long handle/staff slingshot?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by 3bears, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. 3bears

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    being stuck in at the moment, I've got a lot of free time to play with ideas...<br><br>as well as slingshooting, I've developed a taste for the outdoors in the past few years, and if if I'm out in the hills around Snowdonia I've normally got a hiking staff with me, I make my own as a hobby too.<br><br>I've seen a few 'thumb sticks' in the past made from hazel, but I'm not sure it would be strong enough.<br><br>with a long handle I'm sure you could get a very steady shot, a bit like the RTZS, but without the extended draw.<br><br>has anyone made anything like this?<br><br><img src="http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc317/urban_paladin/staffsling.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>please excuse poor MS paint skills lol
     
  2. Flippinout

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    I recall seeing an enthusiast from the Netherlands have a slingshot like this. He was able to get a tremendous draw length from it.
     

  3. Kyl

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    Duka The did. look as his "My Collection" video, about minute 6:00. I have been wanting to make just such a unit. I could just screw a slingshot to a stick but I want a natural, so I have been looking for the right stick. I think this design has lots of potential.
     
  4. DukaThe

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    Yeah, I made it. It is pretty nice, couse I can shoot it as Starship Slingshot <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Make one, I suggest <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15">
     
  5. johnthemarksman

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    i made one like this but i made it look like Poseidon's trident its pretty cool
     
  6. 3bears

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    well I was talking with another couple of guys late last night about this, there inst really much in the way of hard wood on my island, it's mostly pine- but there are a few spots where i know small bits of hard wood grows, now it's all lost it's leaves a good bit should be easier to find. I was also thinking that id i cant find a long handled for I can always buy a milbro type blank, and socket fit it to the end of the walking stick... lots of plans in store so stay tunes chaps! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  7. Kyl

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    You could just cut a slot in the end of the staff and mount it like a full tang knife?
     
  8. 3bears

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Kyl wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">You could just cut a slot in the end of the staff and mount it like a full tang knife?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>that's pretty much what I have planned now after some more thinking... just so happens I've got a couple of staves of wood down stairs drying out too... just the right length <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"></span>
     
  9. Kyl

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    The sling-staff reminds of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonlance" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dragon Lance</a> books and Kender's <a href="http://www.physiol.ox.ac.uk/%7Esl2/dl/culture/kender/hoopak.html" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hoopak stick</a>. I haven't thought of that stuff since the '80s. Ha!
     
  10. L0veM0nkey

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    I like this idea! <br>I have been trying to find a walking stick with a natural fork @ the end for some time now to give this a try.<br>]<br>Good luck! hope it turns out well!
     
  11. Kyl

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    Hey 3bears, do you intend to shoot your sling staff like a starship?<br>I've still been looking for a natural and I have found a couple of ok sticks but the shafts are crooked or the fork is a little crooked. So I started considering bending them with heat. Check this guy out.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzlAEtQBd5M&feature=player_embedded" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Link-Making a Hazel walking stick</a> @ about 40 seconds.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOIJXDZXB3g" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Link-Steam bending wood</a><br><br>I have bent the recurved tips for a bow by poking them into boiling water for a few minutes then clamping them to a plywood form.<br>I'm going to have to try this on a slingshot fork. If this works like I imagine it could be a game changer for natural forks. I always seem to find one that's just not quite perfect. If you could just bend it or straiten it, that would be sweet.
     
  12. 3bears

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Kyl wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Hey 3bears, do you intend to shoot your sling staff like a starship?<br>I've still been looking for a natural and I have found a couple of ok sticks but the shafts are crooked or the fork is a little crooked. So I started considering bending them with heat. Check this guy out.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzlAEtQBd5M&feature=player_embedded" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Link-Making a Hazel walking stick</a> @ about 40 seconds.<br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOIJXDZXB3g" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Link-Steam bending wood</a><br><br>I have bent the recurved tips for a bow by poking them into boiling water for a few minutes then clamping them to a plywood form.<br>I'm going to have to try this on a slingshot fork. If this works like I imagine it could be a game changer for natural forks. I always seem to find one that's just not quite perfect. If you could just bend it or straiten it, that would be sweet.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br><br>hmmm there isn't much in the way of hard wood on Anglesey, we have some patched and it's mainly sycamore but i', going to give the heat bending a go, most of the staves I cut are saplings so are pretty straight as they are just growing upwards but this would be good tog et annoying kinks in odd places out <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>the more i've thought about it, I think it will be a socket mounted milbro type, there's as guy here in the UK that does 8mm aluminium blanks so I shall have one from him and see how it all goes <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"></span>
     
  13. Kyl

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    Wouldn't Sycamore work. I was just looking at some Sycamore sticks/saplings when I was in the Linville Gorge. Nice and strait and maybe like they would have a nice fork if one kept looking.<br><br>I was also considering a socket unit. Maybe with strongly deflexed forks and long butterfly bands. Then you could use it on or off the staff. My other thought was maybe attach a strong magnet to the end of the staff for retrieving steel balls with the extra long reach.<br><br>Have you considered contacting a tree trimming/land scaping service. I bet they grind-up/throw away, all sorts of cool sticks/forks every day. <br><br>The privet I used for a slingshot came from a hedge that was being trimmed from 25 ft high down to 5 ft high. I probably got a dozen nice forks and several nice staffs.<br><br>Doesn't privet grow in Anglesey.<br><br>My parents have an old Crepe Myrtle in there yard. It's about 25 ft high and has about 25+ stalks/trunks. <br>3-4 of these trunks have mysteriously disappeared. Nobody as ever noticed them missing. If someone carefully looked into it, they would find the stumps of the missing branches carefully sawed off about 2 inches below the soil. Hmm.
     
  14. 3bears

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    unfortunatly Anglesey is pretty much 100% arable land - the joke in welsh is ''Mon, mam Cymru'' (Anglesey, mother of Wales) as in ye olden days of yore you could apprently grow enough food on the island to feed the whole country... <br><br>there are maybe 4 patches of woodland on the island of that will take you longer than 30 mins to talk through, all of these are purposely planted pine for harvest <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3"> there is a spot ont he mainland there I go stick hunting but since I herniated a disk a couple of months back it a bit far for me to make it there and back without ending up in a lot of pain lol, for now I'll give the sycamore staves a go <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  15. Kyl

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    Dang arable land. You aren't kidding, I looked at the Google map of <br>Anglesey and it's nothing but cultivated land. You ever get down into <br>Snowdonia Nat. Park? You speak Welsh? <br><br>I hate to hear about your back. Bummer. I hurt my back years ago and spent years nursing/healing. <br><br>You ever hunt/shoot any birds? Ducks, geese, pheasants?
     
  16. ameevis

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    I was thinking and if you could make a long shaft that you could possibly stick into the ground you could get precice control and great accuracy with the slingshot while having less strain on the wrist.