Wingshooter - Longbow Hunter
Roger made up a walnut Longbow Hunter and it's now one of my favorite slingshots. I have been shooting my own flat frames with a straight wrist but the curvy Longbow Hunter frame is definitely an asset. It naturally sits in a straight wrist hold. The fit in my hand is perfect with the contoured handle swell fitting my pinky finger with comfort. The thin Longbow handle allows me to wrap my fingers and lock the frame into my hand.
Here are the details:
Wood = Walnut
Frame length = 5 15/16" as the crow flies, or 6 5/8" when measured around the front curves
Between forks = 2 1/8"
Fork thickness = 1 1/16" wide x 1" thick
Throat = 1 3/4"
Handle width = 15/16" at narrowest
Band fastening = Top Slots
Material = "Tex" brand of Hygenic latex
Thickness = .027" to .028" thick latex
Cut = 1" x 3/4" x 7 1/2" tapered cut
Maker = Rayshot double layer pouch
Measurements = 2 1/2" x 3/4" (at widest)
Velocity = 202 fps with 3/8" steel at 31"-32" draw
Roger was a great guy to deal with. He answered all my questions and provided a finished product that exceeded my expectations. I have made over 30 of my own frames but the Longbow and Recurve Hunters made by Roger are something I doubt I will even attempt. After watching his step-by-step video I realized that the talent is beyong my level. Roger has much experience with the bandsaw and it shows. His wood shaping ability with power sanders is "elite". The frames he makes are perfectly smooth and symmetrical.
The flared and contoured handle base seems to be a bit of a trademark for Wingshooter. It reminds me of a Schnabel tip on a fine rifle stock. The "Schnabel" slingshot handle gives a secure grip and fits the little finger with sweetness.
I didn't find the Longbow difficult to shoot. It's a natural pointing frame that aids in accuracy. I had no trouble hitting a plastic golfball from 27'. All misses were very close and after more than 100 shots I had no wild flyers at all. My only concern was whether my messed up "trigger thumb" was going to allow me to regularly shoot this wonderful frame. Time will tell.
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