Slingshot evolution?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by jnmbhj, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. jnmbhj

    jnmbhj Slingshots FTW

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    Over the years how did the slingshot come from the cave man using slingshots to us using it now?

    Also what are slingshots used for now other than shooting at targets for fun?
     
  2. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    The 'modern' slingshot as we know it (a fork with attached rubber bands and a pouch) has only been around since the mid-1800's. Prior to that, there was no rubber, so other variations of the sling or bow were used. It's a long and detailed history. I would recommend starting with this article and click through some of the links to other articles. You can also try a Google search for "slingshot history":

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slingshot
     

  3. studer1972

    studer1972 scooter trash

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    The ancient weapon you refer to, aka the sling, is a throwing lever. It doesn't rely on elastic for propulsion, it just uses the ropes connecting the user's hand to the pouch to extend their arm and give more leverage. The Romans had a great respect for slingers.

    The slingshot didn't come around until Charles Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber. Slingshots were pretty much the Rufus Hussey style beanshooter until after World War II. Wham-O introduced their Sportsman in 1948. Trumark introduced the wrist brace (see their WS-1) in 1953.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slingshot

    http://www.slingshots.com/html/slingshot-catapult-history.html
     
  4. Brazilviking

    Brazilviking Thread Hijacker

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    Since rubber is a modern invention......I cannot imagine cavemen using a slingshot.
     
  5. JoergS

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    The first device that increased the efficiency of the throw was probably the spear thrower (aka "atlatl"). It enabled people as early as 30,000 years ago to throw a light spear faster and more far than possible by bare hands.

    This was achieved by adding additional length to the arm, increasing the lever effect and therefore the speed of the projectile.
     
  6. smallbore

    smallbore New Member

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    ... I wonder if you can cross an atlatl with a slingshot - a slinglatl

    Would be hilarious
     
  7. Achso_42

    Achso_42 Senior Member

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    You can throw a 50cm bolt with a piece of rope, over 150m.
    The method is probably older than the atlatl, no tools needed at all, but the power isn't that great.
     
  8. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9CmyIn8ffI[/ame]
     
  9. studer1972

    studer1972 scooter trash

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    The sling works by the same principle. The Sunday school song of David swinging the sling round and round (and round and round and round and round and round ;) ) is incorrect. A slinger placed the projectile in the sling's pouch and brought the hand forward in a similar motion to throwing a baseball or sidearmed it, releasing one string when the sling was at it's apogee. It's still just a lever principle in the classification of simple machines.

    The atlatl is also a badass weapon, but not used much in the middle east/europe that I know of. An anthropology professor in Michigan got it recognized as a legal deer hunting weapon (in Michigan only that I know of) by showing law makers it could put a stone tipped spear through a car door.
     
  10. studer1972

    studer1972 scooter trash

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    I think that method of increasing the range and power of a thrown spear was used in Africa. Nope, per Wikipedia it was a Greco-Roman thing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amentum
     
  11. Achso_42

    Achso_42 Senior Member

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    There is also a technique where you swing the pouch around, horizontal or vertical.
     
  12. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    Actually, there are many techniques. Many involve the good old "round and round" stuff.

    http://slinging.org/index.php?page=slinging-styles---david-taylor

    Often the rotations are done to get a feeling for the weight, not so much to get the momentum up. But especially in styles such as the "figure eight", there is some of that, too.
     
  13. studer1972

    studer1972 scooter trash

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    Achso/Joerg: Today is a good day to learn! :) Thanks for the info.
     
  14. JohnKrakatoa

    JohnKrakatoa Loudest boom on Earth

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    yeah me personally i like to rotate the projectile in the slig slowly a few times and then I swing. If you incorporate the whole body like in baseball you get great distance.