My little brother has this slingshot he bought at a hardware store. I’ve got it right now because I broke the stabalizer strap (cheap piece of rubber) and so I replaced it with a bit of leather I scavenged. The damn thing launches a driveway rock hard enough to dent trees, I was impressed.
Anyway, he tells me they are cheap, but I didn’t really want to buy one, so today I made one.
I used an old bicycle tire intertube that had a hole in it. I cut it in half to get a strip of rubber tubing about an arm length. Then I cut two bamboo sticks about 6 inches long and I pulled the tube over both, fixing it in place with adhesive. I also made a little leather cup in the center to hold the rock.
The end result is a 3 foot length of stretchy rubber with a cup in the middle and a six inch handle on either end. I hold these handles with my thumb in between to et the gap the rock goes through. It stuffs in my pocket nicely, unlike my brothers Y shaped one. It’s not nearly as powerful or accurate, however.
Anyway, I’m just opening the discussion on slingshots in general. How effective might they me for hunting small game? What else (scavenged transition tech or natural material) could the stretchy part be made of, and how do different materials and designs compare? Any good techniques for increasing power or accuracy? Or anything else slingshot related.