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who had a wrist rocket?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by grafsk8er, Dec 31, 2007.

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  1. grafsk8er

    grafsk8er Member

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    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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    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.
     
  3. herohog

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    Ever have the surgical tubing break and slap ya across the face? That HURT!
     
  4. alwilliam

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    loved them asd a kid..used to make exploding rounds for them and also shot arrows out of them.
     
  5. Cougfan2

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    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
     
  6. 22-rimfire

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    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.
     
  7. herohog

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    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)
     
  8. sm

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    Slingshots

    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.
     
  9. p35

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    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.
     
  10. nate.45

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    It was a lot of fun and quite deadly on small animals with the steel ball ammo.
     
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    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.
     
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    I used to hunt squirrels with mine....was always much more successful with .22's or my pellet gun
     
  13. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    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. :)

    http://www.catsdomain.com/
     
  14. SeanSw

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    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.
     
  15. Marlin 45 carbine

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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:
     
  18. Chipperman

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    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'
     
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    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...
     
  20. phaed

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    guilty. those things were fun.
     
  21. Scratchy

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    mine's busted
     
  22. sm

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    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*
     
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    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.
     
  24. ArfinGreebly

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    Slingshot?

    Er, ah, okay, busted.

    This one here:
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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