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The Banshee Bow and Arrow Review: A Great Fit for Beginners

Archery is a fantastic sport that can help kids improve their athleticism, concentration, and depth awareness. Whether you are practicing archery to hunt, or to shoot at targets, archery gets you out in the fresh air to practice a physical activity and develop real-life relationships. In an era where it’s nearly impossible to get children to put aside their phones or computer games, archery is a terrific way to help young kids realize that many wonders exist in that middle distance between themselves and the horizon. In this Banshee bow and arrow review, we’ll look at a starter kit for children interested in the great sport of archery.

Banshee Bow and Arrow Review

Banshee provides an economical bow and arrow set that offers a great introduction to archery. Our Banshee bow and arrow review found that the set consists of a compound bow with two arrows. A compound bow is a bow that uses a very rigid shaft in combination with a pulley or cam system to increase the velocity of the arrows when compared to a recurve bow. Compound bows are a great example of American ingenuity. Invented by Holless Wilbur Allen in the 1960s, the compound bow has revolutionized the sport of archery.

Product Specs

Our Banshee bow and arrow review found that the product measures 39 by 10 by 2 inches and weighs 2.20 pounds. The bow features an ambidextrous grip and a draw length of 24 to 26 inches. The bow is primarily black with a yellow grip, and the arrows have yellow fletching to make them easier to spot during retrieval. The bow has 25 pounds of draw weight which is sufficient to hit a target at a distance of 60 or 70 yards.

A 25 pound draw weight is not ideal for hunting, but be advised that the arrows leave the bow with enough velocity to be considered highly dangerous. This bow is not a toy and should be used with respect and under adult supervision.

How It Compares

For our Banshee bow and arrow review, we selected a few youth bow sets available on the market and compared their features, performance, and accessories to those of the Banshee. We evaluated the bows on their ease of use, design quality, accessories, and warranty. We also provided notes on the bows draw, release, and let off. The other youth bow sets we tested were:

  • Bear Archery Brave Bow Set

  • Genesis Original Kit

  • Southland Archery Supply SAS Spirit

Banshee Bow and Arrow

Barnett Banshee Junior Archery Set

Barnett Banshee Junior Archery Set
  • High-quality archery set with compound bow for beginning, youth archers from Barnett Crossbows
  • 25 pounds of draw with an 24 to 26-inch draw length
  • Bow features an ambidextrous reinforced handle and soft-touch grip for excellent handling

Ease of Use

During our Banshee bow and arrow review, we found this product to be a simple and effective beginner’s compound bow. Although the grip is designed to be ambidextrous, the strings come aligned for right-handed use. If you want to use this bow left handed, you have to change the strings to a left-handed configuration. The process is easy enough, but it’s impractical to pass this bow back and forth from right- and left-handed people. There is a nice let off as you draw back the arrow which allows children to aim in comfort.

Design Quality

The bow features a split limb design. Always remember that it’s dangerous to dry fire a compound bow as the limbs are under extreme tension and a dry fire could cause the bow to break. Our Banshee bow and arrow review found that that the bow draws with a smooth action with a nice let off and a good release. This is a terrific bow to select as an introduction to archery.

What’s Included

The purchase includes a bow and two arrows. There are also placement slots for the arrows on the bow wire. This is a minimal set designed to get you started.


The bow comes with a 90-day limited warranty. Note that you will void the warranty if you admit to causing damage by dry firing the bow.

Bear Archery Brave Bow Set

Bear Archery Brave Youth Bow – Black

Bear Archery Brave Youth Bow – Black
  • 26” axle-to-axle introductory bow comes ready to shoot with two Safetyglass arrows
  • Set also includes Whisker Biscuit, 1-pin sight, finger rollers, armguard, and arrow quiver
  • Whisker Biscuit is the safest rest in archery industry and a $40 value.Care-hand wash

The Bear Archery Brave Bow set features a youth compound bow with more of a parallel, split limb design. The bow measures 27 by 11 by 3 inches and weighs about 3 pounds. The draw weight varies between 15 and 25 pounds depending on how far the string is drawn back. The bow features a 65% draw let off that makes for a very comfortable hold weight. The set includes two Safetyglass arrows, a 1-pin sight, quiver, and armguard. This bow is designed for right-handed use only. This bow is available in six different color options, and the package even includes a temporary tattoo.

