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Centrifugal Sin
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Apr 11th, 2010 at 4:17pm
 
Hey, I live in a dense neighborhood outside of a city, and although there are forest preserves and other open parks, It takes me a while to walk to them and I risk hitting car windows/people when slinging. Does anyone have a link to a sling made for less damaging ammunition, like water balloons? I really can't think of any other ammunition options.

Also, are there any techniques of slinging that don't look so suspicious, or don't risk hurting bystanders? I've been doing Greek style for the longest time yet I still feel a chance of my stone to come out of the pouch and fly towards the direction I didn't intend it to go.
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Reply #1 - Apr 11th, 2010 at 4:57pm
 
I live in the city as well and instead of changing slings I became creative: I use wiffle-balls!  Cheesy They don't fly fast or far and aren't as accurate as tennis balls but if you can hit what your aminig at with a wiffle-ball you can hit it with anything! Grin
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Reply #2 - Apr 11th, 2010 at 5:53pm
 

A tennis ball is pretty harmless and not frightening to the general  public. A couple of inch wide slits stabbed into it with a knife takes a lot of the bounce out of it. They slow down pretty quickly after they are launched so you dont need huge areas to throw them in, you arent going to send one a hundred yards.

For a very direction-safe throw, try the vertical greek:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2atj_FM0AjA

I have recently been putting a lot more upper body movement into it like Reubens video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GYxEXWG_OE

This throw will always rifle spin if you use a wide grip (retention cord on middle or ring finger). Look for a slight fade to the left on the downward end of the trajectory followed by a sharp jump to the right on the first bounce. If you use this same throw with a dried clay bicconical sling bullet it will fly like an American football to big distances and strike point first. Save these for open country!

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Reply #3 - Apr 11th, 2010 at 6:00pm
 
David Morningstar wrote on Apr 11th, 2010 at 5:53pm:
This throw will always rifle spin if you use a wide grip (retention cord on middle or ring finger). Look for a slight fade to the left on the downward end of the trajectory followed by a sharp jump to the right on the first bounce. If you use this same throw with a dried clay bicconical sling bullet it will fly like an American football to big distances and strike point first. Save these for open country!



You sure do talk the talk! Also, I'm 5'6", what's the ideal length for a tennis ball sling?

Are water balloons completely out of the ammunition question?

Thanks for the wiffle ball info, Conteruse.
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Reply #4 - Apr 11th, 2010 at 7:44pm
 
Hi, Centrifugal Sin;
   Welcome to slinging.org.  A great sling for water balloons, snowballs, and other delicate ammo is the seatbelt sling:
http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1243340828/0
   Though opinions vary slightly, I find that a sling that's half of the slingers height (we use the folded length of the sling) to be ideal.  I'd suggest a 33" sling for you. 
   No matter how good you are a stone will eventually come out of your pouch when and where you don't want it too.  I broke the windshield of my wife's car with a shot that sort of fell out of my sling backwards.  I hope she never finds out.  Slinging lethal ammo in the city is a very BAD idea. I'd use tennis balls.
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Reply #5 - Apr 11th, 2010 at 9:06pm
 
As Rat Man said, waterballons will probably be ok out of a seatbelt sling. To be honest I've never tried them. However I doubt you'll find them really satisfactory, as they will definitely be single use ammo. To get any good with a sling you need to put in hundreds or even thousands of shots; a lot of balloons to fill and bits of rubber to clean up afterward.

Tennis balls are the way to go. They're safe, inexpensive and readily available, give predictable and reasonable performance provided you don't want to throw too far and they are reusable. Best of all for city environs, they don't scare people. The only time I've heard any negative opinion is from John's friends. Even then I get the impression it was just a theoretical discussion, they hadn't actually seen him slinging.

I like to sling up against a tennis practise wall in a local park. However if you don't have that option you may be able to hire a tennis court. Ideal length and inside a high wire mesh fence; who could ever complain then.
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Reply #6 - Apr 12th, 2010 at 9:14am
 
As Aussie and Rat Man have said welcome and a seatbelt sling with tennis balls is the way to go. I live in the middle of our downtown area and sling tennis balls at a brick wall with no complaints.

Now that weather is turning nicer again I have been doing more slinging and sling construction. If you PM me your address I will make a seatbelt sling for you fit to height.
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Reply #7 - Apr 12th, 2010 at 11:06am
 
I would take ilpc up on his kind offer.  He makes wonderful seatbelt slings.  They are extremely versatile and will hurl anything from a golfball to a softball.
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Reply #8 - Apr 12th, 2010 at 3:58pm
 
back in the day Aussie gave out free sling pouches, and they where great for tennis balls and rocks. if you have some tennis courts nearby it will do good for slinging
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Reply #9 - Apr 12th, 2010 at 4:14pm
 
xxkid123 wrote on Apr 12th, 2010 at 3:58pm:
back in the day Aussie gave out free sling pouches, and they where great for tennis balls and rocks. if you have some tennis courts nearby it will do good for slinging

He is now again. (sorry about the awkward wording)  Embarrassed
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Reply #10 - Apr 12th, 2010 at 6:24pm
 
Et Cetera wrote on Apr 12th, 2010 at 4:14pm:
xxkid123 wrote on Apr 12th, 2010 at 3:58pm:
back in the day Aussie gave out free sling pouches, and they where great for tennis balls and rocks. if you have some tennis courts nearby it will do good for slinging

He is now again. (sorry about the awkward wording)  Embarrassed


he is? good to know. Grin
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Reply #11 - Apr 12th, 2010 at 7:37pm
 
Yes indeed.  There's nothing more versatile and durable than an Aussie pouch.  They're almost indestructible.
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Reply #12 - Apr 13th, 2010 at 9:46pm
 
I also second any suggestion for tennis balls.  Smiley
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Reply #13 - Apr 15th, 2010 at 6:04pm
 
Tennis balls and the backside of a home depot is the way to go thats what i did Grin
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