What kind of slingshot is this?

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  1. Stonebreaker

    Stonebreaker New Member

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    Also wondering if it is a common one or something that might be desirable to a collector. If you haven't seen this type before, the two metal parts pivot 90 degrees inward when the bands are pulled back, the small gap between them after they pivot can be used as a sight.

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  2. Stonebreaker

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    Here's a couple more photos, the first shows what it looks like when the bands are pulled back.

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  3. honorary pie

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    ahh the Oldie Foldy... looks dangerous... perhaps its homemade?
     
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  4. Clever Moniker

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    What do the springs do?
     
  5. Stonebreaker

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    I guess it could be homemade, there is no text on it.
     
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    The springs return the arms to the position seen in the first, second, and fourth photos. In the third photo, where the arms are almost touching, I pushed them against my counter top to keep them like that while I took the photo.
     
  7. honorary pie

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    they keep the ball from reaching its destination judging by the picture...
     
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  8. honorary pie

    honorary pie Veteran Member

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    I believe the man who made this went on to invent Pinball.
     
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    So they return to the open position?? That's even odder to me.
     
  11. honorary pie

    honorary pie Veteran Member

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    there are a few marksman with this setup, the pins go to the center when drawn and act as aiming points,, I guess,, and open by spring when released.. a weird setup for sure..
     
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    Marksman visits this idea quite frequently - the pivoting sight levers. There is only one problem with these, if your ammo is hauling tail it can hit the levers. Been there, done that. This appears to be an older version of this design. Now, the big thing they have changed. If you look closely at the one pictured above, you will notice that all the band pulling force goes onto that one bolt joint - not what I would call very wise. The new model has a continuous bar that goes through a tube that holds the levers - much more sturdy and safe.
     
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  14. Tex-shooter

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    I have no Idea!
     
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  15. Bad shooter

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    I don't know but given the size of those springs maybe the original idea was to increase the force of the bands by adding the force of the springs to them when released??
    Or try to mimic the effect of tilting your wrist at the end of the shot?
    From what I've seen from the pics the marksman aiming points haven't any spring to them but I may be wrong as I never had one of them in my hands.
     
  16. Bugsbrew

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    I'm thinking that it doesn't use bands at all and is a tube shooter. You pull the tubes over the arms with the springs on them. I don't see any place suitable for mounting the bands.
     
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  17. Jim S.

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    Then it must not exist ! It could be a prototype for the rotating marks man sling shot or some one's copy of their model.
     
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  18. Stonebreaker

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    Thanks everyone! Based on your replies I'm guessing it was not mass produced. I am going to release this slingshot back into the wild, hopefully someone will be able to give it a good home.
     
  19. NaturalFork

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    Is Gary "Flatband" Miller on this forum? He is the best bet to identify this one.
     
  20. Mr Muz

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    It looks like the creation of some mad man in a shed somewhere, and there's probably a reason it never took off. It could well be a prototype but one thing is for sure, I'd love to see a video of someone trying to shoot it. Can't be any worse than shooting lead beans directly on the floor trying to hit a can with the ricochet. o_O:fp:
     

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