It’s Come To This

Thanks to Bloomberg’s money and the anti-gun focus of the Democrats in the Colorado legislature, companies such as Magpul and HiViz sights are leaving that state.

Thus when I read this story today about Trumark Slingshots expanding their operations in Boulder, it hit me. The gun prohibitionists want us reduced to using slingshots for our personal defense.

Now don’t get me wrong – a slingshot in the right hands, can be and is a deadly weapon. However, there are the limitations. To be accurate with one takes a lot of practice, it has a limited range, it is a one-shot weapon, and it is hard or impossible to use if you are weak, disabled, or maimed.

There are a lot of uses for a slingshot but being your primary self-defense tool isn’t one of them.

UPDATE: Dennis at Dragon Leatherworks sent me a correction about the legality of slingshots in New York.  Dennis is a refugee from New York and its draconian gun laws now living in the gun friendly state of Tennessee. Dennis told me he was happy to embarrass NY any time he had a chance.

In NY, slingshots are illegal. So the Bloomberg prohibitionists don’t want us even reduced to slingshots.

Look it up. (As a former denizen of that state I can tell you that they are illegal)

New York Penal Code Section 265.01, para (1) & (2) state:

“A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree when:

(1) He or she possesses any firearm, electronic dart gun, electronic stun gun, gravity knife, switchblade knife, pilum ballistic knife, metal knuckle knife, cane sword, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, plastic knuckles, metal knuckles, chuka stick, sand bag, sandclub, wrist-brace type slingshot or slungshot, shirken or “Kung Fu star”; or

(2) He possesses any dagger, dangerous knife, dirk, razor, stiletto, imitation pistol, or any other dangerous or deadly instrument or weapon with intent to use the same unlawfully against another; “

NSSF On Slings For Your “Modern Sporting Rifle”

Mark Thomas of the NSSF talks with Bob Whaley of Gunsite about slings for the “modern sporting rifle”*. They discuss both 1-point and 2-point slings. It gives some good stuff on what to look for in a sling.

Slings don’t have to be expensive. I just paid $20 for a decent 1-point sling at Wally Word that is actually pretty decent.

If you are good with craft-oriented stuff, read through this thread on Arfcom. It gives instructions on making many types of slings on the cheap.

*AR-15 or M-4gery