I'm Sebastian, 27 and from Germany
I've been reading in this lovely forum occasionally since 2012 but never felt like I had to register as I hadn't had much time for this kind of fun anyway.
I ordered a slingshot with 0.6mm natural rubber bands back in 2012 and there are still the original rubber bands on it. I may have shot about 50bbs with it and that's it.
I've always been on the road between L. A. and Shanghai, between Oslo and Port Elizabeth for the last six years. International field service. Starting new machines and troubleshoot and fix existing equipment. The last four years I was pretty much on my own, doing this alone and I was responsible for machines worth up to 5 million Euros.
It was a great time and I enjoyed it a lot but doing this kind of job came with a high price. My lower spine and my left shoulder are a wreck and I can't do my job anymore. pretty devastating but I'm working on getting better although it will never be really good again
Back in 2012 I forgot to take that slingshot out of my pocket (a week after I got it) before hitting the road again. I accidently flew from Frankfurt to Chicago and from Chicago to Cleveland, OH with that damn slingshot and 15 10mm BBs in my jacket and nobody noticed it. I went trough two security screenings and that slingshot with ammunition went twice through x-ray wihout trouble. So far my only experience with travelling with a slingshot.
Now I have plenty of time to do what I wanted to do but my back somehow limits it. Shooting regular slingshots and bow and arrow is off limits thanks to my shoulder.
My favorite "Toy", a recurve crossbow made by excalibur, is off limits too. 175lbs of draw wheight is way to much. I was able to hit an apple 100m away but now I can only dream of beeing able to cock it.
Don't get me wrong. I know this is not a toy. I bought it 2011 in Spanish Fort, AL and I was hunting with it once with an american colleage (most of the meat landed in his freezer) and saw the destruction it causes.
Today I'm glad that I did it. Not that I'm a big hunting guy (I prefer non bloody targets) but I got a very visible example of what these weapons are made for and I started to treat all my weapons with a lot more respect since this day but I still call my Phoenix my favorite toy.
yesterday I started to build a slingshot crossbow. a very simple design but with adjustable draw length. If I have a bad day I can reduce the draw lengh and still shoot it without changes to the rubber bands.
That's what I got together yesterday. Nothing fancy but functional
everything is made of beechwood. It was left over from a couple of router projects
A thread rod size M8 allows adjustment of the pouch rest. It's fixed on both ends with a piece of 10x1mm aluminum pipe and two countered nuts on each end. the front end is hidden underneath the crossbar, on the backend there are additional two nuts for my battery drill. It takes about 28 seconds t move it all the way from one side to the other. So it's not really suitable as cocking aid. In the pouch and ball rest is a nut that has metric thread on the inside and thread for wood on the outside. You simply screw it in using an allenkey. I took a pic of them as well as I didn't find a vocab for these that made sense to me
Today I changed the single and straight theraband gold against a double tapered set. I cut them 190mm long and tapered from 22mm to 8mm. adjusted draw lenght on the pic above is ~85cm and there is a 10mm steel BB in the pouch.
I made a very simple clamp on trigger. using two of these magic nuts size m6x10 and 2 junk pieces of 20x20mm beechwood profile, an aluminum rod with 6mm diameter and that piece of spruce wood that I found in the shelf with that 45° cut already on it. I cut thread on both ends in the aluminum rod, turned the beechwood pieces into nuts and drilled a 6m hole in that piece of spruce wood.
I'm not really happy with it but it works for now. I'll probably touch that pouch rest and trigger up. It takes a lot of force to fire and that makes it hard to aim. everything is bolted together so I can rip it completly apart when i feel like it