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How to Sling - Sidearm Style

video How to Sling - Sidearm Style
The classic biblical story of David vs Goliath is mentioned within western culture quite frequently, however, not many people know what the sling looks like or how to use such a tool. Often confused with the 'dennis the menace' forked and rubberized slingshot, the sling actually sling actually consists of  two cords, a release and retention loop, and a pouch which holds ammunition. The retention loop is attached to the middle finger of the slinger like a ring. The release cord features a knot at the end of the cord which is held between the index finger and the thumb. The ammunition, a stone or tennis ball is then placed in the pouch. The slinger will then swing the pouch until momentum is gained and then proceed to release the knot within their index and thumb in order to let the ammunition fly.

The current world record for the longest distance of a sling projectile is 477 meters. The sling is able to propel projectiles at speeds exceeding 250 miles. The sling is certainly not a toy and should be treated as such. The sling should never be used to inflict harm on animals, humans or destroy property. 

There are many styles and techniques of using the primitive sling. Each different style is potentially as accurate and powerful as the next, however, the most popular techniques are the most simple. In this video I will display the use of the sling from a variety of angles using the simple sidearm style technique. 

NOTE: Use tennis balls when learning to sling, make sure you are at least 200 meters away from property and spectators before attempting to sling. Only sling for recreational and sporting purposes. Check local laws. I won't be liable for any damages or injuries, sling with the highest degree of safety. Safe slinging!

For more information:
http://www.slinging.org
http://www.youtube.com/user/smabber


lol love the tennis balls I use rocks myself, and I want to start lead casted balls
joey991 year ago
Cool
smabber (author)  joey991 year ago
Cheers!
rimar20001 year ago
I am curious about same things that says Kiteman. How precise is the aiming? Some advices to shooting?
smabber (author)  rimar20001 year ago
I have definitely taken account what Kiteman was said!

Aiming can be very precise with practice. In large, its not as accurate as a slingshot without decades of experience. I'll link you with two of my videos depicting sling accuracy:

Sling vs Bottles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7oKRj-OUV4
5 hits in a row:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV3MFmiDVcA

This is considered good accuracy with the sling. It is very difficult to become accurate!

Additionally, I shall make a video with some advice for shooting. A quick tip would be to watch how your feet are situated in regards to the target, similarly to golf. Experiment with foot placement to achieve better accuracy.
Kiteman1 year ago
Lots of nice acyion shots, but I missed the actual "how to" part - how do you hold the sling? Release? Aim?

Unrelated - where was the video made?
smabber (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Good point, this video was only designed to display the technique. I made it on the basis that people knew how to hold the sling first. I will change the title to exclude 'how to USE an Ancient sling' to 'how to sling - sidearm style'. I will also make a video displaying how to hold a sling.

Thanks for the feedback Kiteman! The video was made in about 10 different places in Australia.
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