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Hi slingers from Skåne/Scania, southern Sweden!
Jun 10th, 2024 at 4:16pm
 
Was activated over a week ago but have not yet had time to make a single post, swamped by life atm, but figure a proper introduction is at least in order now (thank you Joe for activating me). Will try to keep it semi-short; tend to drag text out...

My name is Filip and I'm from south-western Skåne in southern Sweden. How I got into slinging...

Well I have loved throwing rocks far/into the water at the ocean and at my grandmother's ever since I was a small child; just to hear the splash (simple mind) and simply because throwing is fun. Then saw some immigrant here in Sweden use a sling randomly at a protest. That + the David and Goliath story sat in the back of my mind... Then randomly saw a Youtube video one day a few months ago and from there went down the figurative online rabbit hole and decided to look up how to make one/ordered some paracord. Partly learned for nefarious reasons (just being honest here), partly for wanting to use it to hunt rabbits (maybe nefarious as well depending on who's asked) and partly because it just seemed plain fun.

I have now made 6 completed paracord-slings in total using both round- and flat braids, been pestering different people on Youtube for tips here and there over the past months (all have been cool about it though so the community seems great), and having never done braiding or anything paracord-related at all before would say that the improvement is a LOT between my first/last sling; currently waiting for more paracord to arrive to make more of them. Sling-making + music/interesting video = very relaxing.

Wanted to become a member partly to get tips on how to better make the slings (especially the transition to/from the pouch at this point and how to incorporate the extra strings better/smoother) and how to make custom ammunition with clay (have yet to try making that in the first place).

Actually found this forum trying to look up how to get consistant ammunition and there being an image of the 3D-printed custom glandrollers (RIP to CA; never knew you but with the impact left on here must have been a very cool person). Will be looking to either aquire one of those through contacts here in Sweden or get into 3D-printing too further down the line.

Still have ZERO accuracy with the throwing, have so far mostly practiced by the beach, so feel comfortable blaming small random rocks as ammo and extremely windy conditions so far for that, but can at least throw far now using both figure 8 and balearic style; both decently well (thank you to Blind Squirrel RockChucker, idk for sure but would just assume he's on here too (?), for the video that showed figure 8. Had issues with it due to not starting it from high but from the waist like I would the balearic; no bueno).

Used to juggle (the diabolo mainly but also ball-juggling, yoyos etc) VERY seriously for many years: MANY hours practicing alone so this hobby fits right in with that. No longer as serious about juggling, bit too old/injured/lazy, and the international diabolo forum closed fairly recently so guess that's just another reason I'm here (one of these oldschool forums discussing hobby directly in exchange for a different one). Slinging and juggling seems to overlap a bit as far as hobbies are concerned (fairly easy to get into but harder to master, fringe hobbies with endless possibility to practice alone for cheap, relaxing, a reason to touch grass etc) so this seems like it'll be a good and rewarding activity for all of the above reasons.

Next project is to try to make a better single loop sling (so far just been folding up BSRC's adjustable double loop designs), to make a 6-strand 3x braid thicker sling (length inside of thumb-armpit which so far seem to be preferred length), and to learn how to make ammo with clay from outside as mentioned above.

That's a decent amount about me; almost completely new to the hobby, found randomly, and I currently enjoy both making slings and throwing with them though so far the throwing part has taken a backseat. Excited to get into the hobby more and being a member here is a great step in achieving that. Attached is a photo of ALL of my first completed slings (not that many yet). The colorways aren't very fun perhaps but yeah... Just got two different sets of paracord and some mistakes meant losing a chunk of available material. There has also been a LOT of experimenting that led to loss of material. Will be better looking stuff in the future hopefully.

So yeah hello everyone, you all seem like cool people, will hopefully be reading/posting/bugging you for advice more in the future when time allows.  Wink
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Re: Hi slingers from Skåne/Scania, southern Sweden!
Reply #1 - Jun 10th, 2024 at 5:56pm
 
Welcome! Those are some gorgeous slings - I wish my first few looked as good!

There is certainly lots of information on making ammo here. I don't have experience in that regard except one whistling clay glande I made and promptly destroyed via slinging.

Blind Squirrel was here a few months back, but he's not here anymore, unfortunately. He is a good slinger though, and has some good tutorials.

Glad to have you here!
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Reply #2 - Jun 10th, 2024 at 8:11pm
 
Welcome from Pennsylvania, USA!

Nice slings! Thumbs Up
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Reply #3 - Jun 10th, 2024 at 8:43pm
 
Excellent introductory post. Others should follow your example.  Welcome!
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Reply #4 - Jun 11th, 2024 at 4:17am
 
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Reply #5 - Jun 11th, 2024 at 9:15am
 
You are talkative but welcome anyway.  Smiley
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Reply #7 - Jun 12th, 2024 at 10:17pm
 
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Reply #8 - Jun 17th, 2024 at 4:06am
 
Welcome!
Those are some great looking slings. Well done!

I do feel you about the sling making. It can be very relaxing to be making slings, and enjoying the proces.
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Reply #9 - Jul 6th, 2024 at 9:14am
 
Thank you all for the warm welcome (and for the praise of my slings; still have a LOT to learn though number of completed ones in the single digits still).

