Military Review

Special Slingshot

Slingshot held in the hands of every boy. However, hardly anyone perceives it as a real weapon. And in vain! A number of firms in the west produce slingshots, not only as children's toys, but also as full-fledged combat systems for special forces.

In the process of the development of civilization from the primitive communal system to our time, man had to create weapons of various purposes. First, in this capacity, he used stones, sticks, animal bones. Often, these items were thrown by our ancestors at the enemy so that the first samples of throwing weapons appeared. In the future, developing and gaining experience, the man moved to the creation of special weapons for hitting the enemy at a distance of darts, spears, slings ... Developing him as a social being led to new ideas and designs of bows and various kinds of catapults. And most recently by the standards stories the most perfect firearms throwing weapon appeared. It should be noted that each person lives and develops in a society of his own kind, adopting the customs and habits of his direct ancestors. Including in the field of defense and attack. For many centuries, people taught their children how to use weapons, using for this “childish” reduced copies of real swords, bows, and guns. Used in this process and special devices that develop children's agility, accuracy and strength. To these should be attributed and simple device, familiar in the last hundred years, probably every boy slingshot. Most of us see in a slingshot only children's fun, but not a full throwing weapon. And in vain! Referring to the references. It turns out that there is a clear definition of what this thing is: "Slingshot is the simplest throwing spring weapon consisting of a branched handle, rubber, and a cord where the projectile is inserted."

Mod.470.003 - a powerful slingshot of the Italian company Advance with an emphasis for a hand

Many Advance slingshots can be produced in a classic form factor or can be equipped with a simple palm rest.

The simplest design of such a device is a flyer made of wood, such as a nut, on which are attached two rubber bands, to which, on the other hand, is attached a wide strip of inelastic material, such as leather. In this strip, the owner lays a pebble, stretches the rubber bands, and then releases the strip. Due to the elastic forces of the ribbons, the pebble accelerates and flies for a rather large distance. This method of throwing, as well as the classical construction of the slingshot, served as an example for the creation by a number of foreign firms of recreational hunting and even military weapons.

Leading positions in the production of modern slingshots are held by Marksman (USA), Combow (USA) and Advance (Italy), which manufacture such devices for both civilian consumers in the ordinary version and for special forces in the form of a real combat system. Slingshot in the ordinary version of the Marksman company They have quite a traditional look, but are produced using modern technologies and materials. The handle of this product is made of impact-resistant plastic of various colors, the flyers are pressed into the handle, the rubber cords are made in the form of cylindrical cords with hollow tips, which are put on the fliers, and the heel is made of synthetic material. The surface of the handle may have recesses for the wearer's fingers or grooves.

Slingshot 3040 Folding Slingshot from the company Marksman. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that the shape of the frame of support for the hand allows you to rely on it when shooting with the support

3041 Sportsman Slingshot Kit - slingshot for sports and recreational shooting from the company Marksman

Further improvement of the design led to the creation of a sample on which the flyers are mounted on the upper end of the handle with a special screw, and the ball magazine (with a capacity of 25 balls 6,5 mm in diameter) is attached to the handle, simultaneously serving as a hand for the shooter. Slingshots are available even in the elite version. In this case, the handle is made of precious woods, the flyers are made of high-strength steel with an anti-corrosion coating, two-colored rubber strands, and the heel is made of calf leather. Advance (Italy) supplies the slingshot in the ordinary version for the average buyer to the market. Three basic models are offered to customers: a simple slingshot, a slingshot with a plastic handle and figured flyers and a slingshot with figured flyers, a support for a hand and a special patented fastening of flyers to the body of the handle. For shooting, balls with a diameter of 6,5 mm, 8 mm and 10,5 mm are used. US firms are engaged in the development and production of combat slingshots, and this weapon is intended to equip special forces. A slingshot as a combat weapon has a high efficiency, a relatively long firing range, it is silent and compact during transportation.

The company Marksman has created a military slingshot, having a body made of impact-resistant plastic, equipped with a handle, armrest and a rubber ring for fixing this weapon on the arm. At the head of the case there are special washers for fastening the yarns, which are fixed using special locks. The heel is made of genuine leather. The shooter is supplied with special glasses. The shooting is carried out with steel balls. In the United States, a special Combow slingshot has also been created, designed to equip the special forces, hunting and training shooting units. In special units, it is used as one of the means of "survival" in extreme conditions.

