I am still a rookie at this and my fingers show it. I love shooting but the cost can some times be painful. I call them happy hurst on the mountain bike and to reduce the pain and increase the fun i wear pads on my body. It seems like most sports that involve danger have protective gear. Right now i am using Plastic pipe to cover the happy hurts on fingers. I would buy a slingshot glove in a heartbeat if i could. Wish i was smart enough to design a glove that would protect the grip hand front and rear. Something light weight but built proof in the wright places. I just watched the guy shoot the bottle caps and the legnth of the bands seem to help with the return slap, looked like they fell away fro his hands. Are longer bands safe for back slap, but is it easier for front hits? Thanks for any ideas.