Was pointed in the right direction for the tutorial section so thanks for that as well. Being busy AND lazy have yet to deep dive and read/watch any of it thoroughly, will do so once time allows (summer is busy), but got more material finally and it gave me motivation to start another two slings.

First one already finished (4-strand round braid in fire orange-black), finally got a decent whip-cracker down, and now started on my first 6 string flat braid (using slightly modified fingerloops).

Figure still being new I'd share the process here; far from done and hopefully didn't cut the black black strings (planned zig-zags for the pouch) too short. Rainy day and free time until the second set of EC-quarters so will hopefully reach the pouch-section and find out today.

This one will be strictly for tennis ball use to get some more consistant practice going (currently have to bike over 10 km to the beach to throw anything so that's not ideal rn).

First time doing a Matthew Walker and might have "dressed" it wrong (?), apparently the bottom strings were supposed to be moved "up" in some way during the dressing part, but tightened it and it looks cool so keeping it this way for now. Thinking of using a double knot at the end as an experiment; recommended?

Edit: oh maybe need to get a special workstation for the sling making in the future (like some place to braid while sitting down)? As you can see currently do all braiding on the clothing hooks by the front door.

Also how do I go about resizing photos here please? This is the second time posting a photo only for it to blow up into a giant one and am unsure why sorry moderators; it's due to lack of technical know-how not on purpose. 🤷‍♂️

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Reply #10 - Jul 6th, 2024 at 8:10pm
 
You are progressing well.
My braiding station is ths back door handle !!
I suggest you try slings from different materials.
Jute, hemp, sisal, cotton, wool but definitely a seat belt sling.
When it comes down to it, the only way to sling is with a sling you like in the style that feels right.
How do you which sling you like untill you have tried many ?
Ditto style.
There is many years of information gathered here and yes C.A. was a gentle man.
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Reply #11 - Jul 6th, 2024 at 8:13pm
 
As to resizing;
If your photo editor doesn't do it simply search on line for
"image resizer" and several options will appear.
Just knock the last number of each digit set i.e. reduce from a 4 figure number to 3 figures and you are good to go.
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Reply #12 - Jul 7th, 2024 at 1:44pm
 
xud9a - call me zud 👍 wrote on Jul 6th, 2024 at 8:10pm:
You are progressing well.
My braiding station is ths back door handle !!
I suggest you try slings from different materials.
Jute, hemp, sisal, cotton, wool but definitely a seat belt sling.
When it comes down to it, the only way to sling is with a sling you like in the style that feels right.
How do you which sling you like untill you have tried many ?
Ditto style.
There is many years of information gathered here and yes C.A. was a gentle man.
Be happy
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I checked out image-resizers but moderator has been here already. Thank you Rat Man; will try to resize pictures in the future as per zud's tip above and see how that goes.

Thanks for the encouragement and tips. OK so not alone in doing the braiding while standing. I put on some Super Mario piano jazz arrangements and go to town. Am lazy though so would be nice to be able to sit and watch crap while doing the braiding as well.  Wink

Different materials in the future sure (have seen single string slings) but for now this is my project and then maybe a few more 4- and 6-strand ones first to REALLY get the hang of it before experimenting further. I was planning on doing an 8 string in the colors of a sunset, yellow>orange>pink>purple, once done with this but probably months away as would need to purchase more string again, it's REALLY used up quickly when I don't know measurements for different things. Also want to try a more open single fingerloop design with a folded snakeknot á one of Road Dog's tutorials.

Reached the desired length to start the pocket for the 6 string btw (onger than my two favorite rock slings, inside of thumb to armpit, but figure with a tennis ball being a bigger projectile I'll make this ever so slightly longer) and am now unsure... What would be the pros and cons with braiding this pocket in a zig-zag pattern (if you know?) like I have previously with the 4-strands vs doing a normal 3-string braid on each side to equal length and then resuming) please?

I currently lean towards the 3-string due to 1. not having tried it before 2. seen a video of a guy who got gifted a BSRC-sling (sorry don't know that guy's name off the top of my head or would credit for the video but I guess he's here on the forum too) where the pocket was made this way. Also figure it'll use less material (already cut WAY more than I needed, the opposite problem of what I tend to have, for this so can maybe save some pieces to use for pockets/fingerloops if doing this unsure) and expect it to possibly line up better with the rest of the sling. Does it grip equally well? Can a "smile" be inserted after the braiding part or would it have to be done during in this case?

Edit: also forgot to use grip glue on all the latest slings (just melted the ends nothing else). Is this something you tend to do/is it very required for lastability?
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Reply #13 - Jul 8th, 2024 at 6:03am
 
Ok, so many questions.
First thing, chill !
Then, all your questions, and many more you haven't got to yet are answered here.
There are over 500 pages of "pictures of slings and slinging"
In faqs there are tutorials on (nearly) every style of sling and much more beside.
If you want the good stuff Jaegoor is a master with braids of 32 strands and awesome accuracy with lead.
Mersa is trickshot king.
Archaic arms - Lewis . Rocks !
David Morningstar - watch and learn.
Joe Meadmaker - iceman.
And many others you will discover as you browse.
Enjoy.
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Reply #14 - Jul 9th, 2024 at 4:03am
 
Just to add; My braiding station is... my couch.
I just put a piece of cord around one of the legs of the side table, and use that as an anchor.

You don't need much, just something that gives you some resistance.
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