Well thanks to my current medical condition I have to be careful with TBG on slingshots.
A week ago Flipgun wrote that lighter bands can be fun too. I was so focused on power that only paid attention to TGB before his post. I decided to give it a shot and ordered latexband in four different strengh levels. I didn't go for theraband. I ordered these bands
instead. They are cheaper and can't say anything negative about the quality so far. I don't have a crony and I only have TBG so I can't really compare this
I had a session with my physiotherapist on tuesday and a talked with him about it. In his opinion I should give it a try. It actually can help me to improve my current situation as long as I take it easy on the draw weight.
The bands arrived on thursday and I had 3 plywood and one natural fork ready for the bands and 4 different types of bands to choose from.
The plywood ones are all based on bigdh2000's elvira template
. The 2nd from the left is the unmodified elvira. I like that shape of the fork but I think that the handle is a little short.
My first idea was a handle adapted to my left hand (1st from left). I does feel comfortable without rubber but I don't like to shoot it. The green bands on it are the weakest but still no. Discontinued. won't get new rubber and will be put in the hall of shame
The second attempt is a longer and symetric handle (right one with red bands). This is my favorite one so far. I had bad luck with the positioning on the scrap piece of plywood. I got a bad spot that i had to fill up before sanding.
I used a mixture of shellac and sawdust to do it
It is still visible but much better after sanding
Now I made a very similar one. The only difference is the diameter of the hole in the fork to get the forktips slightly wider. The template with all dimensions is on my one drive cloud as the pdf attachment was the reason for my trouble. I'll post it also as jpg in a reply to this post.
I mixed a small amount of blie pigments in the linseed oil that I used after sanding with 240 grit. wiped off excess shortly after applying. Then sanded 400 grit manually and oiled again with plain linseed oil.
Can't wait to shoot it but it is still to slippery for rubberbands. need to wait a couple of days
The natural one needs a couple of days too as i dipped it in linseed oil. The bands were on it just for the pic
When cutting the rubberbands I didn't pay any attention to it's strenth. They are all cut 190mm long and tapered from 25 to 15mm.
The green ones are the weakest ones. they are pretty much maxed out with the 6mm PLA BBs. Even the slightliy heavier 4.5mm steel BBs from my airguns are unably to penetrate an empty beer ca. They also feel fragile to me though they didn't snap yet. However these are good to fix the rubber to the pouch.
The blue one is already better with 4.5mm steel and can launch 10mm steel but they only travel like 5m. Honestly much better than expected but a little fragile.
I didn't shoot the black ones yet as they slipped of the natty on first try but I'll do it soon
The red ones are suppost to be about the same as Theraband black. The draw weight ist highest and it does give even the 6mm PLA BBs some power. I can't expect miracles from a 0.2 gramm plastic BB but some did tiny cracks in the beer can and shattered on impact with a wall. 4.5mm steel went straight through the poor can. I did most shots with these bands so far and they are still doing good. I didn't count but it should be around 150 to 200 shots.
So much on the forks and rubber. now let me get to my shooting skills.
I had a bad start on thursday. I was happy to hit the catchbox after all and there was absolutly no grouping at all.
Completly disillusioned about my skills I went back to my laptop and found a long but very helpful tutorial from gamekeeper John.
Found out that I made a couple of mistakes at once and was able to get a lot better on friday. Yesterday I switched to my regular targets for air rifle and pistol.
I think this is OK for shooting indoor, about 5m distance and 6mm PLA BBs.
The bullseye in the center is 10mm in diameter and the rings are 5mm apart. After Thursday I didn't expect this kind of result so soon on day three of practice shooting.
For now I'll stick with this setup and hone my skills.
More of the red rubberband is ordered as well as some purple rubber that is supposed to be as strong as TB silver. The red one works good for me. I can do a lot of shots with these and I hope for some more training effect from the purple stuff to get closer to TBG and 10mm BBs.
I'll also order 7mm and 8mm steel next month. 6mm is a little small in the pouch and 4.5mm is way to small but this is beside 10mm steel everything I got.
Flipgun was totally right. Even lighter bands can be plenty of fun. Thanks for that post. You did help me more than you might realise
For some reason it did show the pics and template in the preview but it doesn't after prosting it. Same after first edit. Sorry for that. If anyone can help please do so
Edit 2: learned from Austin that PDF attachments are only allowed in a few sections. reuploaded pics and set link to the PDF. Text that I changed is blue