Hame Knob Shooter

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Kyl, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Kyl

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    Here is my latest slingshot, the Hame Knob Shooter. <br><img src="http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/233/hameshooter1.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>What is a hame you ask. A hame is a piece of the harness for a draft horse. The hames are supported by the collar and the traces attach to the hames. The "hame end knobs" look like gear shift knobs for horses.<br><br><a href="http://www.smuckersharness.com/pg34.html" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Link - Hame, horse collar</a><br><a href="http://www.mydrafthorse.com/cfwebstore/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_id=336" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Link - Hame</a><br><br>Here you can see the nice curve of the socket. It make a pleasant handle shape.<br><img src="http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/9332/hameshooter2.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>The fork is Dogwood with a couple of distinctive dark brown patches in the wood.<br><img src="http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/3637/hameshooter3.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>The hame Knob is made from heavy cast brass with a thick Chrome plating. It give this slingshot a very nice heft. It weighs 13.5oz (385g). <br><img src="http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/5766/hameshooter4.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>I had originally wanted to use a pin to hold the two pieces together but I decided on screws, so if I wanted to, I could take it apart and store something inside the knob. About 25 to 30, .38 caliber lead balls fit inside the knob. The knob cost me about $12 at the local saddle shop.
     
  2. beermanjr

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    Dude, that is freaking sick!!! I never would have thought of something like that!
     

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  4. Bill Hays

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    That came out real nice!
     
  5. JoergS

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    Nice! Which way do you hold it?
     
  6. Kyl

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    Thanks guys. <br><br>I have been holding it as in the third photo and shooting it Gansta-style. The very first shot from this unit hit a perfect bulls-eye. I think it's a keeper.<br><br>Hey Bill, when are going to have another contest? That last target was a bear.
     
  7. WildWilly

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    AWESOME DESIGN AND CONCEPT!!!! I like the fact that it combines both a natural fork and a manufactured handle. Did you use a special tool to shape the area for the handle to slip over or carve it yourself. Either way Awesome Craftsmanship.
     
  8. Bill Hays

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
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    <tr><td class="quote">Thanks guys. <br><br>I have been holding it as in the third photo and shooting it Gansta-style. The very first shot from this unit hit a perfect bulls-eye. I think it's a keeper.<br><br>Hey Bill, when are going to have another contest? That last target was a bear.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>I was kind of thinking it might be to cold for those in the north until the spring. Might come up with another idea in the meantime though. I'm open to suggestions... maybe something along the lines of a TopShot match it or raise it type shooting contest.</span>
     
  9. Kyl

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    Thanks WildWilly, I just carved it out with some files. The inside of the casting is very rough and granular. Once I got the wood whittled down till it would fit into the socket, I would just cram it in there and rub it around. Then the wood would be marked/impressed clearly where it needed to be carved away. The trick was the last 1/8" so the interface looked nice.<br><br>Bill, I don't know what you mean by "topshot match" or "Raise it match" but I'm curious.<br>I like the, two ways to win, approach. It seams like it would attract more folks who wouldn't enter because they feel that there accuracy might not be top-notch. I would fit into that category. <br><br>Maybe you could have a more exhibition style contest. Something that would be fun to watch on Youtube. Like "How many cans in a minute" or "how many full cans/bottles ruptured with a single shot". Shots at a moving target. Swinging, rolling or thrown?<br>Better yet How about shooting at a stationary target while the shooter is moving?<br><img src="http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/3839/sksbikers.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>Maybe a contest to see who can hit a target from the highest vantage in a month? "I'm gonna hit this can from the 8th floor" or "from the top of this bridge" or "from the top of the Eiffel Tower"?<br><br>What about a contest within a contest. Enter a video of 2 competitors each shooting at 10-20? cans from 33 feet. Whoever shoots there cans first, gets entered in the drawing.<br><br>A game we played with bb-guns as kids involved shooting at cans placed on the road next to the curb. Then we would back up, like 50 feet, and each person would shoot. Those who hit the can went to the next round where we backed up 10 paces and shot again. then we backed up 10 more paces, then 10 more paces, and 10 more, etc, until the winner was left.<br><br>The whole video contest format has to great advertising for your website, except now when you search for Bill Hays or Pocket Predator on Youtube or Google you find dozens and dozens of contest entries. Oh, the price of fame.
     
  10. Bill Hays

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    I'm sure we'll come up with something.<br><br>Right now I feel like a big sissy mary, air has a little bite and my hands are cold... so I'm sitting in the house messing with a computer...
     
  11. Kyl

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    Maybe a contest where you shoot out the window? Ha