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Weird slinging mishaps
May 29th, 2023 at 6:24pm
 
Yesterday, I was slinging pinecones, and my sling somehow tied itself around a pinecone mid-throw... Cheesy

What weird slinging mishaps have you had?
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Once, Toivo and Eino were building a house, but as Toivo worked, he would occasionally throw a nail over his shoulder. When Eino asked why he was being so wasteful, he said, “The heads are on the wrong side!” Eino looked at him and said, “You dummy, those are for the other side of the house!”
 
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Reply #1 - May 29th, 2023 at 9:47pm
 
I've had projectiles get wrapped up too.  I also once had a release cord get a knot tied in it.  It was just a simple overhand knot (loose, not tight), but I was scratching my head thinking 'How the heck did that happen?'.

I've had the finger loop slide off my finger, so the sling went flying out in front of me with the projectile.  When I was doing a bunch of stuff with really big stones I had some early releases and hit my house a couple times.  Probably some other things too that aren't coming to mind right now.
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Reply #2 - May 29th, 2023 at 10:13pm
 
Yeah, knot-tying slings are weird. It only seems to happen with thinner cords, though.

I've stopped throwing balearic or underhand in my backyard, as late releases send the ball flying into my house or over the fence. There are few things that feel worse than watching a ball barely clear the fence or bounce straight over.

I hit my neighbor's car recently with a tennis ball, proving why you don't use a really heavy staff for a staff sling. My staff sling pouch flew off once, but I don't think I've had a sling slide off my finger yet.
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Once, Toivo and Eino were building a house, but as Toivo worked, he would occasionally throw a nail over his shoulder. When Eino asked why he was being so wasteful, he said, “The heads are on the wrong side!” Eino looked at him and said, “You dummy, those are for the other side of the house!”
 
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Reply #3 - May 30th, 2023 at 3:54pm
 
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Reply #4 - May 31st, 2023 at 7:03am
 
Often when I've given someone else a go with my sling the projectile ends up flying out before they even release it. That's one thing you've always got to be careful of with beginners!
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Reply #5 - May 31st, 2023 at 3:51pm
 
   When I was first into slinging I tried an extra long cracker of about four inches.  I wanted a nice, loud bullwhip crack.  That's a mistake you only make once.  Of course the cracker snapped across the palm of my hand leaving a big welt and invoking a stream of curse words.
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Reply #6 - Jun 1st, 2023 at 11:13pm
 
That's a good idea, blindsquirrel!

Yfir - I had some ammo slip out without releasing a couple of times when I started out. Its one of the worst ways for a tennis ball to go over the fence (get out the duct tape and long stick!)

That sounds painful, Rat Man!
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Once, Toivo and Eino were building a house, but as Toivo worked, he would occasionally throw a nail over his shoulder. When Eino asked why he was being so wasteful, he said, “The heads are on the wrong side!” Eino looked at him and said, “You dummy, those are for the other side of the house!”
 
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Reply #7 - Jun 2nd, 2023 at 12:28am
 
Eino wrote on Jun 1st, 2023 at 11:13pm:
That's a good idea, blindsquirrel!

Yfir - I had some ammo slip out without releasing a couple of times when I started out. Its one of the worst ways for a tennis ball to go over the fence (get out the duct tape and long stick!)

That sounds painful, Rat Man!


To make that mini sonic boom the end of your sling has to be traveling at over 767 mph.  Yes, it hurt.
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Reply #8 - Jun 2nd, 2023 at 4:35pm
 
     I guess this was about twenty years ago.  For some reason I borrowed my now late wife's (Marie) car to take one of the dogs to a local park and do some slinging.  I don't remember why I didn't take my own car.  It was a nice day and I was slinging well until a stone came out of my sling early.  It went backwards with a little bit of force and hit the car's windshield.  It bounced off apparently with no harm done.  I called it a day at that point and drove home.  The next night Marie came home from work upset.  Her windshield had a huge crack across it.  She believed a stone from a gravel truck she was following hit it.  I knew better.  If you knew my wife you'd understand why I never told her.  She went to her grave never knowing that it was me who broke her windshield.  I've never regretted my decision to not tell her.
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