2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Back-To-Basics Hunting With Powerful Slingshots
Four years ago, the Bakersfield, Calif., pastor decided he needed something to supplement his income while serving his congregation. He recalled stories of how his father and uncle used slingshots to put food on the table in Texas during the Depression. And, though he’s middle-aged, Adkisson still enjoys “playing” with slingshots.
When he checked out the slingshots available, he discovered that none of them fit his hands very well. “Divine inspiration” sent him to his workshop, which resulted in the design for A+ Slingshots.
“I have a pinky hole in the grip. It allows you to lock it in your hand in place. You get a good grip and leverage without a wrist brace. It feels like part of your hand,” Adkisson says. “I was the first one to do that.”
He makes the Y-shaped slingshots in three sizes (2 1/4, 2 1/2 and 3-in. between the forks) to fit different size hands.
“I’m a woodworker so everything we do is out of wood,” Adkisson says. He offers plenty of wood choices – maple, birch, red oak, bamboo, red padauk and walnut. To prevent accidental breakage, he offers models with 1/8-in. brass rods glued through the forks for reinforcement. His birch laminate models are naturally strong and come in a variety of stains.
The type of band determines how the slingshot is used.
“We have bands for everyone. Some people enjoy target shooting with 3/8-in. steel balls. For plinking we use lighter bands,” he says.
Hunters use big bands and 1/2-in. steel ball ammo for speed and power. The Ultra Power Band is a double tapered band with two pieces of rubber on each side. The taper adds speed for 1/2-in. steel or .44 caliber lead to hit hard to humanely kill squirrels, rabbits and game birds.
He also sells Megabands and straight-cut bands for hunting. His Jackalope Slingbow model includes a rotating power head to turn a slingshot into a bow with bands that shoot arrows with a 50 lb. draw weight, legal for bow hunting. They shoot full-length arrows up to 140 yards, with accuracy similar to a longbow.
Adkisson’s line of products starts as low as $20 for an unfinished Rough and Ready slingshot with an adjustable band ($25/finished) in all three sizes. Other models range from $40 to $70 according to size and type of wood. The Jackalope Slingbow/Slingshot sells for $135.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Perry Adkisson, A+ Slingshots, P.O. Box 5291, Bakersfield, Calif. 93388 (email@example.com; www.aplusslingshots.com).
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