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"Three Slings"
Nov 14th, 2021 at 5:55am
 
We all know of Strabo's account of Balearic slingers using three lengths of sling, but short, medium, and long means something different to all of us.
What three lengths would you chose?
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Reply #1 - Nov 14th, 2021 at 7:27am
 

Short: Anything shorter than my arm

Long: Hand to opposite shoulder or longer

Medium: Everything in between
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Reply #2 - Nov 14th, 2021 at 9:52am
 
-short:  finger to elbow
-medium: finger to biceps
-long:  finger to shoulder or longer
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Reply #3 - Nov 14th, 2021 at 10:03am
 
MikeG wrote on Nov 14th, 2021 at 9:52am:
-short:  finger to elbow
-medium: finger to biceps
-long:  finger to shoulder or longer

Same for me. It's funny that we all naturally went to using our own bodies for measuring. I would guess it was exactly the same back then. If they didn't make their own, they could probably get them ordered to the size they preferred.
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Reply #4 - Nov 14th, 2021 at 7:51pm
 
24" short

28" medium

35" long
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Reply #5 - Nov 15th, 2021 at 7:54am
 
for me,
short - thumb-tip to mid-bicep
med - thumb-tip to shoulder socket
long - thumb-tip to sternum
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Reply #6 - Nov 15th, 2021 at 10:55am
 
Sir Missalot wrote on Nov 15th, 2021 at 7:54am:
for me,
short - thumb-tip to mid-bicep
med - thumb-tip to shoulder socket
long - thumb-tip to sternum


For myself, probably:
short - thumb-tip to shoulder
med - thumb-tip to sternum
long - thumb-tip to opposite shoulder
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Reply #7 - Nov 15th, 2021 at 12:48pm
 
Medium:  28" to 38"
Long:  38" +
   I have no use for short slings.  I'm not saying they're useless.  This is just my personal preference.
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Reply #8 - Nov 16th, 2021 at 11:09am
 
Same as morphy. I like to stick with just one sling though, as that is my edc, a medium length
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Reply #9 - Nov 19th, 2021 at 7:39am
 
My two favourites are a 24" and a 30" both made from braided paracord, I feel as the sling gets shorter having thicker cords allows me to throw with more force however as the sling gets longer and past 30" I feel more accurate with thinner singular strands of paracord. This is just my experience though
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Reply #10 - Nov 19th, 2021 at 6:35pm
 
Very interesting, all.

Suppose I should put mine too...

Short: ~ 16" base of finger to beginning of bicep - for tight spaces and formations. (needs 200-500g stones to be good)

Medium: ~ 25" base of finger to shoulder - general slinging

Long: ~ 30" base of finger to sternum - for long range

If there was a fourth, it would be a 42" or longer sling, purely for big stones at closer ranges to generate maximum impact.
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Reply #11 - Nov 20th, 2021 at 9:45pm
 
Short: 20-22”

Medium: 24-28”

Long: 30-32”

I’m not too adventurous with sling lengths. Around 28” puts it around as long as my arm, and I usually prefer that 24 to 28 inch range.
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Reply #12 - Nov 21st, 2021 at 6:36am
 
S: 26''
M: 33''
L: 45''
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Reply #13 - Nov 21st, 2021 at 9:24am
 
I don't use short slings much.  But would probably go with something in the 22" - 24" range.

For medium I would go with 29".

And long, 34" - 35"
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Reply #14 - Nov 24th, 2021 at 10:10am
 
24inch for short
32 for normal/medium
And around 44-50 for the long.
Although I'd have to find it and measure it to be certain.

The long one is also made from 2mm masons cord, while the other two are 3mm paracord.

With that kind of length and usually using smaller stones, air resistance is a definite factor.

And while I do generally 'measure' using bits of my body, that's how long they pretty much always come out.
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