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I love slingshots, bows, swords...blades in general... and of course going out in the nature.

I am 22(almost 23) and I live with my parents...they think that my passion for all these is stupid and that making them just make me look like a big kid and of course it`s a waste of time.

But this what I like....I don`t like cars or football or other stuff that most people like....I LIKE SLINGSHOTS


What about you? Do you have problems with other people in understanding you?
 

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Its your life. . Live it so that you get the most you can from it. Being outside doing your own thing? It doesnt get any better than that. I dont like television. I dont watch sports or any of that. Some may think thats strange. I dont care. Id rather be outside with a slingshot or a fishing rod or just kicking around in the woods. Its your own business and your harming no one.
Sometimes being different requires a thick skin. Grow one and keep doing what you enjoy. Tell your family, "Worse things have been done by better men" Just my two cents.
 

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Slingshots are easy to explain, fresh air, outdoors, not much different than shooting a handgun but a lot more PC. Try explaining collecting swords and medieval weapons now that's hard.
 

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Men are supposed to have silly things they do for fun. it's part of why recreation is enjoyable - because it doesn't have to "work" any particular way.
If it made perfect sense it would be a job not a hobby.

Pos, my only thought is that, like you I tend towards solitary hobbies but I've found it's really rewarding to have social hobbies too (in my case it's an MMA team , so it's social insofar as it's a room full of like minded individuals training to choke each other out LOL) .

Also it's interesting how many hunters we have here (that's not really reflected in forum discussions much which is weird).

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I love slingshots, bows, swords...blades in general... and of course going out in the nature.

I am 22(almost 23) and I live with my parents...they think that my passion for all these is stupid and that making them just make me look like a big kid and of course it`s a waste of time.

But this what I like....I don`t like cars or football or other stuff that most people like....I LIKE SLINGSHOTS


What about you? Do you have problems with other people in understanding you?
I have rifels pistols air guns but my favorite is the slingshot. Most people do not connect with slingshot shooting and believe it and me to be rather infantile. Becoming proficient with a slingshot and other primal weapons is no waist of time this may come in handy one day and could be used to save someones life. You never know if we will not end up becoming like a 3rd world nation like Ruwanda where they hack each other to death with machetes. Remember Thunderdome.
 

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If you're good enough at anything, you'll earn people's respect.
 

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I agree that the slingshot and its users suffer from the stigma of playing with what is seen as a child's toy. I have learned to exploit this weakness when needed and turn it into a strength while "Freedom Hunting". Where I live is very rural and conservative (two thumbs up!!!!) and while there are very few serious slingshot shooters almost every man there had one as a child and there are probably a few old men who have held on to it all their lives. Since everyone knows everyone else they will either know or know of these old men and therefore it is acceptable in their eyes. Of course, guns and hunting are followed by almost every man there, too, so being out and about is not at all derided.

As far as being on your own, that is a good thing. While the people where I live are some of the nicest you'll ever meet worldwide, they are a clannish bunch and as I am an out-of-stater and of closet biracial descent (passing myself off as a cracker, of which I am part) I will state for the record that I spend a full six months a year home from the sea at home off work and have zero friends in my local area/county. This may sound ugly but to be honest I am happier this way as it frees me up for more fishing, roving, and slingshot time. While I don't want to hijack this post and make it about me I'll state that I don't like getting caught up in this week's latest ******* Drama of who's banging whose wife, who's making the meth this weekend, who wants to borrow money, and the list goes on and on. I have Federally-issued licenses from three nations and can't afford to get caught up in some idiot's harebrained schemes. You'll never have those problems wandering the woods and streams with fishing rod and slingshot!

Finally, I've visited your Carpathian Mountains once in western Ukraine. They are very beautiful and remind me of my own Ozarks.
 

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One of the reasons for establishing The Slingshot Channel was to demonstrate that slingshots are no toys, but serious weapons - if in the hands of men, not boys.

When I explain my hobby, I usually say "the little brother of bow and arrow".

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I agree that the slingshot and its users suffer from the stigma of playing with what is seen as a child's toy. I have learned to exploit this weakness when needed and turn it into a strength while "Freedom Hunting". Where I live is very rural and conservative (two thumbs up!!!!) and while there are very few serious slingshot shooters almost every man there had one as a child and there are probably a few old men who have held on to it all their lives. Since everyone knows everyone else they will either know or know of these old men and therefore it is acceptable in their eyes. Of course, guns and hunting are followed by almost every man there, too, so being out and about is not at all derided.

As far as being on your own, that is a good thing. While the people where I live are some of the nicest you'll ever meet worldwide, they are a clannish bunch and as I am an out-of-stater and of closet biracial descent (passing myself off as a cracker, of which I am part) I will state for the record that I spend a full six months a year home from the sea at home off work and have zero friends in my local area/county. This may sound ugly but to be honest I am happier this way as it frees me up for more fishing, roving, and slingshot time. While I don't want to hijack this post and make it about me I'll state that I don't like getting caught up in this week's latest ******* Drama of who's banging whose wife, who's making the meth this weekend, who wants to borrow money, and the list goes on and on. I have Federally-issued licenses from three nations and can't afford to get caught up in some idiot's harebrained schemes. You'll never have those problems wandering the woods and streams with fishing rod and slingshot!

