Our favorite resourceful silent Australian has something new– a stone sling.

A sling is a weapon for throwing stones with greater force and range than by hand alone. It consists of a pouch and two lengths of cord. A rock is placed in the pouch and the two ends of the cords are held in the hand. The sling is then swung over the head to gain momentum. The sling is then swung forward in a throwing action and one end of the cord is released causing the pouch to open releasing the stone to fly at the target.

The ancient Greeks, Romans and Persian employed slingers to great effect in combat. And of course, as related in the First Book of Samuel, a ruddy youth named David used a sling and a stone he picked up off a wadi bed to fuck Goliath up for good.

Might have to try slinging one day.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to Stone-Slinging

  1. John Minehan says:

    Well, that is a category for consideration for the Order of St. Barbara, along with “catapulteres, archers, rocketeers and gunners.”


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