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Unread postAuthor: JoergS » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:22 pm

psycix wrote:No, the handful of guys building slingshots could simply post multiple slingshots in 1 topic.


So is it not OK to start a new thread in order to present a new slingshot?

Feels weird to pack entirely different designs into a single thread.
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Unread postAuthor: JoergS » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:23 pm

geardog32 wrote:how many slingshots do you have?


Lost count. More than 50 for sure.
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:45 pm

Its fine to post separate threads. Why don't others post all there cannons in one thread?

Nice job on all the slingshots. How much time do one of these usually take?
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Unread postAuthor: JoergS » Sun Sep 27, 2009 3:50 pm

I need between 30 minutes (snap hook slingshot) and 8 hours (the Gatling slingshot) for a new design.

I usually make a new sling on a Saturday morning, fine tune it in the afternoon, play with it in front of the TV in the evening (with a couple of beers), and then make a video on the Sunday.
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Unread postAuthor: geardog32 » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:54 pm

JoergS wrote:I usually make a new sling on a Saturday morning, fine tune it in the afternoon, play with it in front of the TV in the evening (with a couple of beers), and then make a video on the Sunday.


that sounds like a good weekend to me :)
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:19 pm

I'm curious as to why none of your slingshots have wrist braces.
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Unread postAuthor: MrPed » Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:27 pm

D_Hall wrote:I'm curious as to why none of your slingshots have wrist braces.


They are illegal in Germany.
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:32 pm

MrPed wrote:They are illegal in Germany.

Really?

Wow. That takes "nanny state" to whole new levels. No offense to the OP intended at all... I'm just shocked. I mean, is there a serial killer on record who used high power slingshots? Assuming not, WTF is the real-world concern... or is there one?
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:15 pm

D_Hall wrote:
MrPed wrote:They are illegal in Germany.

Really?

Wow. That takes "nanny state" to whole new levels. No offense to the OP intended at all... I'm just shocked. I mean, is there a serial killer on record who used high power slingshots? Assuming not, WTF is the real-world concern... or is there one?

You'd be surprised how strict laws are outside of America. Like for example in NZ and Australia, a cricket bat is just normal sports equipment. Carry it around with you at night and you could get arrested for position of an offensive weapon. Carry a knife on you at anytime in public without a damn good reason (fishing, sailing, hunting, tramping etc) and the same thing could happen.

I don't think you can even carry slingshots in public in Aus and NZ, but you can in Germany. Though it does seem weird that slingshots are legal and wristbraces aren't. My guess is just that wristbraces are turning slingshots in to more of a weapon, and if slingshots are just for plinking, you shouldn't need a wristbrace.

Don't always assume homicide, slingshots could be used for assault very easily, if I owned a dairy and some guy walks in pointing a loaded slingshot in my face, i'm not going to hesitate in handing over the money unless there's a chance I can disarm him and restrain him.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:45 pm

MrCrowley wrote:Carry a knife on you at anytime in public without a damn good reason (fishing, sailing, hunting, tramping etc) and the same thing could happen.


For some reason this inspired visions of you crawling through the urban jungle, bowie knife in hand, hunting homeless people :D :D :D

That's not a knife...
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:17 pm

jackssmirkingrevenge wrote:
MrCrowley wrote:Carry a knife on you at anytime in public without a damn good reason (fishing, sailing, hunting, tramping etc) and the same thing could happen.


For some reason this inspired visions of you crawling through the urban jungle, bowie knife in hand, hunting homeless people :D :D :D

That's not a knife...

Hahaha, didn't realise tramping isn't a widely used English word. Seems like it's just an ANZAC thing. :P

BTW, I hate you for linking me to that video, I can never watch it too many times.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:36 pm

MrCrowley wrote:Hahaha, didn't realise tramping isn't a widely used English word. Seems like it's just an ANZAC thing. :P


tramp (trmp)
v. tramped, tramp·ing, tramps
v.intr.
1. To walk with a firm, heavy step; trudge.
2.
a. To travel on foot; hike.
b. To wander about aimlessly.
v.tr.
1. To traverse on foot: tramp the fields.
2. To tread down; trample: tramp down snow.
n.
1.
a. A heavy footfall.
b. The sound produced by heavy walking or marching.
2. A walking trip; a hike.
3. One who travels aimlessly about on foot, doing odd jobs or begging for a living; a vagrant.
4.
a. A prostitute.
b. A person regarded as promiscuous.

5. Nautical A tramp steamer.
6. A metal plate attached to the sole of a shoe for protection, as when spading ground


Right, I see... :roll: :D

BTW, I hate you for linking me to that video, I can never watch it too many times.


classic stuff :D
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:42 pm

Right, I see...

Haha it appears the hiking meaning of tramping is only Aus/NZ :wink:

Anyway, back on topic...

What do you do with 50 or so slingshots?
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Unread postAuthor: JoergS » Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:20 am

The ban of braced slingshots came when a bunch of demonstrants in the 1970's shot steel balls from cheap, braced slingshots against the heavily armed cops. The balls damaged a few shields and other equipment, so even though noone was hurt, the government banned braced slingshots.

This is not uncommon, at least parts of Australia have the same laws, and slingshots are totally banned in some US states (e.g. New Jersey, I believe). In the Netherlands, you may buy pot, but you may not own a slingshot.

There are several guys from the German slingshot community, small as it is, that do not appreciate my work because they think I am a walking provocation for the government... so they are afraid of a "lex JoergS", banning slingshots entirely.

I disagree, I think it takes a few scandalous crimes to set politicians in motion. And I do not intend to commit crimes.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:09 am

JoergS wrote:I disagree, I think it takes a few scandalous crimes to set politicians in motion. And I do not intend to commit crimes.


Not always, sometimes it's just scaremongering killjoy organisations like the Violence Policy Center that drum up enough support for fun stuff to be outlawed.
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