In this series of blog posts, we are going to teach you how to make improvised weapons. Of which one can find handy to make for and in survival scenarios. For this post, we’re going to discuss how to make a slingshot. There are many variants for the slingshot mostly with materials but this guide specifically will use wood.
The slingshot is a small-sized weapon that shoots projectiles through pulling back a band or similar elastic cord like a bow. The creation of such devices started propping up in the 19th century when Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanized rubber, an elastic material, in the earlier parts of the decade. Variations of it can range from materials of wood to metal and steel.
How to make a slingshot: Requirements
- A knife
- Thick Rubber bands / 1/4 inches surgical tubing
- Dental floss
- Rectangular piece of leather or cloth (2×4 inches)
- An okay sized Y/Fork shaped branch (around 6 to 9 inches long and 1 to 2 inches thick will do)
So you’ll first need to collect all the materials. You might want to dry out the wood of any moisture and shed it off its bark if you feel uncomfortable wielding it. This branch will be the base for your slingshot.
How to make a slingshot: Steps
Then you’ll want to make some carvings with your knife at the two ends (suggested maybe an inch from the end) of your branch. You’ll attach your band to these notches.
For this step, you could either use a rubber band or surgical tubing. The same are virtually the same. Just make sure your rubber band is thick, if you’ll use it, and won’t easily tear apart. You’ll be the one to determine how long it’ll be. Shorter bands mean harder to pull but more powerful releases and vice versa. Once found, you’ll want to cut it to one-half double that size.
You’ll then have to attach the rubber band to your notches. You’ll just need to circle one end of the band around a fork prong or end and in a way that forms a C by making it go back on in itself. You can tie dental floss or perhaps another rubber bands to hold it down to each individual prong. Do the same for the other.
This next step will have you cutting slits on both sides of your leather or cloth. This, by the way, will be your pouch. Use the knife to make a cut around 1/4 inches to 1/2 inches in from each of the shorter side edges. These should be just enough for your rubber band to go through.
One end of your rubber band will go through the slit you just made. Fold it back over so it’ll create a small loop at the pocket’s edge. Then repeat this on the other side. You may secure these loops with dental floss or another rubber band.
In brief, you basically now have your slingshot. Only thing now is to find ammunition. For so, you may use rocks, stones, pieces of rubble… whatever small projectiles you can find.
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