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Thrand Godfrey




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Aug, 2015 9:56 am    Post subject: Roman Lead Sling Bullet Test - Embed in Flesh?         Reply with quote

We tested out Roman Glandes or lead sling bullets to see if the old accounts of them embedding in warriors and needing special surgical tools to remove them was accurate. We got surprising results!


Roman Lead Sling Bullet Test - Embed in Flesh? 20% Ballistic gel take 2!
https://youtu.be/X-I5RjodS80

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Mart Shearer




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Aug, 2015 6:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Try a staff sling at some range.
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Timo Nieminen




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Aug, 2015 6:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Have you measured the speed of the bullets with this throw? (Or the range you get with them.)

(Staff slings can have excellent performance. Fist-sized rock thrown 200m has good potential military effect.)

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Thrand Godfrey




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PostPosted: Tue 04 Aug, 2015 9:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Timo Nieminen wrote:
Have you measured the speed of the bullets with this throw? (Or the range you get with them.)

(Staff slings can have excellent performance. Fist-sized rock thrown 200m has good potential military effect.)


Would love to test out a staff sling in a future video as well as a long sling Big Grin

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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Wed 05 Aug, 2015 12:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There were two-handed slings that threw heavier weights as well. They were wielded in a similar manner as the olympic hammer toss.
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Aug, 2015 9:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cool video. Thanks for posting. I have never seen a sling in action like that, no idea they could be so devastating...
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