Welcome, Guest. Please Login
SLINGING.ORG
 
Home Help Search Login


Page Index Toggle Pages: 1
Send Topic Print
AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed (Read 2386 times)
Aussie
Past Moderator
*
Offline


Joined Nov. 1, 2006  Luke
14:14

Posts: 3265
Melbourne, Australia
Gender: male
AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Jun 9th, 2008 at 11:19am
 
Some have said the AussiePOUCH is a myth. Others swear by it and yet others swear at it. How do you make one and is it worth the effort. Read this no holds barred expose and the truth will be revealed.

More and more I seem to be getting asked, "How do I make an Aussie Pouch?" First let me reiterate the Aussie pouch is not an original design. I have seen the concept used numerous times before. If I were to give it a generic name then I would call it a "twin crossover strap" design. What makes my Aussies distinctive is that I made them and that they are made from green and black reclaimed conveyor belting. Thats it!

It's a bit like asking how do you paint a Picasso? Only Picasso can paint a Picasso, but just about any first grader in art class can do a painting that looks as good if not better.

When I first came to the forum I noticed other newcomers asking about how to make a sling. Often I saw pictures of slings that people had posted that looked quite unsafe and inadequate for the task. Sure a sling is a very basic piece of equipment but it is not always easy to find a suitable piece of leather or other material to make one and not all people have the hand skills to make one either. So I decided to offer these sling pouches primarily to newcomers so that they could have ready access to a basic but good and functional sling. Once they had decided that slinging was for them they could then branch out and try making slings of different designs to suit their own tastes if they so desired.

The choice of the twin strap crossover design was based on two factors. Firstly many if not most of us live in urban environments which makes slinging stones dangerous. Tennis balls are far safer and non threatening; better all round, especially for beginners who are likely to sky shots when learning. Tennis balls falling on yor own head can hurt, but rocks could be fatal. Flat pouches do not hold round ammunition sufficiently securely for beginners. Secondly was the material itself. The majority of it is 1" wide belting which cannot be shaped to form a cup like leather. The twin strap design is perfect in this regard. It allows a wide cupped pouch to be formed from two narrow straps of material. So after some experimentation and fiddling around to get it right the AussiePOUCH was born. Originally I didn't call them anything and it was C-A who suggested they be called Aussie pouches. In a past life I used to be a draftsman and the capitalised POUCH is a blatant ripoff from AutoDESK who make AutoCAD, the world's most popular CAD drafting software.

So how do you make one? Most likely you won't have access to the same material as I do so you will have to use leather, the webbing off an old back pack, straps cut from an old truck tire inner tube, etc.

Cut two straps of material 7" long and 1" wide. and round off the ends neatly with a pair of scissors or similar. A half inch from each end punch a hole big enough to take your cord. If your finished pouch is to be even it is important that the holes in both straps be the same distance apart, ie when you lay the straps on top of each other the holes must line up exactly.

Initially don't glue them but use a couple of clothes pegs to hold everything in place be sure you have it right, line up two of the holes so you have a large V shape. Now cross the free ends over each other and line up the other pair of holes. In the middle there should be around a quarter inch gap betwen the straps, and the finished shape should resemble a football helmet chin strap or a small boat shape with no bottom.

When I make them from the old conveyor belt I use superglue to hold them together. What you use depends on the material you are making your pouch from. I have never made them from webbing but I imagine they would have to be stitched together. Experiment for yourselves. Actually the glue is not as important as you might think because the cords threaded through the holes hold the lot in place anyway. During inital testing I tried a pouch with no glue, just two straps held by the cords and it worked reasonably well but the gap closed up too much.

Not all AussiePOUCHes are the same. The early ones were a bit longer than the current ones and I also made a Mk.2 model which is a bit wider, which makes it very secure for tennis and other similar balls but too wide for golf balls and small stones. Nowdays unless you specifically ask or something in your request or post makes me think you will be best off with a Mk.2, you will get a universal shortened Mk.1. I feel these are the best allround, good for tennis ball, golf balls and stones as well.

So go ahead and make yourselves a "twin strap crossover" pouch. For round ammunition I think the design is very good. For irregular stones a flat pouch is probably just as good. But remember that good slinging is far more a function of the slinger than of the particular sling bing used. Also remember a genuine Picasso will cost you millions whereas a genuine AussiePOUCH can be had merely for the asking.


P.S This is the person that you are sending your personal details to. You have been warned.
Back to top
« Last Edit: Jun 10th, 2008 at 2:09am by Aussie »  

IMG_1221.JPG (909 KB | )
IMG_1221.JPG

Cranks are little things that make revolutions.&&
 
IP Logged
 
kuggur slingdog
Ex Member


Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #1 - Jun 9th, 2008 at 12:16pm
 
Hehe well that should shut us up once and for all.... Grin
I make them of webbing, and stitched the first ones I made together, not anymore; by leaving them unattached I find it easier to use them with different sizes of ammo.
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged
 
JTK
Funditor
****
Offline


Give me a sling and a
javelin and im a war
machine

Posts: 642
Western Kentucky
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #2 - Jun 9th, 2008 at 2:57pm
 
OK, lets establish this,
every time this post gets to the second page, someone posts somthing to get it back to the top, so no more newcomers will ask!

evven a  Smiley will work
Back to top
 

I missed!  thump  I missed bad...
superj654321  
IP Logged
 
BrydonBoy1
Junior Member
**
Offline


Bad Gramer Dosent Defyne
a Person

Posts: 52
California
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #3 - Jun 9th, 2008 at 2:59pm
 
Smiley
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged
 
BrydonBoy1
Junior Member
**
Offline


Bad Gramer Dosent Defyne
a Person

Posts: 52
California
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #4 - Jun 9th, 2008 at 2:59pm
 
thats very similar to the slings i made.
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged
 
Curious Aardvark
Forum Moderation
*****
Offline


Taller than the average
Dwarf

Posts: 13965
Midlands England
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #5 - Jun 10th, 2008 at 6:55am
 
ah you see he's gone and suckered you all in again.

