FAQs, Help & Downloads
How do I start? Which catapult should I buy?
We offer a few low-cost catapults that are great for starting out and developing your shooting skills, such as the Pro-Shot Ballistic Sport or some of the SimpleShot range of slingshots, but really any of our catapults we sell are perfectly fine for anyone new to the sport to start learning with. There is a lot of variety when it comes to catapults and there are no right answers or one-size-fits-all solutions to our sport.
We recommend new shooters do a bit of research in to shooting safety and techniques, and the different types of catapults, bands, shooting styles etc to see what they would like to try. The Gamekeeper Pocket Poacher range (PPSG, PPMG & PPMG+) may be our most popular catapults (and its hard not to recommend these catapults to anyone, novice or expert, because they're fantastic designs) however we offer a lot of different catapults from some really amazing designers and for us it really does come down to trying different catapults and learning new shooting styles and techniques.
What else do I need? What will I receive with my order?
Most of our catapults come with an appropriate band set, fixing strips if necessary and instructions on how to attach the bands. Further details of what is including with each slingshot can be seen on the product page. All bands have a limited life and we always recommend buying spare bands when ordering because you will need them eventually (If your not sure which bands you need see Which bands do you recommend? below).
Other than a catapult and some bands, the only other things you need are ammo, a target and eye protection! (Very important! Always wear eye protection and follow our safety advice). We don't sell slingshot ammo at the moment but it is easy to find on the web (If your not sure which ammo you need see Which ammo should I use? below)
How long will it take for my order to be dispatched? How long will shipping take?
Please visit our Shipping page for more information on dispatch and shipping estimates
How do I attach the bands?
Most of our catapults come with instructions explaining how to attach the supplied bands to the catapult forks. We've also created a pdf you can download here
There's also loads of great tutorials on YouTube to help you with attaching and making your own bands, such as Gamekeeper John's excellent instructional videos
Can we attach the bands to your catapult for you?
You should only use bands when you are certain they are securely attached - badly fitted bands can cause injuries and you should always ensure the bands are secure and still good to use each and every time before you start shooting. Unfortunately we can't guarantee bands will remain securely attached during shipping so we don't attach them for you.
We also don't attach the bands for you because eventually they will need replacing by you anyway so its important to learn how to attach them from the start. All bands have a limited life depending on use and we always recommend buying some spare bands and referring to the band instructions until you learn how to attach them properly.
Which bands do you recommend?
Most of our cast metal flat band catapults come with a Theraband or Precise band set, which will be TTF or OTT depending on the catapult. The bands supplied have a good balance of draw resistance and strength for 9mm/10mm ammo and are the bands we will generally recommend if using this size ammo. We also sell tubes and other bands for other types of forks under Bands and Fixings
What ammo should I use?
You should only use lead or steel ball bearings (or ammunition specifically designed for slingshots). Common sizes range from 8mm to 16mm but most shooters using our flat band catapults use 9mm/10mm steel BBs. Do not use stones or any other small jagged objects as you may damage your bands, your catapult or even yourself or somebody else.
What is the difference between bands? What does TTF or OTT mean?
Different types of bands:
The 2 main types of bands used on slingshots are flat bands (commonly know as just "bands") or tubes. They both come in a variety of thicknesses and each size has its own advantages however which one is "better" depends more on experience, skill and personal preference. Any of these band types can be used for shooting targets or hunting with the right technique however some might be considered more appropriate depending on ammo type, shooting style and the slingshot frame you're using.
Latex compound bands such as Theraband, Dankung/Precise and GZK are popular choices and come in various thicknesses and widths. These bands can be bought ready made in TTF or OTT configuration with a leather or fabric ammo pouch attached and are often sold as single or double sets. We sell some of these bands here
, if you can't find the bands you're looking for then a much wider selection is available from band manufacturers on the web and eBay.
The band sets we sell are made from latex compounds and each material has its own characteristics and advantages depending on your shooting style and personal preferences. The main difference between bands is the draw resistance. Those with a greatly extended draw (ex. "butterfly" style) will usually use bands with less resistance for a longer draw. Shooters with a shorter draw length (cheek/jaw/ear anchor point style) will usually use bands that provide more resistance to achieve the same effect although this is not a standard rule and many shooters may choose bands with less or more resistance for other reasons.
Latex tubes also come in various widths and thicknesses and we sell separate lengths to be made in to band set as well as ready-made single and looped sets. More traditional thick square rubber bands (which have a lot more resistance) are also available.
TTF & OTT
These are different methods of shooting, and require different band setups.
OTT (Over-The-Top) - the bands are fixed horizontally along the top of the forks so the shot is fired over the top. (The OTT bands are set up with the bands attached at a 90° angle to the pouch so that the ammo pouch remains vertical and the bands stay horizontal when shooting)
TTF (Through-The-Fork) - the bands are set up vertically on the outside edges of the forks so that the shot is fired through the forks. (The TTF bands are tied in line to the pouch so both the bands and the pouch remain vertical when drawing)
Some of the catapults we sell are only designed to be used TTF or OTT and will require the correct matching TTF or OTT bands, however some can be used TTF and OTT if the forks allow for both options, allowing you to swap between TTF and OTT as required.
Need help getting started? Here's a few tips
Shooting stance and technique:
Facing approximately 90° to your target, keep your feet shoulder-width apart and aim towards the target while pulling horizontally to your anchor point before releasing. Everyone has slight variations to their approach depending on size and shooting style and its important to try adjusting your methods slightly until you feel comfortable shooting and your aiming improves.
We recommend starting off about 6m or 7m (20ft-23ft) away from a target such as a our printable target, a spinner target or even a playing card. As you practise shooting, adjust your stance and shooting method until you feel comfortable with your shooting and consistently hit the target at this distance.
While you are practising gradually get further away from your target (1m/3ft at a time) as you become more consistent with your aiming to make it more challenging and try shooting smaller targets or moving targets. We've added a printable target below which you can print at home and use to practice.
There are some really great instructional videos on YouTube, particularly by Gamekeeper John and SimpleShot, which are very informative and do a great job of explaining the basics to get you started. There are hundreds more great channels, websites and forums where you can learn more about shooting. We always recommend trying to get involved with a local shooting group, who can usually be found on Facebook
Should I replace my catapult if I’ve damaged it?
All our metal catapults will last a lifetime if they’re looked after properly. Shallow dents like fork hits and scratches won’t affect the performance of the catapult but you should always check your slingshot regularly as further damage or significant damage will mean it is no longer safe and will need replacing. This is especially true if it has significant damage to the forks such as several large fork hits in the same area, it’s better to be safe and replace a badly damaged slingshot rather than risk hurting yourself or others.
How do I have a custom slingshot made?
If you would like us to quote for a custom casting of your own design please contact us
for more information.