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Geekified: The David Sling

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Published on Sep 16, 2012

The sling (see http://www.slinging.org) is an ancient, very powerful weapon, designed to throw heavy objects with serious force. The staff sling, a variation of the handheld sling, can be even more powerful. But this simple design has a major flaw: It requires a lot of practice to be accurate with it.

The Slingshot Channel brings you a new invention that eliminates some of the effects that cause the accuracy challenges. The "forearm hoopack" offers a totally reproducable release timing, and also it prevents wrist movements.

The weapon has a mechanical string retainer that works like a safety catch. The sling will not release as long as the lever is not pulled. This allows a full "Apache" swing, otherwise impossible for staff slings.

The video features some hi speed footage (still shot with the old camera, probably for the last time!), and also shows the enormous impact of the 60 mm steel ball (880 gramms, more than 2 lb) into the catchbox.

A "The Slingshot Channel" production!

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