Survival Slingshots

Your guide will lead a DIY course on how to build a slingshot frame from a natural tree fork, and then a custom bandset using natural rubber flat bands and a scrap of leather. The result is a custom-built survival slingshot, capable of providing fun and challenge, or improved for use as a hunting tool in a wilderness survival situation.

How It Works:

You can either meet us at our location, or we can travel to a wooded area near you - from backyard tree lines, to community parks - anywhere that has access to trees and bushes. Your guide will take you through the steps for building a slingshot and then teach you how to shoot clay ball ammunition on a portable slingshot practice range!

  • Slingshot Safety and Use
  • Building the Catapult Frame
  • Building the Slingshot Bands and Pouch
  • Attaching the Bands to the Frame
  • Types of Ammunition
  • Slingshot Target Practice on the Range

Building the Frame

We'll select a natural fork tree branch that fits nicely in the hand, and then shape it into the perfect slingshot catapult frame using a knife and sandpaper.
Building a Survival Slingshot from a natural fork tree branch.

Banding the Slingshot

We'll use either regular latex flat bands (size 107) that can be found at an office supply store, or custom cut latex that can be tapered for increased power. Then we'll fashion a "pouch" out of either duct tape (simple but rough) or leather (more difficult but refined) and use a special jig to help attach the elastics onto pouch and the bandset onto the slingshot frame.
Banding the survival slingshot with rubber bands and a duct tape pouch.

Slingshot Range

Once the slingshot is complete, we'll head over to the firing range to learn how to safely load, aim and fire your survival slingshot using a variety of eco-friendly forms of ammunition - from beans (inexpensive but less accurate) to clay ball ammunition (expensive but extremely accurate).

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