Minimalist Survival Slingshot




Introduction: Minimalist Survival Slingshot

About: Outdoors person _ Mediums: rope, wood, paper _ Activities: slacklines, climbing, woodworking

The handle was junk on my F16 Daisy slingshot, so I decided it was time to upgrade to a more survival friendly grip. I didn't want to go overboard but rather keep the functionality of the slingshot in a small package.

Step 1: Materials

16 ft. o' 550 paracord

another 4 ft. gutted paracord




metallic object with a flat side

Step 2: Survival/other Items

slingshot with a metal frame

325 paracord

rubber bands or two 2-1/2" strips of rubber

jump ring (keychain ring)

ferro rod

small knife

fishing hook, line, and weights is advised for wet and coastal regions

fire tubes could also be used instead of a ferro rod

aluminum foil would be great for this project

Step 3: 1st Wrap

Gut 4 ft of 550 cord and wrap it around finishing off with a diamond knot or any other two stranded knot.

Step 4: Half Hitch Wrap

Start half-hitch wrap with either the full 16ft or 8 ft will do. When getting close to the bottom of the handle put on fids to finish by weaving the cord through the backside.

Step 5: Fitting Knife Into Pocket

Wedge the pocket knife into place. It may take some pliers and manipulation to get it into the pocket. I ended up putting the ends through the top half hitches. I made it with an ergonomic grip in the process by shifting the top knots forward on the slingshot. I didn't realize this while in the process of making but I could have continued onto the next step with the full 16 ft strand of paracord instead of cutting it in half at the start.

Step 6: Overlap Wrap

Start with fids on an 8 ft strand of paracord. Put both sides through from the back then twist 180 doubling it through the same hole. When wrapping the back stick the ferro rod underneath try to keep the "knots" centered on top. Under the front wrap can be used to store a hook and aluminum foil folded up, and I would store fishing line around the ferro rod. Finish by weaving through the front like in picture 7 then putting the fids completely under the wrap alongside the ferro rod in the back. Tie a overhand knot in the back to keep from pulling through.

Step 7: Poacher's Knot

This running loop will be needed for the next step. Make two of these out of 325 paracord with a 1"-2" diameter loop.

Step 8: Arrow Guidance Sys.

The goal here is to have the bands stretch equal when making this. I cut a piece of dowel to stretch one complete side so that I could tie the other side without too much struggle. What's great about this feature is that now I am able to shoot make-shift arrows and rocks which can be found everywhere out in the wilderness. It gives the option for bigger game (something a typical pellet gun can't take down).

Step 9: Finished

Practice with your survival slingshot before you get out there into the rough wilderness. The best trick to learn quickly is moving from bigger closer targets to father and smaller targets. If you can cut a card when set up horizontally or vertically then you can hit anything. I haven't had to use this for survival purposes, but when I will have to, I know I will be able to survive.

Thank you for reading!

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    7 years ago

    I have that same slngshot


    7 years ago

    I've never seen an arrow guide on a slingshot before, maybe it's just something I've never heard of, but if you invented it, great stuff!

    Your pictures and directions are really easy to follow, and I like the choices you made for the survival aspects. I think if I were to do it, I'd probably add some snare wire in there somewhere as well.

    Overall, I think this is a great 'ible, the design is well thought out and the execution is beautiful. Well done.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks that's a great idea I would have really liked to add a some fishing line and a few hooks but I didn't have any during the construction of this project.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Now that is awesome. Its practical and stylish. The knife in the handle is very creative. Plus the arrow guide puts this right on the top of my list. Thanks for this.