I'm glad that you like the romanian model.
If anybody needs some tips to start this shooting style, I think I can help.
Here are some things that I've noticed over time:
1) When making such a forkless, single band, slingshot, try using soft flat bands (Theraband gold or thinner is ok). Avoid making such a slingshot from tubes or thick flat bands. The more rigid the band is, the more chances you have to shoot your hand.
2) When you are new to this shooting style, avoid using the over-fist grip. Rather use the over-fingers grip (it is much more controllable becaus of the larger prybar). In the video posted in the beginning of this topic, I was showing several gripping styles. Gripping over two bent fingers is strong enough for use with an average rubber band and offers the best control.
3) Steps for a clean, safe shot:
- Load the slingshot
- Extend it keeping the face of your fist up
- Start turning your forward hand with fist forward
- As soon as you start turning your forward hand, release the pouch
- The slingshot springs and travels forward, further than your forward hand, beforw your forward hand finishes its turning-forward motion
- The puch tends to keep its position with opening forward (caused by the inertia) and the projectile leaves it
Note: as soon as you become familiar with this shooting style, you will feel it so natural that the bending forward motion of the forward hand will become almost unperceptible for the eye.
4) First time shooters (or any shooter who wants to exercise in closed spaces) can safely use compressed paper mops as projectiles. You can make some balls out of paper, compressing as much as you can with your fingers. Then, you may want to wrap them around with ordinary adhesive band, so that they can be reused after the first shot. Paper is soft and deformable enough to be safe. I am using this for a long time to exercise in closed spaces (even in my room) and have never broke any window with such a projectile (despite I've hit several).
I hope you find these tips useful.