I received my Hathcock Sniper with heavy short bands, two extra band sets with pouches and a bag of steel and lead balls. I immediately took it out to shoot. I haven't shot a slingshot in years. I shot "Wrist Rockets" 25 years ago and this is another animal completely. I shoot a longbow, recurve and compound bow regularly with a very loose grip. On my first shot, the slingshot flew out of my hand and bounced down my driveway.....ooops. Tied a lanyard on for future mishaps and got back to business. The flat bands were tied in a shoot through the forks configuration. They were tied on facing outward and I thought this meant to draw with the bands around the outside of the forks. The bands were slapping the forks very hard leaving marks on the bands. I thought "this can't be right" and that maybe I should be pulling them through the inside of the forks, but they would be pulling directly against the small latex bands holding them on (doubling back over on itself). I retied the band in an inward position and immediately found my groove. I smacked the crap out of a can repeatedly at 10 yards. I then tied the band on to shoot over the top of the forks. I took three shots and that was enough. I don't know what the poundage of the current band set-up is, but I know that the pouch was slapping my fingers so hard, one of my fingertips was numb. I would have to wear a glove to shoot in this style with heavy bands. Back to the shoot through configuration and I am very happy with it. It is solid as a rock. I lightly sanded the handle to take the sheen off, smoothed out a few sharp edges, and gave my thumb and fingers a little better traction. The finish is very slick and with sweaty hands, it can get slippery. I really like the ergonomics and the ballistic resin is so robust that I don't think I will ever need another slingshot...except maybe a twin in red. Great product Bill. I will be smoking some squirrels with this thing while bowhunting.