The Scout Hunting Slingshot
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- 100% American made, polycarbonate construction.
- Includes Latex Flatbands and the innovative, easy to use FlipClips™
- Includes complete owners manual
- Capable of shooting any elastic available
- Fits any size shooter or shooting style
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Inspired by the award winning Axiom design the Scout Gen 2 slingshot from SimpleShot Shooting Sports represents precision, quality, and affordability in one do-it-all package. 100% designed and made in the USA, the Scout is manufactured in North Carolina. The polycarbonate construction provides an extremely strong and durable frame, capable of withstanding heavy use. The rubber overmold provides a warm and repeatable purchase on the slingshot, ensuring comfort and consistency. Capable of being fitted with any elastic available, from OTT to TTF, the Scout provides adaptability and the opportunity to stick to just one slingshot frame, while experimenting with various elastics- from wrist rocket tubes to chained office rubber bands, the Scout can wear it all and shoot it well. The Scout comes with unattached single layer .030" medical latex bands and premium leather pouch, but can shoot whatever you want to put on it with minor do it yourself modifications. The slingshot easily accommodates a variety of shooting styles, whether hammer grip, fork supported, or pinched. What's more, the unique asymmetrical palmswell allows both the youngster with small hands and the brawniest of hands to comfortably shoot. For those with small hands, simply turn the slingshot around backwards, and the palmswell creates a good fit for kids and ladies. Shot with the maker's mark facing the the shooter, one has the option of any popular grip style. With the addition of the FlipClip™ band attachment accessory, switching bands or fine tuning is a breeze. -5.75" tall -2-3/8" between the forks -4" overall fork width -3/4" thick fork cross section -7/8" fork tip width -5/16" diameter tube holes -weight- 4.6oz Slingshot comes without the bands installed.
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I'll do pros and cons...
-comes with bands and pouch
-The forks have indents for a variety of bands and attachment options.
-Durability- It's made of fiberglass reinforced resin... don't worry about it ever breaking.
-Comfort- The palm swell is perfect and, again refering to versatility, it is shaped to accomodate either of the three holding styles (hammer, pinch or thumb assisted.)
-If you are planning on carrying it in your pocket, it is a bit larger than their other models but still much smaller and carryable than the bent fork models you find in big box stores.
-I haven't really noticed it but some have said the edges are somewhat sharpish, which would affect you if you use the pinch grip. I honestly wouldn't be too concerned by this, though, because that's something that can be solved with some sandpapering. I would say go with a course grit and get it roughly how you like it before smoothing it back out with a fine grit.
All in all, if you want cheap and durable, you can go to Walmart. If you want to add versatility, comfort and pride of ownership, get the scout. Oh, and on a side note- if you have a bigger budget and want more style/ visual appeal, go to flippinout's actual website (flippinoutslingshots.com) and brows their other offerings. It's a small company but there's a ridiculous number of different models and designs.
First impression -I was skeptical at first after reading about the "flimsy" plastic band fasteners before I purchased this product. I decided to get it as it had the most versatile band mounting options (over the top, or around the sides.) After installing the bands I realized that the only way the previous reviewer could have broken them is if he over-tightened the plastic and stripped it out. This can be done if you are fearful of the bands slipping and tend to really crank of the screw past the point where it can't screw in any further. I found that moderate tension holds the bands perfectly without slippage and still not stripped plastic. They manufacturer even puts in an owners manual and installation guide for installing the bands correctly. To me this added a professional touch and value to my purchase.
Shooting Session - I was shooting 3/8" steel ball ammo and within minutes I was shooting 1-2" groups at 10 yards with this product. Given that I have only been shooting a week, this is realistic for me. I am a male standing at 6'2" and 250lbs. While the large grip didn't feel uncomfortable, I liked shooting with the smaller handle more. The product did feel like it was made with a high amount of quality control as there were not any noticable machining marks on the fiberglass. While shooting, the ergonomics felt great when at full draw and the bands and pouch were great. I will say that after about 400 rounds or so, the bands popped off the pouch. They didn't break, the string that held it on just came untied. All I did was get a piece of string and retie it and it was good and shooting again. It was just a small hiccup that was definitely not a huge deal. The bands are still holding up well and I am loving this slingshot!
Ergonomics - perfect for my large size hands. The hand pretty well locks into the same position every time I grab this slingshot. I use a thumb support grip. The palm swell feels great.
- Versatility - I have only used flat bands routed over the top with this slingshot, but it can accommodate any type of band easily with the included flip clips (which I don't actually use).
Cons: The palm swell that makes it so ergonomic is a little thick for a pocket, but it seems like a good trade-off.
I have since ordered another Scout and a bunch of band making accessories directly from the Simple-Shot website. I also just ordered a polymer Axiom model slingshot that I'm hoping will be more pocket friendly. It is only slightly smaller, but doesn't have a palm swell (made from flat sheet of HDPE).
If I were to own only 1 slingshot, The Scout would definitely be it.
Lastly, It is worthwhile spending a little time on youtube checking out a few slingshot videos for a few shooting pointers. Also check out Joerg Sprave's slingshot channel. Quite entertaining.
I'm a slingshot newbie, so have nothing to compare this to, but I will say that it has done an *outstanding* job of clearing out several squirrel nests using nothing but acorns as the ammo.
Have an internal dialogue of 'Dinner's served' when lobbing the acorns through the nests. The acorns are big enough to do a nice job of breaking up the nest. Would hate to think what 'real' slingshot ammo would do if you got hit. Powerful little slingshot!