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#1 Flatband

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:16 PM

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This Pistol Gripped Plastic BB Shooter is the original BB shooter-or as we as kids called it "Condom Shooter". It was listed for sale in some of the outdoor magazines in the late 60's and early 70's (what a decade). I think she went for $1.25 or so. Anyway,you can see why we called it a Condom Shooter. It isn't an actual Condom but I'm sure one could be used. Balloons would also serve the purpose. It does a decent job with BB's at close range and even has a little sight. Love these vintage designs. I just want to give out a big thank you to Master Bill Hayes for sending me this for my collection. He knew I really wanted one and he sent it. Class Act this man is for sure. Cool ain't it? Flatband :king:

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:35 PM

That's the one! I saw that in Outdoor Life in the mid60s and have always wondered how well it worked. I didn't buy one because back then (at age 10 or so) I was a Wham-o flat band specialist and would never use anything else.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:39 PM

That nipple ain't for babies! Can it be shot? (video) Can a replacement nib be found or will a store bought suffice?

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:48 PM

Congrats on your new addition,Gary! And you are right Bill is an A1 guy, that's for sure.


+1 on the video

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:54 PM

I will have to do a video on this one-so cool! Flatband

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:13 AM

I will have to do a video on this one-so cool! Flatband


Can't wait, I already enjoyed previous collection video.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:22 PM

Yep, had one also...where did it go?

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:32 PM

Just came back from the local Supermarket and passed by the Dishwashing gloves. Those fingers on those gloves look might tempting. Latex fingers = Scissors = new rubber for new toy for Gary! Latex
no less!!!!!!! :king: :king: :king: Flatband

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:32 PM

Sweet Deal, Gary! I am excited for you

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 08:52 PM

Looks like fun! They don't make 'em like that any more ^_^

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:09 AM

Just came back from the local Supermarket and passed by the Dishwashing gloves. Those fingers on those gloves look might tempting. Latex fingers = Scissors = new rubber for new toy for Gary! Latex
no less!!!!!!! :king: :king: :king: Flatband


you are a genius!

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:15 PM

Not a genius Mr.E , just SLINGSHOT INSANE!!!!!!! :king: :king: :king: Flatband

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:55 PM

Nifty device there. I also would love to see a video of this, I have never seen anything like it (I was not around as of the 60s and 70s).

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 06:40 AM

Ok.,  now I know what you guys have been talking about.  This is a different design than ours.  We ran into this when we were applying for our patent believe it or not.  Its really neat, but respectfully it is flawed.  Let me explain:

 

 

The 60's design has a nipple like pouch that is attached to the FRONT of the ring.  That pouch goes through the ring and out the back with which you pull.  We experimented with this but the problem is that there is too much surface area of latexrubber in contact with the plastic frame.  This works fine if your shooting things at 150 FPS but as the tension grows on the Latex to get it up to 300 FPS and more it proved to constantly tear. 

 

Our solution (and maybe its not the best/ but its the best one we know of) was to attach it to the back and have the least amount of surface area in contact with the plastic.  The trick though was getting it to stay on while pulling hard on it.  You have to pull fairly hard to get something up to 350 FPS.

 

Our ring design set a base ring with a lip for the Pouches/balloons to sit on while having a second ring provide a clamp for the pouch to hold it.  Both have threads to screw down.  However, that clamp has to screw on from the front b/c the pouch sits on the back!  This proved to be difficult to unscrew with your hands.  We needed a "key" of sorts. We provided that with the cap. (So it gets complicated fast.) In addition, we wanted a cap so people could store their ammo in it without having loose ammo in their pocket all the time.

 

Because ours is an EDC slingshot we wanted it as small as possible so no handle is crucial.  The ring must be small enough for EDC but big enough to hold onto when your pulling hard on a pouch.  You will find it is a perfect balance and is very comfortable.  You do NOT need a handle trust me.

 

This is difficult to explain without holding one in my hand in front of you guys but I hope you kinda get the picture.



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 09:04 AM

Hey Gary,

You are lucky to have such nice friends. That was a special time in history!  I hope you enjoy this cool shooter in your collection!  :)  Way to go Bill  :)  Spreading joy!  :)



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 10:06 AM

Great post Flatband!! That is the exact one I was thinking of too! I remember seeing it in a K-Mart (I believe) many (MANY) years ago. I also recall that I really wanted one but for one reason or another I never did get one.

 

And it's funny because when this whole subject came up the first thing I was thinking..."Didn't Flatband have a video of his collection and I saw one in the video?"...so I guess the answer is yes!! It brought back many memories when I saw it in your video...even if it was just for a second or two. I still think those are super cool and would love to have one. But I'm sure finding replacment bands (nipples?) is impossible now. If you do shoot it, aren't you worried about tearing the last known bands for it?



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 11:30 AM

I had one of those. I haven't seen it in years. I need to start digging and see if Ican turn it up. It is more than likely laying in some box of my junk in storage. Now you have inspired me to go on a massive search.

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 03:43 PM

Bumping this back after Bill brought it up in the pocket shot thread. This one looks way cool and suspect that it could make some kind of come back if made just right.

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 08:27 PM

Gotta get me one of those "Pocket Shots"!

You are right on Mr.Can Opener, the mid 50's up to the early 80's was an absolute awesome time for slingshots!

It looks like with the addition of forums such as this one and the interest in slingshots gaining in popularity every day, we may hopefully see that kind of slingshot madness again!!!!

I mean it seemed like every few months back then a new model would appear in the back of Outdoor Life, Field and Stream,Sports Afield, Fur Fish Game,Popular Mechanics and a ton of other magazines. I would just drool looking at the ads!!!!!!!  Ah the memories!



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 11:37 PM

Oh gosh can't way't to see the video what a nice move from bill to send it to you that's a bargain slingshot for a collector so cool !!!
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