Ease of Use

The Bear compound bow is very easy to operate, and the draw let off allows for easy aiming and smooth release. The armguard is a nice addition for a beginner’s set. The 1-pin sight lets children learn how to aim. Adding a sight is a good feature, but the sight also adds complexity that might confuse a beginner.

Design Quality

The parallel split limbs make this bow very compact and powerful. Unfortunately this is a right hand only bow.

What’s Included

This set includes everything you need except a target. There is a bow, two arrows, 1-pin sight, finger rollers, armguard, quiver, and a whisker biscuit. A whisker biscuit is a device mounted on the bow that the arrow passes through when released. The whisker biscuit helps ensure the arrow is properly oriented and flies correctly, which is a great accessory for beginners.


The bow comes with a 90-day limited warranty.

Genesis Original Kit

Genesis Kit - RH Red

Genesis Kit - RH Red
  • Official bow of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).
  • Great starter bow for archers of all ages, sizes and athletic abilities. With no specific draw length requirement, kids...
  • Includes a machined 6061-T6 aluminum riser, aluminum cam and idler wheel, sturdy composite limbs and high-strength...

The Genesis is a simple and attractive bow that is available in both a left-handed and a right-handed option. The bow is available in twelve different colors. The Genesis is the official bow of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). The bow features a machined 6061-T6 aluminum riser and a cam and idler wheel construction. The Genesis has an unlimited draw length so your child will not outgrow it. The draw weight goes from 10 to 20 pounds. The limbs are composite with a split limb design. The Genesis is made in the USA.

Ease of Use

This is a very nice, durable bow that comes ready to shoot right out of the box with no necessary adjustments. The draw action is easy, and the release is smooth with no recoil, noise or vibrations. However, although this is a compound bow it is designed to not have any let off, so the hold weight is the maximum draw weight.

Design Quality

Although this is a youth bow, the aluminum riser is the quality of what you’d find on adult equipment. This bow is lightweight, strong, and built to last. The unlimited draw length is a great feature for anyone with young children because it means your children cannot outgrow this bow. The maximum 20 pound draw weight is sufficient for target shooting. This is a high-quality, intuitive bow that is easy to use and maintain.

What’s Included

The set includes the bow, belt tube quiver, adjustable arm guard, five aluminum arrows, 3/16 inch hex wrench, and an owner’s manual.


The Genesis comes with a non-transferable one-year warranty for the original owner.

Southland Archery Supply SAS Spirit

Southland Archery Supply SAS Spirit 62' Beginner Youth Recurve Wooden...

The Southland Archery Supply SAS Spirit 62 inch bow is an attractive recurve bow. A recurve is easier to maintain than a compound bow, but it doesn’t have the advantages of draw let off which is found on most compound bows. This bow has a wooden riser and fiberglass limbs. The riser is made from chuglam, gmelina, arborea, and beech wood with a laminated finish. This bow is recommended for shooters taller than 5 feet 4 inches and is right handed only. This is a complete set that includes everything you need to take the bow out of the box and begin shooting.

Ease of Use

Choosing a recurve bow over a compound bow is like choosing a vinyl record over a compact disc. Some people prefer the feel and release of a recurve to a compound, but the arrow velocity will be slower. There is no let off, so the hold weight is the same as the maximum draw weight. The limbs are more flexible than you find on a compound, so the bow will be less efficient. You will also have to learn how to string this bow before shooting. The set includes a bow stringer as part of the purchase.

Design Quality

This bow comes with a draw weight of 16-34 pounds, the draw weight increases the further you pull back the arrow. You can also order heavier limbs to increase the draw weight. This is a nice recurve bow, with a simple design. A recurve does not have the technological advantages of a compound bow.

What’s Included

The kit includes a 62 inch spirit bow, a very nice recurve bow bag, two stick on arrow rests, one finger tab, an arm guard, string, bow stringer, and a paper target.


The Southland Archery Supply Spirit 62 inch bow is covered by a three-year warranty from the manufacturer.


Archery is a lifetime sport that is less dangerous than shooting and can serve as a fun activity to help parents and children to spend valuable time together. In an era where more and more children are sedentary and glued to their screens all day, archery can be a great motivator to get kids outside and perform a physical activity. Archery is a great sport that takes only a moment to learn but requires a lifetime to master. Any of the youth bow sets we examined for our Banshee bow and arrow review would be a good choice for getting a child started with archery.


