Blood, pain, and slingshots

Discussion in 'The latest one!' started by JoergS, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. JoergS

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    Well, in all these years a few accidents happened, mostly when there is distraction and/or not enough caution. This weekend, I hit my hand while clocking the speed of the recent Zombie Rooftop Slingshot. <br><br>Luckily, it was just a grazing shot and it was not fully accelerated when it hit the hand, but there was a lot of blood and good, honest pain. <br><br>So no shooting this weekend! But we are no pussies here at the Slingshot Channel, and therefore three new slingshots are presented in this video - there still was enough daylight when the "crew" came back from the hospital. <br><br><embed pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/aHAjAUBHJWY" width="425" height="350" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" quality="high" scale="exactfit"></embed><br><br>Doctor says I can start shooting again in a fortnight.
     
  2. Kyl

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    Dam Bro! I hate to hear about that. I was worried (cringed) when I saw the video of you shooting that monster. I could see that sort of thing happening. Maybe you could use your hand protector? Did you get to measure the speed? Mend fast.
     

  3. JoergS

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    Did not measure the speed, the accident happened during my first test shot.<br><br>Have put recent pics of the wound on my blog, including the "flight path".<br><br><a href="http://slingshotchannel.blogspot.com/2011/11/slowly-healing.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://slingshotchannel.blogspot.com/2011/11/slowly-healing.html</a>
     
  4. ZDP-189

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    I recommend that even when it heals over, that you wear hand protection for a time when shooting with low forks.
     
  5. JoergS

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    Well, the hand protector I came up with is comfortable and safe, so that may be a good idea.
     
  6. Tobias

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    Dan, i shoot most of the time with low fork slingshot, this is no problem.<br>only if someting go wrong... i shot my hand too but not so hard like Jörg because i have no Zombie slingshot <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><br><br>but i think for beginners is a handprotector good or if you want make speed rekords!
     
  7. JoergS

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    Tobias is right, but then again one more hit to that hand within the next few weeks, and might have to look for a different hobby...
     
  8. Tobias

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    no problem Jörg, i shot for you <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><br>but with handprotector <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>i saw the pics on the blog, Jörg i think you have luck on this accident! <br>if you shot at a knuckle... this will be a big problem...
     
  9. ZDP-189

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    I'm not saying low forks can't be shot safely. All my forks are low. But the lower the forks, the greater the risk and when injured already, the stakes go up. I have an orthapedicwrist brace that both stiffens the wrist (useful when injured) and it offers some protection. The best thing of course is to stay off slingshots and let someone else shoot for now. I have had such an injury shooting poorly cconceived band chains and while it was nothing as bad as Jörg's, it needed protecting.
     
  10. Tobias

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    Dan, yes this is like you said!<br>i shoot many thousand shot with the Howitzer without any forkhit or Handhit!<br><br>but if you go too the limit increases the risk and you need protecting, and Jörg go always too the limit!<br><br>i shoot my hand not at targetshooting, i´m shot the Hand when i was try to get a very good result on the Chrony with 25mm steel.<br><br>and for this things i have bild a slingshot with Handprotector.<br><a href="/t440-metalslingshot-with-handprotector">http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t440-metalslingshot-with-handprotector</a><br><br>i think Jörg is a very hard man like a indian he realy don´t think stop shooting slingshot because he hit his hand.
     
  11. Kyl

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    Maybe this thread needs to be in "Impact Studies" <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3"><br><br>The mention of an orthopedic wrist brace got me to thinking. If a slingshot with a wrist brace is illegal in Germany. What about a slingshot with no wrist brace but a slingshooter with a wrist brace. I have used such a wrist brace when I broke both left arm bones at the wrist, years ago, from falling 30+ feet from a tree. A good brace with the little metal bars and lots of velcro definitely keep the wrist immobilized and could have a deflector shield laced onto the wrist. It could protect two birds from one stone. <br><br>Hey ZDP-189, maybe you could test out the effectiveness of this idea, as I no longer have such a wrist brace.<br><br>What if you could increase the strength of the bands 20% but have no wrist brace that is attached to your slingshot?<br><br>Link<br><a href="http://www.wristsupportbraces.com/p-1121-ultimate-v-wrist-support-wthumb-spica-8.aspx" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Wrist Support w/ Thumb Spica</a>
     
  12. Droolp1g

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    Well i saw where jorg shot him self <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt="Rolling Eyes" longdesc="14"> and the sling shot gods where watching over you this day <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"> . It will heal in no time but you will always notice and feel the difference in future shots. But this is furtunate for you jourg and carries a message to tell you and remind you that as cool as a creator and insparation as you are you arent invunerable!!!!. For your bodys sake wear protection as i look forward to your weekly vids. I obviously dont expect a vid for a couple of weeks or so but i hope you get well soon friend <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28"> all the best jourg
     
  13. Bill Hays

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    That is precisely the reason I don't favor the abnormally low or PFS type of slingshots, nor do I think pointing the forks forward works well... turning the pouch and other things simply don't work for me... I invariably hit my hand with a ball whenever I draw back a little further. There's actually a nice scar on my left hand almost exactly where I get "hammer bite" from some pistols on my right hand.... because one time I drew back to my normal draw and stuck a 3/8" steel almost all the way through.
     
  14. Kyl

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    I will pray to Vulcan (god of rubber?) to save me from this fate. With several of my slingshots the ball has to pass within 15mm of the web of my hand, I hope.<br><br>Grow back fast & hard, Joerg.
     
  15. JoergS

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    Bill, I never ever hit my hand with a normal slingshot. This happeded with the rooftop monster, because this design allows you to move your left hand right into the line of fire.<br><br>The hand heals OK, no infections and the swelling is a little bit better every day.
     
  16. ZDP-189

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    Will you continue to shoot the big rooftop slingshot?
     
  17. JoergS

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    Dan, sure, but for this one, I will be wearing protective gloves.
     
  18. Droolp1g

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    The new plywood shooter you made looks soo sexy and the handle looks like the tail end of a bee. I wonder if it shoots as good as it looks. . .<img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_bounce.gif" alt="bounce" longdesc="27">
     
  19. So how's your hand healing up? I imagine with a boo boo that big it'll be awhile before your hand is back to normal.
     
  20. Tysonspapa

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    hey mike, have you seen the date when this post was released?