Do you know that the slingshot is one of the primitive skills you must learn? Check out how to use one of the most viable survival tools you can carry here.
Primitive Skills: Using a Slingshot for Survival
Modern Slingshots have been in use for around 175 years. And while they might be notably associated with childhood vandalism (like “Dennis the Menace”), they are also incredible survival tools, provided you have the patience to practice! They’re ultralight, compact, have unlimited ammo, and powerful enough to take out a rabbit, squirrel, bird, and other small game.
When it comes to using a slingshot for survival (and honing any primitive skills really), practice makes perfect, and patience breeds perfection. After you choose your slingshot (either homemade or store bought) the next key point is choosing the right ammo and practicing your aim.
Testing out any new skill can be incredibly frustrating, but you’ve got to stick with it. Check out the step-by-step guide below to start using a slingshot properly:
1. Looking for Ammo
The type of ammo you’ll use has a big impact on your accuracy and exactly how lethal your shot will be. Ideally, you’ll want to use a uniform ammo (like ball bearings) to get an accurate shot every single time. However, in an SHTF scenario, access to ball bearings will be impossible, so I always recommend practicing with rocks. Remember, practice makes perfect!
2. Loading and Holding Your Ammo
Load your slingshot with your selected ammo. Using your dominant hand, hold the base of the slingshot. Your ammo should be placed exactly in the middle of the pouch without shifting. The positioning of your ammo is important as it will tell how it will be projected when fired.
3. Keeping Your Ammo in Place
With the use of your thumb and index finger, hold the ammo and stretch out the rubber of your slingshot. Make sure to have your thumb parallel with the strap. Avoid having the pocket or pouch get squeezed too tight as this can hinder the release of the ammo.
Aim for your target and have your dominant hand hold the slingshot handle. After the release, there may be a tendency for your slingshot to jerk forward, which can lead to inaccurate firing. Your strong arm is more adept to keep the slingshot steady, thus avoiding an inaccurate fire.
5. Slingshot Positioning
Have your arm raised on the side while holding the slingshot. You can choose to point the fork upward or angle to the side, both positions will work fine. In the end, it will all boil down to the type of shot you’re taking.
6. Clearing and Firing
Aim slightly above your target, make sure nothing will block the path, and then release of your ammo. Practice using both eyes when aiming; this improves your accuracy compared to using just your dominant eye. Pull the band and stretch it out until it forms a triangle.
7. Releasing the Band to Fire
Before releasing, make sure you have a clean shot, and there are no obstructions ahead aside from your target. Know that the length of your band determines the distance to your target. The shorter the band, the shorter its range is. When everything is clear, release your grip from the ammo.
Learn other useful primitive survival skills outdoors by watching this video from Wilderness Pioneers:
Learning how to use a slingshot is one of the most useful primitive skills you can acquire. But while it’s really fun to use, a slingshot can also be dangerous and cause unintended harm to others. For that reason, you should be careful and responsible in how you use it. If you’re a newbie on using slingshots, don’t worry because your accuracy and precision can improve through practice.
Aside from using a slingshot, what other primitive skills do you know? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Up Next: Primitive Survival Skills: Surviving Without Tools And Supplies
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 19, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
As survivalists, most of us are constantly honing our craft and figuring out new ways to put our skills to the test. We do this to keep our minds sharp and to make sure that we have the primitive survival skills necessary to survive in whatever situation might come our way. And sometimes, we find the best survival techniques by looking back… WAY back.
Primitive Survival Skills For When SHTF
Surviving in an urban environment in the backdrop of modern technology requires very specific survival skills. That’s why survivalists like us should always stay on our toes and keep abreast of what’s going on in the world — so that our skills can evolve and change with the times. Some skills, however, are evergreen, and that’s why they’re passed down from generation to generation. These primitive survival skills, combined with the right survival gear, might just save your ass in an emergency situation someday. Here is a list of some of the most important primitive survival skills you can apply to your survivalist life.
1. Make Simple Tools from Flint
This is where ancient survival skills can be your best friend. Long before the industrial age, humans had to survive by making their own tools from natural materials. While it’s no longer the norm, with practice anyone can learn to make their own tools in the wild. These tools are always going to be useful, and require nothing more than wood, rock, twine, and a bit of know-how. Check out this video to learn how you can make simple tools from flint.
2. Find Your Own Food and Water
You may think now that have plenty of food stored up. In a SHTF scenario though, your supplies will run out eventually. You will need to know how to find alternate sources of food. Fortunately, the earth is brimming with edible plants and other food sources if you know where to look. Plants and fungi that are safe for human consumption include Morels, Chanterelles, Puffballs, polypores, Japanese Knotweed, and Dandelions. Knowing to tell fungi and plants apart is an indispensable survival skill. To learn more about these edible plants and other food and water sources, click here.
3. Trap for Your Life
Foraging isn’t your only option for getting food in the wilderness. Learning how to build simple traps out of found materials could be a truly lifesaving skill. Learn how to make one of our favorite primitive traps, the squirrel snare, here. Squirrel stew anyone?
4. How to Prepare a Rabbit for Eating
Whether you raise, hunt, or capture rabbits using a primitive trap, you need butchering skills to prepare them for eating. This article will teach you how to prep, kill, and butcher a rabbit – an essential primitive survival skill.
