What Slingshot Should You Buy for Hunting?
There are many slingshots available, some of which even sell for under $10.00. Most of them work just fine, to be honest, but not many of them are efficient in most applications. Some may shoot fine, but if a band breaks then it may be an issue to change it in the field without tools or ties.
What Makes the Axiom Ocularis Stand Out?
The Axiom Ocularis is great for many different situations and is extremely versatile. Great things often have a very simple design. Here are a few reasons this slingshot is at the top of my list.
The Bands Are Easy to Change in the Field
Let's skip to the top of the list for why the Ocularis is such a great design. It is simple and diverse. Without any tools, you can change it from over the top to through the forks while using a thicker band, thinner bands, or multiband it. Most other slingshots will need ties, a screwdriver, or special band ends to accomplish the same thing. When it comes to a simple tool, try to keep it as simple as possible to maintain it and use it.
This slingshot can also have bands, tubes, or looped tubes, making it very diverse and customizable to what you like not simply in over-the-top or through-the-forks, but also band or loop styles.
Here is a video on how to install the bands from the inventor of this slingshot. A very simple and straightforward install that you can do while in the woods or elsewhere.
The Body Material Is Durable and High-Quality
The actual body of a slingshot can be made from pretty much anything, but you want a material that is stable and durable. The Ocularis is made from an injection-molded thermoplastic material that is great for a long-lasting slingshot.
Wooden slingshots are usually cheap and are completely functional, but will wear out eventually if not maintained. Wood was the first material used for a slingshot and there is nothing wrong with it, some people may prefer the look or feel of a wooden slingshot. But they are not as durable or hardy as other materials. I would recommend making sure they are sealed, that way if they get wet it doesn't change the shooting properties of the slingshot.
I have also seen plenty of metal slingshots, which are durable and will last. Depending on which metal is used they may be heavier than a poly slingshot, and the lighter metals are usually more expensive. Personally, I was looking at a nicely designed titanium slingshot that was about $100.00, but I ended up not purchasing it because I didn't want to deal with tying bands on. That is the game-changing part of the Axiom Ocularis.
The No-Frills Design Is All You Need
There are some slingshots that are equipped to handle laser sights, include protruding sights, or have cinch systems for keeping bands retained. Probably a number of other things that I have not seen as well.
These things may look neat, but they do not do anything besides add complexity to your shooting. To look at these issues, let's start with lasers. A laser shoots out in a straight line—ammo does not shoot in a straight line. So you need to know what distance you are shooting for these two things to intersect and it will only work for one distance. For other distances, you will need to hold over or hold under from the laser to hit your mark. For me, it is easier to simply learn by shooting from the built-in sight or prong corner and not have to think about batteries at all.
Protruding sights have a tendency to break sooner or later at best or damage a band while shooting in a worst-case scenario. They give more complexity for things to go wrong on an already simple tool that doesn't really need more added to it. If you are shooting a slingshot, you will already need ammo and bands as consumables, why add the very possible issue of replacing bands faster than you need to when you can simply use an edge or grove as a sight.
A well-designed cinch system can work well, but I have not seen many slingshots that have one. Most of the time if you over tighten or shoot wrong you damage your band and shorten or end the band's effective use. This is one reason that tie-on or loop systems are so popular.
If there are additions to a slingshot, then you probably do not need it. A slingshot was designed for simplicity and this holds true for a good slingshot to this day.
Remember, Slingshots Are Dangerous
A slingshot is not a toy—it is a tool that can be lethal. As with any projectile, people should never point it at anything they do not plan to shoot or kill. And be aware of your responsibility.
I knew several kids from my childhood that would shoot street lights out and thought it was great fun. Most street lights cost a couple of thousand dollars plus a thousand or so to install. I don't know how much a replacement light would cost, but things of this nature are why the slingshot is associated with troublemaking.
And with all projectiles, you need to be aware of what is behind your target. If you miss what are you hitting and if you do not know, then do not shoot. Shooting into the air means that your ammo will come down somewhere, the question is what will it hit and hurt and/or damage? If you are hunting with a slingshot and shooting into a tree, make sure the trunk or another object is behind your target to act as a stop.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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