Gear Review: Survival Slingshot Archer

The Survival Slingshot Archer is one of those pieces of equipment that I both like and dislike.  Allow me to explain.  First, let best survival slingshotme admit up front that I’m no expert with a slingshot.  I used to make my own when I was a kid and I even owned a wrist rocket for a brief splendid period of time until my mother caught me shooting at things I shouldn’t have been shooting at and took it away.  After that I didn’t really have much interest in them until I was asked many many years later if I wanted to try out a fancy (by my standards) new slingshot.  Hell yeah!  Bring that baby on!

By Jarhead Survivor, a contributing author of SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

The Archer

What was cool about this one is that you could also mount an arrow rest on it and shoot arrows with it.  How cool is that? Ultimate Survival Slingshot Before I did that I took it out it with my father and my son and we spent some time shooting rocks and ball bearings through it.  Using it as just a slingshot it’s lethal.  We had a competition shooting at a Coke can and I was the first to hit it with a rock at about thirty feet and the rock went clean through the can!  I was surprised and pleased figuring here was something you could take down small game with.  Squirrels for sure and maybe even a rabbit if you caught it just right.

I kept the Survival Slingshot Archer in the toolbox in my truck and pulled it out here and there and had some fun with it.  Then I finally put the arrow rest on it and took a few shots in my basement where I have an indoor archery range set up.  I was less than impressed with it, but figured I’d wait until I got outside and gave it a fair shake.

A short time later I was in the woods with the Survival Slingshot Archer and decided to make a short video.  As you will see, my results were less than stellar.

Watch the video and you’ll see that I pretty much suck shooting arrows with it.  Check it out:

Have you ever picked something up like a gun, or bow, or knife, and just knew that this was what you were going to be good at?  You liked the feel of it in your hand, the weight of it, the way it lined up?  Well, this was the opposite of that feeling when I tried to shoot arrows with the Survival Slingshot Archer.

First, it was difficult for me to aim with it.  Then I had to figure out how to release so it would not fly sideways out of the pouch.  Overall it wasn’t a good feel for me.  Some people might try and edit the video so they look good shooting it, but I thought I’d leave in the part where I get frustrated so you could get an idea of what I was doing.  You’ve all been there before with something I’m sure.  Well, here it was for me.  For some reason me and the Survival Slingshot did not click when it came to shooting arrows through it.  It’s a good, rugged, piece of equipment

Overall

Overall, I really liked shooting rocks and ball bearings with it.  It was fast and I even got to the point where I was semi-accurate with it.  There’s a compartment in the handle where you can store matches, fishing gear, and other small survival tools, which is a pretty good idea.

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When shooting arrows I was worried that the velocity wouldn’t be enough to penetrate a small animal.  Maybe others have had really good luck shooting arrows with it, but I wasn’t one of them.  I’d give it five stars shooting ball bearings and rocks and two stars with the arrow adapter.  Anybody out there have any experience with this type of set up?  Any advice for getting better with it?

Questions?  Comments?

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-Jarhead Survivor

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15 comments… add one
  • Leon November 6, 2014, 11:59 am

    I think a slingshot can be a useful tool for harvesting small game. I am leery about shooting arrows with one, though, since I’m not sure there is enough velocity to ensure a fclean kill. http://www.survivalcommonsense.com/review-survival-slingshot-for-emergency-situationsfeed/

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  • Pineslayer November 6, 2014, 1:35 pm

    That sure is a rugged looking unit. What length were the arrows that you were using?
    Might it be better shooting bolts?

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    • Jarhead Survivor November 16, 2014, 6:05 pm

      These were about 33 inch arrows. Like Leon mentions above I didn’t feel that this particular unit would get up enough speed to provide a quick clean kill. Maybe if I shortened the rubber tubes on each side it would provide a little more velocity.

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  • irishdutchuncle November 6, 2014, 1:39 pm

    I got an inexpensive slingshot to keep in my “day hike bag” but I haven’t gotten around to using it yet. (still in its original packaging)
    I’ll wait a while, and then buy a second one…
    the one you tested looks to be real high quality. (buy once, cry once)

    I’m wondering if a few “take-down” arrows could survive in my bag for years and still remain straight enough to shoot when the time comes to use them.

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    • Jarhead Survivor November 16, 2014, 6:13 pm

      I don’t see why they wouldn’t last as long as you stored them straight.

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      • onecrzdogman November 27, 2014, 12:55 am

        i use a external frame pack and store an arrow in each upright tube.

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  • Parboiled Hamster November 7, 2014, 1:43 pm

    From what I know, Dave Canterbury invented this device. While demonstrating, he used the open end of the whisker biscuit to aim. Not owning one myself, I would assume that you would pull the arrow back to the corner of your mouth like a “conventional” bow and use the open end of the whisker biscuit to aim like Dave did.

    Maybe that will help…

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    • Jarhead Survivor November 16, 2014, 6:14 pm

      That’s something I could try. I have it stored out to my camp right now and the next time I go out there I’ll try it. Thanks for the tip.

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  • draq wraith November 11, 2014, 2:03 am

    I have seen one like this a long time ago it was a detachable item for the bottom of a survival knife. I thought then there is something I’m going to suck at. Never bought it.
    If you watch the history channel a blurb top shoot told me about the sling shot turn it so it is 90degrees draw the sling shot back like your shooting a bow and release

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  • snoe leperd November 15, 2014, 10:50 am

    dave cantabrey macks a good one he evins says hes taken a smal buck weth hes

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    • Jarhead Survivor November 16, 2014, 6:17 pm

      I wouldn’t even consider shooting this one at a deer. It might cause an injury, but in its current configuration it would never take a deer down.

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  • Roger November 25, 2014, 10:53 pm

    I think that using a slingshot/sling bow for hunting is viable for small game (say ‘rabbits’). I realize that on the East coast (USA), the deer are quite small, (less than 100 pounds dressed out) but here in the west where Mule deer and Elk are the ‘normal’ big game animals, even a well placed shot with a compound bow almost never ‘drops’ one in it’s tracks! I’m sure the much slower arrow from a sling bow might injure a muley, but you’re probably going to have a very long tracking job (maybe days), and injured animals often seem to know where you can’t follow! Though I have many other hunting weapons (including slingshots), a firearm is almost always the best option (IMHO), and one bullet weighs much less than an arrow (that can break or get lost) and takes up a lot less space! That said, a slingshot/sling bow could be a lot of fun to play with! Good Luck!

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  • Pastor William November 28, 2014, 4:51 am

    Tried it with small bolt failure xxx

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