This Instructable is for a slingshot made out of paracord and a piece of bicycle tire inner tube. This is probably the only paracord Instructable I’ve written that does not involve ladder weaving the paracord. [Although it could, I suppose]
After the apocalypse, you can undo your paracord bracelet, or trekking pole leash, recycle some bike inner tube and go get some zombies with this rig.
A sling is an ancient projectile weapon typically used to throw a blunt projectile such as a stone. It is also known as the shepherd's sling.
“ And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.” (Samuel 17:49)
As noted by Samuel, this is an effective and inexpensive weapon, precursor of the rifle.
I also like to go to local golf courses and when safe to do so, sling in different colored golfballs around the greens, for added golfer confusion.
Step 1: Things You Will Need
Paracord- 6 feet or more, depending on your size.
A pair of scissors, or sharp knife.
A leather punch, if you have one, or an awl.
Stones,for ammo, up to 2” across; golfballs would do in a pinch.
Step 2: Prepare the Cradle
Cut a piece of bike inner tube 4" long; using a leather punch, marlinspike or awl [careful not to stab yourself; I have ;) ] poke two lines of holes, parallel to one another and on opposite sides of the inner tube piece.
Step 3: Thread the Sling
Step 4: Create the Release Cord
Step 5: Create the Retension Loop
Step 6: Test and Adjust
The final adjustment may be to tie a thumb knot on the doubled paracord on each side of the cradle, to prevent snarls.
Step 7: No Smiting!
A big open space tp practise in would be best, like the old navy base in San Fransisco, where the Mythbuster guys test stuff out [Alameda??; Can you guys get in there?] Do not sling projectiles where you cannot see the impact zone. Be discreet; be smart.