Fifty years ago, it was a pretty common thing to make your own slingshot. The right piece of wood combined with a couple of strips of old inner tube, a leather pouch made from a piece of an old wallet and in no time you had a versatile weapon capable of inflicting some serious trauma on all the small critters in the area. It seems that slingshots have now entered the high tech category and now have the increased potential to be very formidable when used for hunting small game. They can also help to provide a basic level of protection in a survival situation.
The Y-Shot slingshot is a good example of the new high tech slingshots that are now available. This slingshot is made from high quality aluminum which has a very strong but lightweight feel. The handle of the slingshot is approximately 4” in length and is wrapped with a generous portion of paracord. It made an excellent and very firm grip easy to achieve.
This slingshot has a fairly narrow spread between the forks which was approximately 2 1/2 inches. Most experienced slingshot users know that a narrower spread between the forks will give you better performance than a wider spread but it is also less forgiving if you make an error. The band was also pretty easy to replace or adjust by merely loosening a few screws.
If you wish to know some of the actual ballistic qualities of this slingshot, there is a good review at that has some relevant details. It’s important to remember that a slingshot is designed to inflict blunt force trauma and steel or lead balls or shot with lots of mass will work the best as ammo. In a survival situation, there are also all sorts of options to replace your ammo if you run out.
The slingshot fit easily in the back pocket of my jeans and was quite comfortable to carry. It also fit in my front pants pocket as well. It could have been carried just as easily tied to a backpack with the paracord loop. One thing that hasn’t changed is the bands. The bands on slingshots can fail fairly frequently and without much warning. It would be best to keep a couple of extra bands available in case one breaks. In a worse case scenario, you could probably make a new set from a piece of old inner tube.
Strong but lightweight, with a comfortable grip and an aluminum body you won’t have to worry about breaking or cracking makes the Y-Shot slingshot a decent choice to add a little stealth to your survival gear.
Plans are to do some serious varmint and critter hunting with this slingshot and post an update later.
Staying above the water line!