Slingshots: For the Small Boy in Us All

November 18, 2011

Family, Hunting Weapons, Skills

Using a slingshot, not just for kids

The following article has been contributed by a fellow prepper named Jeff. It has been published with permission of the author.

In days of old young boys ran free through streets and fields wielding their home made slingshots with the expertise and precision of diminutive archers. Plunking and plinking tin cans and small game, alas it seems those days are over, or are they?

I think that the serious prepper should consider the lowly slingshot

Cheap Cheap (Not just for baby chickens) Ranging in price from 9.99 – 39.99 a basic slingshot (or its brother the wrist rocket) will not stretch the budget of even the most frugal prepper, in fact if you are as cheap as I am you can even make one from scratch using a tree branch and an old bicycle tire inner tube.

No Box of Rocks here! Do you have boxes and boxes of various kinds and types of ammo? No need to fear, as long as there a rocks on this earth you have ammo for your lowly slingshot! This is a great benefit in a long term TEOTWAWKI situation as you can hunt small game, squirrels, rabbits, and birds of all kinds without using up your LIMITED resource of ammunition for your small caliber rifle or shotgun.

Hush little baby! The slingshot is quiet, and this has several very useful benefits. When you sling your shot you will be making little to no noise to frighten off other food. Sure you can take a squirrel at 100 yards with your .22 Marlin rifle, but if you miss, all of his yummy buddies have been scared off! More importantly to me, living in a semi urban area at the moment, I will not be announcing my presence to everyone in a ½ mile radius, and we all know all of those ears will not be friendly ones.

Troop optimization! Last but not least, my 5 year old can use one, with very limited potential for self inflicted wounds. Not only that but as he gets older he becomes a hunter as we are hiking, and going about daily business doubling our potential food gathering.

So there you have it. My thoughts on our friend the slingshot.

Thus Endith the Lesson.

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9 Comments on “Slingshots: For the Small Boy in Us All”

  1. Laura Says:

    I love it, Jeff! Thanks for the contribution!


  2. Jeff Says:

    You are most welcome!
    Thank you for posting it!


  3. Neri Says:

    i have had one to and some of my friends still use slingshots on occasions to hunt.


  4. Patrick Says:

    I have recently purchased a “Slingbow” which is a wrist rocket slingshot that can shoot arrows for larger game and can also shoot rocks or marbles. I highly recommend this product which can be bought at The Pathfinder School llc .com
    (Note: I do not own that website but I do recommend it)


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