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Lookong for some advice. I picked up shooting earlier this year and have been using a Scout XT. I'd like to experiment with a different slingshot, but I have arthritis in my hands and am wondering what has been a comfortable slingshot for others. I hold the slingshot in my left hand with a hammer grip which has been comfortable, maybe because I just shoot clay ammo with thin bands so I've only got a light pull.

The issue for me has been when I try to extend my thumb for a thumb support grip. It's painful. I saw the PP Taurus says it is good with arthritis. It looks like it uses a pinch grip. I can hold the Scout in a pinch grip but the forks are a little too wide and it gets uncomfortable and I go back to hammer. Not sure if the Taurus would be better. I shoot TTF more than OTT but am not wed to either. Any suggestions for my old arthritic hands?
 

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I have arthritis in my hands pretty bad, I shot the Scout XT for a long time. I've found a style of slingshot that is very comfortable for me to shoot, it allows you to grip the slingshot with more of an open hand.
Here is a picture of one that I made, they this a pinch grip. I've found that you don't have to grip it very tight.
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I use a wrist sling as opposed to a wrist lanyard. Basically, a length of paracord with 2 knots to make 2 loops. The wrist sling does not attach to the slingshot. Instead, the first loop goes over your wrist, you put the slingshot in your hand, then the second loop goes on top of the grip and then over your middle or ring finger. The enables a relaxed and confident grip.

The one pictured is a bit fancier, w/ Cobra knots for the wrist loop and sliders (also made from Cobra knots) to adjust the 2 loops.

PM me if you need more instructions or if you would like me to send you one.

Note the sanding marks on my PP Scorpion. Don't be afraid to hand file and sand the grip for a better fit.

A wrist-brace may also help. Lots of options for attaching flat bands to a wire-framed slingshot, including clamps that Bill and Daranda sell at PocketPredator.com.

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It's my Rheumatologist's opinion that we're screwed! LoL . I've been finding ways to keep shooting for years now. It's why all my builds look so strange. My problem is mainly the web of my hand. I could never hammer or pinch grip. I fork support a small 3 1/4" frame. But that's just me.
It's there so don't give up! There are soooo many styles of frames being made. There's a perfect one for you. With each frame consider what would make it better.
 

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I use a wrist sling as opposed to a wrist lanyard. Basically, a length of paracord with 2 knots to make 2 loops. The wrist sling does not attach to the slingshot. Instead, the first loop goes over your wrist, you put the slingshot in your hand, then the second loop goes on top of the grip and then over your middle or ring finger. The enables a relaxed and confident grip.

The one pictured is a bit fancier, w/ Cobra knots for the wrist loop and sliders (also made from Cobra knots) to adjust the 2 loops.

PM me if you need more instructions or if you would like me to send you one.

Note the sanding marks on my PP Scorpion. Don't be afraid to hand file and sand the grip for a better fit.

A wrist-brace may also help. Lots of options for attaching flat bands to a wire-framed slingshot, including clamps that Bill and Daranda sell at PocketPredator.com.

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This looks like a great idea. I might be able to try heavier bands with this. Thanks for the suggestion!
 

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I have the Ott Taurus and also have wrist issues. No arthritis but discomfort with pretty much any other grip. The Taurus is awesome very low Forks to the hand no strain at all. Definitely go for the Taurus or I personally love the D1 from slingshooting.com it is very similar to the Taurus but I don't get the finger slap I get with the Taurus. And with adjustable forks so you can make it whatever size works for you. I also always suggest tubes, 1632 tubes will last for an average of 1500 shots before they need to be replaced. And plenty fast for ¼" steel and even 8 mm if you are 10 meters or less.

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Yup, I just made a movie with the Taurus that shows how you can shoot it open palm when it's connected to my wrist brace... I've got to see if I can uploaded it today after I check the internet speed here. Here's a picture of it and the brace that connects to all of my slings.
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There's a post called "All about Lanyards" on here that will really help you out. The brace makes most slingshots usable open handed.
 

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I've been pondering if I can offer any helpful information here aside from the aforementioned & quality information above.

I have had total systemic R.A. since I was 4 or 5 years old. So I adapt most things without real thought, but sometimes I make a real effort and study out of the process. My hands are small and very stiff, especially the thumbs.

I find that consistent lightweight daily shooting actually helps my hands and general mood to improve. BUT I have a problem- When the hitting is good or my hands are having a "good day" I tend toward "over doing it". Even despite ny experience and my loving wife's advice and glare. Hahaha...

That said here are the features that are good use by numbskull men with a can do attitude and arthritis like myself

1. Light draw weight. (Good news- modern latex specifically made for slinging is fast, so we don't need heavy draw weight to launch ammo for plinking.)

2. Low forks. As low as you can go without fork hits and most importantly without hand slaps or hits.

3. Narrow grip area. I shoot very small frames in the web of my hand. It's not quite a brace grip nor a pinch grip. But it ain't any where near a hammer grip, so if a hammer grip is your preferred way I say get a course file and experiment with some soft wood to find a comfortable fit then look for the slingshot closest to that. My grip to speak plainly it's low down and ugly, but comfortable.

4. 3 finger foregrip. Like a pot bellied flip or the opposite of a palm swell. This swell goes on the target side. It works best if your middle finger can find its place and lock in and act as a pivot point. It feels weird at first, but spreading the force out through the whole hand helps. When you pull back on the forks the knob/ball feels more comfortable than just holding the frame.

The Mini Taurus I got is OTT. I was pleasantly surprised hiw well it fit my hand. I gave/loaned it to a buddy til out spring backpacking trip.

The Scout LT is good, but the fork are a touch high.

And I have few in the making process that may be fit this description. Also any flip can be modified with a wrap or a shaped block of wood w/ glue, epoxy, or just taped on to try.

5. A bent/leaning handle- like on certain natties or the portion of a skate deck. You'll just have to seen the pics.

6. Tapers- Tapers bands seem to help. Anything that'll lower the draw weight and perform.

7. Smaller ammo means lighter bands. Also smaller pouches and ammo really sharpen your release... I think anyway.

Pics of some my go-to frames on bad days.

PS- a big fat handle is always a plus with what I call the Wonky Grip.

I hope this helps,
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Like many of you, my hands hurt with some kinds of sling holds. I shoot TTF mainly, but also some OTT.

As others have said, the PP Taurus is very good and easy on the hands. I have the TTF version and like it too for the narrower forks (about 3.25").

In a previous post I gave some tips about what helps me shoot and avoid thumb injury. There may be something in that post that would help you.

Do your hands hurt?... (Long post...) - General Slingshot Discussion - Slingshot Forum

Hang in there and try different frames. You will soon narrow the list to what works for you.
 

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In a quick and dirty test I wrapped a loop of paracord around my wrist, in front of the handle of the slingshot, and around my middle finger, holding the slingshot snuggly in my hand. Worked pretty well. I have a paracord bracelet too. I'm going to play around with this a little bit. Thanks for the ideas!
 

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In a quick and dirty test I wrapped a loop of paracord around my wrist, in front of the handle of the slingshot, and around my middle finger, holding the slingshot snuggly in my hand. Worked pretty well. I have a paracord bracelet too. I'm going to play around with this a little bit. Thanks for the ideas!
I have some paracord and leather scraps. Sometime tomorrow I am making one of those Wrist Slings.

I think Tobor8man has made a fine simple assistive device for us all.

I may add some magnet for ammo.
 
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