I purchased a triple tube slingshot without a lot of research and am now wondering if it can be retrofitted to using a single stronger/thicker tubing or even a flat style band. Any suggestions?
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 04:30 AM
I assume the acronyms TTF/OTT are flats of some type? Sorry, just trying to build my knowledge base.
I may try with a thicker tube style base to start. On my current set-up, I found the ball in tube tended to migrate and squeeze out over time, causing the tube to become detached. If this is a common problem, is it a good idea to top up the end of the tube with a touch of rubber cement to stop the ball from popping out?
Great to find this forum!
Edited by Leo, 17 May 2017 - 04:31 AM.
Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:36 AM
Welcome to the forum, Leo.
TTF = Through the Forks: bands/tubes are usually attached at the side of the forks.
OTT = Over the Top: bands/tubes are usually attached to the top of the fork.
It may be that I lack imagination, but I'd stick with ball-in-tube, or perhaps looped tubes for that fork. One, Two or Three tubes are easy options.
All the holes, slots, and edges on that fork make it hard for me to see a successful way to attach flats, short of pre-wrapping the head of the fork with a cushioning material (latex, tape, etc.).
Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:38 AM
Oh, you may want to search for a tutorial on tying tubes to a pouch.
There are many good ones out there.
Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:02 AM
Thanks all. I've combed the local box stores and even some army surplus and was unsuccessful in sourcing any variations of ball-in-tube ready-made bands. I'll continue my search for a local supplier while waiting for my on-line order to arrive. I guess another alternative is to make my own but I'll wait until gaining more experience with variations of ready-made bands that are out there.
Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:11 PM
This is related to the original question: Even if a fork has hole(s) specifically designed to accept a tube, would it be wrong to roll the tip of a flat, insert it into the round cavity and tie at the back end to lock it into place?
Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:44 PM
Edited by brucered, 18 May 2017 - 07:45 PM.
Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:16 AM
Thanks brucered. The instrument itself seems rock solid. The tubes on the other hand have been giving me much trouble with frequent breakage and will look forward to their replacement. I try to always wear safety glasses no matter the brand.
Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:53 AM
The tubes that comes with these types of frames are usually useless for shooting. I've seen similar frames put in a vise, stress tested and folded in half like a tin can.
Stay safe and hopefully it gets you interested in more traditional shooters. Check out SimpleShot, they have a great selection and decent shipping options to Canada.
Edited by brucered, 19 May 2017 - 07:54 AM.
Posted 20 May 2017 - 11:21 PM
use alcohol in the tube..insert the ball(ball larger then the inside dia of tube) in the tube about 1/4"...have a tab after the ball is in the tube....Now tie a constrictor knot behind the ball tight..
let set for about 2 hours..that ball will not come out or slip on you....by tying behind the ball is a safety measure.....wear eye protection when shooting..
test pull your tube set..down low away from you a few time before shooting..
6 tubes will be tough to pull back..in my opinion....
Edited by oldmiser, 20 May 2017 - 11:23 PM.