Catapults are mechanisms that are made to launch something a long way without an explosion. It uses tension of an arm against a spring or rubber band type setup to throw the projectile. While the larger ballistic devices were much too large for an average person to mess with, there are smaller handheld versions that have been developed that can be fun to use and may also be quite dangerous, depending on the strength of the device and the projectile chosen.
Handheld catapults fling things at a fast speed; if the flung item is hard, it can be dangerous! Eye protection is recommended, and smooth, soft objects are safer to use in these. Some people use them for hunting. Standard hunting safety rules apply.
Some people refer to slingshots as catapults. While more often the term “catapult” is used to refer to a device with an arm to fling projectiles, and most often the term“slingshot” is used to refer to a device that uses an elastic band between the ends of a forked branch or similar item, when one refers to handheld catapults, it generally refers to a powerful slingshot, which may fling spherical or otherwise solid projectiles or small arrows.
Having a personal catapult – a powerful slingshot – is going to be a useful weapon for someone who takes the time to learn how to accurately hit a target with its projectile. It is convenient to carry in a pocket or bag, easy to get into position, and easy to fire. The main downside with using one of these for protection is the requirement of using both hands. However, using one for hunting small game is less likely to present an issue with using both hands.
There is one company that has created a Survival Slingshot, which serves as both a manual weapon and a holder for a variety of handy survival items. While this particular slingshot is not currently available, it is a great example of what a good survival slingshot can include. The band has a 25-pound pull and it can shoot standard arrows, which can be purchased anywhere. Its watertight handle opens, providing 8 cubic inches of storage space for such things as bandages, fishing line and hooks, or other needed items. An integrated compass aids in keeping track of direction and it can be fitted with accessories such as tactical lights or laser sight.
The nice thing abouthigh powered slingshotsand pocket slingshots is that they are quite cost-effective. Most of them range from $11-$45, though it is possible to get kits and slingshots with add-ons that may cost a bit more. Ammunition can be an added expense, but at the same time, rocks can be used as ammunition for most, in a pinch. The elastic or rubber that is used to launch the projectiles will need occasional replacement, so those who intend to use a pocket slingshot for a regular hunting or protection item will want to stock up on extras.
Weighing in at 1.6 pounds, this solid alloy slingshot is professional quality that uses three elastic bands for high velocity and superior accuracy. Magnetic parts aid in keeping steel ammunition handy, and the wrist brace offers stability while aiming and firing. The ergonomic grip provides comfort, and an infrared sight helps with nighttime hunting. (It uses 3 AAA batteries that are not included.)
Made from polycarbon resin, this sturdy slingshot is lightweight (only 0.28 pounds) and durable. The flat band comes in a random color and is guided by a mechanical fiber optic sight. 100 steel balls are included for ammo and a wrench to switch out the band when needed is also included.
This handy high-powered slingshot folds neatly for easy carrying in the included pouch. Also included are a magnetic ring to hold extra ammunition and a bag of 8mm steel ball ammo. It comes with an extra band and the handle is made ergonomic for comfort. This slingshot is very powerful, and caution is required to ensure the safety of surrounding people when using it.
An easy to carry in a pocket rocket slingshot has an adjustable wrist brace made of stainless steel and comes with two strong rubber bands. It is made of all metal (except the bands) and is a high velocity, high-powered slingshot excellent for hunting. A magnetic ammunition holder assists in quick reloading of the 100 included ammunition balls.
Easy to install with a detachable design, the removable aim points and mechanical sights make this slingshot simple to set up, easy to carry, and excellent for both hunting and self-defense. Made of stainless steel, it is powerful and portable.
This professional grade wrist rocket has a replaceable band and 100 ammunition. It is made of stainless steel and has a wrist brace for a stable aim. Its carrying pouch can hold ammunition while the shoulder back can hold the whole device and all its parts, which includes 4 bands.
This is a portable stainless slingshot designed with 4 high-precision stainless steel mechanical sights. This also has triple-aiming points that can help a lot the beginners to correct their gestures. Aside from super portability, precision, and power, this stainless steel slingshot is very easy to assemble as well. This slingshot is a great company for any outdoor activities.
A simple starter slingshot with a wrist brace and a rubber band, it folds neatly for easy storage or carrying. The frame is solid steel with an extra wide fork. Excellent for learning to aim and to improve accuracy.
1000 pieces of hard clay ammunition are about 9mm in diameter (3/8”). Left outside, these bits of clay will eventually dissolve from exposure to moisture. Spherical, these are meant for accuracy and are balanced between lightweight and strong.