who had a wrist rocket?


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grafsk8er
December 31, 2007, 11:56 AM
how many of you guys had a wrist rocket when you were younger? my last one broke, and i think i'm gonna pick up a new one from cabelas. theres nothing more fun than bringing back your child hood memories of sling shots and soda cans, haha

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usmccpl
December 31, 2007, 12:01 PM
I had one a few years back. I got good enough with it that bunnies were easy if they were standing still. Once I got a wild hair and tried a turkey with a head shot and got lucky then got in trouble when my parents found out.

herohog
December 31, 2007, 12:02 PM
Ever have the surgical tubing break and slap ya across the face? That HURT!

alwilliam
December 31, 2007, 02:17 PM
loved them asd a kid..used to make exploding rounds for them and also shot arrows out of them.

Cougfan2
December 31, 2007, 02:22 PM
Had one when I was a kid and had tons of fun with it. We had two crabapple trees in the backyard so for part of the year I had an almost unlimited supply of free ammo. :D

22-rimfire
December 31, 2007, 02:43 PM
I have a couple of them. I ding squirrels that hang around my bird feeder with them. If you buy lead balls for ammo, go with 32 cal. 40's and larger are too heavy.

herohog
December 31, 2007, 02:52 PM
A bag of marbles from TG&Y (Toys Guns & YoYo's?) or Toys-R-Us makes GREAT ammo. I know of one dog who will never go near my trash cans again! (No, I didn't kill it, I bruised the heck out of it though)

sm
December 31, 2007, 06:04 PM
Homemade from the fork of a tree, and the Red Rubber from a inner tube.
Leather was real, and used for the pouch.

I am 52 and have never owned a Store Bought Slingshot. Slingshots are supposed to be homemade, from the fork of a tree.

Granted it is a real pain finding Red Rubber inner tubes this day and age...*wink*

I was a wee brat and the first time a Mentor said "When you can hit a tossed rock, you can then attempt to shoot flying birds".

First toss he did, I hit the rock, and kept doing so 5 times in a row.

"Uh-Oh!" said the Mentors.
"Rut-Roh" went critters.

Rocks were my most used ammo, though I did step it up a notch with Marbles and the the "good stuff" was ball bearings from the Fillin' Station and wherever else I had folks "trained" to save them for me.

Feral Cats? No problem, I am /was your Southern Brat, I bribe[d] easy and just set me loose.
I took care of Feral Cats in return for stuff.

I grew up felling birds, rabbits, squirrels with sling shots to put meat on the table as I liked meat, and we did not always have meat.

Serious Situation uses too, as we had some serious matters come up as a kid, and there is a distinct sound a steel ball bearing makes hitting a inmate's head that has escaped from a chain gang.

Used during times of Riots and Looters coming in during fire, flood, tornadoes and floods too.

Yeah, I "might" know a bit about homemade sling shots.
Still a very useful tool to have in one's toolbox.

p35
January 4, 2008, 10:22 AM
Probably said this before, but my brother once knocked me on my butt with an acorn from a wrist rocket- oak trees generate a lot of free ammo.

nate.45
January 4, 2008, 10:25 AM
It was a lot of fun and quite deadly on small animals with the steel ball ammo.

mec
January 4, 2008, 10:37 AM
Ever have the surgical tubing break and slap ya across the face? That HURT!
__________________


If it wasn't for that, I'd probably still have one. They break early and often but I wish I 'd had Whammo corp stock back in the 70s.

Kimber1911_06238
January 4, 2008, 10:48 AM
I used to hunt squirrels with mine....was always much more successful with .22's or my pellet gun

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
January 4, 2008, 11:42 AM
I did roughly 25 years ago. Did you see that some of the modern ones have fiber optic "sights", red dot sights and even laser sights. Kewl. :)

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SeanSw
January 4, 2008, 03:59 PM
I've had several wrist rockets and they never lasted long. The bands became damaged and broke too easily. I could never get any consistency from them. On the few occasions that I made contact with something the impact was significant. Rocks, marbles, rusty metal nuts, and any junk I could find laying around the railroad tracks were use. They were always a struggle because I am right handed but feel that I must shoot slingshots and bows as if I am left hand dominant. My left arm is weaker than my right and my draw goes funny.

The last time I had a wrist rocket with me I sent a ball bearing into the back of my hand. That was the end of that.

