Ave atque vale (latin for "hello") to all forum members.<br><br>A couple of years ago, some colleagues of mine talked me into joining them in target shooting. Firearms. So I walked into the best weapons shop in Rome and explained what I wanted to do. The clerk (extremely kind and competent) complimented me on my choice of a Walther 9xx (my name is Valter, that's why) but looked somewhat crossed when I nearly fainted at seeing the price. Then he patiently followed me through lower calibers and alternative weapons (rifles, carbines, compressed air), then he asked me permission to take care of a regular customer, not without an innocent suggestion to have a look at the blowguns section in the meantime.<br><br>Lazing around this weapons boutique my attention was caught by an exposition of slingshots. SLINGSHOTS! In my boyhood the regular side weapon of every kid in my native village! The indications on one of them read "220 yards", almost 200 metres, it was an aluminium, red tubed, braced Trumark, €12,50. The light.<br><br>When the clerk turned to me again, asking whether I had made up my mind about something I answered: "Yes, sir, definitely. Be so kind as to pack me one... of those PLUS a blowgun". Then came a Black Widow, a couple of flatband Saunders, Joerg Sprave and the first attempts at Theraband and natural forks. One self made Joerg-style metal/self-centring/flatband slingshot. At present I'm trying to rig a stick with a sling (that is few, yet confused, ideas).<br><br>And here I am. Not exactly a slingshot sniper, but surely a lot of fun. <br><br>Not only slingshots, however, but also: languages, history, sciences, MTB, trekking.