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yes toolshed check out (polecat ) on your slingshot forun and you'ii see what i used to make px and brass laminates even sold them to usa

Gentlemen, this is my first post, however I feel that I am qualified to comment on catapult matters, firstly ammunition, a lady neighbour told me she used ice cubes to discourage cats from using her garden as a toilet, hmm a bit inconvenient when required at short notice but disapear without trace, my own choice of biodegradeable ammo is the humble Aniseed ball ( an old fashioned English sweet ) don't know if these are available worldwide, nice size, hard, shatter on impact with hard surfaces, food quality so wont damage the environment & you can eat them! what more can you ask? One day my best friend in the whole world brought a Barnett Black Widow catapult because he didn't think it was accurate, after I smashed 3 aniseed balls one above the other on a clothes post 90 feet away he concluded that it wasn't the catapult that was at fault.
Where I worked at the time we had a sort of catapult club & during the dinner hour we would go through the car park to a river which ran past the factory, carefully selecting useful pebbles from the drainage channels alongside, we then walked along the river bank assaulting targets of opportunity using a mixture of pebbles,glass marbles, ball bearings & my own particular favourite to be to be used only against metal containers & rogue bull elephants, spent carbide throw away lathe tool tips! we would then surface at the other end of the factory, & clock in satisfied with our target practice. There is more to discuss but right now dinner calls.

BRILLIANT WellWisher!  Thanks for the story.  I haven't been doing much of anything since the knee surgery (except crocheting) but I'm getting healthier and winter is almost over....

Polecat, I haven't run across a Polecat on the boards as of yet.

I need to start working on some new ideas for castings, decisions decisions....

try putting a search into the slingshot forum under polecat mind it was 2012 i tried and they all came flooding back to me the clear px one was a good one the chalice designed by dayhiker amongst some others


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