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Primitive Slingshot
May 18th, 2021 at 11:05am
 
After years of slings being referred to as 'primitive slingshots' it's time such a device actually came about.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/IlaA45tBWjhi/



Construction
Pretty straightforward. A frame with two torsion engines. The four wooden plugs keeps the engines in tension when the pouch is pulled. The two stoppers inside the frame hinders the arms from twisting to much forward as this makes it difficult to draw the pouch back. The stoppers have to be placed close to the pivot points of the arms otherwise they'll be smashed to pieces when the pouch is released.

Usage
The torsion engines are loaded by twisting the wooden sticks holding the rope. Each must provide equal power. The symmetry of the torsion engines is tested by pulling the pouch and seeing if one of the engines is pulled more easily. Realistically the wooden plugs often don't make sense since one engine has to be loaded a bit more. When used, grip the pouch from side to side. Changing the pouch for a regular string one can fire arrows, making a primitive slingbow.

How is it?
REALLY powerful and accurate. In the video I stood awkwardly to be in frame of the camera so my aim is a little off. Plus the rope of one of the engines had started to break (you see this in the start of the video, which I recorded the last) so it was far less accurate and powerful. Without these constraints I am able to hit the wooden board dead on every time at a very low angel with no more than a few days of practice. It can definitely be used for bird hunting. 

Surprisingly easy to make. Made this one on the first try. Took couple of hours making the frame, engines and arms and then some days finishing of the last details that I realized had to be fixed.




Overall, a completely awesome weapon.

Inspired by this guy
https://the-shed-and-beyond.blogspot.com/2014/04/handheld-ballista.html
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Re: Primitive Slingshot
Reply #1 - May 18th, 2021 at 11:39am
 
Smiley Cool.
It's a good idea for bird hunting.
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Reply #2 - May 18th, 2021 at 11:50am
 
I love this man. I think you should look into making a pellet crossbow too. The cool thing about this though is you can adjust draw weight.

Nice job!
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Reply #3 - May 18th, 2021 at 12:30pm
 
That's awesome! I would like to think these have been made in history as well. Surely they must have made mini test models in the ancient world at the height of this technology. Really cool!
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Reply #4 - May 18th, 2021 at 4:31pm
 
How much power can you get from this if you really crank it up? Any chance we can get a destruction video?
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Re: Primitive Slingshot
Reply #5 - May 18th, 2021 at 5:13pm
 
Morphy wrote on May 18th, 2021 at 4:31pm:
How much power can you get from this if you really crank it up?

Surprisingly much!
Try and imagine the biggest of the bows I posted in the pellet bow thread, taking into consideration that it was novice made. Then the slingshot is just as, maybe a little bit more, powerful at its fullest. The wooden board was 15 meters away and I could hit it with the pellet flying at a very low angle. Oddly enough it isn't difficult to draw it back and hold it in place.

Morphy wrote on May 18th, 2021 at 4:31pm:
Any chance we can get a destruction video?

Maybe...   Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes:Smiley
But wont promise.

Morphy wrote on May 18th, 2021 at 11:50am:
I think you should look into making a pellet crossbow too.

A stonebow?



TOMBELAINE wrote on May 18th, 2021 at 11:39am:
Smiley Cool.
It's a good idea for bird hunting.

Thanks!



Kick wrote on May 18th, 2021 at 12:30pm:
I would like to think these have been made in history as well. Surely they must have made mini test models in the ancient world at the height of this technology.

Imagine Roman street urchins destroying vases with small primitive slingshots  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #6 - May 18th, 2021 at 5:28pm
 
Damn making a pellet crossbow out of this would be super cool. Maybe if I finally start using my time more wisely I can try to make something like that.
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Reply #7 - May 18th, 2021 at 8:56pm
 
A great design and awesome execution!  The torsion slingshot!  Thumbs Up
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Reply #8 - May 20th, 2021 at 11:51am
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Q_mg-4GjA

Joerg made a torsion slingshot about 9 years ago.
The video also has an excellent apache style throw with asling.

The torsion slingshot is about midway through the video.

For the record - no modern material is as good as animal sinew.
Once dried and twisted it outperforms all modern materials and cordage.

There was a program a few years back where a team made a full size mangonel. Hmm NOPE not a mangonel, one of them big crossbow type thingies that fire spears.
If i could remember what they were called, I could probably find the program whistle

Good program.
they did all manner of tests and just could not find anything to match animal sinew.

Got any videos of yours in action slyngorm ?
hard to tell how large it is.

But i might make a 3d printed one using tpu as the cord. It's stupidly strong and really elastic, so should work well.

