Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Knuckle Duster" Slingshot: Video

Here is the video:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

All new wireframe design

In order to make a slingshot for target shooting, I wanted a frame that is always held exactly the same.

So I played with some 8mm steel rod and got an idea. What if the slingshot has three finger rings that slide all the way up? This way, nothing can change.

I had to attach the fork in an angle to make the geometry right, but it works. Will shoot it tomorrow!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New video: Homemade "bonecrusher" ammo


instead of always shooting lead and steel balls, I have followed the tip from a fellow slingshooter and made my own, very heavy bullets from nuts, bolts and washers.

It works! The effect is quite spectacular.

The new "compass" slingshot is used to compare the impact of different balls and the new, oddly shaped projectiles against a stack of styrofoam boards.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Contest winner! just crowned the winner of the 2009/10 ghetto challenge.

The condoms+broomstick slingshot, presented by The Slingshot Channel, won the prestigeous award!

I am immensely proud of this first genuine trophy. I will open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the day!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

New video: Slingbow, collapsible arrows, razor broadheads

Many friends of the outdoors like the idea to have a simple hunting weapon with them when they're backpacking. A bow and some arrows would be ideal, but then again that would be bulky and heavy. This video shows my home made outdoor slingbow/slingshot survival bag. It contains

- A slingbow (arrow shooting slingshot)
- Three collapsible arrows
- Three razor sharp broadhead tips
- A Hunter Catapult slingshot
- Ten steel balls
- Spare bands and string
- A small multi tool for changing bands in the field

The whole bag weighs less than 3 pounds (about 1200 gramms). It is very small, about 12" x 6" x 3".

The slingbow shown in this video is built around a so-called "whisker biscuit", the core of a popular arrow rest for bows. It does the job very well, but it had to be reinforced with steel in order to make it strong enough.




Gothic slingshot: The video


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Delight Of The Blacksmith

Have made another "W" slingshot today, but this time, I did not use stainless steel.

Instead, I used wrought iron, and saltwater crocodile leather (from an old belt that, ahem, no longer fitted well).

Of course the handle is rotating and ball bearings are used as well. Self centering!

I sanded the iron after spray painting it black, to give it this special "antique" look.

For this design, the black Thera Band is called for. I cut it 24x11x5,5cm, 2 stripes per side. It must be a bit longer because of the "over the top of the ball" method. Lots and lots of power.

This is an entirely different slingshot, but I am quite pleased with it.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Whisker biscuit slingshot (slingbow)


my whisker buscuit (spare part) arrived a few days ago.

My idea was to build a slingshot around it. I wanted to make it as flat as possible. So I put the biscuit in the middle of the fork. I used the matchstick method (but Thera Tube Green rather than the matchstick) in order to make it backpack friendly.

Problem was that the biscuit broke apart. The arrow was launched 100%, but the pouch and rubber had enough force to break the biscuit at its weakest point.

So I had to weld metal enforcements to the frame, which worked really well in the end. You can see those enforcements on the two pics of the "receiving end".

The triple Thera Gold is very effective, in combination with the arrow gripping pouch.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

1st anniversary!

The Slingshot Channel celebrated one year of existance on February, 1st, 2010!

This was the first video that came out:

Since then, more than 420,000 views and 1,170 subscribers have been counted. Wow! What a great start.

Thanks to all my subscribers, followers and viewers! I hope that the success story will continue.