Marlin 45 carbine
January 4, 2008, 04:05 PM
Oh gosh yeah. I still have 2. handy for small game when stealth is neccesarry. I need to get some new bands, they're made now with a taper which claims more FPS. I scavenged a pail of bearings from the scrap yard. buckshot would do great.

Rembrandt
January 4, 2008, 04:41 PM
Yep, used it to propell M-80's and Cherrybombs...I'd pull it back and my brother would light the fuses. Unfortunately the days of buying those fireworks have passed.

Steel Talon
January 4, 2008, 04:59 PM
Slingshots

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Homemade from the fork of a tree, and the Red Rubber from a inner tube.
Leather was real, and used for the pouch.

I am 52 and have never owned a Store Bought Slingshot. Slingshots are supposed to be homemade, from the fork of a tree.

SM,

Man:eek: you must have been a hulk sized kid to use a fork of a tree!;)

My choice was a hickory branch fork. With inner tube. Then when I got my hand on surgical rubber (flat not round) did my game really improve..

However my favorite was the true "sling" (Goliath slayer) distance power and accuracy.

As for my first wrist rocket about 1965

Peace
Steel Talon:cool:

Chipperman
January 4, 2008, 05:09 PM
Had one as a kid, and still have it. It's hanging in my gun closet right now. Never had a band break, thankfully.

edit: spellin'

JFrame
January 5, 2008, 06:11 PM
I still have two wrist-rockets, both with the folding frames. One of them also has a wrist-brace that doubles as a velcro pouch for additional shot (nice touch). The surgical tubes are broken on both of them, and I keep meaning to pick up replacement tubes...

phaed
January 5, 2008, 06:18 PM
guilty. those things were fun.

Scratchy
January 5, 2008, 06:38 PM
mine's busted

sm
January 5, 2008, 07:59 PM
I may be 52 years old now, still don't mean I growed up. *smirk*

Yep, I still shoot shoot slingshots made with wood from the fork of a branch of a tree.
Unless it is a wittle bitty twee...*giggle-snort*

I pass forward.
After I have had a kid on my shoulders use that wittle saw and cut "that one" and the rest of the branch comes crashing down upon us...

"What did you learn?"
"You were right that thing would fall down on us"

Pocket knives , just simple slip joints, and smaller hands in mine and we whittle that fork.
We make a slingshot together...
Often times make a second or third one...

Just in case a slingshot is "lost" and all.
<whispers> "Redundancy is a good thing, like if one is lost, needs repair, and..."
"Yeah good thing you shared about having spares off site too, mom is sorta suspicious about some hiding spots I have"

*ahem* "Just pretend to be dumb and when you not grounded anymore, you can use the one "lost" and oh, gimme that thing before we head back so mom won't see you with one"

[Hey I was a littler kid once, I understand how big folks just don't understand and all].

Persimmons.
"How do you know if one is ripe Uncle Steve?"
"Well, hard to explain really, trust me, if you ever bite into one that ain't, you will always be able to tell"

<bite>
<Puckered up mouth skewed face>
"&#@)8" [puckered translation : "yuck"]

So the unripe Persimmons are used for ammo, as are the rotten ones.

Life lessons that need to be passed forward.

"Okay, why are we going to fly a kite!" - kids
"So we can have fun shooting it down " me

"Yeah! Uncle Steve is so Neat!"

Get a open field, get that inexpensive kite w-a-y up there, and do dips, dives and shoot sling shots.

Fun, educational, challenging (both kite flying and sling-shottin') and quality time on a nice day, passing forward and stress just dripping off everyone, be they smaller kids or bigger kids.

Eye to hand coordination , lessons that translate to shotguns,...
Being a kid...no matter the size of kid...

Kite could be Aliens, UFOs, Global Warming, Martians, Ex husbands...Ex wives, ...witches, ...

Slingshots are just one of many things that needs to be passed forward, preserved and skill sets kept up.

Serious Responsibilities and all the timeless lessons can be done with a slingshot.
Just like one does with a pocket knife, kitchen match, single shot .22 rifle and such.

"If you can hit that target Uncle Steve, we don't get to go to Taco Bell as we voted we wanted to go to"

Target? What Target?

"There" <kids point>

Taco Bell was great, kids, parents, grandparents and myself.

I admit, I missed hitting a Playing card "umpteen bazillon yards" downrange.
I could not see it, much less hit it.
I only reach about 3/4 distance ...

