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Frequently Asked Questions
When will you dispatch my order? When will it be delivered?
We process and dispatch orders most weekday afternoons and aim to dispatch orders within 1-3 working days of receiving them. Any orders received Thursday - Sunday may not be processed until the following week. UK shipping is usually 1-3 working days from the dispatch date to most UK mainland addresses. For international shipping delivery times, please see https://proshotcatapults.com/shipping
Please visit our Shipping page for full information on dispatching and shipping
I've just placed my order but I have not received an confirmation email
A confirmation email is automatically sent to the email address you have entered at checkout. Please check your email's junk/spam folder if you have not received this email after placing your order. If you can't find the emails in your inbox or junk/spam folder, you may have entered your email address incorrectly at checkout. Please contact us using the contact form here and we can correct this for you.
I am a beginner, which catapult/slingshot 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 almost all the 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 a band set, fixing strips if necessary and instructions on how to attach the bands. All bands have a limited life and we always recommend buying spare bands when ordering because you will need them eventually (see Which bands do you recommend? below). The only other things you need are ammo and eye protection!
Full details of what is included with each catapult can be read in the product description on each product page.
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 for flat bands 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?
Unfortunately we can't guarantee bands will remain securely attached during shipping so we won't attach them for you. 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?
All bands have a limited life depending on use and we always recommend buying some spare bands with your order if you don't already have any. If you are not sure, we recommend either the Thera-Band Gold or Precise .65 band sets (check if you need TTF or OTT). These bands are similar and both offer a good balance of draw resistance and strength and are suitable for 8mm to 12mm ammo. We also sell tubes and other bands for different types of forks here
What ammo should I use?
We recommend steel or lead 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, 9.5mm or 10mm steel BBs. We don't recommend using stones or any other small jagged objects because they are unpredictable and you may damage your bands and/or your catapult, or cause injury to 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 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
or you can buy them from sellers on the web/Facebook/eBay, or you can make your own. Latex tubes also come in various widths and thicknesses and we sell separate lengths to be made in to band sets as well as ready-made single and looped sets.
TTF & OTT
These are different methods of shooting, and require different band setups. OTT (Over-The-Top) bands are fixed horizontally along the top of the forks so the shot is fired over the top. TTF (Through-The-Fork) bands are fixed vertically on the outside of the forks so that the shot is fired through the forks. Some of the catapults we sell are only designed to be used TTF or OTT only, and will require the correct matching TTF or OTT bands. Some can be used TTF or OTT (aka. universal forks) 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 practice 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 practicing 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 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 also recommend trying to get involved with a local shooting group, who can usually be found on Facebook, a good way to learn from fellow shooters in your area.
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.