Watch: How to Use a Shepherd’s Sling as a Throwing Weapon


Watch: How to Use a Shepherd’s Sling as a Throwing Weapon

Ever since David slew Goliath, the sling has had a certain mystique about it. What’s that you say? You thought he used a slingshot? Well, nope.

The sling is about as simple a throwing tool as you can get; a bit of a pouch with a couple lengths of cordage, for the accurate and powerful throwing of stones as a weapon.

Knowing how to use a sling could be quite useful in a survival situation, as it wouldn’t be too hard to cobble one up using some shoe strings and a boot tongue. The one in this video from BlackScoutSurvival is a bit more exotic, containing snare wire, fishing line, and waxed jute in the paracord.

After a short intro, he discusses some of the variations he’s tried, and notes which ones provided better (or worse) accuracy in his experience.

Afterward, he demonstrates his ability to hit a target 2 out of 3 times.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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