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This pole slingshot is based on a 3/4" diameter steel tube and a copper fork made with 1/2 fittings.

A piece of plywood was drilled at an angle and sandpaper was attached to the inner ID for friction.

The plywood handle slides easily to the rear for drawing and holds back the rubber for ease of aiming.

I can draw butterfly easily with it and could not do as well without it.

It shoots 80 grain marbles at just under 250 fps.
 

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Nice and simple - but effective.
All you need is a broomstick and a few pieces of plywood and you could draw harder and longer than bare handed.

Now that we have a friction 'ratchet' (Thanks to Joerg), we can conceive of a much simpler sliding trigger mechanism.

I am thinking of a rocker that holds the pouch until you rock it forward a bit.

Shooting Tex-Shooters Express bands is very nice on this slingshot.

Last shot was 236 fps. Pretty zippy, and 10 fpe is impressive.

It takes minutes to make.

BTW The red tape is over a pair of hose clamps that lock the inner tube.

The tape protects the bands should they hit.
 
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