How to Practice Firing Slingshots

With any sort of weapon, it is essentially useless unless one is able to use it to hit a target. Without accuracy, it will provide neither defense nor sustenance. Therefore, it is a good idea to practice shooting whatever it is you intend to use, in this case, a slingshot.

What is a slingshot?

A slingshot is a hand-held projectile propeller that is essentially a miniature ballista weapon. It is most often a piece of wood or plastic that diverges at one end into the shape of a Y. One or more elastic bands are attached to the ends with a pocket in the center to hold the projectile. The user holds the handle in one hand and uses the other (dominant, usually) hand to pull back the projectile inside the pocket, aim, and release.

Slingshots are used in many parts of the world as hunting weapons, though they were known in the mid-1800s as a tool of vandalism (a stereotype that lasted into the mid-1900s, as evidenced in advertisements and cartoons of the time).

Along with stones, steel spheres, and other small objects, some slingshots can also be used with arrows, ranging from a small bolt to a full-sized arrow. A high-powered slingshot is a great choice for manual hunting in an off-grid home.

What sort of target should be used?

While a target can range from a sheet of paper (preferably with a series of circles on it for accuracy assessment) to a three dimensionalfacsimile of the intended target, something simple that can be reused is likely to be the best option.

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Target for Practice
Metal Spinning Target
Metal Squirrel Reset Target
Target Box
Target Block

Target for Practice

This small target has spinning pieces that make it easy to check accuracy. For outside use, it will be desirable to attach it to a stand so it will not be blown over.

Metal Spinning Target

Created for pellet guns, this metal target setup is also excellent for slingshot practice. Two sizes of targets aid in improving accuracy. It folds to carry and store easily.

Metal Squirrel Reset Target

Practice hunting small game with this squirrel target. Heavy-duty steel will last for many years. Hit the animal target first, then the other to reset.

Target Box

This box target collects the ammunition so it can be reused, limiting the need to purchase or find more ammo for practice. The sturdy cloth box slows down the ammunition and softens the sound.

Target Block

This 8.5” cube has a different small game picture on mostof its six sides, along with additional circular targets. It is filled with high density foam.

How does one aim a slingshot?

Becoming accurate with a slingshot will require practice. Start by holding the handle of the slingshot with one hand. Whether to use the dominant hand for this depends on the person; most prefer to use the dominant hand to have better control, while others prefer to pull back with the dominant hand. Then pull back the center of the rubber – usually a pouch – that contains the projectile. Do this by folding the pouch around the projectile. Be careful to keep the projectile centered in the pouch. Do not squeeze too tightly.

Ideally, the slingshot should be either vertical or horizontal, depending on what is more comfortable. Your body should be sideways, as when shooting a bow and arrow. Stand comfortably but firmly, with feet wide enough apart for good balance.

The forward arm (the one holding the grip of the slingshot) should be pointed directly at the target(or slightly above) and parallel to the ground. The rear arm should be perpendicular to the slingshot. Use both eyes to sight but be careful to keep the business end of the slingshot from hitting the face.

Take a deep breath and let it out; release while paused after this exhale. Be careful that all fingers are out of the way of the projectile.

Make a note of where each hand is in relation to the target in the field of view and adjust accordingly after seeing where the projectile hits.

The more practice one gets, the better the accuracy will be.

Resources

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Where to Buy
Solid Wooden Slingshot
Two Slingshots Plus 100 Ammunition
Daisy P51 Slingshot
Folding Wrist Slingshot
Pocket Shot Mossy Oak Hammer Slingshot
Pocket Shot Pro
Pocket Shot Arrow Kit

Solid Wooden Slingshot

This slingshot is made of solid wood. The faux-leather pocket is attached to high quality rubber bands; an extra band is included.

Two Slingshots Plus 100 Ammunition

This double pack of slingshots allow two people to practice or hunt together. One hundred steel balls provide plenty of ammunition.

Daisy P51 Slingshot

Packaged with an extra band and two different sizes of ammunition, this is a perfect gift option. Fully adjustable, this slingshot is geared for stability and comfort.

Folding Wrist Slingshot

Stainless steel with a wrist brace and triple strength rubber bands, this adjustable slingshot is heavy duty and ergonomic. A magnetic leather ammunition holder keeps ammo conveniently accessible. This pocket slingshot is convenient to carry anywhere.

The Pocket Shot is a slingshot that is not shaped like a Y but is rather a circular ring and pouch. The general manner of shooting is very similar to a standard slingshot. Pocket Shot power is in the latex rubber pouch which guides the ammunition to the proper location before drawing it.

Pocket Shot Mossy Oak Hammer Slingshot

This Mossy Oak Pocket Shothandle makes it easier than ever to shoot the Pocket Shot slingshot. A wrist brace (purchased separately) can be added to it. It comes with one black pouch.

Pocket Shot Pro

This three-pack of durable pouches are made of natural rubber latex and have power fins and a longer draw to make the ammunition hit the target aggressively and accurately.

Pocket Shot Arrow Kit

Pocket Shot arrow hunting requires an arrow ring which holds the arrow centered for best accuracy. The kit also contains nock covers to protect the pouch while shooting arrows.