I have one. I picked it up from E-bay. Very small and I did have to buy new tubes because the ones that came with it wouldn't stretch enough for me. Very well made (Stainless Steel). Very fast and easy tube attachment but I was never a big fan of floating band connections. Flatband
From what I understand, you do have to order them from China. I don't have one personally, but everyone I know that has bought one likes it. The pretzel style seems to be the most popular, but are a bit small. If you have big hands you may or may not like them. Here is what the pretzel looks like: http://www.dankung.c...products_id=214
When I first got my dankung, I laughed because it looked like a toy. The bands were way to short but luckily I was smart and ordered tubing as well. I had checked out the specs before I bought one so I got one that was longer and it seemed to fit my large hands fine once I leaned how to hold it. This was earlier last year so there were none of the larger models that are available today. I've got long arms so I made a longer set of bands.
It took me a few minutes to master the proper style of shooting but after that I was amazed. It blew all the store bought slings away and it fits in your pocket like its not even there. Those skinny little bands kicked ass and lasted months not days. Now I shoot a dankung sling 95% of the time. I only shoot a wide flatband sling when I need that kind of power. I've also downsized my flatband sling to replicate the size of a dankung. They are incredibly versatile because there are so many ways to string the sling. You can have a 4, 8 or even a 12 band setup in a second. Joerg is the only man that can pull a 16 string. You can also taper the bands for a little extra speed and this attachment style even makes store bought tubes faster.
I would recommend a dankung to anyone. You have to make sure of the size before you buy and stick to the round stainless ones or the long handle camo. Also buy extra sets of tubing (20/40 best for 8 band or thera tube tan) so you can dial those in.
Remember that these are tube slings so they will never have the kind of power that flatbands have but who cares. The bands are plenty fast enough and last so much longer.
I bought one on Evil-Bay and it was shipped from China. I was a little worried about that but my fears were unfounded as it arrived in about two weeks' time. As stated by the posts above the frame quality was spot-on and I truly believe you could beat a bear to death with the frame without doing it any damage. The supplied bands are way too short and I have to replace them but it does ride in the pocket well. My basic take on it is they have reinvented the Milbro with a heavier frame and their own band system. If you don't want to shoot real hard or real fast then it should work for you. If you want to shoot really hard I think the Fish Hunter or a doubled-up Flatband setup is better. But to each his own!
I have two videos on U-Tube shooting a Dankung stainless flat-band slingshot and another where I was shooting first a self made wood flat-band , then a theraband slingshot that I just can't shoot well and last I was shooting a Dankung "Axe" slingshot. I have ordered 6 Dankungs in different styles and they are great slingshots. You won't be sorry you bought one if you make sure you do a little research on the size you need. I think their flat-band slingshot is awesome and the "game hunter" is another great slingshot and large enough for people used to holding larger slingshots. I shoot the Dankung general hunting slingshot II the most and like it very much. It fits in a front pocket, totally hidden, and once you figure out how to hold it , it is very nice to shoot.
Please order 10 meters of their 17-45 tubing along with your slingshot because, I agree with everyone else that they come supplied with rubber far too short for the way we shoot. The 17-45 tubing is great for target shooting and not slow at all in my opinion. It just doesn't have the hyper performance of thin flats, but it's still plenty fast. If you double up on the bands on each side you will have a real hunting slingshot. Don't be surprised if you find that you wished you'd bought some thinner 20-40 tubing for double band hunting. Four strips of 17-45 on each side is hard to pull and the same set-up using 20-40 is much more pleasant to use. It is only 7.00 for 17-45 and 3.50 for 20-40 tube. that much tubing will last a long time.
Hope we all helped out with info.
I put a couple of pics in of the game hunter and the pocket poacher (flat-bander).
I have given a design to Dankung, and a few days after christmas I got the first prototype. It works really well. I spent many hours testing it with all kinds of bands and ammo.
I have to keep the design secret for another four weeks or so, until Dankung has the mass production set up - but I can tell you a few things about it.
- One size fits all (it works for people with small and large hands)
- You have a choice: Thin tapered flatbands "Over The Top" OR looped tubular "chinese" snap-in bands (so the design allows both),in other words you can use Tex's bands, your own Linatex or Thera Band ones or the looped chinese bands.
- I tried to "marry" the chinese traditional style with modern rubber and attachment methods, plus included elements from "Milbro" and "Pretzel" type slingshots
- It is still a very small slingshot
- Comning from me, the frame is of course 100% steel.
Can't wait to unveil it!
PS: My design is NOT yet online at the dankung site. I have nothing to do with the "western shooters" mentioned there.
I don't know the price they will ask. I have given them the design for free, I won't get any money, but it makes me proud if a design of mine goes into production! I have a standing offer for all the other commercial companies out there, yet nobody asked me except Dankung. That speaks volumes about their unarrogant approach! They love to learn.