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Not quite a band jig

23 March 2017 - 03:49 PM

Since most of us only have two hands, an aid or tool is handy when attaching tubes or bands to a pouch. I use a simple S-Hook on a leather thong or length of paracord. 


It's pretty simple, portable and effective. 


Give it try!


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Thanks for watching!

Review - Imp2 from Florida Forks

17 March 2017 - 02:55 PM

My newest commercial slingshot is the Imp2 from Florida Forks. 
Mine is red 1/2-inch HDPE featuring good router work that eliminates all the sharp corners and results in a very comfortable grip. 
I had three reasons for making this purchase:
1. Pocketable shooters make my world round. I can't seem to finish collecting them.
2. I wanted to support our fellow forum member
3. Florida Forks gives you the most slingshot for the fewest bucks, and I'm a notorious tightwad!
This shooter was $10 plus shipping, through Etsy.
Overall dimensions are 4-3/4 inches by 3-1/2 inches. It is a little bigger than my tiny Dankung Luck Ring shooter, but with nearly 2 inches of fork gap, even a mediocre shooter like me can shoot TTF. Like the Luck Rings, the "Pinky Hole" is really a "Ring Finger Hole." Combined with the Imp's choke grip, you get a very secure hold. 
The Imp2 has universal fork tips with nice grooves for both TTF and OTT setups.
Anyone looking for a small shooter, whether for EDC use, plinking or hunting, should definitely consider the Imp2.Attached File  ImpGrip.JPG   234.17KB   60 downloadsAttached File  Imp-LuckRing.JPG   239.36KB   31 downloadsAttached File  ImpCan.JPG   417.1KB   32 downloads

Doubling the PFS fun

14 March 2017 - 12:16 PM

It ocurred to me recently that the only PFS frames I had that had a fork gap of 1/2 inch or less were my OPFS models I cut from 1/4 inch Baltic ply. That seemed like a conditioned that needed a solution. The OPFS has never felt comfortable in my hand. I do like the feel of my shooter based on B-Toon's Slim Pickins design, but it has a 1-inch gap and a 2-1/2 inch width. 
So, I used graph paper to rough out a Slim Pickins narrowed down to 2-inches overall with a 1/2-inch gap and shortened the handle. I traced that onto 3/8-inch HDPE and cut that out, adding holes for tubes. 
It's a fun shooter and in my regular rotation now. 
But I like naturals, and it was not that. So I copied it, without the holes, on a yew fork I had laying around. It was a fun build. And it is also a good shooter. 
Hope you enjoy the photos!

New yew PFS

24 February 2017 - 01:01 PM

I’ve had this yew fork drying for a couple of years and decided to carve it up.

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I started with my trusty kindling hatchet.

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I cut it to shape with my jig saw and did the contours with a file.

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The finish is BLO and paste wax.

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Banded up with .040 latex, it shoots great!

Shot one of Toolshed's cast aluminum slingshots today

30 August 2016 - 04:32 PM

I finally got around to banding up and shooting a shooter that Toolshed gave me at the Midwest Slingshot Tournament. 


It was great. 


The shooter is a variant of Gopher's GS-12 that Toolshed cast in his world-famous aluminum foundry. It's a design I'm familiar with, since I've used the Altoids Can sized template that Charles posted to execute that frame in plywood, oak, and Trex. Toolshed's aluminum version is the same size, and didn't disappoint. It fit my hand perfectly. 


Toolshed told me I might have to knock a few rough edges off, and I did. I think I'll go back and do a little more rounding/smoothing in the near future. The casting inspires confidence. Most surfaces are comfortably rough from what I presume is a sand mold. There are a couple of areas where the mold was a little rough, but there are no obvious voids or inclusions.


 I cut some 1/2 inch straight bands, 10 inches long, so I could indulge my new obsession with shooting butterfly. Using marbles as ammo, a can quickly shredded, to my great satisfaction. 


Thanks again, Toolshed!



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