So you need a great way to practice bowhunting? How about a slingshot?Practicing aiming your slingshot can help you learn to be a better bowhunter. It’s important to learn how to use your slingshot properly, so you don’t hurt anyone or cause injuries or damage.
Slingshots should be considered as the excellent choice for hunting and survival gears, and caution should be used whenever you handle one. One you get the right form down, you’ll be able to aim a slingshot or a bow with ease every time you pick up either of these weapons.
Buy a Slingshot that Wraps Around Your Wrist
Slingshots are fun and challenging but can be dangerous if you don’t know how to aim them properly. You might think aiming a slingshot is easy, but there is quite a bit of technique involved. First, we need to talk about slingshot basics because not all these handheld tools are made the same.
For best results, you need to use a slingshot that wraps around your wrist. The reason a wrist harness is important is that your hand will get quite tired if you don’t. If your hand is tired, you won’t be able to aim the slingshot with accuracy.
Inspect Slingshots for Wear and Tear
Before you get ready to shoot the slingshot, you need to make sure it isn’t worn out or torn. Pay special attention to the rubber band used in the sling. While you’re inspecting the slingshot, it’s important to make sure you don’t point the slingshot at any person or animal.
How to Aim a Slingshot?
1 - Hold the Slingshot Horizontally
For the best results, you need to hold the slingshot horizontally and aim with the upper fork end. The pouch of the slingshot should be pulled back to your cheek. Release the pouch as you breathe out.
Slingshot Aiming Technique
2 - Place Ammo in Center of Pouch
Now that we’ve covered how you pull the pouch back, we need to talk about the ammo. It doesn’t really matter if you use rocks, pebbles, or little steel balls; the important part is where you put the ammo in the pouch. Unlike a bow, there’s no sight on a slingshot, so there’s no clear direction as to where the ammo should be placed.
Ideally, you should center the ammo in the middle of the pouch. Just as importantly, you don’t want to change your hand position as you pull the pouch back. Instead, you need to make sure your hand stays parallel to the ground and that the fork of the slingshot is 90-degrees in the upright position.
3 - Curvy Trajectory and Points of Impact
Another aspect that makes aiming a slingshot difficult is curvy trajectory and points of impact. Usually, slingshots deal with a very slow trajectory speed. The problem with this is that it causes the ammo to bow. When ammo bows, it changes direction, which means you have to consider this factor before you pull the pouch back. If you don’t compensate for the change in the bow, you’re never going to hit the “sweet spot.”
When power is factored in, you have even more concepts to negotiate when trying to create an accurate shot. The power of the two rubber bands working together in a slingshot movement depends greatly on whether the shooter can reproduce the same movements time and time again.
4 - Loading and Pulling a Slingshot
So what we’ve learned so far is that you have to be consistent with your slingshot, if you ever want to be successful. To do that, you should load and pull the slingshot in the same manner every time. To do this:
- Put the pellet in the pouch
- Center the pellet
- Hold the pouch with your thumb and index finger
- Bend the index finger, but try to keep thumb straight
- Pull pouch back to your cheek
- Look at target
- Let go of slingshot
When aiming the slingshot, it’s important to be aware of your “anchor point.” The anchor point is exactly where your pouch touches the face. If you want to be a successful shooter, you need to have the same anchor point every time you aim and shoot a slingshot.
5 - Tips for Aiming a Slingshot
After mastering the anchor point, you’ll want to work on making pellets fly straight. As we said earlier, slingshots don’t have sights this is a bit tricky, but you can still aim a slingshot if you find the center of the weapon. Since the shape of the slingshot never changes, you’ll always want to imagine the center of the pouch as the area you aim.
When you’re doing this, it’s important to keep your eye on the target and not on the slingshot. Eventually, you’ll get an instinctive feel every time you pick up the slingshot and load it will ammo. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at hitting it head on each time you shoot.
Slingshot Mistakes to Avoid
If you follow all the instructions above and are still having a hard time, it’s important to look for the misalignment of prongs and/or bands. In their attempt to aim a slingshot, many shooters will accidentally twist their hand, which can throw off the alignment of the slingshots bands.
If a shooter shots ammo in this manner, the prongs have a tendency to be broken by the projectile. When this happens, the bands can snap and the projectile can fly in an unpredictable manner.
Myths and Facts about Slingshot Shooting
Some slingshot shooters will claim you have to aim the weapon up or down depending on how far away your target is. This theory has been proven false. Shooters can easily keep their hand straight and accommodate for short or long distances.
However, one fact about shooting that does affect the shot is whether a person is right or left-handed. If a person is right handed, the shot will move a bit to the right. If the shooter is left handed, the shot will always move a bit to the left. This happens because of the motion of the bands. There’s no way to stop this from happening, so shooters do have to adjust when shooting.
Following the steps listed above will help you aim better with a slingshot. Use the tips listed above and you’ll be a better slingshot shooter in no time.