The Genesis was the most expensive set that we tested for our review. Although the Genesis is a very well-constructed bow, it might represent too much of an investment for a child who is interested in archery but has not yet committed to practicing the sport. The Genesis features a long-lasting, durable construction and an unlimited draw length that ensures the child will be able to use the bow for a long time. However, the lack of let off is not ideal for a beginner. The Genesis will probably be the second or third bow you buy once your child shows that he or she really loves archery.


The Southland Archery Supply Spirit 62 inch recurve bow is an interesting option. The recurve represents another age of archery, and some youth archery enthusiasts might be interested in shooting with this historically relevant design. Although it’s not as expensive as the Genesis, the Spirit 62 inch is also an expensive bow.

The Banshee

Our Banshee Bow and arrow review found that the Banshee is a very economical compound bow. The starter kit does not include any accessories, which allows the manufacturer to offer a purchase that is less than half of any other youth kit we tested. The Banshee is a high performing bow, and it represents a great opportunity to let your child experiment with archery at an affordable budget to you. The Banshee has an ambidextrous grip and can be strung to accommodate left-handed shooters. If you’re looking for a fun, versatile, and economical youth bow, the Banshee is a fantastic choice.

How to Make a Laser – Assisted Blowgun An Effective Weapon and Hunting Tool

It is hard to track when and where blowguns actually originated but historians believe that it was already used by primitive tribes during the old times to hunt small animals and to protect themselves from bigger wild animals. It is a good weapon for hunting small games like birds and rabbits because it is silent and will not alert your target. Many types of blowguns can be purchased in the market but you can also make your own for a cheaper price. You can even make a laser-assisted one which gives both power and accuracy. Making your own laser-assisted blowgun is quite easy and the materials you will need can be found in your household. Do you want to try and make your own laser-assisted blowgun? Let me help you with that. In this article I have made easy step by step instructions on how to make a laser-assisted blowgun. But before we proceed let us first know some basics.

What is a laser-assisted blowgun?

A blowgun is a simple ranged weapon which consists of a pipe and a projectile like darts, seeds, or pellets. It works by putting the projectile inside the pipe and blowing into it. How powerful your blowgun can be will depend on the strength of your respiratory muscles and the vital capacity of your lungs. For the laser-assisted blowgun, you will just need to attach a laser into your pipe that will point to your target so that you will fire with more accuracy.What is a laser-assisted blowgun?

How to Make a Laser - Assisted Blowgun

The basic parts of a laser-assisted blowgun

Knowing the basic parts of your blowgun will make it easier for you to understand how to make a laser-assisted blowgun. Here are the parts and some simple descriptions.


How to Make a Laser - Assisted Blowgun

This is the main body of your blowgun where your projectile will go into and out. In the ancient times, it is usually made of bamboo, wood, or cane but now, you can also make it using a PVC pipe. When using bamboo or cane, the wood is heated and carefully bent to straighten them while for the woods which are not hollow inside, they are cut in half, carved a hole inside, and then put back together. Blowgun pipes’ length may vary but longer ones tend to propel your projectile faster.


How to Make a Laser - Assisted Blowgun

This is your blowgun’s “ammunition”. It can be darts, seeds, pellets, or other materials depending on what you will use it for. Smaller darts tend to propel faster and are easier to shoot while longer ones tend to penetrate deeper and do more damage.



This serves as the pointer of your blowgun which will help you in shooting your target with accuracy. For the laser that you will use in making your laser-assisted blowgun, you can purchase one from an office supplies store. You may also use one with a flashlight so that you can also use it in the dark.



This is where you will keep your blowgun’s projectile. It is attached to your pipe so that it can be easily accessed.

How to make a laser-assisted blowgun?

