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Missing Barns and Telling Yarns
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I've been shooting for a couple months now, and just haven't seemed to achieve consistent accuracy. I'm shooting tin cans from about 20ft away, and utilizing the tips I found in the Newbie section and from Bill Hay's video to aim. I know part of the problem is my form, pouch release etc, but I'm also wondering if the slingshot has anything to do with it.

I've been using a Barnett Black Widow I got at Walmart, and a boardcut catty I banded with paracord gypsy tabs and chained #64 office bands. I get more accuracy with the Barnett, but not by much. So my question is, how much does the slingshot factor into accuracy, vs the shooter? I know I need practice, but how much would upgrading catapults or changing my setup help, if at all?
 

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Try a good quality flatband and pouch . The Barnett stock bands and chained office bands are not the best .Big box store tubes contain a large air pocket that gets compressed inconsistently causing all kinds of problems especially when the ambient temp is colder . You can mount flats on the Barnett also . Shooting a slingshot is more difficult than anything else . Don't be discouraged .
 

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There could be so many issues. Post a picture or video of you shooting - it could help figure the issue.
Sounds good! I'll try and post one today or tomorrow. I have a smartphone, but never bothered to learn how to use it well.
 
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Its likely to be a little of both. I went through this same thing recently, don't stress too much it just takes a little longer than expected.

Box store tube sets are garbage. Sure they will launch a really effin big rock a long long way, but it won't be consistent or accurate. I had an immediate improvement going to Chinese tubes. Even the low quality office rubber I found was better.

The rest is just practice. Work on keeping your release as consistent as possible. One day it will just click and you'll hit your target 10 in a row
 

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PM me your address and I will send you a flat band slingshot to try out.
Thanks! Will do!
Here is where it all starts... slingery magic in the works.
Of courae I wanted to the first one to do it... but once again I am beatwn to the punch.

At Mikey- about two months into shooting seriously again and after shooting 3 decadea plus... I was exactly where you are. Mystified at my all over the place shooting.

It will take time and effort... but you will get there.

Pleaee pm me your address... in a couple of weeks I will be finiahed up on some frames. It will be awesome for me to send A SSF care package.
 

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Guys, I am blown away by all the advice and generosity! Thank you so much, this is a really amazing community. I'll certainly keep it up. It gets frustrating missing 20+ times in a row, but as soon as I blast one of those cans I just get hooked all over again! It's a surprising high, and I'm just gonna keep chasing that feeling.
 

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Borrowing from archery, slingshot accuracy is predicated on a consistent and repeatable shot sequence. It takes daily practice to control the numerous variables including stance, grip, fork alignment, draw, band alignment, anchor point, release, and follow through. Although I do not have the luxury of shooting every day, I keep an unbanded slingshot in my office and work on my grip and fork alignment throughout the day. I also practice an empty draw (i.e. drawing an unbanded slingshot as though it was banded) to work on my stance and to make sure that I am engaging my core muscles and my rhomboid muscles. Mrs. Raja, a highly skilled massage therapist, gave me a set of archery specific stretches. When I am able to shoot, I focus part of the session on one variable. I also give myself some "free time" during each practice session to just shoot and experiment - slingshots should be fun and it is important to elevate the spirit.


While proper equipment is no substitute for regular practice, and regardless of the old bromide "it's the Indian (or in my case, the raja) and not the bow," equipment makes a difference. I started out w/ a Trumark WS1 banded with chained 64 rubber bands and gypsy tabs. I am presently shooting a Flatband ergo and The Norseman was kind enough to exchange a PP HTS for one of my hand-woven slings (a skill I learned as a lad, from my late father's master herdsman, who used a sling with great accuracy to keep all manner of predators at bay). The modern slingshots are a big step up from a wrist rocket and it appears that, through the kindness of forum members, you will soon be upgrading. Looking forward to reading about your progress. And remember to wear your safety glasses!
 

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I took a video, but I haven't figured out how to post them to the forum. It doesn't look like you can attach a file. I've seen some people post it to youtube or another video sharing site then posting the link here. Is that how its usually done?
 

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Okay, I think I did this right. I posted a youtube link to the videos section, which started a thread. Then I clicked on "my media" in this forum and posted the video from my SSF profile. Hope this works... And is there a better way to post videos? Thanks for the help. Computers stress me out (he types after logging on to check SSF for the 4th time today...)
 

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I watched the video one time and so far the only thing that may cause some problems is your right elbow is a little high. Everything should be in line from elbow through the center of fork.
Ah, good stuff! I also know my breathing isn't great, and I'm shooting at a pretty good clip. A little more relaxation and concentration may yield some better results
 

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Google "archery stance." I find that standing slightly pigeon toed helps me engage the core muscles. Stand more perpendicular to the target. You have an open stance, which is not necessarily bad, but it seems a bit too relaxed and may be throwing off your shot.

You have a constent draw and anchor point, and a very good release. These are skills that I am working on.

You may be gripping too tightly and torquing the slingshot. With a wrist-rocket, you can relax your grip, and even hold it with an open grip.

I think that you will improve with a Scout or Hathcock Target Sniper.
 

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Thanks for the tips guys! The Scout is my first "nice slingshot" I plan on purchasing. That's an interesting point about the stance, and I'll definitely try it. I do suspect my pouch grip is off sometimes. Occasionally it results in fliers that are WAY off the mark. I'll have to watch for tourque as well. Those tubes aren't great, but they're pretty stout. I'm gonna try utilizing a lighter set to help me work on consistency and good form.
 
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