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1. The purpose of low forks is leverage, right?<br><br>2. How effective are pinky holes, braces for the thumb/forefinger grip, lanyard braces, or a knob on the front of the grip for the handle to rest the forefinger. Any other ways to provide extra leverage that I missed? What about a slingshot frame made of heavier materials vs lighter (brass instead of wood or aluminum?<br><br>3. How well do any of the above compensate for taller forks?<br><br>4. What materials are sturdy enough to stand up to 3-4 layers or Thera Band Gold?<br><br>5. Is it better to have wider bands or more layers?
 

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1. Yep, the higher the forks the more strain on your wrist<br>2. I have no idea what a pinky hole actually would be useful for, I don't think thumb and finger support shooters gives more leverage, lanyards are a good way to make sure that your slingshot doesn't fall out of your hands after the shot but don't provide as much support as wrist braces. No idea about knobs.. Heavier is more stable but will tire your hands faster<br>3. If you want really tall forks then wrist braces will help but nothing else of the mentioned, lanyard maybe but it will dig into your forearm<br>4. Natural forks are really tough, multiplex, alu, steel, g10, micarta, hdpe and anything that will be thick enough<br>5. More layers is faster but more troublesome <br>Hope that helps?
 

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<div>Keep in mind that chronograph tests have shown that unless you are shooting extremely heavy ammo, 3 of 4 layers of TBG will actually shoot slower that 1 or 2 layers. </div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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Thanks for the input.<br><br>What I mean by pinky hole would be like the hole at the bottom of the handle on Perry Adkisson's A+ frames. The knob idea is one I got from a novelty slingshot my nephews got me a few years back.<br><br><img src="https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/484879_4917480209477_1478077294_n.jpg" border="0" alt="">
 

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How do slings like the "T" from the "Two impossible slingshots" video, "The Rod" slingshot, "The Green Bottle Opener" from "Jörg Sprave needs more Slingshots!", "The Stickshot", or "The Paradox" work? Flipping is required, can it be practiced with higher forked slingshots? Does it lower accuracy?<br>
 

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<div>Actually, forced flipping of those types of slingshots isn't really required. It's all about the angle of the slingshot and how you hold and release the pouch. PFShooter has some great videos on YouTube that explain and demonstrate the concept. </div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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<div>He's called dgui on this forum. </div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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thanks again.
 

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<div>Just remember: high forks = bad, low forks = good. It's takes a little technique to shoot with very low forks, but the rewards are so worth it. </div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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Regarding the bands I read a post by one of the most respected members on slingshotforum com today and he said that a single, folded wide band is generally more precise than narrower double or triple layered bands, both in his opinion and most of the top shooters he knows.<br><br>Donwside is of course if the band develops a tear you can throw away twice the amount of not very cheap rubber. For backyard plinking I would therefore recommend layered bands rather than one wide folded band. For target/competition shooting and hunting it might be another matter.
 

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Thanks for the input.<br><br>How often will I hit my hand before I learn how to properly shoot with a low fork? I love the looks of the hammerhead and hand howitzer, but worry if they are appropriate to a novice shooter.<br><br>PS: PFShooter's video was awesome. He was shooting a slingshot with his index finger as the fork and not hitting himself. Good suggestion for viewing material and good video.
 

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Not so much your hands, but you do want your first slingshot to be quick and dirty or titanium, bcoz you will hit your forks.
 

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Is a taller fork really "bad"? Sure it increases the leverage applied to your wrist and fingers, but if you've got strong enough hands, it shouldn't matter, right?
 

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<tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>CEZ wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
<tr><td class="quote">Not so much your hands, but you do want your first slingshot to be quick and dirty or titanium, bcoz you will hit your forks.</td></tr>
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<span class="postbody"><br>I agree. But I think you will learn shooting with low forks pretty fast!</span>
 

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I made <a href="http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t1952-made-this-one-for-a-friend" class="postlink">THIS</a> one for a friend, the fork is not low or high. It is great for beginners. The template is in the blueprints section.
 

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Sweet looking slingshot, tokSick, thanks for the link. My friend's dad might let me near his woodworking bench this spring, so I will keep this one in mind. Thanks again.<br><br>Did my first slingshooting in over a decade today at a local park. Tried the moose (see above), couldn't score a hit. Tried my re-banded Marksman, was able to score a few hits once I got ranged in. Both of the above were using 1/4" steel. My new Saunders Falcon 2 was neat, I got 1/3 of my shots on target.<br><br>Does cold reduce slingshot accuracy as well as power, or have my skills just gone to pot in 12 years?
 

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<div>Cold definitely reduces power significantly. </div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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Can't wait for when spring really shows up in April. I was impressed with the power difference between the original Marksman bands in 2001 and the new Daisy bands I installed on my old Marksman. The Falcon was an all-around pleasure to shoot. Looking forward to the arrival of my Wham-O and Ranger slingshots I ordered.
 

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Another question, please. How do you store your slingshots? I am planning on hanging them by their handles on a wall. Is this an OK way to do it?
 

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About the slingshots, i think there is no problem hanging them on the wall. But i know that the bands don' t like the sun light. My banded slingshots are in a drawer but i am thinking to hang non- banded slingshots on the wall too.
 
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