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Re: Psychological Impact Of Slinging On Targets
Reply #15 - Oct 3rd, 2007 at 7:31am
 
[quote]Maybe next slingfest we can get C_A to stand in a field again while all 800 members on this forum sling rocks at him. Maybe he can tell us if there really is a 'cloud'  ;D

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Well if that's what it takes to get more attendees - then of course I'll do it, no problem :-)

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Reply #16 - Oct 4th, 2007 at 8:26pm
 
Lasse C wrote on Oct 3rd, 2007 at 4:36am:
Hmmmm... Let me think about that.
Standing in a field, hearing the angry whirr of 800 glandes, possibly (probably) seeing them in a kind of cloud or swarm, knowing they were all aimed my way... Shocked

I´d definitely need a stout helmet. And a full-body armour. And most likely a clean pair of shorts!  Wink

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There is exactly one man in this world for whom I would stand 20 feet to the side of a target at 100 meters and point out his point of impact while he was sighting in a high powered rifle.  One.  Just one.

‘Tain’t no way I’m standing in a field and letting 60 to 800 slingers have their way with me.  Unless I’m inside an armored personnel carrier.

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Reply #17 - Oct 5th, 2007 at 12:09pm
 
Oh come on nobody is going to miss a target by 20 feet with a rifle a 100 m.

On the other hand it's not a good comparison. Over that sort of distance a rifle bullet is practically instantaneous.

Slingers see the missile leave the sling and can point out whereabouts it's going to hit - so the observer can step the other way while looking at the area of impact (whihc is what we did). Obviously this is not possible with a rifle.

And judging by most of the slingers on this forum - if I'm stood anywhere near the 200 or  250 yard markers there are only going to be a very small number  of missiles coming anything like my way anyway :-)
It is easier to see something landing in front of you.

So it's pretty safe.

There's a phrase 'who wants to live forever ?'
I do :-) But that doesn't mean I have to live in a coddled ball of special safety regulations ;-)
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Reply #18 - Oct 5th, 2007 at 2:15pm
 
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... So it's pretty safe...
  Shocked

I just hope that your pretty untrue statment will never hurt or kill somebody. It completely does not match slinging security rules, which are propagated on this forum.

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Re: Psychological Impact Of Slinging On Targets
Reply #19 - Oct 5th, 2007 at 7:43pm
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Oct 5th, 2007 at 12:09pm:
Oh come on nobody is going to miss a target by 20 feet with a rifle a 100 m.

On the other hand it's not a good comparison. Over that sort of distance a rifle bullet is practically instantaneous.

Slingers see the missile leave the sling and can point out whereabouts it's going to hit - so the observer can step the other way while looking at the area of impact (whihc is what we did). Obviously this is not possible with a rifle.

And judging by most of the slingers on this forum - if I'm stood anywhere near the 200 or  250 yard markers there are only going to be a very small number  of missiles coming anything like my way anyway Smiley
It is easier to see something landing in front of you.

So it's pretty safe.

There's a phrase 'who wants to live forever ?'
I do Smiley But that doesn't mean I have to live in a coddled ball of special safety regulations Wink


C_A, my man, it is a violation of EVERY rule of firearms safety to be in front of the firing line when the range is "hot."  Repeated violations will get you kicked out of most US gun clubs.  Accidental (read "stupid") discharges happen; bullets bounce; a rock struck by a .308 suddenly turns into a fragmentation grenade.  Sorry to be hard-nosed, but that's the way I was taught and I believe in it. I couldn't believe it one day at the range when I was preparing to pepper a 100 meter target with my 10-.22 and something blue appeared at the edge of my scope.  I looked, and this son of a mule was walking downrange without even asking if the range could go "cold."  I got his car tag number and reported him to the range master.  They had some wall-to-wall counceling and it never happened again.

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Reply #20 - Oct 7th, 2007 at 8:12am
 
Back to the point of the 800 slingers. 

That would not have been considered an overly large slinger cadre back in Julius Caesar's day.  Armies then routinely had a thousand or more, and the troops stood in such close areas, that a slinger batallion could pick out a particular cohort for abuse, and rain all their bullets on them.  Cavalry would have had worse times of it, I think, because horses probably get kinda edgy when there's unseen, buzzy things tearing holes in their flanks and hips. 

Pretty much every soldier was trained to use a sling, though not all were expert enough to be specialists...and they were frequently used in battles.  I don't know if you could say they were the tide turners, but they had their effect.  And I just imagine that if the enemy could get ahold of a slinger, it didn't go well with him.
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Reply #21 - Oct 7th, 2007 at 11:12am
 
Thought I'd already agreed with you on the rifle front, no arguments there - standing in front of someone with a loaded gun is never a good idea.

My point was that it's just not a valid comparison. Sling missiles are clearly visible to the thrower and travel slow enough that the observer can be directed safely away from the impact zone while still being able to see the zone and note the point of impact.

And Yurek - stop being such an old woman.
[quote]It completely does not match slinging security rules, which are propagated on this forum. 
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Hmm, and those are ?

None of which (I'm sure you'll come up with so much red tape it's a wonder you ever sling a stone anywhere) is relevant to the fact that [u]individuals take responsibility for their own act[/u]ions.

I'm pretty sure I haven't exhorted or suggested that anyone else do what I did - but then nobody else has the right to tell me not to do it either.

I don't believe I was taking any risks and in a situation like that it's my opinion and no one else's that matters.
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Reply #22 - Oct 8th, 2007 at 12:21pm
 
A possible quote from an Iberian in the legion at the end of the Roman empire;  “mierda…dolor en mi cuerpo ..... que estoy muriendo de la sangría interna…..aye!!!!” Wink

Hey Roman historians out there, help me on this one, were the slinger and archers fighting from a concealed position in those days? If so were they  on the other side of the hill or at the zenith of a mountain or edge of a cliff? This would be an equivalent of a modern battlefield marksman. Well as the psychological effect anyway. Either way if you we caught within their range you would feel it. Cry
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Reply #23 - Oct 8th, 2007 at 1:00pm
 
So curious_aardvark were you wearing any body armor or just standing in a field wearing a t-shirt?
You said the others hid behind cars.  Did you lose any windows?
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Re: Psychological Impact Of Slinging On Targets
Reply #24 - Oct 8th, 2007 at 3:16pm
 
Monster wrote on Oct 8th, 2007 at 1:00pm:
So curious_aardvark were you wearing any body armor or just standing in a field wearing a t-shirt?

Curious Aardvark wrote on Sep 30th, 2007 at 9:29am:
(safety equipment ? what kind of wimp do you think I am lol)
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