In case you don’t know, a shepherd’s sling is a sling used to throw a projectile such as a stone or marble. It can be used for hunting, self-defense, and fending off wild animals. For example, shepherds would use it to throw rocks at wolves threatening their flock. Thus the term, shepherd’s sling.
In the Bible story about David and Goliath, David was a shepherd, so when the day came for him to fight Goliath, he used his sling. He slew Goliath by hitting him with a rock right in the forehead.
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More than almost any other weapon, the effectiveness of a shepherd’s sling depends upon the skill of the user. For someone with no experience, it will be almost completely useless. But for someone with lots of experience, a shepherd’s sling could be deadly.
In this video, Black Scout Survival explains how to make one. All you need is a 6 to 8-foot length of paracord. Here’s how to make it.
- Fold the paracord in half and drape it over your hand.
- Wrap one side around your hand four times.
- Take it off your hand while keeping its shape intact.
- Wrap one end around the middle and make a simple knot.
- Thread the working end through the three loops.
- Repeat the previous two steps on the other side.
- You should end up with a pouch in the middle of the paracord.
This is probably very difficult to picture, which is why I love the magic of video. Watch it below so you can see how it’s done.
As I said, a shepherd’s sling is useless if you don’t know what you’re doing. Watch the video below to learn how to use one.