Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Slingshot for Survival or Defense?


Ferfal,
Is there any circumstance where a slingshot would be useful for personal or home defense?  Is this a viable alternative in countries/states that restrict knives and guns?
Gutlo
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Hi,
As a defensive weapon I just don’t see it. Even in the most ridiculously restrictive country you have big knives sold in stores and in every home kitchen. I’d rather pick a large kitchen chef knife to be honest. It sure is a better weapon than a slingshot.
But a slingshot can be a valuable hunting/foraging tool if you think about it. I grew up with a slingshot and was accurate enough with it, and a good one has enough power to take small animals. In some of the poorest parts of town it was common to see kids hunt doves and pigeons with them for the pot.
Come to think of it, the legendary Aitor Jungle King knife comes with a slingshot, specifically for hunting during survival situations.

Now, I believe a good solid airgun is a better tool, both for hunting small game and pest control. Something like this is affordable and will serve you well.

Cheap, light and compact ammo, more powerful and more accurate.
FerFAL
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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