Saturday, October 16, 2010
The African Godess of Slingbows
I revisited the sling bow today, inspired by Fish (he made a sling bow a while ago, but posted the video again here in a different thread).
I had a few tasks.
First, I wanted to eliminate all the dead play.
Second, no handslaps.
Third, a conventional bow release had to work.
Fourth, I wanted a quality arrow guide for accuracy.
So I made the "bow" 40 cm long, and the bands are a bit pretensed in unloaded mode. This way, no dead play at all!
Then, I put a Hover arrow rest (kind of a whisker buiscuit) INSIDE of the bow, right in the middle.
The bands can never touch the arrow rest (a big problem with sling bows usually).
Next, I designed the bow arms in a way that the bands are effectively stopped and can not slap on my hand.
I formed the "cable" from some paracord, with a loop for the release (otherwise the angle is so steep that the arrow falls out in full cocked position).
This shoots great! It is the best sling bow I have made so far.
Weight is 550 gramms (1,2 lbs), complete with bands. It looks a bit like an African sculpture, that is the reason for the name.
Too bad is rains so hard that I can't do a video today, hopefully tomorrow will be better. But I have to finish the Scallops video first.
Posted by The Slingshot Channel at 7:38 PM