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Reply #15 - Apr 25th, 2009 at 3:22pm
 
There was something about this on the forum recently. I think the reference meant is, if you wonder how much deadly force a sling is capable of, imagine swinging something akin to a “slungshot” of the same length and mass against an adversary or a test object, simple as that.            
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Reply #16 - Apr 25th, 2009 at 4:12pm
 
I can only imagine a sling used as club in a very desperate situation when there is really no other option left, like suddenly being attacked at very short range, and its effect then would not differ too much from that of a blow with a lady's handbag  Shocked - given that you have the time to load your sling at all. In battle, every half-trained shielded enemy footsoldier with a lance or a sword would be able to fend your first blow off and go for your entrails while you are still trying to put your sling back into starting position. Flails, scourges or bullwhips may have a more devastating effect, but they are just as slow to handle. That's why they were never seriously used for close combat in regular armies.
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Reply #17 - Apr 25th, 2009 at 4:17pm
 
If no ammo is in sight, you can also strangle them with it.
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Reply #18 - Apr 25th, 2009 at 4:29pm
 
Or set up a snare with it... Wink
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Reply #19 - Apr 25th, 2009 at 6:00pm
 
I think it would be possible but not the best idea.
as others have said, sling v sword, not so great for the sling.
A bunch of you guys said maybe it would wrap around the shield, etc, and that sounds very plausible,
but what if the soldier just thrust his weapon at you? your done.
If you must use a sling, maybe trying to load it and knock them over by twisting up their legs would be
effective, then strike when the enemy is down. Keep a BIG rock on you, close in You'd need it.
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Reply #20 - Apr 25th, 2009 at 9:10pm
 
It certainly wouldn't be the ideal weapon, but I think it would work if you got yourself in a pickle. Obviously a sword or a flail would be better, but would you have enough time to grab another weapon if the enemy is that close?
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Reply #21 - Apr 25th, 2009 at 9:53pm
 
you would be able to draw a sword but it depends how far you see the enemy running towards you. If your sheath is smooth that is..
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Reply #22 - Apr 25th, 2009 at 11:20pm
 
Remember, you don't have to out run the bad man with the sword. You only have to out run the slinger next to you.
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Reply #23 - Apr 26th, 2009 at 8:14pm
 
Liberty dog wrote on Apr 25th, 2009 at 11:20pm:
Remember, you don't have to out run the bad man with the sword. You only have to out run the slinger next to you.


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Re: Sling as a club?
Reply #24 - Apr 27th, 2009 at 8:23pm
 
I have thought about this scenario myself.  Let's say it's an emergency situation where you're being rushed by your target.  You think you can get off a fast shot but at the last instant your attacker is too close, so you just swing the sling with the fist sized rock in it and clobber him as a one time hitter.  If it worked, stomp the crap out of him and if it didn't, run like hell!
   Of course, I don't mean I'd ever do such a thing.  I only mean it in theoretical terms as related to the overall effectiveness of the weapon.
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Reply #25 - Apr 28th, 2009 at 12:39am
 
ratman, after that, start running away throwing rock after rock by hand behind you!
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Reply #26 - Apr 28th, 2009 at 1:56pm
 
I just tried it with a split pouch and a leather pouch sling, a loaded sling can be instantly be transformed into a slung-shot by making an overhand knot with the cords.  Something a ancient, desperate slinger could do when the enemy warriors with swords and spears surround him. 
He had nothing to loose by doing it, he`d be dead in a minute, anyway Cheesy
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