Thursday, October 27, 2016

Slinging Slingmoore Style: Episode 1 Tightening the Stays

Everyone slings in their own way.  But here's a brief tutorial on how I do it.  I start by doing a fast load which I'll explain elsewhere.  Then I pull the stays tight and untwisted holding the projectile in the pocket with a my left thumb.  My right hand is gripping the handle and trigger with the trigger thumb pointed down.

Episode 2 The Back Toss

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Throwback Thurs-Stays

Officially called '"toggles," these little beauties are most often
seen as old-fashioned buttons on wool jackets.
I gave up on these stay rods because of the hours it was taking to find and prepare them myself.  At the time I was using oak dowel rods and sanding them by hand was a real time stealer.  Now that I have found a supply of them, they will be reintroduced in a select set of our slings hitting the market summer of 2016.  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Slingmoore gets pinned from Pintrest.

Is it just me or did we just get a shout out from pintrest... Ok so it was a year ago... but still Bean says...the look?!  the feel?! the performance?! Thanks Bean, I have been striving for the best functioning most aesthetically pleasing slings on the market... I am glad that we've achieved it for you.  

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Slingmoore Story

I dug this up from the archives of, a site full of sling resources and wisdom.

In 2008 I finally decided to not buy a sword.  I had been wanting to make buy or find one for most of my life but with two kids and many international moves ahead of me, I decided the only thing that a sword was going to do was take my toe, my child, and/or my money to the hospital or worse.  But the fascination with ancient weapons remained, a fascination not novel among this crew I'm sure.  The main problem with a sword is that, you can't use it.  I want to wield an ancient weapon, not just look at it as it glistens on my wall threatening to cut my toe off.  And so from a source I cannot recall, the sling came to mind.

I figured I could build one pretty easy but gave up after three designs that kept landing walnuts onto my head.  I figured I could just go online and buy one, but of that... a despair.  Absolutely nobody was selling them. was a well spring of information at this point and I eventually came back to the idea of making one.  Ten designs and many pieces of scrap leather later the long-drawed pinched-pocket back-folded sling emerged as my sling of choice.

Little did I know that making one was simple compared to using one.  I actually stood in front of a large building once and missed the building five times, ironically nearly hitting a squirrel that was after the walnuts I was chucking.  But finally my projectiles were shooting in a forward-esque manner and so I figured it would be a gloriously-difficult skill-intensive, up-hill-battle.  

"So..." I says to myself, "if no one else is selling them..."  And thus began  And what started as a way to pay for more leather has become... a way to pay for more leather.   I enjoy slinging and yapping about it.  My current goal is to shoot 80% at 20 paces at a 1 meter diameter target.

And so what began with the dearth of sword has become a glut of slings.  Ironically for all the injuries that I have avoided by not buying a sword, my first shot with a sling hit me in the toe.  Go figure.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sling Making: Step 2: Thread the Stays

Want to watch slingmoore make a sling?  Follow slingmoore to catch each step.

Step 2: Thread the Stays

After punching four holes per side I thread the stays into this pretzel knot.  For each side, one of the cord ends will be used as a handle or trigger, while the other is used to secure a handle or trigger.  The cord to be used for the handle or trigger should be underneath the other in the pretzel cross over.  This ensures maximum strength.  The tightening of this knot is one of slingmoore trade secrets and will not be revealed here, though any knot aficionados will have no trouble figuring it out.

threading the stays into the pocket
threading the stays into the pocket