An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby Frothgar » Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:23 am

Made a pair of slings tonight. One will be cupped the other has a slit. Other than that they are identical. Next project is to get some clay so i can make some uniform ammo.

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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby Greg » Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:51 pm

I saw someone hand-roll ammo once with fast-drying brick/stone mortar. Mixed it at home, rolled it, and in 1-2 days it was good to go. A good deal cheaper than clay, if you're just wanting to mass-produce missiles that you'll be lucky to ever see again.

Cool looking slings! Good to see you, by the way!
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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby Eledhwen » Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:25 pm

I use clay from the river banks. Roll, shape into elliptical 'bullets', and bake. Hard as concrete. Cheap as can be. :)

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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby Frothgar » Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:27 pm

Will this mortar break down and disintigrate in the outdoors? Id rather not sling little cement balls into my rivers and fields.

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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby Frothgar » Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:37 pm

Btw. Took a long bike ride today along the Delaware. Tied a sling around my waist as a n afterthought. Took a break and slung a few stones into the river. I used the slitted one. I love it. Feels way more substantial and secure.

Need to redo the strap on my stone bag, find some good ammo material, and i plan to make a three stap " net" sling for hurling temnis balls.

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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby Greg » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:53 am

The quick-drying stuff breaks down, yes.
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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby Ringulf » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:00 am

I have always used small, non- valuable glass marbles for my sling and slingshot ammo. They are cheep and uniform and you can get bags of them toy store style for a song. I am not altogether sure of there ecological impact, but they are glass made from silicates and will eventually return to the earth if someone doesn't pick them up and consider them a treasure!
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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby Frothgar » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:40 pm

Shout out to the guy whos pattern i used.

T.J. Potter, maker of slings.

http://www.seekyee.com/Slings/

Had a brief email exchange with the guy. Seems like a decent fellow. I like how he hosts a how to section on his website. Very egalitarian, to sell things but also make abailable the means to make your own. Pretty boss.
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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby BrianGrubbs » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:04 pm

Timothy is a good guy. I talked to him some back when I was active on the Slinging.org forum. Really talented, and as nice as they come.

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Re: An Oft-Forgotten Weapon

Postby Frothgar » Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:55 am

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Made my first modern materials sling, 325 (which i didnt know was a thing) and 550 paracord. Two strap method., designed it for tennisballs, more of a sporty/ practice sling.

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A bit shorter than my usual slings. Could just be my perception but the all fiber ones seem to be shorter in general.

Now i need some tennis balls.

Later

ps. Made using this instructable.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Davids-Sling/
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