Turning Balloons into Deadly Slingshots

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by Brian Brushwood & Jason Murphy

We don’t know who first had the idea of attaching two lengths of rubber to a Y-shaped stick in order to launch rocks at things. What we do know, however, is that slingshots are awesome. You can keep your sling, David -- let’s see Goliath withstand our steel-framed, laser-sighted, arrow-firing bringer of pain.

There are simpler, less lethal ways to shoot at things that aren’t giants in your backyard, though. And the good news is that you can improvise your very own slingshot using materials you might have just sitting in a box in the back of your closet right now: binder rings and balloons. Oh, and you’ll need some ammo, obviously. Plastic BBs work well, and so do ball bearings if you want to ruin some completely defenseless soda cans.

Evan and Katelyn join us again to help test these deadly contraptions. OK, so maybe they’re not deadly, but you can definitely injure someone. Maybe even yourself if you don’t fire it properly.


Like this video? Check out “Improvising a PVC Bow” and “Building a Solenoid-Triggered Air Cannon”.

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