Slingshot shooting is carried out with balls (or any improvised projectiles), and with a minor revision with arrows. The slingshot consists of a body with a handle, an emphasis for the elbow of the arm, two tubular grip clamps and a throwing block - an elastic band. In the traveling position, the slingshot is fastened with a belt to the belt of the shooter. The slingshot body is made of aluminum alloy, the handle is made of vinyl. Matt body trim. An important feature of the design of this sample was a special device, “the increasing effect of a stretchable rubber band on the throwing body”. In a standard slingshot (without such a device), the rubber band is stretched to 460 mm, and in the Slingshot Combow to 740 mm. It is almost twice as large. When firing a steel ball with a diameter of 12,7 mm, it is thrown at an initial speed of 68,6 m / s, a short hunting arrow with a mass of 0,16 kg - at a speed of 46-61 m / s. The range of the arrow - 137-183 m! Slingshot comes with a holster and a quiver for arrows, which are attached to the foot and made of nylon fabric. Holster and quiver can also be attached to the waist belt.

Special Slingshot
3010 Pow'r Flex Slingshot - Marksman's most economical model

Laserhawk Stealth Slingshot is a superrogat from Marksman. This is a serious weapon.

Accessories for Marksman slingshots: rubber band and heel, and shooting balls

Slingshot combat thing is not cheap! Say, Combow is offered to the buyer in the following configuration: the device itself (at the price of 62,95 dollars), spare rubber harnesses (4,95 dollars), waist belt (52,95 dollars), holster (5,95 dollars), quiver for arrows (3,95 dollars. ), steel balls in the amount of 100 pieces (9,95 dollars) and three packs of hunting arrows (9,95 dollars). As a result, this "children's toy" will cost the future owner a tidy 150,65 dollar. But realizing that Combow is actually a powerful, silent weapon used in special forces and, at the same time, suitable for serious hunting, you agree that the game is worth the candle. So, modern slingshots are created using the best achievements in materials and technologies by foreign companies this is a full-fledged throwing weapon that can cause significant damage to humans. In this regard, in a number of foreign countries, laws have been passed prohibiting selling them to persons younger than 18.
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  1. Boot under the carpet
    Boot under the carpet 23 September 2013 09: 01 New
    Nonexistent advertising? :)
  2. Letnab
    Letnab 23 September 2013 09: 03 New
    oh, remember childhood! they did so many slingshots with their own hands, they also tried to make it better than their comrade had ... and how many they ran to hunt, waders, truhtans, and everything that flies ... wassat
    1. JonnyT
      JonnyT 23 September 2013 09: 19 New
      yes, nostalgia!
      We still used them to shoot bottles, fight off stray dogs and in internal showdowns
      1. Max otto
        Max otto 23 September 2013 11: 03 New
        Yes, within a radius of 2 kilometers from living a whole bottle was not found laughing
    2. predator.3
      predator.3 23 September 2013 13: 38 New
      Hmm, I remembered the process of making a slingshot, first you had to find the slingshot itself, i.e. a symmetrical double branch in the forest, then from the bike’s camera we cut two ribbons no more than 1 cm wide and 30-35 cm long and a rectangular piece of leather or dermantine and that's it it is fastened with copper wire. And what arrows were among the peers, snipers!
      1. pensioner
        pensioner 23 September 2013 22: 56 New
        Quote: predator.3
        Hmm, I remembered the process of making a slingshot, first you had to find the slingshot itself, i.e. a symmetrical double branch in the forest

