The Best Slingshots for Survival: Reviewing The Bad Boys

The Best Slingshots for Survival and Hunting

We present you the best slingshots for survival. If you ever find yourself in a survival situation, the need to keep yourself fed will be one of your top priorities.

However, while a person can certainly sustain their lives by collecting and consuming forage foods such as edible insects, leafy plants, fruits, and tubers, the fact is the Human body absolutely requires sufficient intake of protein to remain healthy and the best source of protein in a survival situation is game animals. We will show you why you need the best slingshots for survival rather than other tools like rifle or bow.

Thus, while a person could certainly carry a firearm such as one of the several models of takedown .22 caliber rifles on the market or, a takedown recurved bow and arrows, the fact is that firing a rifle creates a significant amount of noise and, using a bow requires a significant level of skill which must be honed over many hours of practice.

Also, both of these hunting tools are bulky and thus, they take up a significant amount of room in a back pack. However, slingshots are neither noisy nor bulky and they do not require specialized ammunition although, they are far more accurate when specialized ammunition is used.

Thus, some of you may remember the days, many years ago, when slingshots were somewhat primitive, homemade, kid’s toys made from forked tree limbs with power bands cut from car tire inner tubes such as the ones that my grandfather used to make for me or, the manufactured ones that had simple wooden frames with flat, latex rubber, power bands.

However, while those early slingshots were fine for kids to play with, they were hardly serious hunting tools since the ones with power bands made from car tire inner tubes were not very elastic and thus, they had very little power and, the manufactured ones with the simple wooden frames and latex power bands were not much better because, whenever you would pull the bands back, the lack of a wrist brace would cause both types to tilt backwards in your hand.

Therefore, in order to shoot either type, you had to place the thumb and index finger of your shooting hand against the frame in order to provide support. But, fortunately for modern wilderness survivalists, slingshots have evolved over the years so that they now have much more powerful bands made from latex rubber tubing and, they also feature wrist braces so that you no longer have to place your thumb and index finger against the frame in order to draw it.

Professional Super Power Slingshots for Hunting Outdoor

In fact, one of the first commercially manufactured slingshots of this type was one that I owned as a kid made by a toy company called Wham-O which produced a model called the Wrist Rocket that had a frame made of hollow aluminum tubing with a piece of closed-cell foam tubing to pad the wrist brace and round, latex rubber, power bands which they produced alongside their wooden Sportsman model which had a wooden frame and the old, flat, power bands.

But, while the Wrist Rocket was considerably more powerful than the Sportsman, and significantly easier to draw due its wrist brace, it was still very much a kid’s toy compared to some of the models on the market today.

In fact, some of today’s highly evolved slingshot models look more like something that you would see in science fiction movie than in a toy store since some of them feature fanciful frames made from machined aluminum and have dual, triple, or even quadruple power bands which make them eminently better suited for the purpose of survival hunting. In fact, there are even some models on the market today that have spring-assisted forks and laser sights that allegedly increase the speed of the ammunition fired.

Beeman Marksman Laserhawk Folding Slingshot

But, while those ultra-modern slingshot models are certainly visually appealing, some of them cost a lot more! Fortunately, the more basic models produced by Barnett, Marksman, Trumark, and Daisy are perfectly well suited for the purpose of wilderness survival hunting and, they all have price tags that make them easily affordable.

 

Barnett Diablo Slingshot

Beeman Marksman Laserhawk Folding Slingshot

Trumark Slingshots Folding Slingshot

Daisy Outdoor Products B52 Slingshot (Yellow/Black, 8 Inch)

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OMP Explorer 2.0 Right Hand Recurve Bow

In addition, as I mentioned previously, while a person could use either a takedown .22 rifle or a takedown recurved bow for survival hunting, purchasing and using a sling shot for survival hunting does have certain advantages. For instance, they are far less expensive to purchase than either a takedown rifle or a takedown recurved bow, they are considerably lighter than either a rifle or a bow, they are significantly more compact to carry and, they make very little noise when fired.

In addition, as I mentioned previously, while a person could use either a takedown .22 rifle or a takedown recurved bow for survival hunting, purchasing and using a sling shot for survival hunting does have certain advantages. For instance, they are far less expensive to purchase than either a takedown rifle or a takedown recurved bow, they are considerably lighter than either a rifle or a bow, they are significantly more compact to carry and, they make very little noise when fired.

 

Beeman Marksman Laserhawk Folding Slingshot

Thus, provided that you choose to purchase one of the models with a folding wrist brace such as the Beeman Marksman, they can be conveniently carried in your back trouser pocket where they are easily accessible at a moment’s notice.

Furthermore, due to the much improved power bands combined with the wrist brace, they produce a significant amount of kinetic energy which is easily sufficient for harvesting small game species such as birds, squirrels, and rabbits.

Plus, they are often available with your choice of standard or extra-power bands and thus, they can even be used for hunting somewhat larger game animals. Furthermore, some of them feature fiber optic sight pins and stabilizers similar to those used by compound bow archers which can make them much easier to aim and far more accurate to shoot.

But, perhaps best of all, they can fire a very wide range of ammunition types. For instance, in a pinch, a person can simply pick up semi-round pebbles from a stream bed but, it should be noted that due to the irregular shape, this type of slingshot ammunition does not always fly true to the mark.

1000 qty 3/8″ Inch Steel Shot Slingshot Ammo Balls

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Therefore, slingshot manufacturers also sell specialized slingshot ammunition such as round, steel, balls in various sizes as well as glass marbles made from white glass that they dub “tracer” ammunition because it is fairly easy to follow the marble to your target with your eyes.

MAG 500 Qty 1/2″ Inch Glass Marble Slingshot Ammo Solid Shot

Trumark Slingshots Ammo Tracer (1/2-Inch 72 CT)

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However, that type of ammunition can be somewhat expensive and thus, it is also good to be aware that most large department stores such as Kmart and Walmart as well as Amazon sell large bags of standard glass marbles which can be purchased relatively cheaply.

But, another option and, my personal favorite, is to purchase lead buckshot used for reloading shotgun shells from one of the several different shooter’s supply companies such as Midway Shooter’s Supply. Also, because this type of slingshot ammunition is purchased in bulk in 5 lb. boxes, it is very economical. Plus, due to lead’s density, it delivers significantly more kinetic energy than either glass marbles or steel shot and thus, it’s considerably more lethal.

Daisy Outdoor Products 2400 ct BB Bottle (Silver, 4.5 mm)

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Plus, it can be purchased in several different diameters ranging from number 4 (0.24 diameter) to 000 (0.35 diameter) and, of course, the larger the shot is, the more kinetic energy it delivers. Last but not least, because hitting a very small target such as bird which seldom stays still for any length of time can be difficult, you can also load your slingshot with either steel BB’s or much smaller lead shot in sizes 6, 7, or 8 to create a shotgun-like effect.

 

So, rather than spend a lot of money or more on a takedown recurved bow and the arrows and points to go with it or, even more on a takedown survival rifle, you can purchase a modern hunting slingshot for around a few bucks which can be carried with relative ease and with which you can easily hunt small game animals to keep yourself supplied with the much needed protein that a person requires to remain healthy in a survival situation.

Plus, because modern slingshots are capable of firing a wide range of relatively inexpensive ammunition types, they are inexpensive to both target practice and hunt with. Therefore, modern slingshots make the perfect wilderness survival hunting tools! I hope you like our post about the best slingshots for survival.