The Scorpion, my favorite slingshot

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Bill Hays, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Bill Hays

    Bill Hays New Member

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    I've had a few requests to show this slingshot... so I finally got around to taking a few pictures of it... It is made from solid carved carbon reinforced black G10, inlaid with burl walnut... features include a modified Shrike type of ergonomically canted grip combined with a more subtle Roger Henrie recurve. It also has both a palm swell and a perfectly sized pinky hole for a grip that is as solid as any slingshot I've ever held.<br>Decorative embellishments include an inlaid scrimshawed piece of mammoth ivory depicting a scorpion.. a brass skull face from an ivory skull I carved and had Hogan's casting cast for me... pins are custom 5 spots, one for each of my kids... and the spacers are thin laminates of mammoth ivory as well.<br><br>All in all this slingshot was made to fit my hand and tastes <i>exactly</i> and it does exactly what I want. There's many borrowed design elements combined within it as well as the base Shrike shaped frame which is my own.<br>I've found that for <strong>me</strong>, shooting through the forks with a side hold is the most accurate and pleasant method of shooting... and this slingshot is the best I've seen at that particular function, while still being small enough to easily slip into a pocket.<br><br><img src="http://www.pocketpredator.com/pics/scorpion.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>And this is the scorpion that went to Hogan's castings to serve as the master for being cast... note a bit more palm swell was added right after this picture was made and will be present on the castings.<br><br><img src="http://www.pocketpredator.com/pics/G10scorpion.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  2. Kyl

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    That's one swoopty slingshot Bill. I like it.
     

  3. Kyl

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    I have a question, Bill. Are the forks of these slingshots joined at the bend or are they one piece and just cut from thick stock.<br><br>I've been experimenting with deflexed forks and I think it's the way. I made my wife a slingshot and it slapped her hand continuously. After watching her shoot and adjusting her grip and hand alignment, I realized that the angle of the forks to her arm had a lot of bearing on the hand slap. So I made a frame with significant deflex and the hand slap went away and allowed a good hand/arm alignment.<br><br>I have yet to make a purpose built TTF frame but I think that it will be my next project.<br>I have also noticed, on your Shrike, there is a little notch on the outside edge of the forks. Is this a sight? That was my first thought when I saw it. I like the idea of integral sights.
     
  4. Bill Hays

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    Hello Kyl,<br><br>The Shrike does indeed have a notch for sighting... it's a very simple method for getting "on the paper". With more precision aiming it becomes a matter of feel acquired through a lot of practice. In other words, integral sights on a slingshot allow for gross movement and alignment where larger types of target can be hit... to light a match or cut a card it takes more than that, but to hit the face of a card from like 10 yards, you can do that with simple sights.<br><br>Deflexed forks are nice.. but if you're shooting over the top, I don't think they're really much of an advantage, if at all. The sight picture is pretty close to being the same whether you point your slingshot more or less... and so long as you pay attention to the angles and dimensions when making the forktips handslap can be significantly reduced. Not reduced to the point of TTF forks but reduced none the less.
     
  5. Kyl

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    If nothing else, sights might make it easier to turn my buddies over to the slingshot side of The Force. The quicker I can get them to hit a soda can at ten yards the more impressed they are. If they have ever shot a bow very much and they know what an anchor point is, I can get them on target in a few minutes. I just guess and pick a spot, about half the fork width down from their eye, and use my finger to press on their cheek and say "right there." It's fun to watch'em start grinning within 6-8 shots.
     
  6. Bill Hays

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    Yeah, I teach a lot of kids how to shoot slingshots and I use the method like in the video below. I can usually get them on target enough to hit a can fairly consistently in a matter of a few minutes.<br><embed pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/SaW0BUgeb98" width="425" height="350" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" quality="high" scale="exactfit"></embed>
     
  7. Kyl

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    I've watch about all of your videos, Bill. Always very interesting and informative, thanks. I send all my slingshot curious buds, links to your various videos. Your videos are a real go-to when it comes to discussing slingshot capabilities. I can tell your a martial arts instructor by your practiced banter and instructional style. <br><br>I have found a perfectly shaped piece of aluminum scrap to make a dedicated TTF shooter. Thanks again for rocking your slingshot-fu.<br><br>Here's a poser, Bill, just to pick your brain. I like your Night Stalker unit and I myself have been planing to built a spotlight capable slingshot. You put you flashlight on the tail/pinky hole and kinda dropped down and not along the center line of the frame and I'm curious as to why you put it there. Was it in consideration of some ergonomics or balance? I had thought to put mine very near the thumb pad, so I could turn it on with my left hand, only, without changing or moving my grip, while holding a pouch/pellet in my right hand at semi-draw. What is your though on attaching the mount on the bottom of the thumb pad, pointing downward, so the flashlight is positioned right near to your middle finger and within easy reach of the thumb?
     
  8. Bill Hays

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    I did a couple of experiments and it just felt better with the flashlight closer to the butt instead of further up... a little more balanced feeling.<br><br>Where it's attached on that slingshot, there's no interference and no touch on the holding hand... but you're right having the light under the thumb support pad would make it a lot more accessible to the holding hand for turning the light's tail cap switch on and off.... unless of course you went with the butt attachment and use a pressure switch directly on the thumbpad...
     
  9. akidofaction

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    <font color="indigo">I really like this sling shot because<br>1. it's original<br>2. I've never seen anything like it (it's original)<br>3. it looks innovative (it's original) hahaha <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"></font>