As some of you may know I specialize in slingshots, and rubber based weapons. Now vulcanized rubber wasn't invented before the mid 1800's. <br><br>What did the Dennis the Menace kind of boys used before Mr. Goodyear's useful invention?<br><br>Well, we know about the "David Sling", and the related throwing sticks. But these weapons require lots of practice. No problem for sheppards, but what did the offspring of an urban Roman/medieval family use when he was up for shenanigans?<br><br>Torsion based weapons, using twisted rope, were clearly well known back then.<br><br><br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1cz2LnUv8Tk/UEm-fTFD2qI/AAAAAAAACGA/ylezsNuSgxI/s1600/461_ballista_chart.jpg" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1cz2LnUv8Tk/UEm-fTFD2qI/AAAAAAAACGA/ylezsNuSgxI/s320/461_ballista_chart.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a></div> <br>So it is likely that toy sized versions were made, too. <br><br>I want to find out if a handheld slingshot, based on twisted rope rather than rubber bands, is feasible. <br>Of course it needs to fire rocks and lead/steel balls, and of course it has to be somewhat accurate. <br><br>I bought some 4mm hemp rope and tested the concept - it works! I chose an inswinger design for power and a larger swing angle. The hemp rops is very unelastic, and the swing has to be limited to about 90 degrees. If I go above, the draw gets too strong at the end of the motion. Keep in mind no trigger and no stock. Just a very wide fork with the rope casings at the end.<br><br><br><br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TbuTRLIeoSc/UEnBy6N74GI/AAAAAAAACGQ/qPIm3xySLtQ/s1600/Rope+slingshot.jpg" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TbuTRLIeoSc/UEnBy6N74GI/AAAAAAAACGQ/qPIm3xySLtQ/s400/Rope+slingshot.jpg" border="0" alt=""></a></div> <br>Should be interesting!