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#1 Flatband


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 04:23 PM


Here's a glossary of common terms used in the slingshot sport. There are some slang words too. I think this may help some of the newcomers figure out what we are talking about. Every sport has them and Slingshooting is no different. I know I missed a few so let me know and we'll add them in. Here's a few:

  • Catapult, Catty,Cutty,Gutty, Beanflip, Shanghai, Resorta, Flip, Ging, Tirachina, Schlueder, Fionda, Gomero-a few names for slingshots
  • Prongs, forks, branches = the two structures that form the "V"
  • Throat, crotch, yoke = the opening between the "V"
  • Frame = the body of the slingshot
  • Anchor point = The spot usually around the cheek or corner of the mouth where the pouch lands when it's pulled back.
  • Draw = the distance bands are pulled back to the anchor point
  • Lam or Laminate frame = Slingshot carved from a multilayered board
  • Traditional fork = any slingshot without a brace
  • PFS or Pickle Fork Shooter = a very shallow throated,small,thin slingshot
  • Tree Fork = a slingshot made from a "V" formed tree branch-Also called a natural fork
  • SB'S- Steel Balls- Slingshot ammo of choice
  • BB's Small Round Ammo used for BB Guns and also as a load in a pouch
  • "A Load" Shooting more then one pellet in a pouch
  • 107's- Pale crepe Rubber bands made by Alliance. Dimensions 5/8" x 7". Decent flatbands already cut. 107 is the size designation.
  • Tubes = tubular rubber
  • 1745-2040-3060- These are popular thin tube numerical designations.Different numbers correspond to different diameters. These are Dankung numbers. Good tubes!
  • Chinese tubes = thin tubes
  • Looped Chinese Tubes- no prong connection on this set-up.Tubes are one piece looped through a fork hole-then the ends are connected normally to pouch.Tubes can be added for more power and speed-just make bigger or more pouch holes for the ends
  • Flats, flatbands, straps = flat cut rubber
  • Cubes = quadrangular-square rubber
  • Chains,Ganged Bands= School or office type bands chained or looped all together and attached to the pouch. Very Powerful set-up.
  • Psuedo Tapers= A method of getting the benefit of tapering without the cutting of a taper. It involves the use of two different sizes of bands or tubes. Bigger or thicker band or tube up front,smaller attached to it a half or third of the way from the pouch tie.
  • Gauge = the thickness of flat rubber, the thickness of tube walls
  • Board cut = a slingshot cut from a board- note: can also be used to denote a slingshot cut from any other material not only wood-I.E ,Plastic slab-metal slab-fibreglass etc.
  • FlatNat = a natural tree fork planed down to a uniform thickness like a board cut slingshot
  • Bareback = using no slingshot at all to shoot. Holding the bands and pouch and drawing back and releasing using only the hand as the fork.
  • Beavertail = a flattened protrusion extending out from the handle covering the web of your hand (space between thumb and index finger ) used mostly on Hammer (Pistol grip)designs.Lessens wrist strain and adds protection from errant shots.
  • Ergo = a board cut slingshot shaped to fit the hand
  • Slingbow= A regular slingshot customized to shoot arrows
  • Flechette= small dart type projectiles used with a slings bow
  • Whiskerbiscuit= a small round brushlike device to center/hold an arrow in the throat of a sling bow. Also helps keeping the feathers or fins of the arrow from getting damaged 
  • Cant= the angle that the slingshot is held at. 45 degree, 90 degree, etc.
  • Finger braced = a gripping method where you brace the index finger and the thumb up against the forks for more support
  • Pistol grip = a grip where you don't brace the fingers up against the forks
  • Hammer Grip = same as Pistol Grip
  • Gangsta Style = Horizontal frame hold, Parallel to ground
  • Over the top ( OTT ) = a band set-up that allows the bands to fly over the top of the forks
  • Knuckle Knock = sometimes the pouch on an over the top set-up comes back and slaps you in the knuckles
  • Through the throat (TTT), through the fork = a band set-up that allows the bands to go through the "V' opening or throat
  • Speed Bump Effect= When the pouch is jerked by too hard of a grip or too much pressure on the pouch on one side upon release. Causing the ammo to jump like a car going over a speed bump. Many a fork hit is caused by this action. Also when holding the pouch horizontally with the thumb held pushing up rather then straight-creates a bump for the ball to go over.(thumb being the bump) Some people say twisting the pouch this way reduces fork hits especially shooting PFS style.
  • Chrony = a device that's used to measure speed(usually in Feet per second)
  • Speed Shooting = loading and shooting as fast as you can put ammo on target. Term also used for shooting for high speeds over a Chrony
  • Snap Shooting = a super fast draw and release popular with hunters(for obvious reasons) and also shooting for high speeds over a Chrony
  • Hysterisis = A condition that happens with rubber when it's stretched and held for too long causing a loss in velocity
  • F.P.S. = a velocity designation, Feet Per Second
  • Starship = slang term for a wrist-braced extended fork slingshot
  • Shuttle Craft= Any smaller standard wrist braced slingshot
  • Dry shot = shooting a pouch empty (DO NOT DO!!!)
  • RTS= Return To Sender shot. Sometimes on high speed set-ups,after the shot is released it may not release clean and come back at you-NOT FUNNY!
