While watching an episode of Apoaclypse 101 on NatGeo I saw a guy who had moddified his sling shot to fire arrows. After toying around with the arrow rest I had seen on the show I decided that there had to be a better, more stable way of holding the arrow while lining up for your shot. The following Instructable is what I came up with.
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Step 1: What You Need
- Sling Shot
- Wisker Biscut Arrow Rest
- 1/4" by 1" bolt
- 1/4"Sleeve nut (I think that is what it is called)
- Phillips Head Screw Driver
- T-30 Trox Wrench
- 3/16" Drill Bit (Not Shown)
- 9/32" Drill Bit (Not Shown)
- 5/16" Drill Bit
Step 2: Drilling the Holes and Attaching the Wisker Biscut
Remove the top screw from the grip with the Phillips Head screw driver and discard it. Next, using the 3/16" drill bit, drill a pilot hole all the way through the handle. Switch drill bits to the 9/32" drill bit and carefully drill out the pilot hole on the back side of the grip (Picture 2). Switch to the 5/16" drill bit and carefully drill out the other side of the grip (Picture 3).
Once you have the holes drilled push the sleeve nut into the 5/16" hole on the plam side of the grip.
Next take the 1/4"x1" bolt and screw it into the Wisker Biscut and then using the T-30 Trox wrench tighten the bolt until it is snug in the sleeve nut, you want the bolt tight enough to hold the Wisker Biscut in place while shooting an arrow but not so tight you can't swing it out of the way so you can fire a rock or ball bearing if you want to.
Step 3: Conclusion
Once I completed the modifications to the sling shot it was time for a test run or ten. Using a 32" arrow with a field tip for the test shots it took 10-12 shots until I was able to hit the target consistently within 1"-2" of where I was aiming at 20 yards or so.
Once I got a system down it was fairly easy to load, draw, and fire the Arrow Throwing Sling Shot pretty quickly. I was able to get 3" - 4" of penetration into the target using a field tip. After I got to where I could hit the target consistently I put a broad head on the arrow and target penetration increased to about 5" - 6" pretty consistently. Target penetration started to decrease pretty quickly as I increased the distance to the target. At 35 yards I was only able to get about 1" of target penetration with a broadhead. With the field tip at that range the arrow just broke the surface of the target.
With practice, I would feel comfortable taking larger game like rabbit and raccon with the Arrow Throwing Sling Shot and in a pinch a deer.
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