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Philly
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In my recent posts, I have shown my second board cut, a Red Oak/Apple Palm Swell model based on many features of slingshots I own. Well, it became my most accurate target shooter, 90/95 out of 100 inside 3" at 7 yards. Last night, shooting indoors disaster struck. I was shooting with a big bandaid on my pouch thumb to cover a nasty crack under the nail. I noticed that my release was off and I had a few fliers. Unfortunately I didn't pay attention to it and then it happened. As I was drawing back, almost at full draw I felt the pouch slipping off my thumb. BANG, WHAM, fork hit on the outside fork. Well, the Red Oak has a beautiful straight grain and the .44 cal lead ball hit the tip and sheared the fork off along the grain line. Fortunately, when I draw I do not bring the pouch to anchor untill I am at full strech so the sling was still below my face. I don't know how the fork flew but it never hit me. Th .44 Cal lead ball however, went right through the sheetrock on the cieling. I was devastated, I loved the slingshot.

This morning I decided I would try to repair it, I glued it together, then drilled two 3/16 holes angled through the crack into the main body and installed two steel rods. So far, looks Ok and will be usable and I don't see how it would affect the accuracy. Time will tell.

I wear glasses full time and they are shatter proof, the rest of my face is not however. Lesson learned, don't shoot without protection and never with a bandaid on your shooting thumb. I am lucky that when I first got back to slingshots, I conciously developed a drawing and mounting method that gives some protection from bands breaking at the fork. It may have saved me from a serious injury. I guess Multi Plex is the answer going forward,
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Lead is no problem with a good catch box, balls stay round and you dont loose any ( except the one in the cieling). I like to practice with what I hunt with.
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Glad you're okay Phil. As far as the repair-That'll work Bud! Jaybird blew a frame of his apart and pinned it and he uses the heaviest band set I cut for any shooter and that is still one of his favorites. He made the repair across the same crack -pinned and glued it up. Hop she works for you! Flatband
 

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Thanks Gary, looks like it will work out, will strap it up tommorow and give it a go. BTW check your PM I sent you something.
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That's a bummer! I know how much a slingshot means when you make it yourself. As valueable as one you've paid for, just for different reasons.
Hope your repair goes well!
 

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OK, repair went well, stronger now than original. Two 3/16 rods CA glued in thru main frame. Looks good and still shoots well.
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OK, repair went well, stronger now than original. Two 3/16 rods CA glued in thru main frame. Looks good and still shoots well.
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Oh yeah, my wife finally saw the hole in the cieling, she worried more about that than my beloved slingshot. Go figure?
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Glad ur ok Phil !
Hey Man, where you been hiding? Looking forward to a get together.

Yeah, it was a little scary afterwards, fortunately the only damage was to the slingshot and the cieling. Both repaired already.

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