…hit more than the broadside of a barn with your slingshot
Love the look and feel of a Y-branch, strung taught with a golden band straining under tension waiting to unleash….
Yea ME TO!
When I share my enthusiasm with people about sling-shots more often than not I’m greeted with a recurring theme…
“its fun, but only if I could hit something with it” and after a few shots the ol’ forked stick would get handed back to me along with a look of despair.
Believe me, I get it.
To be accurate with a sling-shot it takes practice just like anything else.
Recently, I had a solid few weeks of shooting 80-100 rounds per day. This was not the norm for me but his daily routine helped establish consistent tendencies in my form and execution. They proved that I could at least be precisely off!
Now, I have my consistency. How do I become more accurate?
To me sling-shot accuracy is much like gun sights, front and rear.
My “rear sight”…is created when I draw the pouch to the corner of my face and my thumbnail touches my lip in the same spot-EVERY TIME
The “front sight” then was the top corner of my fork. But it was not absolutely perfect. I had to give some Kentucky wind-age and hope for a close impact. There had to be something better!
I started by placing a piece of masking tape on my top fork and drawing horizontal reference lines, to the way I held my sling shot. This worked well, but I found myself correcting my level more than focusing on the target. My shots became more erratic!
Next I placed a few “dots” on the very edge of the tape. something round and precise.
Now were getting somewhere!
After a few hundred PRECISE shots I decided to make a semi- permanent sighting dot on my frame. To do this I used gloss white enamel and a tooth pic to place the white dot on the black frame of the sling shot.
The contrast between the black and white is perfect for my old eyes.
If it is hard to see in the winter months, the white dot will be a great platform for a hi-vis orange dot painted over in its place.
Below is how you use this dot and aim with a rear anchor.
The further you get back, the sight picture will vary.
30ft is my effective killing range or “dead-zone” for the small stuff.
I can almost hit the head of a teaspoon every shot using this “front sight” pin at this range!
This addition to my sling-shot is a real game changer for me. Now only a few practice shots are needed to be dialed right in, as if I were shooting thousands of rounds per week!
Did I mention that I loved the sling-shot?
It is an ageless wonderment that I use for therapy, fun competition and even putting some meat on our table.
I hope you do to
Be sure to check out the OWA Members only area I will be sharing a video on how to construct a simple and portable ammo trap for your sling shot!
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