Before we proceed on the steps on how to make a laser-assisted blowgun, here are some materials that you may need:

• PVC pipe/bamboo/cane/any straight, hollow wood

• Laser pointer

• Nails

• Glue gun

• Screw

• Scissors

• Saw

• Party hat or any cone

• Electric tape

• Duct tapes with designs

Foam pipe insulation

• Paper

• Reducing coupling

Step 1. Prepare the pipe

Prepare the pipe

Take a PVC pipe with a half inch diameter and cut it to a length that is comfortable for you to carry. Make sure that it is not too long that it will bend because this will affect the route and trajectory of your projectile. Next, get a reducing coupling with a smaller side that is fit to your pipe and attach it to your pipe. Tighten the attachment to secure it down by hammering it down. this will serve as the “mouthpiece” of your blowgun. For a great finish, you may design your pipe by using a decorative duct tape. Just cut a length the same as your pipe, lay the non-sticky side on the table, then place your pipe into the sticky side of the tape and roll the pipe into the tape. Secure the tape by pressing them with your fingers. You may also use paint to design your pipe.

Step 2. Make the darts

Make the darts

For the darts, you may use a party hat or any cone as a shape-reference. Wrap the paper in the party hat making a cone shape and secure it with tape. Cut the cone into a size that will fit into your pipe. Next, insert a nail or a screw through your cone. For the nail, the head must be inside the cone while for the screw, it should be outside since its purpose is for glass breaking. Also, you may use long or short nails depending on your purpose. Secure the nail or screw in the paper cone by applying glue inside using a glue gun. You now have two different types of darts.

Step 3. Create the quiver

For your quiver, you may use a foam pipe insulation that fits your pipe. Cut the foam crosswise to around three fourth of an inch thick. Make two of these doughnut-shaped rings. Next cover the outside part with electric tape to add to its durability. Bore holes on one of the rings using a hot nail. It’s up to you how many holes you want to make. Just make sure that there is enough space between them so that the foam will be able to hold the darts when they are placed.

Create the quiver

Step 4. Attach the quiver

Attach the quiver

Attach the quiver by inserting the two rings into the pipe. Place them a bit more inclined to the side of your mouthpiece and make sure that the one with holes is on top of the other ring in reference to your mouthpiece. Place them around half of an inch away from each other. Lastly, put your darts in your quiver by inserting them into the hole and pinning them into the foam below to secure.

Step 5. Attach the laser

Attach the laser

Using a hot glue, attach the laser on top of your pipe placing it slightly closer to the opposite end of the mouthpiece. Make sure that the laser is pointing away from the mouthpiece and it is aligned well with your pipe to ensure accuracy. Next, fasten the laser with plastic zips to make sure that it is steady. You may also use electric tape but remember not to cover the switch. Also take into consideration that your laser may ran out of battery after some time so attach it in such a way that you can easily change its battery.


A blowgun can be a good and effective instrument for hunting small game animals and attaching a laser to it is a good way to greatly improve its accuracy. Although blowguns can easily be purchased in the market, it can also be a good decision to make your own because it is cheaper and it is just very easy to make. To add to that, looking at your own piece of work can be very rewarding especially if it is well-made. So why not try? In this article, I have written steps on how to make a laser-assisted blowgun to guide you. I hope this helps!

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How to Make a Crossbow from Scratch

One of the weapons that you can use for hunting is a crossbow. It is a very good weapon especially for novice hunters since it is fairly easy to use and does not require much upper strength. However, accuracy, efficiency and practice are still needed to put a crossbow in its best use. One good thing about a crossbow is that it is inexpensive and is easy to make. So, if you are someone who wants to make his own crossbow just for the fun and satisfaction of it, or if you happen to be in the wild, and for whatever reason, you have no weapon in you that you can use in hunting for food then this article will be very helpful for you. Here are very easy steps on how to make a crossbow from scratch. In this article we are going to make a simple crossbow from readily available materials. But before we proceed to that, let’s have a short discussion of some things that you need to know first.

Basic Elements of a Crossbow

The Bow

The bow is basically composed of the limbs and the string. The limbs are the arms of a crossbow. They are the flexible curved shaped part of the crossbow which is attached to the stock and is where the potential energy of the crossbow is stored. This determines the force that the arrow will have when it is fired. There are different designs and materials that can be used in making crossbow limbs which vary from every manufacturer. For the design, there are two types which are the compound crossbow and the recurve crossbow. The former has much stiffer limbs than the latter and the latter has limbs where the tips flare away from the archer. For the materials, manufacturers usually use fiberglass because of its strength and flexibility while others use steel. However, since what we aim in this article is how to make a crossbow from scratch using readily available materials, we would consider using wood or PVC pipe.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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The string is what holds and launches the arrow. It is attached to both ends of the limbs and connects the limbs together. This transfers the kinetic energy from the bow to the arrow. Strings should have high strength and low creep or stretch. Materials usually used for strings are high modulus polyethylene, polyester, synthetic fibre, or a spun fibre of liquid crystal polymer.