  • Chinese Handcuff = a method for putting tubes on the forks(round metal) where the tips are moistened and the tubes are slipped on. When dry,the action of pulling back the sling tightens the tube-prong connection so they won't come off
  • Pre-stressing = stretching the rubber before tying on to a pouch or a post. Reduces pouch curl on a pouch connection and makes a more secure attachment at the posts for a non-"Chinese" attachment
  • African Wrap = a method of attaching rubber to the posts where the rubber is run down the front of the posts to the base of the prongs. Leather strips or strong cord is wrapped all the way around and up until it reaches the tops of the posts. A very secure way but a long band is needed
  • Spanish or Spain Attachment = A method of attaching rubbers to the forks where by holes are drilled down into the posts,then small leather strips or strong nylon cords(both ends) are pressed down into the hole forming a small loop. Toothpicks or other wedging material is forced into the hole with the addition of a strong wood glue. The rubbers are attached to the loop when the glue is dry. Make sure the loop is securely anchored before shooting.
  • Gypsy Tabs = Leather or other suitable material attached to the prongs which bands are attached to. Makes them last longer-popular in some European countries.
  • Cupped pouch or dimpled pouch = a pouch that has a cup in the center for ammo placement
  • Double cupped pouch = a pouch that has a cup on each side of the pouch for ammo placement (also good for loads)
  • Pouch slap, band slap = the assembly slaps or hits the post when going through the throat.It also rubs a little on an over the top set-up but not as much.
  • Center punched = a hole right in the middle of the pouch for ammo placement
  • 3 hole pouch = like a center punched pouch but the center hole is the same size as the band holes. It is a self centering type pouch
  • Ventilated pouch = a series of holes(5-10) punched in a pouch to reduce air drag and lessen weight
  • Wings = The ends of a flat strap assembly that come through the pouch hole after tying. Also same thing with a tube set tied in this fashion
  • Trough= when folding the band over itself and running it through the pouch hole-the resulting valley created by the fold in the band is this
  • Hole in Tube, Hole in Strap = the pouch connection on a tube assembly where a small hole is made close to the end of the tube.The tube is then feed through the pouch hole and into the tube hole making the attachment.Probably the most popular method of tube to pouch connection. Also was done in the past on flat strap assemblies (not as good on flats)
  • Flier = a wild shot, not going where intended
  • Group or grouping = a specified number of shots at a specific distance(shots are measured to see how close they are
  • A slotted attachment or Matchstick method = A thin cut is made in the top of the post. The end of the rubber is folded over about 1 inch and stretched to fit in the slot.The addition of a matchstick in the loop or a rubber piece aids in securing it
  • Double slotted attachment = two thin cuts are made in the top of the post. Rubber is stretched to fit into the slot nearest the throat first,then stretched around to fit in the outer slot. The rubber is then pulled tight to seat up against the fork. A popular method used on older wooden slingshots(Wham-o, Lohman, Bullseye Etc.)
  • Catch box = a cardboard box or other material with an opening in the front and rags, old t-shirts, or towels hanging behind the opening to catch ammo shot at a hanging target in the front of the box
  • Straight set = A straight cut band assembly
  • Tapered bands or tapered tubes = Rubber cut with a wide end for the post and a narrow end for the pouch.Gives more speed then a straight cut
  • Gauge Taper = On sheet rubber sometimes the sheet is thicker on one end then the other.
  • Double Taper = On some flat rubber the rubber sheet itself is tapered(Gauge Taper). One end is thicker then the other. If bands are cut properly from this type sheet, you can get a double taper-thickness of the rubber plus the width. Thin and narrow end at pouch, thick and wide end at forks. A very fast high performing set of bands possible with this cut
  • Psuedo Taper= A tapering method used with tubes and flats where two different size tubes or flatbands are tied ( I.E.-soft cotton string-elasticized cotton covered braiding) together keeping the larger band or tube up at the prong and the smaller tube or flat at the back ( pouch connection ) an alternative way of making a tapered set-up without cutting.
  • A Shoot = A slingshot Tournament or a gathering of slingshot shooters
  • Flippers Draw, Albatross style, or Butterfly Draw = A drawing style. It is popular in the Czech Republic and also used by old timers down in the south U.S.A. The pouch is drawn up from the waist and at the same time the the frame holding hand is pushed out as far as possible, the pouch is drawn back well behind the normal anchor point. Aim is by feel and a lot of practice.A very difficult style but great speeds are possible because of the extra long draw
  • Rotating Prongs = a movable or rotating attachment at posts,especially helpful with tubes.Helps them last longer and gives more speed
  • Palm Knob, Heel Knob, Palm Swell = a swell at the bottom of the handle of some slingshots (can also be a swell in the middle too). Aids in gripping and in security
  • "Missed by that much" = An exclamation used by all slingshooters!

