When most of us think of weapons to store in our bug out bags, we discuss handguns, rifles, shotguns, compound bows and/or crossbows. Survival slingshots very seldom make it into the conversation since they are generally considered the least effective means of placing a meal on the plate. There are several things we could use survival slingshots for, and when we start to consider some of these options, it begins to make sense for us to add survival slingshots to the list of gear we want to grab.
Survival slingshots are not a mandatory item to have in any disaster plan, they are a supplemental option that has some benefits survivalists and preppers might find favorable given the circumstances. Survival slingshots are cost effective, compact and silent, making them an excellent option for those trying to remain unobserved. They are fairly easy to use, and with a little training, survival slingshots can be used accurately and effectively in almost any environment.
“From grouse in the Idaho back country to squirrels in a metropolitan park, a slingshot might be the most effective tool for gathering food. In fact, because of the compact size, silent use and easy conceal-ability, a slingshot could be the best choice.”
When you think about the need to hunt in a SHFT situation, you also need to address drawing unwanted attention. Unsilenced firearms are going to echo across the landscape and could be used to determine your location. Survival slingshots are much quieter and with practice, are more logical for small game hunting in unfamiliar territory.
“A viable survival tool has to be accurate, and all the scopes, laser sights and doo-hickys won’t make that happen. You’ll have to put in some practice time to harvest small game animals.”
Practicing with survival slingshots will be an absolute necessity. To develop accuracy begin by aiming and shooting at stationary targets. This will allow you to adjust your aiming techniques and zero in on a proper aiming principle. Once you have established a level of confidence with stationary targets, transition to moving targets to improve accuracy and ability. Most small game travel in erratic directions at high levels of speed. They will not remain static while you practice with your survival slingshots trying to hit them.
“A good slingshotter could conserve .22 rimfire cartridges or shotgun shells by using a slingshot for the easier small game shots. When the ball bearings run out, carefully selected rocks could be used.”
Survival slingshots are capable of using a wide variety of ammunition, which is one advantage not common with firearms. With standard firearms ammunition in short supply around the country, having a few survival slingshots in the bug out bag might not be a bad idea.
“Bands: These are made of surgical tubing, and the ones that came with my slingshot were pretty stiff. In any slingshot, a visual inspection of the tubing should be done before each use. When a band fails, it generally happens when you are at full draw, and that will definitely get your attention!”
The bands on survival slingshots are the action device and represent the most common maintenance concern among enthusiasts. Firearms can fail for a number of reasons, but if you have survival slingshots with healthy bands, you can usually get a shot off without much else to worry about. Will you be adding survival slingshots to your bug out gear?