Thursday, November 24, 2016

Slinging Slingmoore Style: The Final Episode

This is the whole week's posts and then some to show the entire Slingmoore slinging style.  I have never come across another slinger with my style, just thought I'd throw mine out there.  Recently I got a great tip from a viewer who said that I wasn't straightening my arm on the release.  Man they were right!  I got ~30% more distance when I started doing that... Enjoy the slideshow and keep slinging.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Slinging Slingmoore Style: Episode 4 The Whip

On the second and final swing the speed continues to increase seen here above and below.

The whip is a dramatic increase in velocity that occurs right at the end of the final swing.  The power of slinging comes from this last quarter turn.  Shown below is the crucial whipping moment.    With shorter slings you do the whip on the first time around.  But with longer slings like I prefer you need the speed up of the first rotation to get the velocity to a level that will support the whipping motion.  I love this curved action you get from the stay during the whip.

It's hard to catch the curling of the stays on film.  Shown below, after the release the stays pop and curl up on themselves like chromosomes...or maybe I should have said rubber bands.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Slinging Slingmoore Style: Episode 3 The First Rotation

The only goal of the first rotation is to increase the velocity of the pocket to within just a hair of the actual escape velocity.  Probably the least known thing about slinging is the number of times you need to do this.  The surprising answer is... ONCE!  three times at the very most.  First time slingers love to helicopter the pocket around their head for a full minute before they consider releasing at a target but this is dangerous and it throws off your rhythm.  You only need to go around once and then you're ready for the final swing and release.

Note below how my hand is always a little ahead of the pocket.  It's required by the law... of physics.  You can't push string.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Slinging Slingmoore Style: Episode 2 The Back Toss

To start slinging I like do what I call the back toss.  I throw the pocket backward with the stays passing over my head.  It's an easy way to release from start position and it starts the first swing off with a small initial velocity from the toss.  You have to tighten the stays before you back toss or your projectile will fall out.

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

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sling Making: Step 1: Soaking the Pocket

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Step 1: Soak the Pocket

Soaking the pocket for about ten minutes in room temp water makes the leather supple.  The leather stretches cuts punches rivets and takes shapes much easier.  I submerge it.  Afterward, towel it off dabbing not wiping it.  

soaking the sling pocket
sling pocket soaking in room temp water