Why do you think archery is more popular then slingshots ?
Why do you think archery is more popular then slingshots ?
Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:26 AM
Like he has been doing now with gamo airguns
In fact I would go as for to say we need him to hunt something like a hog to really get the point across that slingshots are not just toys.
Most hunters sportsmen have no idea how powerful a slingshot can be so they don't bother with them .
Basically it will take lots of advertising money on tv to grow the sport
That's a big part of why
Archery is so popular
Posted 19 March 2017 - 09:15 AM
Was reading an article yesterday by James Wesley Rawles titled: "Quiet Rimfire Shooting Without a Suppressor". And although it was mainly about .22 rimfire, it did somewhat address this issue in the body of the piece, under section titled "ALTERNATIVES". And even went so far as to suggest that, as a quiet stealth hunting alternative to firearms, slingshots are the superior choice, even to archery, for hunting small game, . . . provided you have the skills.
See article here: https://survivalblog...ppressor_by_mb/
Edited by SonoftheRepublic, 19 March 2017 - 09:18 AM.
Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:12 AM
Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:20 AM
Archery IS an institution. Its also been around way longer...
Slingshots like mentioned skirt between toy and small-game hunting. Whereas archery is capable of taking some serious game (try take a Lion with an SS) so has a way bigger street cred. Also something about a blade flying at high speed vs a steel ball and some elastic...
The major factors that SS has is its accessibility and low cost... it just needs to be taken seriously as a target sport (like China and Spain etc.)
I still believe a governing body/ies which standardises events as well as promotes the sport would go a long way (esp. in UK). Then manufacturers offering taster sessions...
Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:59 AM
Ulysses, Robin Hood, and large game capable vs. Volp, Treefork, and headshots on squirrels...
I think we've held our own.
... also Cupid, the Sagittarius Centaur, and men in tights vs. Dennis the Menace, broken windows and this -
Posted 19 March 2017 - 12:30 PM
Actually Bill H seems to help the sport along a bit. But again you need a governing body - manufacturers can only do so much. Manufacturers need to get behind this organisation and help it along (its in their best interest anyway) - be that through sponsorship, active participation etc. We is needed is someone/ or group of someone's to get it up and running, then try keep its momentum. Having the forums is great - but it needs to be elevated past the club status it has now.
Being anywhere as large as archery is doubtful - its the oldest shooting sport in existence. But there is no reason why it can't be taken seriously as a sport.
Lets hope there is someone out there who is willing and capable to carry the torch long enough. And with enough determination to get a rule book sorted. Then with good events - handmade competition as well as shooting.
I could see disciplines such as a 8/10m indoor BB / Hunter limited/Unlimited outdoor field type event / Spanish target / Field limited/unlimited / standard target... SS seems to swing between archery and pistol shooting approaches depending on organisers...
Edited by mattwalt, 19 March 2017 - 12:42 PM.
Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:08 PM
Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:19 PM
Edited by Ibojoe, 19 March 2017 - 01:22 PM.
Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:22 PM
Actually - it seems many of the main US/Canadian manufacturers are genuinely nice guys.
Think SS is actually quite well suited to ladies shooting. Its probably a sport where they could actually perform better than guys...
Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:29 PM
Posted 19 March 2017 - 01:38 PM
There is one more thing here that no one has hit on. I've shot hundreds of archery tournaments and it is a blast to do. BUT!!! It is like watching paint dry for spectators. Everyone that goes to tournaments are participating. Sponsors and manufactures have for years tried to make it more exiting to watch. They can't. ASA came up with the shoot down round but everybody in the stands are archers. We need to make Slingshot tournaments as exciting as possible to watch by non participants. Just my $.02
Agreed - but watching archery and pistol shooting are about as exciting as... golf or 5 day cricket. At most archery events its archers and family watching - same for most shooting sports. Its not football... I'll only watch shooting if I happen to find it while flicking through channels ( I do try watch olympics ones ). And its not like I'll be following a certain shooter - or wondering what loads he uses... have posters...
In fact trying to find out about SS events you need to be within the inner circle... know the secret handshake... have a badge. And even then knowing what the rules will be and having the special codex to read it... oh. and its only available for a short glimmer of a moment.
It seems to me that SS as a whole wants to be huge and accepted, but at the same time its sort of a special club and secret - can't have both.
Its big in Japan (er.. sorry China) - what are they doing right?
In Spain and Italy... Its seems to be a working class sport (same as darts and SS in UK) - which has its limitations... stigma.
I would go as far as to say it would need to be the US that gets things going - finds the women...
Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:05 PM
Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:30 PM
I dunno, I was shooting my slinghsot today, and not my bow, and that's what matters to me. slingshots have not gone away since they were invented,and I know as many archers As I do slingshooters. many more have admitted to having a shot a slingshot at sometime in their life, than a bow.. so perhaps neither are near as popular as other other weapons and sports, in fact almost every store that sells a bow, also sells a daisy, marksman, or similar wrist braced design...
In fact I'd go as far to say the SS may be the second most practiced sport in the world after fishing... Think generally most people have tried it at some stage... Ironically... Unlike archery which is not quite as accessible globally. In some parts of the world buying a slingshot is as simple as stopping at the traffic lights... I just don't think people see it as a real 'sport' - a tool to keep the birds out of the seed bed... or a few days fun. Its the next step.