The Stock

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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The stock is where the bow and all other components of the crossbow are attached. It allows the shooter to easily hold or shoulder the crossbow in order for him to take a good aim. A good stock should ergonomically have good positioning and allows the shooter to have a good grip. Materials usually used for stock are wood, molded synthetic plastic, or other composite plastic materials.

The Trigger

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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The trigger is housed into the stock. It is responsible for firing your arrow. The trigger retains the string when the crossbow is cocked and releases it when the trigger is pulled. It works like pulling the trigger of a rifle, but it is quite different since it holds back much more weight due to the string’s tension. A good trigger must be crisp and clean when pulled. Also, it should hold the string well in place to avoid accidental release of the arrow. Many triggers, however, are accompanied by a safety mechanism.

The Bolt

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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The bolt serves as the arrow of the crossbow. It must be compatible with the crossbow in size and must not me too heavy or too light to have a good shot. Also having a notch and fletching on the butt of the bolt helps for a better flight.

How to Make a Crossbow from Scratch

Before we proceed on the steps on how to make a crossbow from scratch, here are some materials that you may need:

1. Knife

2. String or Rope

3. PVC Pipe or Bamboo

4. Wood

5. Saw

6. Measuring Tape

7. Chisel

8. Drill

9. Wood Rasp

10. Sandpaper

11. Wood Glue

Step 1. Prepare all the materials that you will need

If you happen to be in the wild and wish to build a crossbow for survival, it is enough that you have a good knife and a rope. The next thing that you need to do is to search for a wood that can be used to make the crossbow. The wood must be both strong and flexible. A good wood material that you may try to find is bamboo. If you are not familiar with it, it is a green woody grass that grows as high as 40 meters. They are green, tree-like in appearance, have narrow leaves, and have hollow jointed stems. Choose the ones with a stem diameter of about an inch or two and cut three stems which are around 1 meter long each. If you do not have a string with you, you will also need to look for fibrous plants that you may use to make one. Examples are the leaves of Cattail, Yucca, Agave, and Douglas Iris, the bark of Willow, Maple, Basswood, and Cedar, and the bast of Dogbane, Milkweed, Nettles, Hemp, and Flax.

If you are going to build the crossbow at home, you can make a crossbow from wood plank and PVC pipe which will require more materials to use. Prepare all the materials listed above except for the bamboo.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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Step 2. Construct the limb

If you are going to build the crossbow in the wild, you are going to use a bamboo stem. Get a bamboo stem which measures around 1 meter and cut it in half lengthwise. Smooth the inner part of the wood using your knife. Afterwards, bend the wood such that the inner part of the arc is the outer (green) part of the wood. You may use your knees to help bend it easier but make sure that you don’t put too much stress on the wood more than it can handle so that it wouldn’t break. Create two grooves opposite to each other around one inch from the end of the limb. Do this in both ends. This is where you will attach the string later.

If you are going to build it at home, cut a 38-inch PVC pipe with one inch diameter. Measure 1 inch from inch end and drill a hole through the PVC pipe. This is where your string will be attached later.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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Step 3. Make the stock

For the bamboo crossbow you’re making in the wild, get a bamboo stem which is around one meter and make a hole around 1.5 inches from the end of the stem. The hole must go through the stem and it must be big enough to fit the limb that we have made earlier. One good way to make this hole is to make two slanted cuts that form a “V” on the opposite sides of the stem. Also, make a square hole through the center of the stock which is big enough to house your trigger.

