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Old 10-19-2012, 10:57 AM
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Default Sling Shots and Wrist Rockets

Any of you guys into them?

At a recent camping trip a buddy brought a store bought slingshot that had a compartment in the handle to store ammo.

We had a blast shooting that thing and it brought me back to the days when I used to make my own as well as having wrist rockets.

I even remember back in the day you could buy wrist rocket darts. That didn't last very long though, just like lawn darts (Jarts).

Sooo..I started googling and finding all kinds of cool sites for the DIY crowd as well as some new really kick @$$ designs.

Check this bad boy out.

I'm also thinking that a sling shot has its place in a BOB for taking down smaller game. With a dart it would become deadly for 2 legged predators.

There are even guys who've adapted a sling shot to shoot arrows. Pretty cool.
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I have a wrist rocket somewhere amongst the stuff---havn't used it in years---the only time I really used it was in my backyard to solve a problem---a large racoon was patrolling the neighood and bothering all the dogs, mine included---I tried various things like turning the hose on him, but he largely roamed at night making this difficult. Thats when I remembered the wrist rocket---I sent a ball bearing his way and judging by the noise he made, it hit him---never saw him again! Problem solved.
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My family LOVES shooting our sling shots when we go camping. We now have several, all "wrist rocket" types. I guess they may have a place in our BOB but they would have a pretty limited use. Very small game and pretty close in. Another problem we have found is that the surgical tubing only lasts a year or so.

Another thing that is really fun is a Blow Gun. We bought one in reno a few years back and it came with these 6 inch long arrows that are razor sharp. We have taken birds out of trees from 20 feet or so. It is a blast.
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Don't let Sacramento hear you guys are having fun with something that could put an eye out.

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For the vast majority they are toys. I picked up a few last year with the intent of putting them in my larger evac kit. Took them camping with the family and they were fun. However, you would need lots and lots and lots of practice to make them worth the weight and space cost.
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Wow...memories. Wrist Rockets were about $5 and those tubs of pachinko balls at Gemco were $1.99.

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My family LOVES shooting our sling shots when we go camping. We now have several, all "wrist rocket" types. I guess they may have a place in our BOB but they would have a pretty limited use. Very small game and pretty close in. Another problem we have found is that the surgical tubing only lasts a year or so.

Another thing that is really fun is a Blow Gun. We bought one in reno a few years back and it came with these 6 inch long arrows that are razor sharp. We have taken birds out of trees from 20 feet or so. It is a blast.
We used to make our own out of a plastic Qtip, needle and a straw. They were pretty effective.
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Careful with those blow guns. Not sure they are legal here.

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Of course I bought a wrist rocket for my son. Brings back memories and I end up using it more than he does. I use it to keep crows out of my fig tree and the possums and raccoons out of yard. I need to order a roll of surgical tubing to replace the bands and some more pachinko balls.
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Don't let Sacramento hear you guys are having fun with something that could put an eye out.

Mine has a bullet button so I'm good to go.
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It is unfortunate that the rubber straps or surgical tubing used on sling shots will wear out over a fairly short period of time. To keep a working one around over a period of years, one would have to have a supply of it to make repairs.

Didn't they have some on Season 2 or 3 of Top Shot?
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Mine has a bullet button so I'm good to go.
Mine has a shoulder thing that goes up.
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Mine has a shoulder thing that goes up.
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Have you seen the ones with laser sights? I'm waiting for the new aimpoints
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The Slingshot Channel.
Not your average slingshot.
This guy is a kick to watch.
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He has some out of these world devices.
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Old Video of mine bt it's along the same topic. I will be using this for a very long time... Very accurate!




