some nitpicks you could fix, but I hope to see or more accurately hear more of it.
  I think you should some time include hussite slingers, those are hard to find info on, but were the most famous czech slingers! When people see me slinging here they recognise it as hussite sling(husitský prak).

If you know of any sources about them or if there is anything you might be able to find that we wouldn't be able to, send it on over! The great thing with slinging is just how widespread it is so showing that off with lots of different places represented would be great.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by funditor on Jul 14th, 2021 at 3:08am

Hirtius wrote on Jul 11th, 2021 at 9:06pm:
Sorry guys, but I'm gonna dump some probably unwanted advice. First thing I gotta say is I love listening to you guys and I'm so glad that you are doing this. The things I am about to discuss are not meant to bring you down, but hopefully to help improve some stuff for the future. And maybe a few nitpicks (sorry). I might come off as a little harsh, but it's meant with love. I will point out that these are just my opinions and suggestions, don't feel too pressured to take the advice. This is your podcast, you should do it the way you feel is best.

You guys have an issue with history. I think your presentation of it is a little confusing, some of the history you discuss might not have been researched the best, and you leave out an unholy amount of information. All of these issues kind of tie in together, but I'll address them one at a time.

First there were some details that I really liked. I was surprised at the discussion of the battle of Uhud, that was a very good detail and I think was described well enough (as far as I know about it). I think different sources will give different weapons for the one that wounded Muhammad, but I think the sling interpretation is the best and the one I would go with (I might be biased). Another thing that surprised me was Cook's notes on slings, and how it was clear it was an object that he had encountered before. This was new to me, and I thought it was amazing that you actually found the reference in the primary source.

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Now to the not so great. First is the presentation. I like that you do it in chronological order, but the way you present the topic is jumpy. You guys jump centuries and thousands of miles with each mention. It doesn't really create a great sense of continuity or how widespread it is. I understand this was an introductory and covered the whole world, but I think anything you do in the future should better connect each instance you are discussing. My suggestion for future historical episodes would be to break it up by region. There are multiple ways you could do it, but Europe, Asia (Would largely be focused on West Asia. East Asia and South Asia have sources but might not be enough to have their own episode) Africa, North America, South America, and Oceania. Again, you could organize them differently. I'll get to it in a paragraph or two, but there is enough information out there to do that. The last thing I'll mention for this is that I wouldn't separate conflict, hunting, etc. in any historical episodes. It's all connected.

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My second issue is kind of nitpicky, but sometimes it feels you didn't research the best. For example, I think Kick talking about Najera said it was between the English and the French. Not quite. I think whenever you are discussing a historical group using it, make sure to know who it was that was using it. I'm sure you have notes, make sure that stuff is in it. You also said that you could find nothing about there being slingers at Najera except for in the picture. There are actually a few references.

(Scroll to bottom of the page, this was a source I found from a thread here on slinging.org)

http://books.google.com/books?id=tSBEAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA372&lpg=PA372&dq=froissart+slings+chandos&source=bl&ots=QxKjmJcCay&sig=mmI4DiGNLsMtrX-c3Za0481i4YA&hl=en&ei=yrpaTqKAKcin8QOQzZWUDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false


(I found this one through google, take some of it with a grain of salt since the guy is not a slinger)

http://warfare.gq/WRG/Middle_Ages_1-89-Castillian_Slinger.htm

The point being that there is a lot more information out there. If you can't find any or even if you think there is nothing there, it's worth asking the community or seeing if it has already been discussed.

This is pretty much irrelevant, but I think the name Vegetius in Classical Latin would be Weh-geh-tee-oos (I don't speak latin, someone correct me if I'm wrong). Not sure when the v sound switched in Vulgar Latin, but it might have been around the 5th century when he lived. I don't know how we should say it in English, maybe just Veh-geh-tee-us (the g is still a hard g). It probably doesn't matter.

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The third issue is probably the biggest, and that is missed information. Although there is no way of knowing that you are even missing something, it might be a good idea to ask the community. As mentioned earlier, I know this is more of an overview, but you missed so much of the available information out there. While you said the earliest evidence of slingers was from Catalhoyuk around 7,000 BCE, there are stones from the Monte Verde site in Chile and biconicals from the West Coast of North America that might date to around 11,000 BCE. The comment on slings being around for as long as humans have been is probably not correct (we have no evidence and the sling was not known in most of Australia), but we can probably guess the sling was probably around when humans crossed into the Americas. This was all info that was floating around on this site or could be asked about. Even info more recently discussed on slinging.org was overlooked. The chalk biconical sling stones from Northern France are one such detail, that would be a cool thing to note.

