The Wasp Stinger is a slingshot that I first saw as a novelty item and too short to be a comfortable shooter. However, the first time I wrapped my hand around the frame I had a big smile. The stubby little handle was made with careful attention to contour and detail. It was likely designed as a pocket-shooter but it also makes a great everyday flipper.
The frame is injection molded from some sort of poly material. I'll guess that it's HDPE but I'm not 100% certain. The molding is very good on my example with no flashing on the seams, voids or nubby protrusions anywhere on the frame. The frame is currently available in purple, olive drab and toxic green. My frame is purple although the camera produced a bluish tone in the pics.
My accuracy with the Stinger from 20 yards was not hindered at all by the frame size. The fork width is approximately the same as I have been shooting on many other frames and I find the gap very comfortable. The difference comes with the handle. As described on the Wasp web site, I found that wrapping the middle finger around the small handle waist was the right way to hold this shooter. The side of the chubby round handle base sits in my palm for my bottom two fingers to secure with a loose hold. The mild swell at the front of the handle helps keep the middle finger in place. Surprisingly, I did not find myself adjusting my grip or struggling for comfort. The only thing that is missing is a method to fasten a lanyard.
Although there is no lanyard hole or protruding loop there are some options for those who must have this safety option. A removable waist lanyard is one idea. Paracord or a leather lace can easily be secured around the narrow waist. Another option might be to drill a small hole in the bottom of the handle for an eyelet. I have also seen cross bored holes through handle bottoms.
The second thing that some shooters might like is a thick palm swell. I did tape on a ½" swell to try out but didn't notice much difference. The back of the handle floats from my palm when shooting so more thickness would be needed for contact. At that point you lose the pocketability to some extent. Securing a thick palm swell (i.e. amp foot) is still an option for those who prefer the stabilizing benefit. Unfortunately the Wasp logo would be damaged by drilling through the round palm area to secure a thick swell.
The Precise Apple Green was the first band that I tested on the Stinger. My first shot was a hit on a pop can from 20 yards. The accuracy was on par with my favorite frames and to my surprise I had no wild flyers. Next I fastened some heavier Precise Yellows and was again pleasantly surprised with good accuracy and no complaints about the handle twisting or feeling unstable or risky.
Overall length = 99 mm (3.90")
Width across forks = 86 mm (3.39")
Fork gap = 38 mm (1.50")
Fork width = 24 mm (0.95")
Total weight = 70 g (2.47 oz) with bands
Bands = Precise Apple Green 0.40mm
Band cut = 11/16" x 1/2" x 8"
Ammo = ¼" steel
Draw length = 32"
Speed = 230 fps
Bands = Precise Yellow 0.55mm
Band cut = 13/16" x 5/8" x 7 1/8"
Ammo = 5/16" steel
Draw length = 32"
Speed = 233 fps
I'll likely keep the Wasp Stinger as a ¼" steel pocket-shooter but it's still nice to be able to power up the bands and still retain accuracy and comfort. This definitely is a frame that comes with a nice surprise.
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