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I picked up a sling shot at the last gun show I was at. Its fun but I still can`t hit the broad side of a barn.
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Back at SHOT '06 (I think), I bought one with a red dot, iron sights and a laser.
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Back at SHOT '06 (I think), I bought one with a red dot, iron sights and a laser.
The on eI bought at Big 5 has hi-viz sights.
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The on eI bought at Big 5 has hi-viz sights.
Mine has a couple points that swivel to maintain correct sight alignment.
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Have one in my survival kit just starting to practice with it.
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I have 1 in my GHB
cause you never know.
remember to use round things as we found out that weird shaped rocks tend to go where they want. A small gumball with go through 2 layers of cardboard at about 50 ft. Gumballs are cheap to practice with and light to carry compared to small steel balls.
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I have 1 in my GHB
cause you never know.
remember to use round things as we found out that weird shaped rocks tend to go where they want. A small gumball with go through 2 layers of cardboard at about 50 ft. Gumballs are cheap to practice with and light to carry compared to small steel balls.
This old man is deadly accurate with gravel that he picks up off the ground:

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Mine has a couple points that swivel to maintain correct sight alignment.
Sounds like they are very similar, if not the same.
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I have found sling shot ammo to be expencive. So I have a #00 buck shot mold I have for reloading 12g shells. I made up a bunch of #00 with the scrap lead I have and use that for practice. Alot cheaper than buying. Just thought I would throw that out there.
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Anyone use marbles for ammo? I think the standard sizes might be a little too big, but still usable. The mini ones would be just right. Just doing a quick search online it seems that one could get 1000 marbles for about $20. Much cheaper than the slingshot ammo sold in stores.
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Marbles are good to go. I've been hit once in the head when i was a kid and I tell you it ain't no joke, i still have the scar.
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Default as kids we made'em out of Euc branches and bike inner-tubes.

Euc tends to make near perfect "Y" for slingshots, and we'd carve notches and tie strips of inner tube. Mostly we'd launch river rocks, but any rocks did fine.

For "super power" we'd lay back and use our foot as brace on the 'Y'.

Actually hitting a bird was rare, mostly we'd have one guy take 1st shot and 2nd guy would try and hit the much larger, but moving, bird as he took flight. Sometimes we'd catch a few feathers.

Today, I"m always worried about strap snapping and putting my eye out, so I wear safety glasses.

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I had those but I preferred using a sheperd's sling (David & Goliath type).
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I had those but I preferred using a sheperd's sling (David & Goliath type).
Lots of range, and downright lethal, but hard to learn to use them. i made my own from braided leather back in the day, and no matter how much I practiced, i never got more reliable than a man size target at 30 or 40 yards or so. I have seen a guy basically getting headshots at around 80-100 yards. He could go biblical with that thing.
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I have a wrist rocket around here somewhere. This thread makes me want to go find it or buy a new one.
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Played with a wrist rocket quite a bit as a kid.
Nice to have a wrist rocket in a rock fight.
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Lots of range, and downright lethal, but hard to learn to use them. i made my own from braided leather back in the day, and no matter how much I practiced, i never got more reliable than a man size target at 30 or 40 yards or so. I have seen a guy basically getting headshots at around 80-100 yards. He could go biblical with that thing.
I had one as a kid and got pretty good with it. It definitely takes practice to get the flow of it. It was made from a single strip of leather...

I'm considering making two to see how the materials work.

One will be made from braided bow string material and the other will be made from this thin para-cord type stuff I discovered recently.
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If you have 12 min, Dave Canterbury from Dual Survival will show you how to use your wrist rocket with arrows.

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I had one as a kid and got pretty good with it. It definitely takes practice to get the flow of it. It was made from a single strip of leather...

I'm considering making two to see how the materials work.

One will be made from braided bow string material and the other will be made from this thin para-cord type stuff I discovered recently.
Let us know how that turns out. weight of a sling like that is neglibible, and once you have some skill with it, you can practically self sustain - or so said Marcus Tralius in his evaluation of a Roman Legion on the march. Seems like it would apply in a survival situation as well,
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I have 2 wrist rockets and a pistol cross bow in my arsenal. I also make my own blow guns out of 1/2" copper pipe and 8 penny nails that are accurate to 30 yards and will penetrate 1/2" plywood.
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What would be the highest quality production wrist rocket?
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Check this guys stuff out, nice workmanship.
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