I think what you are doing wrong is sticking only to the more well known aspects of slinging in slinging circles, besides a couple of the cases I mentioned at the beginning. You definitely need to talk about David and Goliath, the siege of Lachish reliefs, Greek and Roman lead sling bullets, Incan slingers, etc. Those are all very important topics, and I'm not saying in any way to skip over them. I am advising to look for information on the less investigated topics, which is why I suggested earlier to tackle history by region, so you don't have to hit only the most notable topics.

History doesn't even stop at just discussing it's use by region. You could probably do an entire episode on the surviving historical sling designs, like the Peruvian sling (2500 BCE), Lovelock cave sling (1200 BCE), Cortaillod sling (circa 1000 BCE), Egyptian slings (circa 1900 BCE - 800 BCE), etc. and all the ones that have survived through continued use and ethnographic collection. You could probably do a whole episode on historical sling bullets, perhaps two. The history of the sling might seem sparse, but when you take into account the whole world and a lot of searching, there is actually an absurd amount of content to cover.

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Again, sorry if this critique was too much. I am hoping to be constructive. That brings me to the final thing I want to say. This is pretty much the biggest piece of advice, and what I already mentioned. Use the community! If you are ever wondering if there is more information is out there, ask everyone else. There's of course slinging.org, but we also have discord and stuff like that. There's lots of places to ask. I know I would be willing to help you find whatever you need, and I'm pretty sure that many others would love to help and have information they could contribute. Despite all my criticism, I still learned something new from this podcast. That's why the community is important. You're just 2 people, and this is a massive and spread out topic. With help from the community, there is so much cool stuff you could dig up and include. All you have to do is ask.


This was quite specific, and the love for slinging spakles out from! I also see it a call for more :)

For me personally there are a few new pieces of information, do you happen to have literature to further research or serious links? Especially on the Monteverde and West coast sling stones, and the Peruvian sling 2500 BC?

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Hirtius on Jul 14th, 2021 at 11:27am
The book that I’m always referencing is “ Slings & Slingstones: The Forgotten Weapons of Oceania and the Americas” by Gigi and Robert York. It’s THE book on historical slinging. The book focuses not on slinging as a whole, but in Oceania, South America, and North America. Although it doesn’t cover everywhere, there’s a lot of incredible info in there. It’s a bit expensive but worth every penny.

Oddly, the Monte Verde stones are only mentioned in passing. It also doesn’t have much about the Peruvian sling from 2500 BCE either (I can’t even find a picture of it, but I think there is a picture in a book on Peruvian braiding). And although you weren’t asking about this, it is sadly before the research on Peruvian lead bullets came out. There are also many other things it misses, because it covers so much ground.

However, it covers a lot of other crucial topics. This is where you will find all the info about west coast biconicals (some perhaps dating to the time of the Monte Verde site). There’s also some information about biconicals from Venezuela and Argentina/Paraguay. The lack of the Peruvian sling is disappointing, but it still has the Lovelock cave sling and biconicals (1200 BCE). It might seem like a short book, but it’s impossible to mention all of the stuff it covers.

Other than that book, in depth information about slings and slingstones is in short supply. Academic studies are either vague or only cover one instance, so otherwise you gotta take it case by case.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Curious Aardvark on Jul 14th, 2021 at 3:49pm
Haven't listened to the pod cast yet. From the responses seems to be  afew interesting things I didn't know.

I'll stick it on while I'm making up the latest batch of slings. 

(about 40 minutes later)

@hirtius - catal hyuk is the earliest pictorial representation of a slinger currently known. Older missiles there might be, but as far as we know, there are no older surviving images that are clearly a slinger.
Which kick did fairely clearly state.
The image at catal hyuk is between 7-9'000 years old. Why you can't pin it down any closer than a 2000 year period, I have no idea. But that's what is stated on the official pages.

Episode 2, Much better than episode one - which itself was pretty good. .
One subject, covered reasonably well. No incidental waffling, and you both stuck to the subject at hand :thumb:

Obviously you can't go into minute detail, and this idea that slingers were primarily skirmish and close range troops - just does not fly or make any real sense.
Particularly if you consider that almost all the historical glandes recovered from battle fields were fairly small ammo designed for long distance slinging.
I know it was 'decided' on the forum that it made sense - but it really doesn't and never has. 

As far as slings being used in modern protests. Tint - who lives in hong kong, was approached by some of the activists in the big democracy protests they had over there a year or two back and asked if he would teach them to use slings.