        Not!! stop In no case! Only building fittings !! (not of the largest section, of course. It is enough of the one from which the reinforcing mesh was made)
        Quote: predator.3
        we cut two ribbons from the bicycle’s camera no more than 1 cm wide and 30-35 cm long
        In no case!! Only "aviation" rubber, twisted into bundles! Thank God I had access to it (as a member of a circle of aircraft modelers. And my dad helped too. They used such rubber for something in the mine ...). And not 1 rubber tied to the horns, but 3 pieces, connected to each other on one side and with horns on the other! The difficulty is that they must be of different lengths. This is the message !! Well, the simulator at the same time! Oh, damn childhood! Moreover, slingshots are perhaps the most innocent of all the weapons that we made ... And we made a lot of things ... From arson, to real pistols that shoot small cartridges and real grenades ...
        1. not good
          not good 23 September 2013 23: 16 New
          And my friend and I cast the lead bullets ourselves, in plaster form.
        2. mirag2
          mirag2 25 September 2013 16: 18 New
          Yes, we also didn’t do it from a bicycle. We did it from harnesses. A bicycle is very weak. And harnesses are much cooler.
          Samopaly too. At school in the second grade I shot. After lessons of course.
      2. Gunsmith
        Gunsmith 5 October 2013 10: 19 New
        I knew a peasant - he hammered nails from a slingshot into the wall from 5-10 meters. This is definitely a sniper!
  3. Trailer
    Trailer 23 September 2013 09: 20 New
    And I also made crossbows from my mother’s hangers and clothespins. And darts from cigarette packages and matches! Here I understand it - a weapon of a solid scooter.
    1. Korben
      Korben 23 September 2013 10: 11 New
      And remember the brackets! Yes, and the slingshots, shooting with brackets, caused a tangible "combat" effect in the then boys showdown! And how many pills were received for this ... Our childhood was real and "dangerous"! )))
  4. The Indian Joe
    The Indian Joe 23 September 2013 09: 35 New
    A good weapon is silent, reliable, of course you can’t use it in a war because of its low lethal force, but as an element of a survival kit, it’s no problem, fortunately, ammunition is lying right under your feet.
    1. self-propelled
      self-propelled 23 September 2013 09: 46 New
      Quote: Injun Joe
      but as an element of a survival kit

      there is a more universal option (in this case, the Jungle King 3 survival knife is presented, where in addition to the NAZ, fishing line, hooks, compass, etc., there is also a slingshot for the slingshot)
      one Russian designer once said that if the army needed slingshots with an optical sight, they would be created. everything rests on the question - are they needed in the army?
      1. vanaheym
        vanaheym 24 September 2013 14: 01 New
        Horrible knife. The blade breaks at the base with a fairly light load.
        Although, as a gift or for survival on a picnic - it is it.
        But slingshots with an eye have long been sold :)
        1. Strv
          Strv 2 November 2013 14: 11 New
          Slingshot with an eye to go crazy.
    2. avt
      avt 23 September 2013 09: 48 New
      Quote: Injun Joe
      A good weapon is silent, reliable, of course you can’t use it in a war because of its low lethal force, but as an element of a survival kit, it’s no problem, fortunately, ammunition is lying right under your feet.

      I still keep a roll of 5cm wide Soviet rubber Soviet, checking - like nothing. laughing Perhaps useful - the most scarce part of the weapon then was. laughing
      1. smirnov
        smirnov 23 September 2013 12: 48 New
        Just a week ago I bought a roll in a pharmacy, covered my nostalgia, I decided to make a slingshot. I gutted an old boot on a peel, but I won’t get out of the horns ... laughing
    3. Sadikoff
      Sadikoff 23 September 2013 10: 31 New
      Surely there are ammunition for them, grenades, poison, lighters. But this is for special forces.
  5. Tatanka Yotanka
    Tatanka Yotanka 23 September 2013 09: 46 New
    and this weapon is intended to equip special forces. The slingshot as a combat weapon has high efficiency, a relatively large firing range, it is silent and compact during transportation.
    and what will the special forces do with it? all its noiselessness is compensated by screams from a broken eye, because you still have to get there, the toy is no more
    1. Old_kapitan
      Old_kapitan 23 September 2013 10: 45 New
      all its noiselessness is compensated by screams from a broken eye, because you still have to get there, the toy is no more

      And from a pistol, so right away? Or throw a knife there ... So it's only in the movies.
      The main thing is not where it screams, but where did it get pulled from. Well, noisy, distracting attention from the direction of the main action is also possible. Well, there’s probably St. Petersburg. Yes, and special forces quietly somehow need to survive. So that you carry a bow with you? Or make a shot from improvised means and take half a day? Well, not to mention that a good shooter from a short distance can be planted in the temple like that! The minimum will stun, and this is not enough.
      In short, the thing is lightweight, compact, and the supply pocket does not pull!
      1. revnagan
        revnagan 23 September 2013 11: 41 New
        Quote: Old_Kapitan
        stock pocket does not pull!