"You need to aim higher and pull the thing all the way back!"
<miss>

"Aw man! We just knew you could do it - what a bummer...oh well , guess we have to go to Taco Bell now...
*giggle-snort*

jhansman
January 6, 2008, 09:18 PM
Once, on a backpacking trip, a backcountry ranger told me he used a WR to move off bears. A 1/4" ball bearing in the hind end usually got 'em moving.

ArfinGreebly
January 6, 2008, 11:41 PM
Er, ah, okay, busted.

This one here:
http://www.slingshots.net/magazine/1999/slingmag1_1/images/whamo3.jpg - http://www.slingshots.net/magazine/1999/slingmag1_1/images/whamo1.jpg

Yeah, I've had the band break and raise a welt on my cheek.

Still, them was good fun.

Oh, and the Wham-O also had a little wire arrow rest that hooked across the fork. You could shoot a light arrow some distance with that.

Spiggy
January 7, 2008, 06:48 AM
never had a slingshot perse, but always had a sling.

I couldn't hit anything, but I was skilled enough to lob whatever at large objects in the not too far off distance.

Marlin 45 carbine
January 7, 2008, 09:04 AM
my uncle (WW2 Navy vet in the Pacific, was on the Franklin when it burned, now passed on) was a near J.D. during the Depression and did use a forked tree to attach an inner tube to, tree still in the ground and the whole tube. talked a neighborhood buddy into helping him load the thing with round rock and let fly at a distant neighbors outhouse from the firing position atop a hill. they nailed a galvanized washtub hanging from the outer wall after a few trys. about 250 yard shot. got the tar beat out of 'em of course but good for a laugh while it lasted.:eek:

LAR-15
January 7, 2008, 10:03 AM
Muzzleloading roundballs also make good ammunition


Except in NY state where these devices are banned

Seven High
January 9, 2008, 08:05 PM
Whats the proper way to aim a wrist rocket sling shot?

Boarhunter
January 9, 2008, 08:17 PM
SM,

Boy if you haven't brought back for me many fond memories.

My Dad was the best sling-shot maker in the world. And he could shoot one like a pro. He is now 73, and I can almost guarantee that he has a few home-made sling shots stashed somewhere at his house.

As a child, he and I spent many a Saturday morning going to back-road gas stations looking for red rubber inner tubes (which even then were being replaced by the undesirable black rubber).

And we made cannons powered by rat traps. And cars out of wooden thread spools. And home-made bows and arrows. And...

Kids of today can keep their video games. We had it made in the ol' days.

Boarhunter

Pearl's Dad
January 10, 2008, 01:04 PM
When i was a kid we had a police firing range in a quarry next to "our woods" we would harvest the slugs from the cinder backstop at the range.

you can only imagine what a hunk of lead would do to a streetlight shot from one of these rockets.

Man its a wonder we all made it this long.

I saw a wrist rocket designed to shoot/throw tennis balls for dogs to fetch, might have to look at that one too.

mec
January 10, 2008, 01:14 PM
somebody is probably going to preach about the streetlights.
Reminds me though of a dorm even that I heard described at the University of Texas. Dorm was multi-storied-I believe it was the A-Bar as the teller was thrown out of A-Bar or was at least there when he flunked out of school.

Anyway, there was a frat house next door with spacious grounds behind a fence. the dorm overlooked the yard and on the night the frat was to have their annual big time yard party, the dorm manager lept into action. He sent out for a dozen eggs and assembled a plastic drinking glass,long rubber bands and a tie into an effective catapult. Made a hole in the bottom of the cup and ran the knotted tye through it for a drawing handle. Put a guy on each side of a window to hold the ends of the rubber tubes/bands or whatever and when the formally dressed crowd assembled next door, lobbed in raw eggs in great rapidity and profusion.
Pandemoniam reigned

wheelgunslinger
January 10, 2008, 05:02 PM
I bought wrist rockets for the nephews (ages 12, 10, and 9) at xmas/solstice last year.
When they peeled back the paper and saw them they freaked. I included no ammo (steelies), so that their parents could monitor them.
Their Dad, a drunk driving loudmouth in his own right, complained that they would "break everything worth breaking around the hose" with them.
So far, the boys have proven to be very responsible, and I'm making them all archery tackle for next solstice/christmas.