He flat out refused and given that tint's a black belt in wing chung - I guess they didn't press the point.

But if that had gone the other way - holy crap, there would have been a lot of dead protestors. The chinese government does not need much excuse to bring out guns.
Slings would have been a provacation too far.

But yeah, nice podcast.

Now if you could just start thinking that people you don't know and who aren't on the forum might give this a listen. And start referring to slinging.org instead of 'the forum'.
You guys could go far.

The thing about podcasts is that a lot of people use them to learn new stuff - so slings are something almost nobody knows anything about.
Get it mentioned in the right places - I believe there are podcasts that just talk about other podcasts (it's like people watching tv programs about other peoplke watching tv, or youtubers posting videos where they watch another video) It's nonsensical and just weird - but it's popular and there to be used and exploited.

Now the other thing you guys have got going for you - apart from a unique subject matter.
Is that from a purely aural point of view, you both have voices really well suited to the audible medium.
Your speech patterns are also pretty good.
Neither of you start every sentence with 'so', there's not that much umming and erring. The conversation flows very naturally with no obvious pauses. 
You both have pleasant and contrasting voices and a good vocabulary.

In short, you have everything needed to make 'catch this' a podcast with a serious following.

The reaserch can be a bit hit and miss and as hirtius pointed out, you really don't use the information or members on the forum that well.

But that's okay, this is clearly not the 'anorack' version, this is very much two guys sharing their hobby and interest in an easily digestible manner for non-slingers.

Massive improvement over the first episode.

I'll even overlook stating you weren't going to talk about david and goliath - and then talking about david and goliath.
It was relevant to slings used in protests and how the media see them.

Well done :thumb:

So what's next ?

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Kick on Jul 17th, 2021 at 5:15pm
Oh believe me there's a lot of umming and erring (almost entirely me) I'm just getting better at editing it out  ;) Next up is Sport. That's been recorded and I'm starting the edit... soon. I really need to get to it. After that... we haven't decided for sure but we are thinking Hunting/Survival. We absolutely recognise it can be a controversial subject, but it's a subject that deserves coverage and can be talked about productively. I won't go into opinions of the ethics right now (will be talked about in the episode), but if anyone has any sources for historical depictions or accounts of hunting with a sling, that would be greatly appreciated and you will be credited.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Curious Aardvark on Jul 19th, 2021 at 8:32am

Quote:
Oh believe me there's a lot of umming and erring (almost entirely me)


Oh yeah, I did say 'not much' lol.

The interesting thing is that it seems to be more when you're reading/recalling the prepared pieces, rather than on the more free flow conversational parts.

Sling sports. Hmm, that'll be inetresting.
There's golf and target shooting - both 'official' and a whole bunch of variations on sling tag that people make up for themselves.

Did you remember the guy who popped up a few years ago with a game he played on a tennis court - a sort of version of dodgeball.

Hunting.
it's one of those things apparently so common place that no historian has ever (to my current knowlege)  ever mentioned or documented it.

With the possible exception of the people who still use slings in their everyday life - mainly mexico and tibet and probably other central and south american folk, thre really isn;t any modern slinger good enough to hunt with a sling.

If you get marooned and are in a survival situation.
You'd probably be better off dismantling the sling, removing the core of the paracord and using it for deadlines and snares.

I guess against a large animal, it would be very useful for wrding off predators and possibly injuring the larger herbivores.
But in all honesty forthe vast majority of people alive today - in a survival situation, the cord is far more valuable than the sling it's incorporated into.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Kick on Jul 19th, 2021 at 8:50am

Curious Aardvark wrote on Jul 19th, 2021 at 8:32am:
Did you remember the guy who popped up a few years ago with a game he played on a tennis court - a sort of version of dodgeball

Don't worry S'Clash is mentioned :D

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Mersa on Jul 19th, 2021 at 7:31pm
Although what CA mention is pretty true in regards to hunting it’s still a viable choice but very dependent on the animals your hunting, the amount that animal has be exposed to humans/hunting and the ability of the slinger.

I agree that for ethical one shot kill hunting, the sling is not the best choice of tools especially when put up against modern tools like rifles etc. But it still has its place.

Survival hunting is probably where the sling is most excepted as a potential tool where the ethics are less of a worry and anything that works will do. Flocks of birds are a good example of where the sling might be put in front of some other primitive tools.
It’s definitely a good tool to have to scare away scavengers and predators.
Accuracy is the main issue people have with it being used as a primary hunting tool. But people who have actually hunted understand that just changing to a bow or throwing stick isn’t necessarily going to mean your putting food on the table.