If you are at home, you may use a wood plank for the stock. Any decent hardwood will be fine. Get a wood plank of around 2 inches wide, 2 inches tall, and 38 inches long. Hold it as if you are holding a crossbow and mark the area where it would be comfortable for you to place the trigger. In this area make an rectangular hole which is around 3 inches long and a ¾ of an inch wide using your drill and chisel, and wood rasp. Smooth the surface with sand paper. Next, find the center of the stock and make a channel of around ¼ inch deep from the front end of the stock to the hole that we just made for the trigger. The channel should be wide enough such that the arrow can comfortably sit on it without being restrained when fired. Also, drill another hole around an inch away from the front end of your stock. The hole must fit the size of your PVC pipe limb well. You can also create a grip for your crossbow by attaching a plank of wood with a comfortable size at the back end of your stock using wood glue.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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Step 4. Make the trigger

For the bamboo crossbow you’re making in the wild, carve a piece of wood into a “T” shape wherein the horizontal part is around 1 inch long and the vertical part is around 2 inches. The horizontal part must be thicker so it can retain the string and the vertical one must be thick enough to hold the pressure of the string.

If you’re making it at home, you can use a small piece of wood plank to make the trigger. Using a saw cut an “L” shape from it of around 1 inch wide and slightly less than ¾ of an inch thick. The height of the “L” must be around 3-4 inches. After that, make a channel of around 1/8 inch at the center traversing the width of the outside part of the base of the “L”. Then, drill a hole near the intersection of the “L” where you will insert the screw to attach the trigger to the stock.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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Step 5. Construct the bolt

For making the bolt in the wild, you can also use the bamboo by cutting a thin piece of the wood, around 1/3 of an inch wide and sharpen one end to a point. Then, smooth the arrow all around and put a notch at the other end. You can also put feathers (if you are able to find some in the wild) to the notched end to improve arrow flight.

In making the bolt at home, you can use dowel. The length should be longer than the distance from the trigger to the front end of the bow. Sharpen the other end of the dowel and put a notch on the other end. Lastly, glue feathers opposite each other on the notched end.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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Step 6. Assemble the parts

For the bamboo crossbow, insert the limb onto the front hole we made earlier making sure that it is centered and it is secured well. Next, tie the string at both ends of the limb where you make the grooves and secure them well. The limb must be slightly bent when the string is attached. Then, place the trigger on the square hole and pull the string and slip it onto the trigger. Make sure it is retained well to avoid accidental slip. Lastly, place the butt of the arrow onto the string. Our crossbow is now ready for firing.

If you don’t have an available string, you can make it using the fibrous plants that you have collected earlier by twisting them together.

For the PVC pipe and wood crossbow, insert the PVC pipe on the hole we made at the front of the stock making sure that it is centered and secured well. Next, tie the string on both ends of the limb where we made a hole and secure it well. The limb must be slightly bent. After that, place the trigger on the rectangular hole in the stock and screw them together making sure that it is loose enough to be pulled. Next, pull the string onto the trigger and slip it on the groove of the trigger. Lastly, place the butt of the arrow on the string. The arrow must fit the channel of your crossbow without being restrained. Our crossbow is ready for firing.

How to make a crossbow from scratch

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Having knowledge on how to build a crossbow from scratch will be a great help for us hunters who may face unexpected circumstances in the wild. A crossbow is a good tool for you to hunt possible source of food in the wild, and you can also use it to protect yourself from predators. Also, if you want a crossbow but can’t afford one or find it too expensive to buy one, you can just build one yourself. It not only helps you save money, it also gives you a feeling of satisfaction of being able to make your own crossbow. I hope this article helped you with that.

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What You Need to Know About the Types of Bows for Hunting

Hunting is a continuous learning process, just like any other aspect in life. After you master one skill in hunting, you must move on to another skill and master that as well. In this way, you are maximizing the time that you have as an able-bodied hunter while learning as many skills as you can. If you’re a hunter who wants to try out the joys of bow hunting, this article can tell you all about the different types of bows for hunting.

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Learn How to Aim a Slingshot with This Quick Article

When you think slingshot, then you probably remember all the good old days of your childhood when you used to use the slingshot to hit cans or birds. Although it seems like a childish thing, a slingshot is also a useful hunting weapon. Now, you probably weren’t expecting that, were you? Well, maybe it’s time to lay down the hunting rifle or bow for now and try your hand at a classic slingshot. In this article, I’m going to teach you how to aim a slingshot.

What Is a Slingshot?

 A slingshot is a useful hunting and survival weapon. Basically, it’s a wooden piece in the shape of a fork where an elastic band is attached. With this elastic band, you can use it to propel a marble or stone at your target.

