I have hit my fork. What now?
That is NOT good. This situation is much like hitting the curbstone with your car. Maybe nothing has happened, maybe your frame is bust. You MUST inspect the slingshot very carefully before you go on using it. You can always return the slingshot to us and we will inspect it for you, of course. If you want to do that by yourself, this video tells you how it is done:
NEVER ignore the fork hit and keep shooting. If the arm is ALMOST broken, it may snap and hit you in the face. The results may be fatal.
I want power. Why should I waste my time with weak bands and small ammo?
Because it will take time before you can master heavy bands and ammo. Otherwise you won't be hitting your target as you won't be able to control your shot. Worst case you may hurt others or yourself. Plus, target shooting is fun, and strong bands will tire you out very early. Even strong guys like their target shooters!
I am a total beginner. How should I start?
We recommend using single flat bands, and powder balls as ammo. Those won't hurt anyone and can't damage anything. After 200 completely successful shots, move up to small steel balls. Then further on as you see fit.
What is the best ammo?
Everybody has different preferences. Some like small ammo, others prefer big steel balls. Why not testing different sizes and find YOUR preferred size?
I want my bands to last. How do I do that?
First, put them in a drawer when you don't shoot. Sunlight will destroy the bands quickly. Also, drawing the bands out far kills them a lot quicker! If you overstretch a band, it won't take long before it tears even though those shots are certainly more powerful.
If you never stretch your bands to more than four times the relaxed length, it will last for hundreds of shots. If you stretch it to five or six times (the maximum) the relaxed length, then you will get more power – but it will break much earlier.
Don't draw out your bands just for fun (empty). Don't “dry shoot” your slingshot. This will shorten the life expectancy of the bands.
I am getting hand slaps after a shot. It hurts.
This is a typical effect when you shoot strong bands and light ammo. The bands will than have a lot of unspent energy after the ball is on its way, and fly out far towards the target. Then the bands will snap back and hit your hand.
Use heavier ammo, draw out a bit shorter, or change your shooting style (“flip style”, as explained in the video manual). Then the problem will be solved.
Where to get more tips?
The best place is the forum. It's free – and a fun place, too!