5. Find the Perfect Skinning Knife
This is a survival skill that’s been around since primitive times. Every hunter worth his salt should know this. If you’re gonna skin your fresh kill, you can’t just use any old knife. They are not all created equally. A skinning knife needs to be thin and curved so it cuts through the epidermis quite easily without damaging the meat. Click here to check out a few of our favorite knives.
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In a SHTF situation, you can’t always just walk into a store and purchase a weapon. You need to know how to make your own. People have been making weapons since the beginning of time. These tutorials will increase your knowledge in making knives from stuff that you use every day. These 5 tips will also help you learn how to sharpen your knife effectively.
7. Make a Knife from an Old Wrench
Being resourceful will help you survive. As shops close and sources for personal defense weapons grow scarce, you may find yourself having to improvise. Weaponry will be a major concern during a survival situation, so resourcefulness is key. This video will teach you how to turn common everyday items, like a wrench, into a knife.
8. Forging your Own Weapons and Tools
Blacksmithing is a very important primitive survival skill. Not only can it help you make your own tools for your own survival, but it can also give you an edge to trade for other items you might need. This at-home knife making furnace burner is perfect for any amateur blacksmith, grab it here.
9. Make Your Own Pack Basket
A pack basket is undeniably useful for quick transport. If bags are unavailable for you, you might need to make your own packs. The one in this tutorial is great for carrying camping supplies and other gear. Wicker baskets like these are sturdy, self-standing, easy to pack, versatile, and durable. This article will teach you how to make them yourself.
10. Make Your Own Bow
Making your own bow is essential for your survival. There’s a reason why bows are still in use around the world today. It is the most basic ranged weapon you can have and will put you in advantageous situations when SHTF. Besides being a self-defense weapon, it is also a great hunting tool. It is silent, light, and versatile. While it’s not easy to master, you’ll have a lot of time to get acquainted with it. Your bow will help you hunt your own food and you can also use it as a weapon for self-defense. To find out how you can make your own bow the primitive way, click here for the full tutorial.
11. Archery for Beginners
This article is perfect for beginners in learning the fundamentals of archery. Plus, it also shows the different kinds of bows that you can use. This is one primitive survival skill you need to know.
12. Archery Sighting Exercises
Hunting with a bow and arrow takes hours of practice. By doing these exercises, you will be shooting with great accuracy in no time. You don’t need to have top-of-the-line bow hunting accessories to hunt well using just a compound bow. Keep in mind though, that constant practice is the only thing that will make you really accurate with this weapon. Take the time to know your weapon and understand its strengths and weaknesses.
13. Bow Shooting in Detail
For those who learn better visual, this infographic will show you how to shoot a bow and arrow in detail.
14. Archery from a Female Perspective
Archery is a little different for women due to differences in weight distribution and upper body strength. This video shows how women can best use the bow and arrow. It teaches the stance and release, as well as the follow-through techniques. While being a lone wolf is appealing, you will inevitably hook up with a group to survive. Therefore, you should learn how to teach the fairer sex about properly defending themselves to increase your chances of survival.
15. Hone Your Fishing Skills
When SHTF, it’s all about going back to your roots, and this means capturing fish for food. But even if you’ve never been fishing, don’t you worry. Being a great fisherman is a skill that takes practice and precision… and a little redneck ingenuity. This article will teach you how to combine all three. Fishing will be a major food source for you during survival situations. Learning how to efficiently fish will ensure a steady food supply for years to come.
Another one of my favorite fishing hacks is this tiny but incredibly effective paracord fishing pod. You can get one for free HERE and it’a full of the items below – basically everything you need for some emergency/SHTF fishing.
16. Identifying Animal Tracks
A lot of your time will be spent foraging and hunting for food. A skill you will need to learn when hunting is tracking. This includes being able to tell which animals leave which tracks. Rabbits leave different prints than gophers and squirrels, for example. This skill will help you catch your next meal in the shortest time possible. Plus, it can help you avoid dangerous animals as well.
17. Staying on Course Without a Map or a Compass
Can you find your way without a GPS? There are a lot of tools available out there that can help you stay on course, even if you don’t have a compass or working phone. Our ancestors used the stars to find their way, and so can you. Learning how to tell directions using only the sky is a primitive survival skill that will save your life in a pinch.
18. Fortify Your Emergency Shelter
You can protect yourself from harsher elements in the wild by making DIY cement for your emergency shelter. While having a thatched hut may be enough for you, it’s not exactly a long-term solution. Learn how to make a more resilient shelter and ensure long-term survival.
19. Going Ballistic Old School Style
While it’s true that you should never bring a knife to a gun fight, you’ve gotta keep in mind that a gun eventually runs out of ammo. Knives don’t. If you run out of ammo, you can use your knife as an effective throwing tool to incapacitate or deliver a fatal blow to an animal or a hostile intruder.
Make your ancestors proud by learning how to make fire. Thanks to AZ Film Company for this video.
Modern day technology has made living so much easier. But when all else fails and SHTF, these primitive survival skills will be absolutely vital. One can only prepare for a SHTF situation for so long, and things may fall through the cracks. Learning how to do a lot of things without the help of modern tech will put you at an advantage in a society that’s become very enamored with its tech comforts. Remember, when everything collapses, you can only depend on yourself for survival. We hope these tips can help you out in dire situations in the future. Keep going, survivalist!
Do you have any primitive survival skills or tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!