Panther Review

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Kyl, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Kyl

    Kyl New Member

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    I am reviewing the Dankung/Joerg Sprave, Panther, to share my experience and to get some feed back from you guys who won a Panther from the 150 post contest, and others.<br><br>I got my Panther directly from Dankung. It's the first custom/high-end/fancy slingshot that I have owned. I have only been into this Slingshot mania for a couple of months now and I am starting to grasp the basics but initially I was merely struck/enamored by Joerg's infective slingshot enthusiasm <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> combined with my own youthful memories of slingshot nostalgia.<br>When I first ordered my Panther I was a rank novice with no personal experience with a modern high powered slingshot, so all I had to go on was Joerg's theories and precepts, that I had gleaned from his Videos. Thanks Joerg.<br><br>When I received my Panther (OOO!, AHH!) I was pleasantly surprised by the Chinese bands that came with it and the over all heft and finish quality. I bought the unwrapped model (I'm cheap) and tried various wrapping patterns but wasn't happy with any of them so I started thinking about handle materials. I started working on a curly Maple handle but it wasn't working for me so I decided to go with a Rat-tailed Rapier style handle like Joerg's "Tear-Drop" handle from his "Panther instruction manual." I also am a fan of stag/antler handles so here's what I ended up with.<br><img src="http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/1180/pimpedpanther.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>I have been shooting this unit regularly for about a month and it has become one of my most favorite shooters. I wasn't so sure at first. I tried various band/pouch combinations with so so results but have finally settled on a good combo. TB gold single layer (220mm x 32mm x 20mm) with a Rayshot pouch made for larger ammo. <br><br>One early combination I tried was some heavy double bands but my Rayshot pouch was too short to properly grasp the big 9/16" steel ball and I got a lot of bad releases and a very solid fork hit and a direct hit to the knuckle. Check it out.<br><img src="http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/893/pimpedpantherfriendlyfi.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>The wound it over a week old in this photo. At the time it swelled to the size of a grape and turned blue. Notice how the two dings line up so nicely. <br><br>The other day I had a break through for distance shooting. In my regular Panther shooting I have carefully adjusted my anchor point so that the Top horn of the fork is the perfect front sight and at 10 meters. I can hit my 2" (5cm) steel target fairly regularly. <br>Everyone wants to be a long range sharp shooter, right, I do. Every shooting session, after some quality ten meter practice, I'll back way off from the target and try lobbing them in, with various and often unsuccessful results. <br>So, there I am, at 20 meters from the target, just screwing around, and I take a notion to sight through the "tube-hole." Ka-Ting! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28"> I hit the target! What! NO Way!<br>So I tried it again. I didn't hit the target but I was really close. I keep shooting and low and behold, for me, it's the perfect 20meter front sight point. Now things start getting interesting when I measure the distance from the top horn to the bottom of the "tube-hole" and it's 20mm and then from there on down to the edge of the fork under the "tube-hole" and it's 5mm. I then pace back 5 meters and shoot. WaHoo! right on target. It's like I found three more pages in my favorite book. Here's a picture.<br><img src="http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/4701/pimpedpantherrange.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>So now I'm thinking about making some tiny file marks on the upper fork to designate 10 meter increments. Maybe filling them with white/orange paint.<br><br>Needless to say my experience with the Dankung/Joerg Sprave, Panther has been very positive and I would recommend one to any slingshooter, novice or experienced. To you folks with a Panther, I hope your experience has been as fun as mine and I would like to here about it or your thought/observations on the Panther.<br><br>Again thanks, Joerg. You hit the nail on the head with the Panther. I hope your making some money for all the Panthers that get sold. I'll probably get another, then I can tie the two band-sets together and have Panther-Chuks, Hai-ya!
     
  2. Tobias

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    Kyl, i´m glad you have now a panther! i like this slingshot too!<br><br>why not in hammergrip? i think this is a slingshot for hammergrip!<br>the two horns are only because of the desing there.<br><br> you have good studies with the goal points made ​​for the distance.
     

  3. Antraxx

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    i don´t concider those triggers "design only"<br>i´m shooting it like you kyle. hammergrip is possible, but i think it feels a bit akward to hold...dunno why...two-finger-support tho is awesome with that frame. i really like the design.<br><br>i also have the feeling that i´m less precise in hammer-grip.<br>thats obviously my own fault because here are a lot of good hammergrip shooters.<br><br>thats the main reason why i´d like to buy a howitzer once, i think that is the perfect hammergrip-design.
     
  4. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    The Panther is made for both grip styles, but to be honest, a custom handle is essential if you want to go hammer grip.
     
  5. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    I want one of these <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>Nice wound there Kyl, and I hope that you are healing up well also Joerg <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  6. Kyl

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    I am shooting the panther finger-support-style when I use light target bands, but I like the hammer grip with Butterfly-style heavy bands. I think I will get another Panther or make a clone, so I can practice with both ways.
     
  7. petersonOD

    petersonOD New Member

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    I want to make walnut grips for mine. Just don't have the time right now haha.