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Sling Shot

Well, I made a sling shot with my Mom. Dad made me write about it. Here is how we made the sling shot. First mom got a big fork shaped stick. I went and got out a bed sheet and spread it out on the floor in the living room.  I went and got my Swiss army knife.  I sat on the sheet with my knife and stick and peeled the bark off the forks.  The stick was way over sized so I cut it down to the right size. After that  I shaved more of the stick. Mom got me some rubber bands and a patch of denim from an old pair of Emeline’s jeans. I tried a lot of different techniques, trying to make it shoot then I gave the sling shot to Mom. Within a few tries Mom did it. We used wadded up newspaper from the London Evening Standard to make ammunition.

The slingshot originated in Russia and is decended from the sling. Here is a link if you want to read more about it.

There are many different brands of historical and modern slingshots.  Some are foldable, a lot have a wrist support. Some have a “Y” shape, some have a “U” shape. Some are very complicated. Some are made of wood while others are made of metal.  The pockets are made from leather but I’ve seen some homemade ones made of duct tape.

I haven’t seen a lot but I read about how the military uses massive slingshots to launch aircrafts. I also have seen slingshots in TV advertisements.

Slingsshots have been used in torment hunting of bears.  This is very sad. They have been used for self defense, but I am going to use my sling shot for attacking my sister with paper balls.




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