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Good evening everyone. I am a prospective writer, this is my first post and its a weird one.

I am writing a space opera in which the Protagonist is at times not able to use "Conventional deterrents" for a variety of plot related reasons. I wish to have him to use a slingshot in lieu of other projectile throwers (crossbow, bow, blowgun, etc.). I've read that Slingshots are often chosen by "Preppers" and "Guerrillas" for a variety of reasons.

For the sake of keeping things realistic, I wanted to consult the knowledgeable slingshot users on this forum for some ideas about how my character may employ one in creative ways that are still at least plausible.

One of my action scenes is a duel between my non-powered "rogue-like" protagonist and a Wizard, with my protagonist using Obsidian/Vulcanic Glass Marbles, Pepper Balls (irritants encased in sintered Obsidian), and lead slugs jacketed with "magic-resistant substances". In otherwords: Marbles, Pepperballs/Paintballs, and Lead. (Note: This is a non - lethal duel, where each combatant is trying to disable their opponent.) The scene is meant to be crazy awesome, not just crazy...

Please note that I am not trying to ask how to commit acts of violence with a slingshot, I am merely trying to make a novel I am working on more interesting.
 

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Greetings fellow writer and welcome to the forum. This is not a weird post. To the contrary, it is a topic that I have considered in one of my creative writing projects.

just sent you a PM and hope that we can chat.

Looking forward to hearing from you.
 

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I gotcha. I strongly suggest you look up pfsshooter(Darrell Guillory) on youtube.

Also on Facebook look up some videos by Leo Cerna.

Spped shooting and fast draw with slingshots. I will dig up some links later.

Also when searching theninterweba use search words like this
"slingshot/catault" or get weird cars and bikinis.
 

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Greetings fellow writer and welcome to the forum. This is not a weird post. To the contrary, it is a topic that I have considered in one of my creative writing projects.

just sent you a PM and hope that we can chat.

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks, I'll be in contact.

Pretty much the reaction I was expecting... :question:

I gotcha. I strongly suggest you look up pfsshooter(Darrell Guillory) on youtube.

Also on Facebook look up some videos by Leo Cerna.

Spped shooting and fast draw with slingshots. I will dig up some links later.

Also when searching theninterweba use search words like this
"slingshot/catault" or get weird cars and bikinis.
Thank you, I'll look them up.
 

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Pretty much the reaction I was expecting... :question:
Sorry E_Q....I know most of the answers, but quite often I don't understand the questions. ;)
Gotcha, I realize I was kind of vague. I am looking for realistic/plausible ways a person may use a slingshot for self-defense. While I recognize that trying to "nock" a slingshot in a heated brawl is NOT a good idea, what can a person do if they have distance and/or distractions on their side.

My character lives in a Science Fantasy Space Opera setting, but has no special powers of his own (at least not yet). However, because he is a protagonist in a Science Fantasy Space Opera, he will regularly face opposition that does have special powers. His only defenses are technology and trickery.
 

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Look this guy up on U-Tube. He has enough gadgets and trickery to keep you going for seven chapters.
JoergSprave

Look this guy up on U-Tube. He has enough gadgets and trickery to keep you going for seven chapters.
thats i was thinking he has the wildest ideas that work
Thanks. I've seen a video he did on penetrating Ballistic Gelatin with slingshots. That's a part of the reason why I believe a slingshot has the potential to be an effective defensive tool, if used properly and creatively
 

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I gotcha. I strongly suggest you look up pfsshooter(Darrell Guillory) on youtube.

Also on Facebook look up some videos by Leo Cerna.

Spped shooting and fast draw with slingshots. I will dig up some links later.

Also when searching theninterweba use search words like this
"slingshot/catault" or get weird cars and bikinis.
Pfshooter does a lot of demos on quick draw, instinctive aiming, rapid reloading with quite a bit of detail on some subtle points. I could see that spicing up a nonlethal fight scene.
 

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I gotcha. I strongly suggest you look up pfsshooter(Darrell Guillory) on youtube.

Also on Facebook look up some videos by Leo Cerna.

Spped shooting and fast draw with slingshots. I will dig up some links later.

Also when searching theninterweba use search words like this
"slingshot/catault" or get weird cars and bikinis.
Pfshooter does a lot of demos on quick draw, instinctive aiming, rapid reloading with quite a bit of detail on some subtle points. I could see that spicing up a nonlethal fight scene.
Definitely will be referencing such info for my non/less-lethal fights.

Not in any way, shape, or form a "real" slingshot - but a character in the cartoon Star Wars: Rebels uses an energy slingshot. Don't know if that'd be something that would help for inspiration.

Thanks for the heads up. It certainly is an inspiration. It was the Slingshots versatility (namely its ability to use abnormal ammo/anything that fits in the pouch and between the forks...including arrows and darts) that got me thinking about it.

Not in any way, shape, or form a "real" slingshot - but a character in the cartoon Star Wars: Rebels uses an energy slingshot. Don't know if that'd be something that would help for inspiration.

Very cool!
Agreed!
 

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Just some food for thought. You may want to look into bareback shooting for your character, eg. no frame just the pouch and elastic. This would be super concealable and is just as accurate as any other way of shooting. Some times I wear a frame-less set as a bracelet and have yet for anyone to realize what it is. :) Then all the hero needs is some sort of ammo and they are in business.
 
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