This one was inspired by M_J in his Topic "Micro-poacher Natural", where he said, "A proper poacher should be small enough to easily conceal, powerful and accurate enough to take game effectively and not so beautiful that you couldn't chuck it in the woods if you had to." Naturally, that got my mind working and from that thought sprang the "M_J Throwdown". The M_J Throwdown is not a design, it is a concept. The idea is a reproducable slingshot cheap enough and easy enough to make that it can be disposed of without a second thought. It should be one with which you can hit the target and have enough power to do whatever job you carry it for, yet small enough to conceal in a pocket. For my version, I settled on a La Cholita frame, 1842 looped tubes and one of Jim Harris' superb pouches. The tubes are held in place by the matchstick method and are pulled over the top. 7 inch loops shot in this fashion give me 200+ fps and 11+ lb/ft of energy with 125 grain .43 inch lead, powerful enough for small game. The frame is cut from 1/2 inch plywood and finished with green and flat black spray paint.
A roughly finished natural fork certainly fits most of the specifications, with the one exception that the next fork you pick up may not shoot the same. That's why I chose La Cholita. If I make ten of them, each will fit my hand just like the other nine. You can make a throwdown in any style you choose and band it any way you wish. The main requirement is that you can toss it into the woods without a second thought, and when you get home, pick up another just like it.
Hope you like my version.
This shows the attachment.
Here you can see the grooves that position the tubes when drawn over the top.
How does it perform? See for yourself. 1842 looped tubes, .43 cal (125 grains) lead ball. Yes, I hit the can.
Edited by Henry in Panama, 08 July 2012 - 06:04 PM.