I called Big 5 Sporting Goods today and they have some replacement bands I've been looking for it's getting harder to find that stuff I looked at some hunting slingshots online and it said it won't send it to my area I live in San Diego California your idea of stockpiling these things I think it's a brilliant idea hopefully we can get our inventory complete before it gets impossible to get some of these thanks I wish you all the LuciI live in the state of Illinois. It is kind of like Germany. Guns are a complicated subject. There is no open carry. You can't have pepper spray, or knives over 3.5". You can't have clubs, or broken bottles, or throwing stars.
What you can have? A crossbow, or a slingshot, in a case fully enclosed, with the intent to hunt. Since there is some animals which are considered pests, the slingshot can be argued in court to be allowed to be carried even in the city, where rats could technically be considered an open season pest.
Of course this being said, I have been on a conquest to make an EDC slingshot. Something that shoots a .50 cal lead ball. Black Powder ammunition. And I need it to be the best of the best of the best.
I see people say to check out Jorg's slingshot calculator, but I don't see it available. I have built a half a dozen slingshots in my younger years, but after trying to build an over the hand model, and nearly breaking my hand, I gave up.
So I'm on a conquest to make this EDC slingshot that makes sense. Walmart has pouches for sale for like $7. I have a model that I have figured is about the most practical for a small weapon which I pictured the basic design.
I plan on molding it out of HDPE, as that is light weight, and has an easy color variety. Not to mention, I can save milk jugs, and various garbage from my house, and make several good enough sling shots to be ready to pass them out or give them away cheap in the event that either gas goes over 6.66 a gallon, or they decide to ban guns altogether.
I can't say I'm 100% against the idea. In a state like Montana where I frequented grizzly bear habitat, a gun was something that if you didn't need, it at least gave you the confidence to get more then 100 yards from your truck.
Here in Illinois, the only thing I need a gun for, are people who have guns... So I guess in a world of magic, if there were none, not having the ability to have one wouldn't bother me.
At any rate, if anyone could give me time tested experienced advise I would be very greatful. I have not made the forks yet to have a band width, so the dimensions can be adjusted to make something practical.
I understand that thin bands are faster, but they also break easier... But I know some of you guys out there know exactly the right bands, to get the best shot out of your .50 cal balls, with good band life.
If you happen to know anywhere else where you can purchase larger lead ammo, something that would make a slingshot even more comparable with someone who has a handgun, please feel free to leave me links or specs on the slingshot to shoot that ammo.
I'm hoping within the next 3 months I can have this project done. I doubt I will sell them commercially, as it's more of an idea just to have my own stock pile of practical weapons. And of course I can set up a blanketed area in my room and just plink around watching TV to keep on working on my accuracy.
Thanks for the help in advance. Jorg has been a great guy to watch on TV since the old days. Let me show you it's features! lol... Good times as a young man.