First of a few videos by Pigman from www.pigmantv.com
One of the perks of writing in the outdoor industry is you get to try out really cool stuff. Survival Slingshot definitely fits in the “cool stuff” category and I could not wait to get my hands on it. From the time you open the box you realize this slingshot is more than just “cool stuff.” I served in the Army for eight years, and everything about this “slingshot” is military grade. After handling it for a bit, I knew I needed to learn more about this company named Survival Slingshot and how they make this thing. It turns out the Survival Slingshot was invented by an aerospace engineer using 3D CAD software and 3D printers. His design was inspired by the AR-15, which explains the over the top spec’s used to build the Survival Slingshot.
Even the directions to put the slingshot together are over the top. Plainly written, easy to read, with color pictures, who does that? The slingshot I would use came with the slingshot, ammo, survival kit, compass, flashlight attachment, laser pointer attachment, and a Whisker Biscuit attachment. The survival kit is a Rambo-like bag with fish hooks, line, sinkers, and safety pins all stored in the handle with a built in compass. Even if you don’t use the directions, the assembly is quick and easy. There are several configurations you can use; if you just want a slingshot you can have that in seconds. There are also add-ons to that like a laser pointer with windage and elevation adjustments. There is also a flashlight attachment which has three settings; two for brightness and a strobe setting. All that together adds up to a killer slingshot complete with compass, ball bearing ammo, survival kit, laser pointer, and attached flashlight! The next configuration I wanted to try was to add the Whisker Biscuit arrow rest and shoot a frigging arrow with a slingshot! Again I say, who does this? Awesome!
Figure 1: Survival Slingshot Reporting for Duty
To test the Survival Slingshot with ball bearing ammo, I used a Hips Archery Herd Bull target. It stops my 60 pound pull Hoyt Nitrum with Easton Injexion arrows with about 6 to 8-inch penetration at 20 yards. I wanted to see what the Survival Slingshot could do on a premium archery target. The slingshot configuration would consist of slingshot with the survival kit, laser pointer, and flashlight. My first shot was from 10 yards. With the laser pointer dead center of the Hips target, I pulled straight back keeping the laser pointer on target and let loose. My first shot hit high right, but jeez the penetration! The ball bearing buried 3 inches into the target. For someone who doesn’t know how to shoot Rambo’s slingshot, I was impressed. I took more shots adjusting the laser pointer and learning how to properly shoot the slingshot. It only takes a few shots and you are accurate, but it’s fun to keep tweaking. Keep in mind if you zero your laser pointer at 10 yards, you will have to compensate as you increase your distance. Beware: shooting this is addictive. Make sure your buddies bring their own ammo!
Figure 2: Author Shooting Ball Bearing and 3 Inch Puncture
Next, I added the Whisker Biscuit assembly to the handle. Assembly was quick and easy; I was shocked they use actual scope mounts as rails to install the additional add-ons like flashlights, laser pointers, and arrow rests. There is even a different yoke you can add that has a bow string instead of the slingshot tubes. The bow string yoke actually has a string loop so you can use an arrow release. Survival Slingshot even has a bow fishing rig on their website now. Perfect for when you can see the fish, but they just won’t bite! My test used a Whisker Biscuit arrow rest and the sling shot tubes used for a ball bearing as a bow string. It is harder to seat the arrow in the tubes/leather strip than a ball bearing, but I easily hit the target at 10 yards from the start. I was actually more accurate with the arrow than the ball bearing. With a heavy Easton Carbon Aeros 400 at 8.1 gpi and 27 inches long, hitting the target at ten yards was easy. Make sure to get all your shots in before your friends and family see you shooting; you will have to fight for shooting time!
Figure 3: Author with Arrow and Target Hit
I have to admit I originally thought the Survival Slingshot was more a novelty than an actual weapon. From the first time you take this out of the box, you realize it is for real. This is not a toy you give a kid! The estimated range on the ball bearing is 250 yards, and it will do every bit of it. If you add an arrow/broad head to this you will kill something. My opinion is this definitely measures up to the marketing material. My only problem with the Survival Slingshot is it is a blast to shoot and I burned through my ammo! In summary, whether you are a serious backpacker or the hunter who has everything, you can’t go wrong with the Survival Slingshot. It is a lot of fun to shoot and a comfort to know you have it in your back-pack.
In response to our customers request for more power and capability, we are proud to announce the availability of the Ultimate Plus. This new configuration includes a high powered Green Laser as well as an Ultra fire Cree Tactical Light. Each upgrade offers much greater power to make the Survival Sling Shot even better.