It shoots the stone in a projectile motion, and if you’re going for longer distances of targets, you may need more knowledge on how to aim it properly.

What Type of Slingshot to Get

There are a lot of commercially available slingshots at hunting shops. You can find different types of frames and elastics, as well as different kinds of slingshot ammo. If you’re going to ask me which type of slingshot to get, then I will find it difficult to tell you which the best one is.

It all depends on your preference. However, I can provide a general description of the type of slingshot I recommend. You might want to get one that has a sturdy frame, yet is ergonomic so your hand won’t feel too tired. Moreover, a slingshot with a strap can help ease the hand fatigue.

A good elastic will also help you get a good pull weight. You want to get a high quality slingshot with this type of elastic in order to maximize your potential with the slingshot.

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How to Aim a Slingshot

Using a slingshot may have seemed pretty easy if you’ve experienced it back in the day. It’s essentially a small catapult that allows you to shoot objects in the air. Now, using your slingshot for something other than shooting cans off a fence may need more than just amateur aiming.

For this article, we are going to learn how to aim a slingshot like a pro so in no time, you can use the slingshot to hunt.

Get the feel of your slingshot

Once you’ve got your new slingshot, it probably won’t feel familiar in your hand at first. Thus, the first thing you have to do is get the feel of your slingshot. To do this, hold the slingshot in your hand and learn how to hold it properly.

If you’ve gotten an ergonomic slingshot that has a hand mold, then it’s much better. You can probably get the feel of the slingshot much better and get acquainted with it quicker.

You should also practice extending the elastic and see how far it will go. Chances are, your elastic needs to be broken in so that it will perform to its utmost when you start practicing.

Set up your targets and goals

After you have your hands acquainted with your slingshot, you can start setting up your goals. What distance do you aim for? It’s best if you start with short distances before moving on to longer ones, especially if you’re a little rusty. And if you haven’t used a slingshot in a long time, you’re probably going to start with short distances first.

Once you’ve set your short-term goals and long-term goals, you can choose your targets. Still targets are the best ones you can practice with in the beginning. Maybe go through the recycling and use a few cans as your targets?

After you’ve chosen your targets, set them at the appropriate distance congruent to your goals. When you get better and better as time passes by, you can start going for long distances and even moving targets.

Load up your slingshot ammo

The first step you’re going to have to do is load up your slingshot ammo onto the elastic’s pouch. It’s imperative that you place the ammo, which can be a small pebble, marble, or metal ball, at the center of the pouch.

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Hold your slingshot

To aim, hold your slingshot at arm’s length towards the target. Then, place your thumb and index finger on the pouch of the elastic. Hold it firmly and pull back the elastic until the pouch reaches your cheek.

Aim your slingshot at the target

Aiming the slingshot can be more difficult for first timers since it doesn’t have a sight or crosshairs. However, you can get the hang of aiming the slingshot if you always envision the target to be in the middle of the fork.

You should also remember to not misalign the pouch since the ammo needs to fly straight. Moreover, you should also learn how to estimate the angle of your slingshot relative to the distance of your target.

You need to be consistent with your angles so you will learn properly. Here’s a diagram on how to do just that:

Release your slingshot

The release is also important in shooting a slingshot, as in how to shoot a compound bow. You need to release the ammo without moving the hand that’s holding the slingshot. If you do, your aim will be misaligned at the last second.

Practice, practice, practice

You’re not going to get better if you don’t practice. As always, practice will help you aim better and estimate your angles better. Other than that, practice will let you move onto longer distances. As I’ve said before, once you’ve got the shorter distances done, you can move on to longer distances.

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The slingshot is a very simple and useful weapon that can be used for hunting and survival. It’s relatively cheap and easy to maintain, and once you’ve gotten the hang of using it, it can serve as a good weapon for you. Other than that, it holds a lot of nostalgia, doesn’t it?

In this article, we’ve discussed how to aim a slingshot, which is a pretty fundamental part of using the slingshot. The aim is everything. And your aim is not going to get better if you don’t work on it constantly. But let me tell you, once you’ve got the slingshot mastered, the skill is going to prove itself useful over time.

I hope this article shed light on the dying art of slingshot shooting, and I hope you’ve learned a lot. If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the section below. Don’t forget to also share this with your friends who might be interested. Thanks for reading!


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