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Fork strike!! (Rated R for graphic nature)

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by COSlinger, Nov 24, 2018.

By COSlinger on Nov 24, 2018 at 3:27 PM
  1. COSlinger

    COSlinger New Member

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    Hi guys...so I got a pass from the wife to put off my honey do list....I just got my catch box built and finally began my foray into my new addiction...I began shooting BBs with my small bandset with some reasonable accurracy at 15, then 30 feet...my bandset broke so I grabbed the 2040 looped bandset that came with the Torque and my 1/2" steel and kept going, that's when everything went down hill...I had a finger strike, merely a flesh wound...then a fork strike, again, flesh wound....couple more shots, no incident...then, POW!! FORK STRIKE!!! :eek: and this is what I have left :banghead::mad::(....my poor brand new Torque...lasted 50 shots or so...What the hell did I do?!?!?! .....It's kind of OK though, the Torque didn't feel right in my small hand (glove size 7 1/2 or so) with a braced grip...back to the drawing board...Any suggestions on a better, more ergo choice for my small paws? 1543090806759-591309563.jpg
     
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Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by COSlinger, Nov 24, 2018.

    1. Devils son in law

      Devils son in law Veteran Member

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      I'd contact him, if he isn't already aware. Not for a replacement, but so he can learn from it and possibly address any future issues that could arise. The man makes and sells quality products and it's very seldom we see any issues with his frames,
       
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    2. COSlinger

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      I sent a message and pic over to Nathan, we'll see what they wanna do, I'm not worried about it at all...Big Iron tipped me onto tripwire over on ebay and he seems to be more in tune with my needs and has a plethora of models to choose from...Also, I found a nice, big tree fork on the farm where I work...Cottonwood...it's still wet though so it'll need to dry slowly and hopefully doesn't split too bad. That's a 2 liter BTW, I cut it a bit big but should work, yeah? Funny, my wife just looked at this pic and said "you've been bitching to these guys about how small your hands are and you go and bring home that thing, SSSHHHEEESSSHH!!!" View attachment 121021
       
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    3. SimpleShot

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      Thanks for contacting us @COSlinger! We certainly have got your back and we have replied to you outside this forum. It is really important for us to be able to get this slingshot back in house so we can assess any issues. Although we have only seen a .03% failure rate for the Torque during the life of the product, most have been from straight up abuse, rather than intended use.
      Christmas has come early for @The Big Iron...enjoy my friend!
       
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    4. COSlinger

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      Cool! Thank you for the reply! We'll stay in touch.
       
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    5. thehappyhippy

      thehappyhippy Veteran Member Staff Member Moderator Supporting Member Admin

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      Customer care at it's it's right there :bw:
       
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    6. Mr Muz

      Mr Muz Veteran Member

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      If you put candle wax on the ends it should help it not split.
       
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    7. COSlinger

      COSlinger New Member

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      Candle wax is probably what I'll do...I've done that with bow staves but did not nuke 'em obviouosly
       
    8. ForkshooterTB

      ForkshooterTB Well-Known Member

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      Like others have said contact Nathan. I've always got a good response to any question. Fast service and delivery.
       
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    9. Bone

      Bone Veteran Member Staff Member Moderator Admin

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      I gotta laugh. It sucks to break a fork off but most all of us have done it and half inch steel has no mercy. Lol
       
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    10. The Big Iron

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      COSlinger; send me your address and I will send you a frame cut out of 1/4" flat steel. Not a steel ball made that can break The Big Iron.
       
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    11. COSlinger

      COSlinger New Member

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      Big Iron, I didn't know you could make a shooter out of a boat anchor! :p

      PM sent
       
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    12. The Big Iron

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      Correction; The Big Iron is not made from a boat anchor but it could be used as one.
       
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    13. Jim S.

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      Put your catch box in front of your wife's car, that will make you real careful ! ;)
       
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    14. adser

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      How about a Bio Shot? It doesn't matter how small your hands are, or how many fork hits you have. Tiny lady hands have found it perfectly comfortable, and I have not had a single reported breakage, nor have I been able to smash the test material, no matter what I did to it. More expensive that a Torque, but you tend to get what you pay for.
      Each is individually made with care, and the spare material is tested to make sure it will stand up to the claims. Check out my older post, showing the frame in detail, as well as testing the material for toughness. Spoiler: I was unable to do any damage to it, other than some scratches.
       
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    15. Billy Fugett

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      I would suggest you get yourself a Scout and set it up in OTT (Over The Top) mode. Use it that way until you are not getting any fork hits at all which should be immediately. If you find you can get good accuracy in OTT mode there is no reason to change to TTF. To date I have yet to have a fork hit with either a Scout or Axiom Ocularis in either mode. Torque? I fork whacked my Torque a few times early on. I didn't break it but in my opinion the Torque is a lot easier fork hit than either a Scout or Axiom.
      If you spend a bit more for a Scout you will be glad you did in the long run. The design is fun from day one and most likely it will be one of your top two or three slingshots no matter how many you collect or how long you shoot. I can say about the same for an Axiom Ocularis as it's still one of my all time favorites. For a new shooter I would pick a Scout as a first slingshot between the two but I would follow that up with an Axiom Ocularis as soon as you can.
      The Torque has it's place but I don't think the best choice to start off with.
       
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    16. COSlinger

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      Hi everyone! So Nathan was cool enough to give me store credit for the broken Torque....I was looking for a smaller slingshot...when the masses say Simple Shot....Simple Shot it is... I just ordered an Axiom Ocularis Champ Yellow Jacket...that's a mouth full...anyway, the way I made my decision was by reading the reviews and when half the guys said it was too small, I said it sounds perfect. When I get it I'll start a thread for us hobbit handed folk...we are few but we are here!
       
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    17. Cruiser

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      Thank you Nathan
       
    18. Flipgun

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      Has no-one given credence to the fact that shit happens? Forks don't shoot bad: Shooters shoot bad. If you shoot yourself multiple times and persist? You are doing it Wrong! User Error is not a cause for the vendor to take responsibility. If you are jacking up and keep shooting; how can you blame the frame for failing and expect the vendor to be at fault?
      Dude! As far as I can see,This is on you.
       
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    19. adser

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      There are slingshots out there that will take fork hits all day. A beginner should be able to have the confidence to make mistakes. The fork hit might be his fault, but it shouldn't be a cause of danger. People always speak well of Nathan's slingshots. They're supposed to be tough and safe... This one seems to be an exception...
      I test the left over material of every slingshot I make. If there are any problems with it, I will know before I send it out. Mass produced products don't allow for individual testing. At least their price is reasonable.
       
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    20. COSlinger

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      All true...It's understandable to have a .03% documented failure rate with anything mass produce...look at production cars, once in a while there's a piece of shit...There are probably 1000s of Torques out there performing outstandingly. I have made a few other commitments elsewhere but I will continue to give Nathan my business for years to come.
       
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