Every once in a while a company says, “Hey, want to review our prime prepper products?” (or something similar, but less fun sounding). Montie Design offers a line of “Montie Gear” they’re looking to promote through the prepper market, so they gave me a shout out a while ago. I said, “sure, send it.”
What I got was a slingshot and a “tree rest.” Let’s talk about the slingshot first. Montie company pics below:
The first question I have to ask myself in giving SHTF Blog readers a worthwhile review is “what survival applications do these products have?” The slingshot is fairly easy – slay small game …. I guess. I mean, would I really recommend a sling shot for that? Nah, .22 rifle for the win. But the slingshot is virtually silent, that’s an advantage over the .22 rifle. Nah, bow and arrow for the win. So how could I justify buying a slingshot? They’re fun! Memories from my childhood of picking up pebbles and acorns to send sailing through the woods can’t be beat.
The Montie slingshot is lightweight, super strong frame and paracord wrapped around the handle. Unfortunately, that’s as far as its benefits go. The elastic band on the slingshot is like a physical therapy band. It’s not a slingshot band. And when you pull the band back, you have to force your opposite hand forward to keep the frame upright. Poor design on both of those attributes. But here’s the REAL kicker. They want $99.95 for the slingshot! No, that’s not a typo. A hundred bucks!
Now compare that to the Barnett Outdoors Diablo Slingshot with stabilizers, complete with “power bands.”
Witness the difference in design? Montie said “let’s make an overly strong handheld Y frame and stick a rubber band on it.” Barnett said, “let’s build a sick slingshot, powerful and accurate.” But here’s the REAL kicker. It’s only $31.54 for it on Amazon.com!
I like the tree rest they sent me better. Company pics here:
Survival applications? Nil. That being said, this thing is really lightweight and I can think of more than one time when I’ve found the perfect hunting spot without a reliable rifle/shotgun rest to aid a rapid or distant shot. This would be perfect for many instances like that. But here’s the REAL kicker. They want $59.95 for it!
Now compare that to adjusting your position a bit and finding a branch.
It’s natural and you don’t have to carry it. But here’s the REAL kicker. It’s free!
Tough review, I know. *shrug* I tell it like I see it.
– Ranger Man