        On a hike, the needle is heavy. What are the initial speeds declared? Yes, for an ordinary "small" 5,6 mm, the muzzle velocity is 180 m / s! Maybe it's better to attach a muffler to the "Margolin". In general, an expensive and useless toy in a real war. .Fu and general contempt laughing
        1. Old_kapitan
          Old_kapitan 23 September 2013 12: 17 New
          But you didn’t refuse a needle?
        2. DDA
          DDA 24 September 2013 02: 29 New
          It's not about the initial speed! I have a modern slingshot, with an emphasis on the forearm, so from a distance of 10 meters, a 10 mm thick blueprint shell, a sheet of laminate flooring pierces as if drilled. For non-feathered hunting, this is not a bad thing at all. Of course, in spetsnaz the slingshot is not used as a means of directly defeating the enemy, and a radio beacon is a nice thing to launch. you
      2. Tatanka Yotanka
        Tatanka Yotanka 23 September 2013 12: 20 New
        Quote: Old_Kapitan
        The main thing is not where it screams, but where did it get pulled from.

        and what for to designate itself
        Quote: Old_Kapitan
        Yes, and special forces quietly somehow need to survive.

        almost every scout has a silencing pistol is not a problem, more accurately, further, kill,
        pay attention to the video below, a friend with 6 meters of balls missed the first time, the second on the tangent, but probably not the first day he shoots
        all its advantage is to use an elastic band as a hemostatic tourniquet, but the slingshot itself as a fork for Valuev
  6. Igarr
    Igarr 23 September 2013 09: 53 New
    This article is probably in the topic - to allow a firearm or not?
    Look at the warehouses of the AK deposit ... where to put them?
    And in return, we will offer slingshots ... from a foreign manufacturer. No?
    He was a little fond of slingshots. Although once even made a slingshot with an "optical" sight. The mirror was glued to the handle, there was such an idea in "Young Technique". The light "Bunny" showed you where you were going. Nonsense, of course.
    More and more bows ... that was the thing.
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 23 September 2013 10: 16 New
      video footage in the topic

      1. Old skeptic
        Old skeptic 23 September 2013 10: 35 New
        I just wanted to write about the 20 centimeter nails that we shot in childhood, but this is already on the video. Very dangerous thing.
  7. ale-x
    ale-x 23 September 2013 10: 15 New
    Picatinny, you say ..... Well, well ..
  8. manolo
    manolo 23 September 2013 11: 11 New
    Yes, at least throw an ordinary grenade away, throw the same defensive upwards, how much joy is on my head ...
    1. revnagan
      revnagan 23 September 2013 12: 15 New
      Quote: manolo
      Yes, at least throw an ordinary grenade away, throw the same defensive upwards, how much joy is on my head ...

      And you started shooting from a slingshot, not with a ball from a bearing or broken cast iron, but with at least chestnut? It’s very inconvenient, the diameter is big. And if you take into account the weight of a grenade ... It’s better to shy from a grenade launcher. Actually, I had it from childhood, of which only we didn’t make steel (strands). And from medical harness, and from dielectric gloves (in my opinion, the best), and from a gas mask ... But it so happened that my city is a city of defense and chemists. Spring, a flood field , on the banks of the local rivulet there was a lot of dirty raw pyroxylin. It was collected in huge bags and dried and in secluded places. Then they knocked out dirt and sand. They dragged copper pipes from the fleet or a neighboring antenna from a brass pipe. Next, it’s a matter of technology. A couple of hours of work in hand is an excellent self-propelled gun.
  9. nazgul-ishe
    nazgul-ishe 23 September 2013 11: 44 New
    A simple piece of wood (turned into a baseball bat) becomes a formidable weapon. In skillful hands, everything can kill.
  10. aleks77
    aleks77 23 September 2013 12: 15 New
    In childhood, from 10-15 meters from a ball from a bearing (d (6-9) mm) a bull skull (right side) broke through from a good slingshot, for me this is enough to take it seriously.
  11. Tartary
    Tartary 23 September 2013 12: 56 New
    I remember in my childhood there were lads who, with a slingshot in flight without training, got a steel ball flying 30 meters above their heads, forty into the chest ...
    I couldn’t get that far ...

