About a month ago our good brother and master builder @joe-032 offered a few varieties of his Stanley build. I couldn't resist and quickly jumped on the one with the brown scaled handles. All of Joe's work is impeccable, but the gentle brown tone just looked like an "old school" design with just a touch of modern build looks that was calling my name. I'm hoping that some of you snagged up the others? I was completely blown away when shipping from Serbia only took a few weeks. What the Postman does is out of our control and it's nice when the federal shippers get it right.
I've always been an admirer of the Stanley, but really don't know the history behind it. Also, tubes have not be my Slingshot strength, but the Stanley is the perfect match of gypsy tabs and round rubber. Due to work schedule, it took me about a week to make some tabs and get it banded up. I used some heavy duty craft leather from Hobby Lobby, cut them using a SureShot pouch as the template. The tabs are bolted on with Binding Post Screws, and used some Simple Shot 1745 tubes. I've learned that for me to shoot a narrow frame, I have to go to semi butterfly and use a floating anchor. Which means, it will take me a few adjustments to get the band length just right. I cut these to 12" active length, but it was probably about 1" too long.
Even with the bands a little bit long, I had no problem what so ever to get on target with the Stanley! The gypsy tabs gave me the sight picture of flat bands and I was smacking a can on the first shot.
Thanks Joe for a great frame and this is one tube shooter that is going to get wore out on the shooting range!
Also, in the Slingmail, Joe added in a couple of aluminum cores for SWOPFS builds. Stay tuned for them as they are getting in line to be built soon.