Advanced Slingshot Design Puts a Predator in Your Pocket

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For generations, boys have taken a piece from a Y-shaped branch, stretched some surgical tubing or a hefty rubber band over it, and fired away at tin cans, rodents, and windows on abandoned buildings. Those homemade slingshots are sure fun, but they suffer from a couple of basic design flaws – they aren’t very accurate, they aren’t very powerful, and they just don’t fit into your hand very well. But a new breed of slingshot changes all of that.

For generations, boys have taken a piece from a Y-shaped branch, stretched some surgical tubing or a hefty rubber band over it, and fired away at tin cans, rodents, and windows on abandoned buildings. Those homemade slingshots are sure fun, but they suffer from a couple of basic design flaws – they aren’t very accurate, they aren’t very powerful, and they just don’t fit into your hand very well. But a new breed of slingshot changes all of that.

The Pocket Predator is a true next-generation slingshot, designed by William Hays after a challenge from a friend to improve on the ergonomics and accuracy of a slingshot. His background of designing and building improved versions of knives and guns served him well in analyzing the weaknesses of current slingshot designs, which led him to eventually redesign the slingshot. He figured that they need to fit well in the user’s hand for both comfort and accuracy, to be built from better materials, and they needed to have a better way to attach the elastic bands. And it looks like he’s overcome all of those weaknesses with his products.

“The first thing I did is research the best materials to use for the making of a slingshot. The materials needed to be light but not to light. They need to be strong but not brittle, and they need to be able to be formed into somewhat complex shapes. Last the materials need to have an attractive finished look. Keeping all that in mind I settled on using a variety of space age and a few traditional materials… To name just a few… G10 & G11 composites, Dymondwood, Micarta, phenolics, multiplex woods, and super strong high tech resins! The next thing I did was to design the slingshot to fit the hand, grip, wrist and forearm with proper ergonomics instead of the other way around. After much experimentation I found the grip type, size, style and angles that allow optimal strength and stability to be applied with a non-wristbraced grip for a slingshot… Then after that I invented the Universal Fork tips, which allow for use of all types of flatbands and tubes in over the top or through the forks shooting configurations… without adding inconvenient and odd looking modification appliances to the attachment points that can decrease accuracy!” – Pocket Predator
Hays says that with one of his slingshots (and lots of practice, I imagine) you to may be able to shoot more accurately with it than most people can with a gun. Think he’s just pulling your leg? Check out this demonstration:

Hays says that with one of his slingshots (and lots of practice, I imagine) you to may be able to shoot more accurately with it than most people can with a gun. Think he’s just pulling your leg? Check out this demonstration:

Hays has a bunch of great instructional videos on his site, and you can place your order for your Pocket Predator after you’re done watching this slingshot master at work. Prices start at just $25.