Safety issue

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Costa, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. Costa

    Costa New Member

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    Hello, <br>When I was a kid, I had a great slingshot - I was shooting a lot and it was a great fun, but one day the stone I used somehow hit the center of the slingshot - just below the actual fork, it bounced back, which was quite unpleasant. From that time I feel uncomfortable shooting the slingshot. <br><br>Can you, please, advise, how to avoid such issues (apart from using special glasses). <br><br>I'm concerned, cause I'm considering to buy (to order) a really strong slingshot and just want to be on a safe side. <br><br>P.S. Thanks a LOT for the great slingshot channel! It's the best of the best!!! <br><br>Costa
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Well, its a shooting style and slingshot style issue. If you have high forks, and over the top bands, combined with a flip shooting style and a straight draw, you should never ever have this problem.<br><br>But if you have low forks, a crooked pull back and no flip at all... you may be asking for problems.<br><br>Flip shooting is very effective at avoiding fork hits.<br><br>This is where you angle the slingshot forward as you release, refer to some of Joerg's vids for an accurate portrayal of that shooting method.
     

  3. Costa

    Costa New Member

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    Thanks a lot for the reply! This is really valuable info for me!
     
  4. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    No problem man, glad I could be of some assistance! What kind of slingshot are you looking to buy? Or make your own perhaps?
     
  5. Costa

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    Actually, I want a V - type slingshot (without grip) - to avoid bouncing issue. I tried to find one on Dankung, but they make traditional types only. I also like Ш type of slingshots, but it's more difficult and time consuming to make them. <br><br>To make a V type is very easy - you just can bend a thick metal stick and then cut the endings. <br><br>For 30 dollars guys here (Bangkok) will make 10 pieces...)<br><br>I want to make an extremely strong slingshot and try to do fishing (special lakes with lots of fish) with it) Once I saw a guy was fishing using a slingshot with small arrows, but I want to try metal balls...
     
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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Costa wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Actually, I want a V - type slingshot (without grip) - to avoid bouncing issue. I tried to find one on Dankung, but they make traditional types only. I also like Ш type of slingshots, but it's more difficult and time consuming to make them. <br><br>To make a V type is very easy - you just can bend a thick metal stick and then cut the endings. <br><br>For 30 dollars guys here (Bangkok) will make 10 pieces...)<br><br>I want to make an extremely strong slingshot and try to do fishing (special lakes with lots of fish) with it) Once I saw a guy was fishing using a slingshot with small arrows, but I want to try metal balls...</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Great idea, that sounds like fun</span>
     
  7. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Fishing with balls? Interesting... let me know how that works out for ya k?
     
  8. Costa

    Costa New Member

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    OKOK. My another concern is that it could be a cruel method...I'll check here, if it's allowed legally and also will talk to guys, if this is OK in general...(i don't want just to wound a fish and so on)...That's why I need this super-strong slingshot...<br><br>Anyhow, I'll post my slingshot here...
     
  9. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    For some reason I think arrows will be best, as, if you do just "wound" the fish, you will still be able to retrieve it and bonk it on the head, rather than watch it swim away with a ball in it's side <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9">
     
  10. Costa

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    The idea was to cold cock (knock a fish down and then pick it up with a net)... a ball should land on a fish's head...otherwise it will certainly retreat...<br>I was trying to attach a link, where a person mentioned sling shot fishing, but was denied by the system...<br><br>what sling shot are you using?
     
  11. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
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    <tr><td class="quote">The idea was to cold cock (knock a fish down and then pick it up with a net)... a ball should land on a fish's head...otherwise it will certainly retreat...<br>I was trying to attach a link, where a person mentioned sling shot fishing, but was denied by the system...<br><br>what sling shot are you using?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>I have many slingshots... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"> Currently my favorite is a metal/wood combo I made myself... the wood is Wenge, and tis my best shooter for now... I think its better than the store bought ones I own><</span>
     
  12. Costa

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    Sounds great! Wenge wood is pretty cool! Much cooler than paracord)
     
  13. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    <tr><td class="quote">Sounds great! Wenge wood is pretty cool! Much cooler than paracord)</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>It's pretty nice wood, toxic to work with though :S</span>
     
  14. Costa

    Costa New Member

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    Why is it toxic <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_bounce.gif" alt="bounce" longdesc="27"><br><br>I checked that in Wiki...now i understand...
     
  15. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Costa wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Why is it toxic <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_bounce.gif" alt="bounce" longdesc="27"><br><br>I checked that in Wiki...now i understand...</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Yeah, while working with it and breathing the dust I developed a temporary lung problem lol. Wheezing and such.<br><br>Only lasted a day though, and I have a nice slingshot to show for it <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"> *note to self: wear a dust mask, and sand outdoors next time <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9">*</span>
     
  16. John S

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    They usually use arrows with barbs for fishing otherwise it might be hard to pull in the fish. And for cheap v type slingshot I have had success with handgrippers and with woodclamps they are surprisingly sturdy. I'm also experimenting with two bolts in an X shape the trick is getting them to hold together but if it works out I can attach bands to each side. If the bands break just need to flip it upside down and I'll have another slingshot to use.