Hiaboo
January 13, 2008, 09:02 PM
Yup. Same here. Always had one or two layin around, although they were the newer ones. I do not like those fancy ones, too many gimmicks. My favorites are the ones that are made from one peice of aluminum rod -- Those do not break at all, from my experiences.. Very very cheap and long lasting! With the exception of the tubings, of course. (I have had one home-made one, still have it but don't use it.. a memento since it came from my great-uncle who has since passed)

Javelin
January 13, 2008, 09:10 PM
When pushing supplies through a little city in Iraq we would have the Soldiers shoot them from the tops of the vehicles to combat rock throwers... then we upped the stakes and went with Less-than-lethal 40mm grenade launcher projectiles (which ended up really putting hurt down). But the wrist rockets worked for a gunner in the top of an M1114.

:)

sm
January 13, 2008, 11:21 PM
Boarhunter,

Glad to hear I stirred some fond memories.

--

Re: Aiming.
Folks have posted, and other in private have asked me about aiming.

Slingshot are pointed - not aimed *grin*

As I have shared in regard to shotguns: "fit", correct basic fundamentals, and allowing the human body to do its thing in regard to eye-to-hand coordination, figuring out distance, angles, speed of flight - etc.

Get a sling shot that fits you, or whomever one is homemade for.
Try a variety of other homemade ones, for not only the size of the fork, also comfort, and the amount of "tug" it requires to pull back -akin to archery, and just like shotguns.

Shotguns are mounted to the face. Gun goes out, then back into pocket.
All the time the eyes are watching the target, not the gun, as one has a fitted gun and the correct basics instilled and quality time with dry time and live fire, getting that shotgun to become a body part.

Eyes on target, let the human computer figure everything out, eye-to-hand coordination kicks in, Slingshot that fits, comes up and is "mounted in relation to eyes" and the "tug" allows a smooth pull back, release, and follow through.

Pointing at a light switch across the room, folks don't aim, they point.
Pointing at the family dawg running across the back yard, folks point, not aim.


Once a kid, gets the correct basics, with a homemade that fits them, "tug" and all.
Time and doing instills more of the skill sets.

They get bigger, hands get bigger, and they get stronger, increase "tug pull" and make a bigger fork from the fork of a branch.


-Funny.

WE snuck up and very lightly lobbed Chocolate, ( little bags of M&Ms), and Gum into a gathering of gals, indoors and outdoors.
We had some other knick-knicks too...
Just lob one, wait.
They would hear a 'light thud'.

"Mom, I found a wittle bag of M&Ms, can I keep it?"
Then a grandma would find some gum...
A mom the candy...

Small stuffed giraffe that fits on a key ring comes sailing in ...

This drove them nuts! Gals gathering and guys night to come fix them eats.
Just we arrived early to drive them nuts first.

Finally we just bombarded them and it was funny watching these gals.
Like a Easter Egg hunt, - everyone scurrying to get the treats.


Medical deal with gals of all ages that had been through a bad deal, and other gals in the family in attendance.
Staying in cabins, and doing horseback and other outdoor stuff.

We "attacked" the main cabin, and the gals got a big kick out of us guys messing with them.


Dawgs & Treats-
Oh it is funny to have dawg out on the property, on their back and lob a treat.
They hear it, go looking and just grin when they find it, and realize you are there.

Big deal, them all excited, load a big dawg biscuit, treat, or even steak bone and launch it!
They will take off in a dead run and get these.


Slingshots are like any other tool, intent of user defines and clarifies the tool results - not the tool itself.

aufevermike
January 14, 2008, 02:50 AM
I too had several as a kid. I remember dad bringing home a bunch of these little zinc thingies for me to use as ammo. One dusk I loaded several of them in the pouch and took aim at a flying bat only to watch that bat dodge them all.......

Boarhunter
January 14, 2008, 11:52 AM
SM,

There was a little-known international "incident" that occurred outside the village of Dalbringen (sp), Germany, in 1967 over competing slingshot design and manufacture that you may find interesting....

I was about 12 years old, shooting my home-made slingshot in the woods with six or seven German boys of about my age. They were shooting their own home-made slingshots, but they were of a design significantly different from mine. Theirs lacked any significant "handle" and was made of tree limbs far more flexible than mine. And the "uprights" were much longer than those of my "traditional, American" slingshot.

Anyway, a "debate" ensued over the question whether the German-made and -designed slingshot they were shooting was better than the American-made and -designed slingshot that I was shooting...me on one side of the issue and six or seven German boys on the other side. Punches were eventually thrown, and the fight was on...

