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Message started by funditor on Apr 3rd, 2022 at 7:50am

Title: Roman Era Incendiary Sling Bullet
Post by funditor on Apr 3rd, 2022 at 7:50am
This might interest you, proudly  presented:
A publication in the journal Acta Carnuntina on the worldwide earliest identified and successfully tested incendiary projectile for the hand slingshot.
Any Feedback, questions comments friendly welcome.

I can send you the pdf if you need it, just pm with your email address

https://www.academia.edu/75231948/EIN_HANDSCHLEUDERFRANDSCHOSS_AUS_CARNUNTUM
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Title: Re: Roman Era Incendiary Sling Bullet
Post by Hirtius on Apr 3rd, 2022 at 11:12am
You can also attach the pdf here, which you could do here. Iíll attach an example.

But itís also in German. What does it say? How does the projectile work?
https://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?action=downloadfile;file=Sling_Technology__Towards_anunderstanding_of_capabilities.pdf (1543 KB | 20 )

Title: Re: Roman Era Incendiary Sling Bullet
Post by Curious Aardvark on Apr 4th, 2022 at 7:12am
Fascinating, what did you use for the pyro compound inside the projectile ?

And a translation would be awesome :-)

Never really thought about it, but did the Romans have a commonly used oxidising compound ?

The Greeks clearly did, but can't recall any examples of a Roman equivalent to Greek fire.

Title: Re: Roman Era Incendiary Sling Bullet
Post by jburdine1956 on May 8th, 2022 at 3:48am
I vaguely remember mention of heated stones and stones smeared with bitumen in one Roman history, but I cannot remember the source.

Title: Re: Roman Era Incendiary Sling Bullet
Post by Curious Aardvark on May 10th, 2022 at 9:44am
they'd heat styomnes and wrap them in grass and the extra oxygen caused by the stone being slung, would ignite it in midair.

If you stuck the grass to some tar first, even better.

Mix the tar with saltpetre - and now you've got a half decent incendiary :-)

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