I would like to open a Thread in where you can post your experience or maybe some nice Trick in shooting techniques or making pouches, or whatever… As we have a lot of newcomers on the forum, it can help you save money, avoid accidents and injuries and even the advanced shooters can learn from each other. So I will start first! Cutting Bands When using a ruler and a roller cutter make sure that the ruler is as flat as possible on the bottom side. Why? When the ruler looks like in picture one, the rubber will shift or warp during cutting. If you cannot make the cut in a time and you have to stop (on long bands sometimes is necessary) Try not to stop near the pouch side, because on this part of the rubber, the stress on the bands is the highest. Do not stop cutting in the red marked areas. Cutting bands on a cutting mat, like most of us use is nice. But if you do not have one like this, you can use a hard wooden Board, or just better than a cutting mat is a piece of glass, maybe an old window. The best for cutting is a hardened glass board. However, the cut (cutting edge) on a glass board is indeed much cleaner, but you must change the blade of the cutter much earlier, because of the hard surface. Connecting bands to the pouch As you can see in the pictures, how I do it. For me, this method has proven, and my bands last longer. I fold the rubber at the end as you can see in the picture. The folding method depends on how wide my bands are on the pouch side. I then draw the rubber in both directions, and you can see how the sides of the rubber bands turn to the inside. That's what I want to achieve, because I do not want the side of the rubber on the rope or knot. The stress and the friction on the bands would be much greater. And this is how it can look after tying the knot. This method works with any kind of bands no matter what color or brand. This is it for today, it would be very nice if everyone could contribute a small part of their experience, I will post further in the coming days.