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For me, if the tubes are matched to the ammo and my technique is good (usually is unless I get cocky lol) I have no pain shooting frameless :) I do tend to let my holding hand, left, drift to the left as I release my shot. This is me being careful and as close to 100 percent sure as I can be that the hand will be completely out of the way as the ammo passes through. I have not had but 2 fork hits, thank goodness, but have only fired a couple thousand shots. But then I have not had that many frame hits with frames either, blessed I guess :)

Like everything else it is risk assessment and reduction. Have fun :)
 

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I have done a little frameless shooting .. your fingers get used to the bands rubbing on them .. just like anything else .. u develop calluses .. and become conditioned .. but never get used to hand hits .. they just eventually dont happen anymore.. at first gotta turn that pouch 90°

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I received one of these ring-type devices along with an order from Dankung some time ago; stainless steel, very nicely made.

I'll be honest: although I find frame-less shooting quite intriguing, I am rather concerned about the adverse effects of steel ammo nailing the index finger or thumb. So have I used it? No, but it makes a great paperweight. :D
 

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No hand slaps for me, the back of my forearm on my band hand gets slapped lightly when I shoot full butterfly frameless. As far as it concerns me, the strain of shooting a few dozen marbles on my finger and knuckle is offset by how much fun I have lol. I've had 4 uglies, but I've had dozens of beauties too.. I think if you're careful, focused and deliberate it can be safely done and I personally love it. Never shoot frameless with exhausted arms or hands, with alcohol in your system or with unmatched ammo to your bands/tubes.

Also as a personal side opinion, I'm not a fan of the frameless rings. Cool concept but there's other options I like better.

Be safe and shoot straight!
 

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First post btw. I took a bit of a hiatus from slingshots after moving to condo in the city for a couple years. Came back to it a few weeks ago and found out about "chinese style" frameless while lurking the forums which immediately grabbed my interest.

Watched a few videos and practiced my draw and release with soft lightweight stuff, all was well. Once I got comfortable I tried with 6mm steel and took a hit within my first 2 dozen shots. it hurt initially, and left a welt but it didn't last very long. Corrected my form and hasn't happened since.

I do get the occasional slap but it's nothing you wouldn't experience with regular frames.Took me a couple bands to find the right size but once it's dialed in it's super fun, it I've barely touched my actual slingshots, I just want to get better at frameless.

In conclusion I'd say just try it and work with what you're comfortable with til you develop consistency and confidence and work your way up to stronger bands and bigger ammo.
 
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