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Originally posted on December 16, 2015 @ 8:36 am
How To Make And Use A Primitive Sling Out Of Bark Fiber
The guy who owns the YouTube channel Primitive Technology recently made and uploaded this video showing you How To Make And Use A Primitive Sling Out Of Bark Fiber – in HD. This isn’t one of those “made in my garage step-by-step” videos. This guy is legit. No fancy store bought equipment. Just him, nature and a HD camera. In this video he is going to demonstrate how he built a primitive sling out of bark fiber and how he uses it. These primitive slings are actually very accurate and powerful. The longest sling shot ever was around 500 meters. This is a great survival tool to have in your toolbox.
Via – PrimitiveTechnology
“A sling is a weapon used to fire rocks farther and harder than could be thrown by hand alone. I made this primitive sling from bark fiber that I made into cord. The cord was then tied in such a way to produce an area in the middle with three cords. A strip of the same bark fiber was woven between these to form a pouch. A loop was tied at one end of the sling and a knot tied in the other.
To use it, the loop is slipped over the finger and the knot is held down with the thumb. A stone is placed in the pouch and the sling swung over head. At the appropriate time the sling is swung forward in a throwing action and the knot held in the hand is let go. This causes the pouch to open and the stone to fly (hopefully) towards the target.
I hadn’t used a sling for eight years but the first target I set up and filmed, a potsherd on a stick at 10 m, was hit first go! Next I set up a log at 20 m and required more practice. Targets of potsherds and tiles at 10 m were set up in a clearing. Tiles on sticks at 15 m were set up in a stretch of creek. The last shots are back in the clearing at 10 m.
Learning to use the sling is difficult and practice is necessary. When aiming line up the swinging plane of the sling with the target to determine Y-axis aspect and use release timing to determine x-axis aspect. With timing (right handed) too early and the stone will got to the right, too late and it will go left. Practice to make it go at the right time. Use larger stones as they swing slower and are easier to time. Use smooth stones so they fly straight and don’t cling to the pouch when released.”