I think the sling shines where other tools don’t .
Requires very little to build and has an abundance of potential ammo that could be used.
Is very easily carried, and therefore could always be on ones person waiting for perfect opportunity.
Is very capable of holding its energy over distance (long range flock shots)

I think it holds its place. Perhaps it’s not bringing big game to the dinner table but I bet it’s an advantage to bare hands.
I know that it has some negative views around accuracy and ethics but people wound animals with rifles so it’s not always just to tool

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Morphy on Jul 19th, 2021 at 10:42pm
I think to really understand why a sling was often used in accompaniment with other weapons, and its benefits,  one has to actually make the "other" weapon and use it.

Ive mentioned this many times but make a dozen spined, weighted,  flint tipped shoot arrows with nothing but flint tools and watch how many break on a hunt. Typically each of those arrows represents maybe half a days work. This includes a great deal of culling and breakage, warping and unseen organic flaws as well as underspined arrows and gathering materials, making arrow heads etc.

Now go hunt in a rocky field or a hardwood forest and it will be crystal clear why it was used.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by TOMBELAINE on Jul 21st, 2021 at 2:54am
https://www.academia.edu/42638744/Morphological_Study_of_Sling_Projectiles_with_Analysis_of_Clay_Balls_from_the_Late_Neolithic_Site_Tell_Arbid_Abyad_Syria_

The thesis of Barbora Kubikova. Good passages on hunting especially for North America.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Kick on Jul 26th, 2021 at 2:44pm

TOMBELAINE wrote on Jul 21st, 2021 at 2:54am:
https://www.academia.edu/42638744/Morphological_Study_of_Sling_Projectiles_with_Analysis_of_Clay_Balls_from_the_Late_Neolithic_Site_Tell_Arbid_Abyad_Syria_

The thesis of Barbora Kubikova. Good passages on hunting especially for North America.

Awesome thnaks!

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Caldou on Aug 11th, 2021 at 4:13pm

TOMBELAINE wrote on Jul 21st, 2021 at 2:54am:
https://www.academia.edu/42638744/Morphological_Study_of_Sling_Projectiles_with_Analysis_of_Clay_Balls_from_the_Late_Neolithic_Site_Tell_Arbid_Abyad_Syria_

The thesis of Barbora Kubikova. Good passages on hunting especially for North America.


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Je suppose que tu n'as pas la même chose, mais avec des passages sur la chasse en Europe ? :P

I haven't listened the last Catch this yet, but if I was asked sources for hunting with slings in antiquity and medieval Europe, so I will be waiting the second next one !

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by CrazyBrave333 on Aug 11th, 2021 at 10:40pm

Kick wrote on Jul 12th, 2021 at 5:22am:
Our plan in the future is to have maybe single episodes on particular battles where we can go in depth and really show how the sling contributed to those specific situations as well as single regions and cultures. Don't worry, just because something was mentioned in this episode does not mean we are done with it. This was just to entice people in.


This is music to my ears... Cant wait for some specific breakdowns!!!

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Al Paca on Sep 9th, 2021 at 7:30am
Opinions are like arseholes, everyone’s got one!
I am happy to have a podcast about my favourite sport and I’m happy to see Nooc and Kick grow into their roles. Right now i don’t see anyone else putting their balls on the line.

Good on you boys, keep going, growing and learning!

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by TOMBELAINE on Sep 10th, 2021 at 4:42am

Caldou wrote on Aug 11th, 2021 at 4:13pm:
Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Reply #19 - Aug 11th, 2021 at 4:13pm   TOMBELAINE wrote on Jul 21st, 2021 at 2:54am:
https://www.academia.edu/42638744/Morphological_Study_of_Sling_Projectiles_with_...

The thesis of Barbora Kubikova. Good passages on hunting especially for North America.


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Je suppose que tu n'as pas la même chose, mais avec des passages sur la chasse en Europe ?


Excuses-moi Caldou mais ne maitrisant pas l'anglais, je viens peu fréquemment sur ce topic.
J'ai des 3 points que je ne comprends pas. A ma connaissance, il n'y a pas de référence sur la chasse à la fronde pour l'Europe. Si l'on excepte la tapisserie de Bayeux (et autres enluminures identiques assez nombreuses d'ailleurs) qui est plutôt une scénette agricole.

Title: Re: Episode 2 Conflict
Post by Al Paca on Sep 10th, 2021 at 7:15pm
By the way, thank you for mentioning al paca in the conflict episode!!!

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