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We are please to announce that we have brought back the Quick Change Yoke with bands that now test from 45-55 LBS pull. We now offer the standard bands for any Survival Slingshot as well as the Quick Change Yoke with either a Bow String or a regular sling shot pouch. These bands greatly increase range and take down power but require much more strength to draw fully.
This review presents an overview of the Survival Slingshot and is shown firing at a target from a tree stand. Enjoy
New Review by Josh Haney. He has written reviews for Prepper Press, James Wesley Rawles, Paladin Press, Max Velocity Tactical, and a number of other survival related sites.
Reviewed by: Josh Haney
The sling has a linage reaching back several thousand years. Of course, the slingshot as we know it today came to be in the late 19th century, the weapon of choice for juvenile delinquents intent on wreaking havoc on their community. Who doesn’t remember the image of little Dennis The Menace with his trusty forked branch, flat rubber-banded beauty tucked rebelliously in his back pocket. But the tactical applications of this tool have been understood for just as long. The original patent design from 1948 showed an arrow rest integrated for use by hunters, who for years had been using slingshots to take small game, the Irish Republican Army utilized the wrist rocket as their weapon of choice for decades, and even into the 21st century propaganda videos from Iraq showed the use of the slingshot for insurgents.
Now, Survival Slingshot LLC has taken a millennium of innovation and updated it to create what is easily the most effective survival tool this reviewer has ever seen. Rugged but compact, and fully loaded with features, I was lucky enough to take one out and put it through its paces and am in awe of just how effective it was.
First, this is far from your grandfather’s slingshot, or even what you may have had as a kid. I have utilized slingshots for both hunting and target shooting over the years and have never before had such a comfortable platform. This is not a thin rod, but an aircraft grade aluminum and steel alloy design more akin to the bull-pup fore grip on a rifle or tactical shotgun. The reason for this is simple, ample storage in the hollow of the waterproof handle allows for storage of ammo, fishing gear, matches, or whatever survival gear would most benefit your location. There is also a compass built in to the cap of the handle, adding another tool you’ll be able to carry with you in a small package. The arm brace collapses down for a slim profile, whether it be in a backpack or a pocket, and locks into place easily yet very secure.
The draw weight is strong, the package insert states roughly 25lbs, throwing your projectile of choice down range with maximum velocity. Maybe I should clarify when I say projectile of choice. The Survival Slingshot comes with a fully functioning whisker biscuit that attaches to the unit allowing you to not just fire steel shot, lead shot, marbles, or rocks like a traditional slingshot, but also full-sized arrows with deadly precision. Just change the band over to the 45lbs archery band and you are ready to go. Imagine that, having what amounts to a crossbow in a package small enough to carry anywhere. When I was hitting targets using the steel shot that was included that was fun, but letting an arrow fly, that was impressive. The design is perfect, holding the arrow, allowing you a comfortable enough grip to take your time lining up your shot.
What really sets the Survival Slingshot apart though are the accessories than can be added to make it even more effective. Weaver style rails that can be attached to either side, thus allowing for the mounting of a tactical flashlight or even a laser sight, giving the shooter better visibility and targeting capability in dusk to dark scenarios. This seriously ups the ante, making this a practical replacement for those folks living in areas where firearms are near impossible to obtain, or situations where you may not be able to carry one, say when traveling. An optional bow fishing reel can also be mounted, for those times when your forage calls for surf and turf. It’s these additions that cement the company’s motto Bring A Tool, Not A Toy!
If you are looking for the ultimate compact survival tool on the market, look no farther. The Survival Slingshot is it!
Cyber Monday is here and we wanted to give everyone one more chance to save 15% on all items until midnight December 1st! Enter code “cybermonday” at checkout. Be sure to check out our new items too. The Bow Fishing Upgrade is here http://survivalslingshot.com/bow-fishing-upgrade/ and we now offer an upgrade path for the Standard Sling Shot to our Slingshot Archer Edition http://survivalslingshot.com/archery-upgrade-for-standard-survival-slingshot/
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First of a few videos by Pigman from www.pigmantv.comMay 25th, 2016
One of the perks of writing in the outdoor industry is you get to try out really cool stuff. Survival Slingshot definitely fits in the “cool stuff” category and I could not wait to get my hands on it. From the time you open the box you realize this slingshot is more than just “cool stuff.” I served in the Army for eight years, and everything about this “slingshot” is military grade. After handling it for a bit, I knew I needed to learn more about this company named Survival Slingshot and how they make this thing. It turns out… Read More