Rubber-Band Sharpshooter (Aug, 1946)

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Rubber-Band Sharpshooter
How a North Carolina Sportsman Makes and Shoots His Slingshots

ONE OF boyhood’s traditional toys has come of age. Jim Gasque, North Carolina sportsman, has proved that the ordinary slingshot, when properly made and used, can be an adult weapon of deadly accuracy at distances up to 30′—a range sufficient for stalking small game. He shoots regular No. 0 buckshot.

His slingshots are made as shown, the dogwood forks being dried in a slow oven overnight after tying. Instead of inner-tube strips, he uses two rubber bands 1/16″ thick, 5/8″ wide, and 7-1/2″or 8″ long.

When shooting, he takes a stance similar to that in archery, body at right angles to the target, feet apart, and weight balanced on both feet. Holding the shot cup at the right eye, he stretches the rubber by extending his left arm fully while aligning the target in the sights -Tom Cushing.

4 comments
  1. Stannous says: August 5, 200711:44 pm

    I am NOT holding that envelope!

  2. Githyanki says: August 6, 20075:53 am

    So the apple on your head trick is out of the question?

  3. MAKE: Blog says: August 7, 20072:48 pm

    Rubber-band sharpshooter…

    Popular Science 1946 – How a North Carolina Sportsman Makes and Shoots His Slingshots. ONE OF boyhood’s traditional toys has come of age. Jim Gasque, North Carolina sportsman, has proved that the ordinary slingshot, when properly made and used,……

  4. NikFromNYC says: January 12, 20085:18 pm

    It doesn’t show even a non-folding “wrist rocket” which is the same slingshot with a thick padded coat–hanger lever on it the means you don’t have to use wrist power to hold the thing vertical, so you can use *much* stronger rubber tubing/bands. One even folds in two places:
    http://stun-ningsales.c…

    Now that site, and every other says “Cannot ship slingshots to New York” so Ebay is good for something after all!

    The basic folding models come with hollow-handles, to hold quite a bit of ammo, for which I prefer No. 00 or 000 (bigger) pure lead ammo from McMaster.com.

    Once upon a time, all the laboratory students on my floor of the science building kept coming in later and later, and staying in lab past 3AM. This was because the utility guys replaced an arc lamp sidewalk light but tilted it wrong, to point straight at us all night. Normal channels didn’t work. There were no official means of getting a light re-pointed. My wrist rocket solved the problem. First the light enclosure broke and evidently the bulb developed a small crack too, then, over five minutes it got brighter and brighter…and brighter and brighter more, then glowed orange for another five minutes until it died. Then maintenance kicked in, and re-pointed the light. I wonder what their theory about what happened was? A pigeon? Meteorite? I used hex nuts as ammo, so they must have been scattered around, too, it having taken about twenty hits to finally kill the beast.

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