Finally, I've visited your Carpathian Mountains once in western Ukraine. They are very beautiful and remind me of my own Ozarks.
You should visit The Romanian Carpathians as well (if you have the chance), they have unique particularities. Lots of beautiful caves, but most important they are still very wild (even dough you will meet lots of Shepard`s ).

For all of you nature and mountain lovers here you can find a few photos from The Carpathians http://www.facebook.com/buzle.tudor?v=photos&ref=profile
 

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Sorry to butt in again, but I read every bodies posts, and every one seems so concerned with proving that a slingshot is not a TOY, what's wrong with a toy? for children or adults, we need toys, we crave toys, it is a natural need in the human species to play. My slingshots are my toys (my swords too), going out into the woods and shooting at trees with my girlfriend and our dog is my play, and I enjoy it immensely . Maybe it is a serious weapon in some hands (more power to you Joerg!!) but whats so wrong with it still being a toy too...as it stands now it is underestimated, it's fun, it's cheap, let everyone start seeing it as a serious tool or weapon and you start having the powers that be looking to get their cut...every forked limb will be taxed and every latex band will be cost a fortune.
 

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I love slingshots, bows, swords...blades in general... and of course going out in the nature.

I am 22(almost 23) and I live with my parents...they think that my passion for all these is stupid and that making them just make me look like a big kid and of course it`s a waste of time.

But this what I like....I don`t like cars or football or other stuff that most people like....I LIKE SLINGSHOTS


What about you? Do you have problems with other people in understanding you?
I am 50 this year and only started shooting slingshots last october when people at work found out and my parents, especially my dad they all laughed at me for playing with a kids toy,so I asked them to hold a paper target in front of their face whilst I took a couple of shots being a toy it should not hurt.None of them volunteered and they dont mention it anymore,I too do not like football and told them so I dont see any skill in kicking a ball 10 inches in size into a goalmouth 6feet high and twelve feet in length wow that is difficult NOT.
 

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Slingshots are cool but dont bash footy lol.
That is just my opinion on football it's how I feel about it, where I work thats all you here when I started work there the first thing I was asked was what team I supported,why does everyone you meet expect you to support football.My Hobby before slingshots was martial arts and mma and studied this for several years but when I mentioned this to them the response was oh, and that was it they did not want to know, fortunately I have a family and like another forum member dont have or need any freinds to hang around with and am very happy in my own company when im not with the wife.With friends you have to share their problems, been there done that got the trophy,selfish it may seem life is short so live it how you want to not how people expect you to.
 

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I love slingshots, bows, swords...blades in general... and of course going out in the nature.

I am 22(almost 23) and I live with my parents...they think that my passion for all these is stupid and that making them just make me look like a big kid and of course it`s a waste of time.

But this what I like....I don`t like cars or football or other stuff that most people like....I LIKE SLINGSHOTS


What about you? Do you have problems with other people in understanding you?
I am 50 this year and only started shooting slingshots last october when people at work found out and my parents, especially my dad they all laughed at me for playing with a kids toy,so I asked them to hold a paper target in front of their face whilst I took a couple of shots being a toy it should not hurt.None of them volunteered and they dont mention it anymore,I too do not like football and told them so I dont see any skill in kicking a ball 10 inches in size into a goalmouth 6feet high and twelve feet in length wow that is difficult NOT.
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I really like your style ....maybe I should do the same...but only after I`ll move out
 

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Even though I love football, I do see your point. Also, another great point made is that slingshots are toys. As far as I'm concerned, anything you use for fun is a toy, and slingshots are pretty **** fun. However, they definately can be weapons.
After what I've done in the past few weeks, there isn't a squirrel in Connecticut that wouldn't run at the sound of my footsteps.
 

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Sorry to butt in again, but I read every bodies posts, and every one seems so concerned with proving that a slingshot is not a TOY, what's wrong with a toy? for children or adults, we need toys, we crave toys, it is a natural need in the human species to play. My slingshots are my toys (my swords too), going out into the woods and shooting at trees with my girlfriend and our dog is my play, and I enjoy it immensely . Maybe it is a serious weapon in some hands (more power to you Joerg!!) but whats so wrong with it still being a toy too...as it stands now it is underestimated, it's fun, it's cheap, let everyone start seeing it as a serious tool or weapon and you start having the powers that be looking to get their cut...every forked limb will be taxed and every latex band will be cost a fortune.
+1...well put!
 

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I don't care if people think I'm playing with a toy, it's a fun toy. I like BB guns too. I play a harmonica and lots of folks consider them a toy also. I like shooting my handmade long bow. I also like flintlock rifles. The only sport I watch on TV is the UFC fights. Well, I do watch the olympics some when they are going on. I want to get good enough again to be able to effectively hunt with my slingshot like I did when I was younger.
 
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