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Reply #15 - Oct 28th, 2020 at 12:57am
 
Seems safer and more challenging to just prop the shield  up and use it as a target haha
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Reply #16 - Oct 28th, 2020 at 4:27am
 
It would certainly be safer, but, I have to say, I don't think Joe risked his health for nothing. Obviously, Joe slinging pumpkins straight up and catching them on a presumably not 100% historically accurate shield is far from true historical research, BUT I do think his experience is interesting when thinking about how slings were used and would have been encountered. Jaegoor's experiences are perhaps that bit closer to a "real life" scenario but it's interesting hearing from the person being hit.
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Reply #17 - Oct 28th, 2020 at 8:56am
 
Tigger32 wrote on Oct 28th, 2020 at 12:57am:
Seems safer and more challenging to just prop the shield  up and use it as a target haha

No doubt, but I have a pallet for that.  Wink

This activity isn't really about the sling throw and accuracy.  It's about being on the receiving end of that throw.  I did this with ice balls originally, and the mini pumpkins were a big step up in mass.  It's quite impressive to feel the force of the impact, even when gravity is the only force acting on the projectile.  I wish I had a fellow slinger who lived nearby.  I'd love to feel the impact of an ice ball on a shield when the projectile was throw (gently) in an arc toward me rather than straight up in the air.
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Reply #18 - Oct 28th, 2020 at 9:05am
 
While drinking one time my friend was very close to letting me throw a rubber ball at his bare chest from close range, he then asked “na seriously what’s the worst that could happen its just like a paintball” I replied “well I’m pretty confident I could break your skin and probably a rib” he quickly retracted his request Grin
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Reply #19 - Oct 28th, 2020 at 10:54am
 
Ha!  That's a smart guy coming to his senses.  Smiley
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Reply #20 - Oct 28th, 2020 at 12:43pm
 
I was expecting you to prop the shield against the target on the left.

first throw: 'hows' that ever going to hit anything...raises shield over head...wow ! '

My other observation is that if you raised the balearic target so that the diana was at head height - it would be bang on Smiley

I presume that's what the rope is for and it's just resting on the ground between pummelings Smiley

Excellent video joe ! Thumbs Up
Looks like real fun. Smiley
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Reply #21 - Oct 28th, 2020 at 2:25pm
 
Thanks CA!  Yeah, my ability to sling straight up in the air is still far from great.  But this time around I was much more consistent than I was the first time with ice.

The balearic target is going to get two changes at some point.  If I stand straight down the hill from it, the diana is probably about mid-torso because of the hill.  The max distance I can get is about 15 m.  I'd like to get it out of the swing-set frame where it's currently mounted, and on to it's own stand.  Then I could put it about 2 feet higher, which should be approximately the correct height.  And about 5 m farther back, so I can practice on it at 20 m.

The rope is actually holding a tire that I've used as a pendulum target, https://youtu.be/Z65CWWAWj7Q.  So with the balearic target where it is, it's also blocking my tire.  Sad
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Reply #22 - Oct 29th, 2020 at 12:54pm
 
This is awesome and I am gonna try it with a trash can lid shield and tennis balls in the backyard.

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Reply #23 - Oct 29th, 2020 at 4:07pm
 
one of my slinging party tricks is to sling a tennis ball straight up so that it lands in my hand - without my having to move.
That and two stones in the air at the same time.
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