There are more terms but it's supper time for me!!!! Flatband:D

Edited by Flatband, 14 February 2016 - 09:50 PM.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 04:50 PM

Thanks for your time and effort with this FB.. this should help alot of members out


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Posted 10 October 2011 - 04:50 PM

:panic: not quite so simple after all lol

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 05:02 PM

Really nice to have this available. Thanks for putting in the time to gather and sort the information.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 09:18 PM

WOW FB you're a font of knowledge

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 10:02 PM

Great artical gary

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 10:56 PM

i nominate HRAWKS phrase of " slingshot porn " to be considered for entry into the glossary/slang listings.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 04:52 AM

fantastic post,nuff said

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:04 AM

Great post, thank you. It's very useful for all, and for me especially. Cheers, Bob

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:10 AM


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Posted 11 October 2011 - 03:13 PM

WOW FB you're a font of knowledge

gary's a slingshot addict he knows everything there is to know

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 01:58 PM

oh , yeah , this should be useful to newcomers , thankyou for this and if i get asked i will refer them to this thread , thankyou

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 05:26 AM

Thanks for posting it Flatband. I needed that!


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Posted 09 November 2011 - 08:34 AM

This is a great post and one that is needed here on the forum! Sticky?

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:14 AM

i refered someone to this today , thanks again

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 03:56 PM

you missed out natural :P

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 04:13 PM

Panda man, it's edited and in Bud-Thanks! Flatband :king:

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 09:39 AM

Thank you, master Gary, I have learned a lot from this article.
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 04:40 PM

One of the terms that is confusing is BB. It can be ball bearing or .177 cal steel shot. I wondered if the termonology should be SBB for steel ball bearings and BB to mean .177 cal shot.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:02 PM

I agree. I always had a problem with that too. To me BB's were what were used in Daisy and other BB guns. Steel Balls is a more descriptive term and better I think. BB's for BB guns,SB's for slingshots-how's that sound? Flatband :unsure:

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