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Ancient Secret Weapon: A Paracord Slingshot

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I have been building paracord-supported structures and items since 1977. It is the duct-tape of the cord and string business, and widely considered one of The Worlds Most Useful Things.
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.
 
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Step 1: Things you will need

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You will need:
Paracord- 6 feet or more, depending on your size.
A pair of scissors, or sharp knife.
Lighter
A leather punch, if you have one, or an awl.
Stones,for ammo, up to 2” across; golfballs would do in a pinch.
After seeing your instructable when it first published, i wondered what slinging was. I then remembered the David and Goliath story (I re-read it, my bible did not have details about the sling though). I saw somebody's comment for slinging.org and went there. They had a lot of great tutorials and articles. I probably made 3 or 4 of there slings. I did not have any inner tube when this published. I got some inner tube so i made this and it worked great! A+ for this instructable, keep them coming!

See my latest instructable! http://www.instructables.com/id/2-Nerdy-Clear-Ciruit-Bracelet/
aaron-k3 years ago
For those interested, Slinging.org has really good information and more tutorials.
Thanks for the link! It really helped with using this.
yes it did!
aristide2022 years ago
I dont think that elastic materials are involved in this kind of slings but may be they could help somehow . The point is how easily the stone gets out of the pouch when you relese the line . See how traditional slings are made nowdays are made in Balear islands . Raw vegetal fibers and that's all.
preahkumpii3 years ago
So many uses for paracord. Here is another site that has slings made from paracord: http://www.shepherdsling.com
NATIVEBOY3 years ago
i can make one out of one piece of para cord but anyways this is an overall a good little project
zxcv3 years ago
Technically I believe this is considered a Sling, a sling shot requires the use of some type of elastic material for the acceleration of the projectile.

It is an ancient weapon more commonly known from David vs Goliath, where tiny little David killed a giant of a man called Goliath with a sling as you referenced.

Great little instructable, I made a slightly larger leather pouch as a kid and used it for water balloons. Same materials, paracord & leather.

Simply amazing to see how well such a simple device works.
zxcv zxcv3 years ago
Oops noticed you used an intertube and not actually leather, Might actually work better than leather as it would spring back more readily. I might just have to recreate my water balloon sling for the kids.
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