And I guess I would have hurt them all, if my Mother had not heard the commotion and come to THEIR rescue....(at least, that is the way I remember it).

Lots of good "slingshot" memories.

Boarhunter

Wedge
January 14, 2008, 12:08 PM
Had???

You mean still have :-)

Steel Talon
January 14, 2008, 08:18 PM
SM,

There was a little-known international "incident" that occurred outside the village of Dalbringen (sp), Germany, in 1967 over competing slingshot design and manufacture that you may find interesting....

I was about 12 years old, shooting my home-made slingshot in the woods with six or seven German boys of about my age. They were shooting their own home-made slingshots, but they were of a design significantly different from mine. Theirs lacked any significant "handle" and was made of tree limbs far more flexible than mine. And the "uprights" were much longer than those of my "traditional, American" slingshot.

Anyway, a "debate" ensued over the question whether the German-made and -designed slingshot they were shooting was better than the American-made and -designed slingshot that I was shooting...me on one side of the issue and six or seven German boys on the other side. Punches were eventually thrown, and the fight was on...

And I guess I would have hurt them all, if my Mother had not heard the commotion and come to THEIR rescue....(at least, that is the way I remember it).

Lots of good "slingshot" memories.

Boarhunter


Now that would of been a conversation I'd of like to heard leading up to the fist fight (Faustkampf???) :cuss: :cuss: :cuss: :D

Peace,
Steel Talon:cool:

sm
January 14, 2008, 09:45 PM
Boarhunter,

*grin*

Remember, I am a born and raise Southern boy..

We had some kids come down from up Nawth, visiting some folks down the way- show up with store bought slingshots one time.
A couple of different styles - still store bought.
They were making fun our wooden ones, made from forks of tree, red inner tube rubber and leather from a worn out leather football, that did not survive being "runned over" by a 18wheeler...

WE Southern kids, boys and girls, kicked butt, took names and won all the contests.

"You kids, get over here and now!" This couple said with a Nawth accent.

WE take our sweet time, as we just knew we were in twouble...head down, looking real 'sorryful' , 'pitiful' and all...

"Listen, we have call your parents and adults and it is fine with them, jump in the back of truck and we will buy you guys Dairy Bar!"

Seems the Nawth brats did not come, this was a lesson to them on how bratty and snobby they were and how we had knocked them down a notch or three.

"Which one of you shot the feral cat on the run?"
*silence* I mean was this a bad thing and trouble?
"You are not in trouble, just want to know"
I was pointed at.
I got the big order of onion rings - which I shared.

What sling shot for onion rings?

I know!!

*wink*

BruiseLee
January 15, 2008, 12:23 AM
I had a folding one when I was in high school and too young to own firearms. My foot was small enough that I could put my foot in the brace, lie down, and stretch the tubing for a good 5 ft.! We used to steal the rubber tubing from science class - remember Bunsen burners?

In this configuration, the wrist rocket had a helleva punch. We got pretty accurate, too, I could hit a teapot sized target across the yard (maybe 25 yards) in 2 or 3 shots.

Has anyone ever come up with a solution to the rubber tubing failing so often? Anyone ever check out one of the laser aimed sling shots? What is considered "the best" slingshot on the market? I feel the need for a new toy!

Oh, try steel pachinko balls from Japan for ammo sometime!

eflatminor
January 15, 2008, 12:37 AM
An older neighbor kid said I hit him with a rock, which I didn't. Working it out with my analyst...

Before that, I would use 7 or 8 large ball bearings to shoot dove feeding near the grain silos. Sautéed their breasts in olive oil and garlic with a splash of white wine and maybe some wild mushrooms I picked up along the way. Maybe some fresh peppery watercress from a small, meandering crick. Those were the early days that lead me to eventually become a professional chef.

goon
January 17, 2008, 06:32 PM
I had a lower powered one when I was a kid. I was an absolute terror with that thing - I could knock wasps out of the air with it.
I have never been that good with a firearm.
Then again, the ammo was free.

cpaspr
January 17, 2008, 06:55 PM
Was pretty good with it, too. Used to light firecrackers, then launch them near the upper floor dorm windows in college. Had to be quick. Real quick.

sm
January 17, 2008, 07:22 PM
Has anyone ever come up with a solution to the rubber tubing failing so often?

