The slingshot has long been used as children’s toys. Slingshots can either be bought at stores or made by children using a flexible y-shaped branch and a rubber band. The children would then fling small objects such as small rocks to hit birds or fruit. In this very same way, professionals use slingshots for hunting animals.
The modern slingshot has deviated from the traditional wood and rubber band materials in favour of composite materials and power bands. The ammunition consists of solid metal balls that can be lethal when an animal is hit on certain points of the body. Professional level slingshots also have additional accessories such as wrist braces and optical sights. Stabilizers were also added for better aiming especially for people who have shaky hands. The grip was designed to be very soft and comfortable allowing people to use the slingshot for an entire day. The power bands have been designed to deliver maximum force to ensure that the slingshot delivers the most powerful shot each time.
Safety Guide for Slingshot
Most slingshots for sale
have safety manuals that come with the packaging. The safety manual is a guideline for safety precautions and measures that must be taken when using and storing the slingshot. The first thing to remember is that the professional level slingshots are not for use by children. The power bands can injure a child even just by stretching the band. Children may also damage the optical sight if ever they get their hands on the slingshot. General rules to be remembered when using a slingshot is that eye protection must always be worn, targets must be placed in areas where no harm can be done to other people, and targets must be placed in areas where a reasonable distance between the target and wall is achieved. Inspection should also be done before using and storing a slingshot to replace damaged frames or bands.
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