Sunday, January 24, 2016

Making A Slingbow On The Cheap - Part III

Part III: Final Assembly and Finishing Touches

Well, folks, it's been a fun and educational ride, but today we are at the finish line. Turns out you are going to need four cable ties, not three, since I was more comfortable with the barrel being secured with a band to the grip. Probably don't need that.

The last step, unless you want to paint it (as I did), is to attach the sling bands themselves. Now, this is seemingly very simple, but it's a lot more tricky than you think it will be. You have to zip the back first, then the front, then fold the excess latex back, then zip the middle last.

I wanted all of my clasps at the bottom, to make the sighting a little clearer, but if you want them precise, you will need to put the cable ties in place very carefully. You want to avoid the sling bands moving around, twisting, or slipping out. It's a good idea to have someone else help you out on this step. Extra hands are very useful here!

When I was done, I had quite a bit of excess band material. I used a pair of sharp scissors so it wasn't excessive, but left a little tab there. And there you have it, a functional, cheap, personalized (unless you made it exactly like mine, in which case I guess it's not that personalized) sling bow. In the next few weeks, I will look at what kind of arrows work best with this setup, but for now, that's about it.

Thanks for tagging along, and happy hunting!

Disclaimer: Sling Bows shoot arrows via a slingshot mechanism. As such, they have all the dangers of slingshots and bows. Do not build, use, shoot, or eat a slingbow unless you understand the principles at work and how to be around them safely. Do not taunt a slingbow. Wear eye protection. Check the bands for wear before using. Discard broken or worn bands. Be ye not stupid. Don't shoot anyone.

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