The truth is that the aussiepouch is produced by a combination of old dreamtime aborigine magic and modern petrochemicals.
They are made in a secret underground factory populated entirely by intelligent koala bears.

At night the koalas scavenge the post offices for old conveyor belts. These are then handed over to an old aborigine medicine man who spends the next six months preparing the material for use - nobody knows how he does this but it is suspected that kangaroo gizzards and dunny spider venom  are involved.
After this period the koalas reclaim the material (which by the way now flouresces under intense argon lamps) and set to in their workshop.
Of course as koalas have a VERY slow metabolism it takes each individual koala 3 months to finish a single pouch.
There is a rumour that superglue is involved in the process - yet another clever blind by aussie. In actual fact the pouches are held together with the fermented spit of the deadly nighthawk caterpillar.

After this exhaustive and complex process the pouches are left under a rock outside Aussies house where he swaps them for bundles of sweetened eucalyptus leaves to which he addicted the koalas years ago.

You can't duplicate them - it would be foolish to even try :-)

Back to top
 

Do All things with Honour and Generosity: Regret Nothing, Envy None, Apologise Seldom and Bow your head to No One  - works for me Smiley
 
IP Logged
 
borsti
Tiro
**
Offline


Slinging Rocks!

Posts: 14
Germany
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #6 - Jun 10th, 2008 at 7:58am
 
[quote author=curious_aardvark link=1213024797/0#5 date=1213095342][...] loads of funny stuff here [...] [/quote]
Good to see, that the spirit of Monty Python is still among us, that would have been a great episode for the flying circus :D
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged
 
JTK
Funditor
****
Offline


Give me a sling and a
javelin and im a war
machine

Posts: 642
Western Kentucky
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #7 - Jun 10th, 2008 at 11:12am
 
Hey Aussie!
look at this preety new coat we got you!
it has all these straps and when your to tired to hold your arms, this coat even straps them tight behind your back!  And even a new house!  Look at the soft fluffy walls!
Back to top
 

I missed!  thump  I missed bad...
superj654321  
IP Logged
 
BrydonBoy1
Junior Member
**
Offline


Bad Gramer Dosent Defyne
a Person

Posts: 52
California
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #8 - Jun 10th, 2008 at 2:04pm
 
[quote author=curious_aardvark link=1213024797/0#5 date=1213095342]ah you see he's gone and suckered you all in again.

The truth is that the aussiepouch is produced by a combination of old dreamtime aborigine magic and modern petrochemicals.
They are made in a secret underground factory populated entirely by intelligent koala bears.

At night the koalas scavenge the post offices for old conveyor belts. These are then handed over to an old aborigine medicine man who spends the next six months preparing the material for use - nobody knows how he does this but it is suspected that kangaroo gizzards and dunny spider venom  are involved.
After this period the koalas reclaim the material (which by the way now flouresces under intense argon lamps) and set to in their workshop.
Of course as koalas have a VERY slow metabolism it takes each individual koala 3 months to finish a single pouch.
There is a rumour that superglue is involved in the process - yet another clever blind by aussie. In actual fact the pouches are held together with the fermented spit of the deadly nighthawk caterpillar.

After this exhaustive and complex process the pouches are left under a rock outside Aussies house where he swaps them for bundles of sweetened eucalyptus leaves to which he addicted the koalas years ago.

You can't duplicate them - it would be foolish to even try :-)

[/quote]

lol you spent the time to actually type this down ;D ;D ;D
Back to top
 
 
IP Logged
 
Curious Aardvark
Forum Moderation
*****
Offline


Taller than the average
Dwarf

Posts: 13965
Midlands England
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #9 - Jun 11th, 2008 at 4:58am
 
The truth does not take long to document :-)
Back to top
 

Do All things with Honour and Generosity: Regret Nothing, Envy None, Apologise Seldom and Bow your head to No One  - works for me Smiley
 
IP Logged
 
Red Squirrel
Descens
***
Offline


A.K.A BritishandProud

Posts: 110
U.K/G.B
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #10 - Jun 11th, 2008 at 6:47am
 
Grin since recieving my aussie pouch a few weeks ago, aboriginal magic seems the best (and indeed only Smiley) explanation for my impovement in accuracy etc.... Wink Once again, thanks aussie slinger.
Back to top
 

"To be. or not to be- that is the question:&& Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer&& The slings and arrows of outrageous&&fortune&& Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,&& And by opposing end them?"&& Hamlet 3i, Shakespeare&&&&    Lux et Umbra Vicissim sed Semper Amor&&&&"...Work is the scourge of the drinking classes..." Oscar Wilde
 
IP Logged
 
Curious Aardvark
Forum Moderation
*****
Offline


Taller than the average
Dwarf

Posts: 13965
Midlands England
Gender: male
Re: AussiePOUCH -  The Awful Truth Revealed
Reply #11 - Jun 11th, 2008 at 7:04am
 
You see, my explanation is the only one that really makes sense.
Oh sure aussie can blind you all with logic and common sense - but come on, does that really account for how good these things are ?
Of course not.

How aussie met the secret subterranean koalas in the first place - ah that's a story for another day when I'm not quite so busy ;-)
Back to top
 

Do All things with Honour and Generosity: Regret Nothing, Envy None, Apologise Seldom and Bow your head to No One  - works for me Smiley
 
IP Logged
 
Page Index Toggle Pages: 1
Send Topic Print
(Moderators: vetryan15, Rat Man, joe_meadmaker, Curious Aardvark, Morphy, Kick, Chris)