    Now sometimes I think that a slingshot can be used for throwing defensive grenades ... For example, the F-1 with a 200 m spatter fragment.
    What is not pocket artillery?

    Are there any known uses of slingshots for throwing grenades? Who knows, share it?
  12. michajlo
    michajlo 23 September 2013 14: 02 New
    Good afternoon!

    The article is interesting, thanks to the author. Advertising or not, but the very fact of “the strength of a stretched elastic” is interesting as a memory of childishness. I postponed my last slingshot (all personal work) somewhere in 10-12 years. Then he would shoot at sparrows and matchboxes, and often carried out orders from his grandmother, to scare away sparrows from crops in the beds.

    And from the age of 14 I have been fascinated for the rest of my life (circles and) by the magazines Modelist-Constructor, Technique of Youth and Radio.
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  14. Black
    Black 23 September 2013 15: 29 New
    I don’t know if this commando needs this thing, but the boy needs it !!!
    And also a bow, a scarecrow, yes, probably, and "ignition" ... The boy's hands must be busy !!
  15. AX
    AX 23 September 2013 15: 45 New
    I think we need to think about something more important. For example, Here is something to laugh at ...
  16. Kibalchish
    Kibalchish 23 September 2013 16: 11 New
    slingshot for throwing grenades at an opponent. The most important thing in such weapons is not to drop the grenade at your feet and just fall into the opponent’s shelter. An interesting invention, isn't it?
  17. slacker
    slacker 23 September 2013 16: 36 New
    And ishho Mona boomerang naughty ... This is cool too!
  18. Ilya Mikhalych
    Ilya Mikhalych 23 September 2013 18: 29 New
    Mdaa, a slingshot for special forces is "cool"))! I wonder which country's special forces are using this creation !?
    1. alone
      alone 23 September 2013 18: 53 New
      wassat Yumba-Bumba special forces))
  19. georg737577
    georg737577 23 September 2013 20: 08 New
    At a distance of 10 - 12 meters, a slingshot (correctly made) in skillful hands is a deadly weapon. It is used exclusively from an ambush. As a shell - a turnkey nut of 20 mm. A soldier without a helmet was killed on the spot by a direct hit in the back of the head from eight meters, the nut entered the skull almost completely. He did not cry out, just fell off.
    But this, I repeat, is in very capable hands.
    1. Alex 241
      Alex 241 23 September 2013 20: 12 New
      [Center][/ centerBy the way, to throw antennas when deploying a space communications node in the NATO forces, a slingshot is used, which is standardly included in the communications center.] French bombing and throwing machine
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  21. LSV
    LSV 24 September 2013 12: 53 New
    Something rzhach causes the presence of this device in the arsenal of specialists)
  22. albanech
    albanech 24 September 2013 13: 28 New
    Rzhach causes you, but one question raises for me: what will happen if I get into the head from this slingshot with a steel ball, what will happen to the person? For me, such a good silent weapon in skilled hands!
  23. Sirs
    Sirs 24 September 2013 13: 43 New
    I would have such a slingshot in childhood, then many birds would have suffered! And many windows would be broken and I am out of reach.
  24. xomaNN
    xomaNN 24 September 2013 17: 13 New
    Here is the mental difference in approach: our special forces from scrap materials in the forest, etc. will build a slingshot, and the American "beret" will only use the factory wink
  25. Breard
    Breard 25 September 2013 02: 15 New
    Hmm ... in the place "Bulava" - a pin, in the place of "Kalash" ... a slingshot is so in Russian!
  26. μs
    μs 27 February 2014 04: 57 New
    a terrible silent weapon, especially to the head ...
  27. Faridd
    Faridd 17 September 2015 00: 16 New
    They say pharmacy products are better than latex tubes. Type give 8-fold stretch!
  28. nerd
    nerd 27 November 2015 20: 07 New
    I remembered about the slingshot yesterday — on business — it was necessary to throw a weight to lift it onto a tree (on business, arboristic). It is a pity that you need to shoot with two hands, and one still needs to hold onto the tree. But so to speak, we swords to yell. And so he took the slingshot for the first time not in childhood, but with his young son, so that he would not miss all the charm of childhood.