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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.
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. 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.
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
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.
The 2 main types of bands used on slingshots are flat bands and 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 easily from band makers on the web, or you can make your own. All bands have a limited life depending on how much they are used 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) to start with, these work well with 10mm or similar steel BBs.
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.
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" when shooting. TTF (Through-The-Fork) bands are fixed vertically on the outside of the forks so that the shot is fired through the forks when shooting.
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. You can download our paper target here 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.
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.
If you would like a quote for a custom casting of your own design (we cannot modify any of the existing frames we sell) please use the contact page and message us for more information.