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Young Once 10-03-2012 09:16

Slingshots for Self Defense
 
Has anyone seriously considered slingshots as an alternative to guns or knives for self defense? I am not talking about the "tirador" as we know remember it from our childhood. I am talking about those new type of slingshots with wrist supports, surgical rubber for the elastic itself and ballbearings for ammo. Or does anyone here actually have one for SD purposes? I was looking at some slingshots in MCS last Sunday and I thought that it would really be painful to get hit with a ball bearing from a slingshot.

SPIN2010 10-03-2012 09:18

Col. Hackworth talks of a soldier in the VN conflict that could drop enemy with a slingshot better than with a rifle in "Steel my Soldier's heart".

Sharkey 10-03-2012 09:25

They are too dangerous and could knock someone's eye out. :) I know I wouldn't want to get hit with a ball bearing traveling at speed. Look at the Palestinian "revolutionaries" that have used them.

Blankshooter 10-03-2012 10:11

YouTube Rufus Hussey. If you've never seen what can be done with a slingshot. Obviously, an old video, but he's ridiculous. The only thing about self defense with a slingshot is it wouldn't be very practical. Generally in SD you want something that is ready in an instant. Unless you walk around with a slingshot at the ready, I don't see it happening. As for survival scenarios it can be a vital tool. Great for small game if used correctly. Small, quiet, light, easy to transport, not to mention virtually infinate ammo.

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CatsMeow 10-03-2012 23:44

Hmm, why not? We are facing a half-year "gun ban" next year due to the elections, and I'd like something that can reach further than the kamagong (ironwood) canes I have in my office.:supergrin:

cebuboy 10-04-2012 04:22

Playing around with this slingshot, realized that it is not so easy to be accurate with this...

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...c/IMG_0269.jpg

Hard to find the rubber tubes as they wear out fast, got strange looks when I went asking for tubes... :)

ca survivor 10-04-2012 07:11

very difficult to get an IWB holster for them, I'll stick to guns. :rofl:

Young Once 10-04-2012 08:50

Guys check out the slingshot channel on you tube. Some nasty videos on slingshots out there.

Blankshooter 10-04-2012 09:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by cebuboy (Post 19483975)
Playing around with this slingshot, realized that it is not so easy to be accurate with this...

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...c/IMG_0269.jpg

Hard to find the rubber tubes as they wear out fast, got strange looks when I went asking for tubes... :)

Slingshot accuracy comes with repetition. After thousands of shots it starts to become second nature and you don't even think of aiming. Here's the video I was talking about earlier. If you get this good, you might seriously think about using it for self defense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88UU...e_gdata_player

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Travclem 10-04-2012 20:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blankshooter (Post 19484500)
Slingshot accuracy comes with repetition. After thousands of shots it starts to become second nature and you don't even think of aiming. Here's the video I was talking about earlier. If you get this good, you might seriously think about using it for self defense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88UU...e_gdata_player

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Exactly, just like a recurve bow. I was deadly with a "wrist rocket" as a kid. (my grandad had another name for it though)

janice6 10-04-2012 20:37

Couple of machinists at a large company I worked at (they were also gunsmiths) made custom slingshots and with ball bearings, were deadly with them. Punching through 3/4 inch plywood was nothing for 1/4 inch BB.

Better than nothing.

4Rules 10-05-2012 00:16

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