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Turn an Old Slingshot into an Arrow Shooting Hunting Tool

January 29, 2013

I came across an old slingshot the other day, and it made a little light go off in my head.  I had thought before about making a slingshot that would shoot an arrow, kind of like an underwater spear gun, and now here was my opportunity.  I thought about it a little while, and decided that the only real change I would have to make to the slingshot would be to put some king of arrow rest on it to hold the arrow.  Pictured below: Materials needed to make an arrow shooting slingshot

01 materials

I dug around in my shop and came up with some heavy gauge solid wire that looked like it would work for the rest.  An old piece of wire coat hanger would probably have done just as well.

A few minutes work with some needle-nose pliers, and I had my arrow rest ready to attach.  I bent a little dip in the center of the rest to hold the arrow shaft, and I bent down the ends of the rest so that I could attack them to the slingshot with a few good wraps of duct-tape.  The main thing I was concerned with was positioning the arrow rest so that it would be the same height as the rubber-bands on the sling shot.  This would help to aim the arrow more accurately, and avoid having the arrow leave the slingshot at a downward angle. Pictured below: top, Wire bent to form arrow rest; middle, arrow rest held in position on slingshot; bottom, Arrow rest duct-taped into place.

02 arrow rest bent

03 arrow rest in place

04 arrow rest taped

Now all I needed was an arrow. I used a 5/16″ dowel rod about 30″ long for the arrow shaft, and glued a metal field point on the tip.  Pictured below: Field tip glued onto dowel rod arrow shaft.

05 field point

I made the arrow fletching by cutting a couple of pieces of duct-tape and pressed the duct tape together on opposite sides of the arrow shaft. Pictured below: top, first piece of duct tape in place; bottom, Second piece of duct tape in place.

06 first fletch tape

07 second fletch tape

Then I used scissors to trim the fletching to shape.  I decided to go with just two fletchings instead of three like on a regular arrow.  Most crossbows that I’ve seen just have two fletchings, and I figured that two fletchings would ride over the arrow rest more smoothly than if the arrows had three fletchings.  No need to cut a nock in the arrow because you are going to pinch it in the leather pocket of the slingshot. Pictured below: Fletching trimmed to shape

08 fletch trimmed

I took my new arrow shooter out back and did a little field test.  It worked great.  Pictured below: Shooting an arrow with my converted slingshot.

09 shooting arrow

I think with a little practice I should be able to bring down small game without any problem.  I will definitely stick this little arrow shooter in my bug-out-bag along with a couple of glue-on broadheads.  The slingshot doesn’t take up hardly any room, and it would be a simple matter to build a hunting arrow in the field.



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