Reading this post is encouraging.
Y'all can't hear me, only see my type. So bare with me and get your salt grains...
I still see good and helpful people here... and I even see potential for format (i.e., we can load pics, vids, and gifs faster and easier now... it just took me a minute to learn the icons).
All the information and lore is still preserved here. And while the admins are learning what we all want and need... we, the slingers and makers, can organize our posts/competitions ourselves.
I would love to see a more centralized national slingshot shooters organization. I'd join immediately!! Pay my dues and all like that.
I know we can do it. In 2020 I likely stumbled and blundered my way into holding the largest meet/shoot in North America. Haha... mostly because SEST and ECST were canceled.
Back to Steve's question. Why so few?
1. It ain't as easy as aiming a firearm, nor as loud and sensational. For us that's likely a plus.
2. The tinkering and learning process is endless. Again, we love that... most people want a 2 week course.
3. It is true that kids love those point and click video games with friends. We, middle age and up, developed in our youth by being outside and moving around and using our hands.
Not to say that kids won't come to enjoy this sport/ tradition/lifestyle... just that how they learn it will be different. May be smaller bites and indoors, which is fine. I shoot indoors and love it. I love outside better, most days.
4. This is the most accessible and inexpensive and sustainable and shooting sport in the world. It is easy to learn and challengihg to master and comes with baked in variety.
It can be a solo or team event because there are as many games as we can make up.
Just remember to do some door knocking and ask your neighbors if they have a few hours to talk about slingshots.