Back to Basics With Slingshots
David killed Goliath with just a single sling shot so slingshots should never be taken for granted. It is a very simple weapon yet it can also be very lethal. If a giant was killed by a single sling shot then this simple weapon should not be taken for granted. It is not a toy that should be left lying around for kids to play with. Bear in mind that slingshots are lethal.
History of Slingshots
Slingshots were used by people for a long time. It was used as hunting weapon. The very first slingshots were very simple and used a thong and a pouch. From the simple slingshots a more accurate models were made. The innovated slingshots use a y-shaped frame with two elastic strips attached to it. At the end of the elastic strips is a pouch that is usually made of leather.
The use of elastic strips started after rubber was invented. Around 1818 slingshots that use iron frames became popular. These slingshots are used for hunting small games. The surge in the use of hunting slingshots however gained popularity after World War II. This was after a do it yourself slingshot was introduced using dogwood frame that could take out a small game using an 8 mm diameter buckshot.
Later on hunting slingshots that have arrowhead rest were made. These hunting slingshots could take on bigger games. Then more innovations were introduced like the use of rubber tubing and the slingshot body that provides a wrist rest for better accuracy.
Use of slingshots
Slingshots were not just used for hunting. In fact years ago it was used by juvenile delinquents before it was transformed to a nobler use. It was only after later that hunting slingshots became popular. Here are the uses of a slingshot:
Hunting slingshots were used to hunt small games like fowl and rabbits. There are hunting slingshots enthusiasts that only hunt using slingshots.
The slingshot was also used in military operations but it was mostly used by the guerillas. The Irish Republican Army used and its use was promoted by Saddam Hussein.
There are toy slingshots. These are not something that should be given to children as toys but there are toy manufacturers who make plastic slingshots for kids.
It should be remembered that slingshots are lethal so it should be used responsibly.