Yes.
Most problems are how the new-fangled are made- incorrectly if I may be tacky.
*wink*

New ones can be much improved by taking them apart and putting back together like are supposed to be - like the old fashioned home-made ones from the fork of a branch.
[Or tree, if one is a really big person! *smirk]

Rubber should attached to forks with cord, and rubber should be attached to leather pouch with cord.

For a couple of ball bearings I can expand on this if need.

Re: Aiming devices, lasers.

Are you Nuts!

Sling-Shots are pointed -not aimed!

Great googely-moogley!

Paging Sling-Shot Moderator...paging...

<points> Make them sight and lasers shooters write on the blackboard umpteen bazillon times ( or until they run out of blackboard) :

Sling-Shots are pointed -not aimed!
Sling-Shots are pointed -not aimed!
Sling-Shots are pointed -not aimed!
etc.

Then make them sit in the corner with Dunce caps.


grumble sights mumble lasers cuss grumble mumble...

*grin*

bkjeffrey
January 17, 2008, 07:34 PM
In response to Javelin. I rode gunner in a m1114. And I also had a sling shot with a coffee can full of rocks. I guess that was too "crude" so we started getting the 40mm nerf BB rounds to keep the people awy from our trucks.
Back to the topic. Ive always had a wrist rocket. From say 5 years old till reight now. I ve got one of the fold up deals now from walmart. I zip tied an led maglight right on top os the handle where the two frame bars runn parallell. Works pretty nice.

wideym
January 17, 2008, 08:09 PM
After watching the Bererly Hillbillys as a child I thought Jethro was a genius! Imagine a double barrel slingshot! I would impress all my friends, and be able to lob cantalope sized rocks. In practice it didn't work out so well, expecially when my mother comes running out side, grabs me in front of my friends, and whips my butt all the way inside. After that I my respect of Jethro was diminished somewhat.

kBob
January 19, 2008, 03:03 PM
I keep hearing all these claims of folks being Southern Boys, but I have yet to read one meantion of a "Flip"

A flip was a single stick, single band, pocketed slingshot. WHen properly done with a hard wood stick about as thick as a finger with the red inner tube band lashed onto a ringed knotch near the top end and a cup of either leather or more red innertube lashed onto the free end of the rubber strap the Flip offered easy concealment and comfortable carry. One merely grasped the ammo in the pouch and held it near the check while extending the staft and pointing it with the thumb at the vic.....um...target.

There was something of a learning curve involved in learning how far forward to tipt the handle before the pouch and ammo wacked the thumb knuckle but as there was IMMEDIATE feed back on an improper presentation and shot it was not too bad.

I recently tried making one for my son but had only modern inner tube rubber and it was a total failure. I have never made a FLip with surgical tubing but am tempted.

There is one of the modern alumanum tube and foam wrist pad type slingshots out in the shop with a zebco reel on it and a .50 muzzle loader ball on the end of the line. I have used it to shoot a line up in to trees to hoist a quarter wave ground plane antenna up high off the ground for 2 meter HAM use. Also used it to get a heavy rope up in a tree over the limb I wanted.

My wife has a folder and a bag of marbles in her old back pack in a closetsomewhere.

When I was about six or seven my Grandpa made a copy of the WHamo someone posted above in his wood shop. No idea what happened to it but it was made from a scrapped mahogany table top.

-Bob Hollingsworth

Joe Gunns
January 19, 2008, 03:42 PM
Made 'em as a tyke in the '50's. Did not get the WR until college. Still have it. Still monkey with it on occasion. I hold the ss at an angle and use the upper post as a "sight." Some college chums of vague identity made a giant slingshot between two small trees next to our dorm that would loft water balloons over the top of the neighboring hi-rise girl's dorms (back in ancient days before coed dorms) to deliver plunging fire on the sunbathers in the inner court yard. I believe it was 200 yards or so on a direct line as there was an irrigation canal, a parking lot and a lawn between the emplacement and the front of the dorm.

redneck2
January 19, 2008, 04:31 PM
Rocks always curved. Cat's eye marbles flew dead straight.

I did the M-80 thing. We had a guy in our dorm in college that had an agricultural permit to buy M-80's to chase birds out of their orchard. Permit didn't specify any quantity limit. At that time, we could get a gross of M-80's (144) for $3.00. IIRC he brought back maybe 25-30 gross.

I'd put one in and hold back, neighbor kid would light the fuse. I can tell you that an M-80 a few hundred feet in the sky makes a really cool flash.

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