Something small to fire bbs would be fun.

I'll add it to my (long) list of projects Smiley
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Reply #9 - May 20th, 2021 at 3:57pm
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on May 20th, 2021 at 11:51am:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Q_mg-4GjA

Joerg made a torsion slingshot about 9 years ago.

WELP! I stand corrected. And beaten. By nine years. Grin

However.
Not to try and correct a guy who clearly has more experience in woodworking, weapons and actual slingshots but I disagree with the notion that this thing can't be very powerful and I think he choose a poor design.  Tongue

I'm convinced that my slingshot already is pretty powerful, that Joerg's slingshot doesn't seem that much more powerful and that mine could be even more powerful had I used more rope (easy enough).
And his design is needlessly wide and flimsy. Placing the arms facing inwards (with a wider frame) gives a potential for a longer power stroke. But it seems to me difficult to hold and handle and a longer power stroke could be achieved in other ways.
Still cool!

Curious Aardvark wrote on May 20th, 2021 at 11:51am:
Got any videos of yours in action slyngorm ?

On the bitchute link.



joe_meadmaker wrote on May 18th, 2021 at 8:56pm:
A great design and awesome execution!  The torsion slingshot!  Thumbs Up

Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin




czechslinger1.0 wrote on May 18th, 2021 at 5:28pm:
Maybe if I finally start using my time more wisely I can try to make something like that.

Don't we all want to do that?  Embarrassed Cry Tongue  Wink Cheesy

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Reply #10 - May 21st, 2021 at 3:14pm
 
  Even though you were beaten by nine years that's still some very creative work.  Good job.
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Reply #11 - Jun 23rd, 2021 at 5:48pm
 
Tried removing the stoppers inside the frame to increase the power stroke. Turns out that is a pretty dumb idea as one torsion engine will always pull the pouch to one side even if they are equally loaded. Have to place the stoppers so the torsion arms can swing as far forward as possible without making it difficult to pull back the pouch.

When that is fixed I will make a video demonstrating its abilities as a primitive slingbow.

Rat Man wrote on May 21st, 2021 at 3:14pm:
  Even though you were beaten by nine years that's still some very creative work.  Good job.

Thanks Rat Man!
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Reply #12 - Jun 24th, 2021 at 4:23pm
 
Ive been thinking about ways to upgrade this. Well, maybe not upgrade since I wasnt exactly thinking of torsion but I think a handheld, non-rubber primitive slingshot is possible.

What about a mini horizontal bow? With a handle perpendicular to the limbs? What say you Slyngorm? Rubber has so many advantages but this is a really interesting problem. I bet theres a good solution to it.
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Reply #13 - Jun 25th, 2021 at 7:12am
 
Good you are asking Morphy. Because that is a really good question.

With the mini horizontal bow there comes several distinct issues about which I cannot explain scientifically.

Probably the greatest issue is holding the slingshot in place. The main point is that when pulling the pouch back on a true slingshot, it is easy to hold the slingshot frame still but the pellet still receives a lot of force. On the other hand, my pellet bows were the complete opposite and required great muscle strength to hold the bow in place so you didn't fire to the side of your target. I don't know why but my torsionshot had about the same amount of power as my biggest pellet bow yet was very easy to hold. I think this is an issue related to efficiency ie. how rubber and torsion engines transfers power compared to a bow frame.
However, this might simply be a case of holding the bow horizontally vs vertically. Ei., it's impossible to shoot to the side of your target when holding a slingshot as you do, since you instead will shot higher or lower than intended, instead of to the side like with a pellet bow. Gotta check that out with my torsionshot (by holding it sideways).

Sorry for all these theories that I haven't tested out yet...  Tongue


A related issue it simply attaching the handle well. I constantly had to rebind or otherwise tighten the string that bound the handle to my pellet bow. When using a bow as a slingshot type thingy, you hold the bow frame at an angle meaning a huge amount of force it exerted on the handle. Attaching a slingshot-esque handle to a bow will be VERY difficult. 

A possible solution would be a flexible reflex bow. I saw a video with an unstrung traditional Korean bow. The type that looks like an "O" with no string. The guy who demonstrated it was able to grab on to a limb and pull it in all sorts of directions using little force before it snapped. Attach a handle in some way and put on a string just short enough that you are able to pull it back.
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Reply #14 - Jun 25th, 2021 at 9:07am
 
Lots of good points Slyng. (Im shortening it to this! I can never remember it otherwise!  Grin)

Is it harder to hold and shoot the pellet bow because its wanting to twist in your grip?

Ive written this response 3 times lol, each long responses filled with ideas. But let me start here lol...  Cheesy
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