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Re: Sling as main survival weapon
Reply #180 - Nov 27th, 2020 at 2:52pm
 
   On another note, how viable a survival weapon a sling is can depend on where you live.  I have mentioned many times that southern New Jersey is alluvial.  During the last Ice Age the glaciers made it only as far south as north and central New Jersey.  As the glaciers retreated much of this area was under water. Consequently there are many perfect, oval shaped white river stones all over the place.  They make very accurate projectiles.  The sling would be a much more useful survival tool here than in the mountains where there's nothing but broken shale to sling. 
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Reply #181 - Nov 29th, 2020 at 9:01pm
 
Rat Man wrote on Nov 27th, 2020 at 2:52pm:
   On another note, how viable a survival weapon a sling is can depend on where you live.  I have mentioned many times that southern New Jersey is alluvial.  During the last Ice Age the glaciers made it only as far south as north and central New Jersey.  As the glaciers retreated much of this area was under water. Consequently there are many perfect, oval shaped white river stones all over the place.  They make very accurate projectiles.  The sling would be a much more useful survival tool here than in the mountains where there's nothing but broken shale to sling. 


I agree that makes a huge difference.
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Reply #182 - Oct 1st, 2021 at 4:39pm
 
In a primitive scenario I need cordage to make fire and stones to boil water. Both also happen to be prerequisites for slinging so that goes hand in hand very nicely. And if we got clay to make clay sling bullets with we also got clay to make containers with. And this clay can also again be used to make a flywheel for a pump drill to make fire with. On a riverbed there's also a often a good stone to be used as a bearing block for a bow drill which works better than wooden bearing blocks that wear out. Stones are quite essential to survival, I'd say. IF there's flint it's even better. We got a cutting tool and a sparking device to light charred tinder. Flint is excellent for cutting small notches, skinning, and scraping dry wood for fine wood shavings that make excellent starter fuel for the fire pyramid.
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Reply #183 - Oct 3rd, 2021 at 10:45am
 
J wrote on Oct 1st, 2021 at 4:39pm:
In a primitive scenario I need cordage to make fire and stones to boil water. Both also happen to be prerequisites for slinging so that goes hand in hand very nicely. And if we got clay to make clay sling bullets with we also got clay to make containers with. And this clay can also again be used to make a flywheel for a pump drill to make fire with. On a riverbed there's also a often a good stone to be used as a bearing block for a bow drill which works better than wooden bearing blocks that wear out. Stones are quite essential to survival, I'd say. IF there's flint it's even better. We got a cutting tool and a sparking device to light charred tinder. Flint is excellent for cutting small notches, skinning, and scraping dry wood for fine wood shavings that make excellent starter fuel for the fire pyramid.

I guess they were right to call it the Stone Age Cheesy
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Reply #184 - Oct 5th, 2021 at 9:23am
 
Im so glad not to be in the stone age. For somethings stone cutters work well but for things like woodworking they are pretty brutal to use when you are used to good steel.
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Reply #185 - Oct 6th, 2021 at 1:20am
 
That’s only because you define “woodworking” as the act of making something practical with wood, where that “something” requires clean lines and well-cut edges. You should expand the little box you’ve trapped your mind in Morphy. You should aspire to build an utterly useless piece of art from battered chunks of jagged wood, for it is the caveman’s dream to have sufficient excess calories to waste on things such as art.
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Reply #186 - Oct 6th, 2021 at 10:19am
 
NooneOfConsequence wrote on Oct 6th, 2021 at 1:20am:
That’s only because you define “woodworking” as the act of making something practical with wood, where that “something” requires clean lines and well-cut edges. You should expand the little box you’ve trapped your mind in Morphy. You should aspire to build an utterly useless piece of art from battered chunks of jagged wood, for it is the caveman’s dream to have sufficient excess calories to waste on things such as art.


Based on the current state of modern art which has become a meme of itself I will gladly make worthless crap if it means I can make one tenth of what some of these people make.
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