Band always hitting my fingers.

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Tokega, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. Tokega

    Tokega New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I recently bought the Rambone in plastic and I really love it. It fits perfectly in my hand and I can shoot far with it. It's cold here in Denmark at the moment, so haven't been outside shooting with it.

    But I have an issue; after every shot the bands hit my hands. No matter how I hold the slingshot and/or the bands.

    Am I doing anything wrong?

    I am very new to this thing and I would love any ideas or tips you guys have :)
     
  2. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    What size ammo are you using?
     

  3. Tokega

    Tokega New Member

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    I am using some very small steel balls I got in USA. 1/4 inch diameter they are.
     
  4. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    It sounds like the ammunition is too small and there is some energy left in the rubber that comes back and hits your hand. Its called a handslap. Try larger ammo, I shoot 3/8 steel and 1/2 inch marbles with no handslaps :)
     
  5. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    I have just finished writing the first draft of a user's manual for the Rambone. Here is a passage from the FAQs:


    Q: I am getting hand slaps after a shot. It hurts.

    A: This is a typical effect when you shoot strong bands and light ammo. The bands will then have a lot of unspent energy after the ball is on its way, and fly out far towards the target. Then the bands will snap back and hit your hand.
    Use heavier ammo, draw out a bit shorter, or change your shooting style (“flip style”, as explained in the video manual). Then the problem will be solved.
     
  6. Tokega

    Tokega New Member

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    Ah ok, thank you very much!
    I'll definately get some bigger ammunition then. It'll have to be from Amazon, since proper steel balls are QUITE expensive here.

    I saw someone talking about marbles, maybe I could try them? Or do you think they are too light?
     
  7. Tokega

    Tokega New Member

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    I look forward to that FAQ very much Jörg!
    Thanks for the help :)
     
  8. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    I use marbles with no problems (so far ;) ) but I would be interested to find out what the optimal ammo would be for the supplied bands on the Rambone at a 300% draw as I don't know enough about it to work it out just from the band size.
     
  9. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    Here is all of it (that I wrote so far):


    FAQs

    I have hit my fork. What now?
    That is NOT good. This situation is much like hitting the curbstone with your car. Maybe nothing has happened, maybe your frame is bust. You MUST inspect the slingshot very carefully before you go on using it. You can always return the slingshot to us and we will inspect it for you, of course. If you want to do that by yourself, this video tells you how it is done:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KC7XuCaFsc[/ame]

    NEVER ignore the fork hit and keep shooting. If the arm is ALMOST broken, it may snap and hit you in the face. The results may be fatal.

    I want power. Why should I waste my time with weak bands and small ammo?
    Because it will take time before you can master heavy bands and ammo. Otherwise you won't be hitting your target as you won't be able to control your shot. Worst case you may hurt others or yourself. Plus, target shooting is fun, and strong bands will tire you out very early. Even strong guys like their target shooters!

    I am a total beginner. How should I start?
    We recommend using single flat bands, and powder balls as ammo. Those won't hurt anyone and can't damage anything. After 200 completely successful shots, move up to small steel balls. Then further on as you see fit.

    What is the best ammo?
    Everybody has different preferences. Some like small ammo, others prefer big steel balls. Why not testing different sizes and find YOUR preferred size?

    I want my bands to last. How do I do that?
    First, put them in a drawer when you don't shoot. Sunlight will destroy the bands quickly. Also, drawing the bands out far kills them a lot quicker! If you overstretch a band, it won't take long before it tears even though those shots are certainly more powerful.
    If you never stretch your bands to more than four times the relaxed length, it will last for hundreds of shots. If you stretch it to five or six times (the maximum) the relaxed length, then you will get more power – but it will break much earlier.
    Don't draw out your bands just for fun (empty). Don't “dry shoot” your slingshot. This will shorten the life expectancy of the bands.

    I am getting hand slaps after a shot. It hurts.
    This is a typical effect when you shoot strong bands and light ammo. The bands will then have a lot of unspent energy after the ball is on its way, and fly out far towards the target. Then the bands will snap back and hit your hand.
    Use heavier ammo, draw out a bit shorter, or change your shooting style (“flip style”, as explained in the video manual). Then the problem will be solved.

    Where to get more tips?
    The best place is the forum. It's free – and a fun place, too!

    www.theslingshotforum.com
     
  10. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    I agree with Scooby. Marbles work just fine, they're on the heavier side (though not as heavy as the same sized steel or lead ball) and, if you find them in the right place, pretty inexpensive. Dollar (or Pound) stores, depending on where you are, are good sources as are craft stores in the floral/decorating department.

    When you're looking for steel or lead, I would recommend Ebay if that's an option for you, I've found the steel on Amazon to be overpriced for the most part. I've found better pricing on Ebay, you may just have to dig a bit to find the best deal.
     
  11. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    I get my steel in bulk direct from Trumark, good people.
     
  12. slingshot600

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    hello from the Netherlands

    hey, i'm michael from the Netherlands. i love slingshots, and i also do archery:D. i'm shooting since i was little haha, Always annoying my parents with flying objects.
    i very glad i found this forum
     
  13. JohnKrakatoa

    JohnKrakatoa Loudest boom on Earth

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    roflmao , that addendum is so funny :) but nice FAQ ;)
     
  14. Gray

    Gray New Member

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    Forking and hand slaps

    Hi, as a new memeber of the forum and just as new to slingshots I would llike some advice. I have been in my workshop and have made a couple of multiplex slingshots from 22mm beach. I have used double tubes and also single 8mm square band, both TTF. I find i am having a lot of fork hits and also a few hand slaps, is it the way I am using them or the bands? Thanks in advance!
     
  15. Flipgun

    Flipgun Well-Known Member

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    Pics of your shooter(s)?
     
  16. Knallfrosch

    Knallfrosch Senior Member

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    I always recommend the how-to video of Gamekeeper John
    He explains how to shoot a catapult in every detail.
    And if you stick to his advices you should see some improvement very quickly.
    Here´s the vid.
    <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VCyM7u9gYu4" allowfullscreen="" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0"></iframe>
     
  17. NamenloserHeld91

    NamenloserHeld91 Senior Member

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    If you gimme a clip of your shooting i can help you!

    4 Pionts you can check for your self:

    1-Release. There can go a lot wrong with the release.
    2-Band alignment. Sure you get for hits when you aim at it :D
    3-Slingshot isnt build proper
    4-Handslaps with a TTF happens normaly when you flipp the wrist. Keep it stiff!

    If you do a video i need to see your whole body and. Do 3 Shoots. Best woud be when i see how you do a fork hit or a handslep.