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Old 11-01-2007, 12:00 PM
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When I was 14 I shot a lad with a Black Widow catapult.
I floored him!
I hit him on the shin from about 25yrds.
From the way he hit the floor and his almighty screech,
I'd thought I'd broken his leg.
3 days later I saw the bruising, it looked terrible and he couldn't walk properly.
From that day I never shot at anyone else.
If I'd hit in the chest, throat or head I could have killed him.

So, in my opinion, a catapult certainly has the capacity to be a lethal weapon.

With one shot I put a ball bearing through a car windscreen (it was an wrecked, abandoned car). At short range these things are very powerful.

For anyone here I would certainly recommend buying a decent catapult.
Especially if you live in a land where gun control is very strict. The UK etc..
With practice and good stalking skills a catapult could put small game on the table. For the UK lads, sorry but catapult hunting, along with bow and crossbow hunting is illegal. Bummer hey! We can still practice for when the time comes though.
They're good fun to use because they take a degree of skill and are handy to have around the home.
To the UK lads, don't carry them around the town in your back pocket, you'll
get arrested!

Ball bearings are much more accurate to use than pebbles.
Simple aerodynamics.
Childrens' glass marbles from toy shops are cheaper to buy than ball bearings,
in the UK anyway.
If you have a friend who is a mechanic you can get free ball bearings from gear boxes. Not perfectly round but they do the job for free.

If you are feeling like doing some DIY, then some very powerful catapults can be made at home. There are specific American websites that can be found that detail this kind of stuff. I've forgotten the name but a quick troll on Google will find it. "Catapults, Making Catapults" that kind of thing will find it.

Well enough from me, it's 1am in Japan now.
I hope I got the ball rolling on this topic.
Please add your comments.

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They can be very powerful I remember when I was at school a kid was shot with one and had his jaw and a few teeth broken and they are also much cheaper and more concealable than an air rifle. Thankyou for bringing this up Yorkshire Boy i've just bought myself one.

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When the power band starts to wear out, (it usually happens where it attaches to the forked frame), make a slice where it attaches to the frame and take it off. Chop off the worn segment on either side, making sure it's the same length on both sides. Cover the attachment point on the frame with Vaseline and then push the band back on.
It will be less accurate but more powerful, less good for hunting rabbits etc..(should the need arise) but better for close range people work (should the need arise).
Don't take it to the pub with you though, it will be classed as an offensive weapon.
Have fun and be safe.

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are you lads talking about slingshots?
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Erm, no, we're talking about catapults!

When you mean sling shot do you mean catapults or the thing which David used to kill Goliath? That to me is a slingshot.

The difference between American English and English English can create some misunderstandings. :D

Sorry if I created any.
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in America a slingshot is like a wrist rocket. a sling is what David used, and a catapult is like a trebuchet http://www.trebuchet.com/ for example.
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Erm, no, we're talking about catapults!

When you mean sling shot do you mean catapults or the thing which David used to kill Goliath? That to me is a slingshot.

The difference between American English and English English can create some misunderstandings. :D

Sorry if I created any.
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I was only fooling around. I knew what you meant...or what I meant or something like that.
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Are these guys talking about a wrist rocket?
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Slingshot



Sling
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Isn't that a trebuchet ^^^ posted above...?

Trebuchet are better, anyway. Everyone knows that.
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Shot a kid in the leg with a trebuchet once. Left a bruise.
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Shot a kid in the leg with a trebuchet once. Left a bruise.
Next time use it to hurl the lad over the walls of a besieged city...
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Ok guys, what we call a "bean flip" or slingshot, cut from a fork of apple tree in UK is called a catapult, it is not a medieval siege engine of suitable size to lob dead horses, used pianos or Morris automobiles over the battlements of your neighbor's castle!

When I was a lad, I made my own and used steel ball bearings. When on perimeter guard in a foreign land in a parallel universe long ago and far away it could be used to probe the perimeter to scare away cattle and wildlife without having every scared 19 year old testing their range cards and interlocking fields of fire, so that people could sleep until the next rocket attack.

Years later after returning to The World, we tested various projectiles at AFIP on cadaver skulls to replicate crime scene results where dead hunters had been found in omebody's pot plantation. 5/16" ball bearings or 00 buck work best within 10 metres. At longer ranges 9/16" ball bearings from the jet engine shop are just spiffy.
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that reminds me i need to get some new surgical rubber tubing for one of mine, anyone got a source for new bands?
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Vet supply store is where I buy mine
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I found some tubing in the plumbing section at Menards just a few days ago. I just left it wrapped tightly in the shopping bag for LTS. Anybody have a better way to store it.
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When I was a dumb kid we used to have BB gun fights. But I don't think any of us would have shot each other with SLINGSHOTS, OUCH.
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I found some tubing in the plumbing section at Menards just a few days ago. I just left it wrapped tightly in the shopping bag for LTS. Anybody have a better way to store it.
Talcum powder helps the latex to not perish as fast. Just rub some on the tubing and it should be good.
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When I was about 12 , I shot a gallon (3.8 L /.83 Imp gal ) milk jug with a 1/2 (13mm)lead ball from a wrist rocket. Hit it just below the cap the ball came back in a beeline and gave me a black eye.
I thought I had shot my eye out.
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When I was a dumb kid we used to have BB gun fights. But I don't think any of us would have shot each other with SLINGSHOTS, OUCH.
Those were fun!
We shot the living crap out of ourselves and if mom asked about the blood welts it was always wasps or bee stings.

Of course we rode in the back of pickups and actually played outside back in the day; nobody died either. I guess now they do that stuff on the Wii or something.

I can just imagine the look on dads face as we told we were building a catapult to shoot at each other.

Actually, he might have helped.
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