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Frequently Asked Questions
I’m new to the sport, how should I start? Which catapult should I buy?
The best thing to do is get the basic equipment and start practicing. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to pick up a catapult, some bands and some ammo and start shooting some home-made targets. We offer a few catapults that are low-cost and easy to learn with, such as our Pro-Shot PSBS slingshot. Shooting tips and band advice can be found on our Tips & Tutorials page.
What will I receive with my slingshot order?
Each catapult comes with an appropriate band set, fixing strips if necessary and instructions on how to attach the bands (further details on what is including with each slingshot can be seen on the product page). Once you've attached the bands all you need is some ammo which can be found fairly cheap on the web (try searching "9.5mm lead ball bearings" or your preferred size). The bands we supply with each slingshot order are strong and powerful bands but they will degrade eventually with extended use like all bands and will need replacing as soon as any tears appear. We have a wide range of extra band sets, and materials to make your own, available under Bands & Fixings.
What ammo should I use?
You should only ever use lead or steel ball bearings or ammunition specifically designed for slingshots. Common sizes range from 8mm to 16mm. Do not use stones, marbles or any other small objects as you may damage your bands, your catapult or even yourself or somebody else.
What is the difference between TTF and OTT?
These are different styles of shooting, and require different band setups:
OTT (Over-The-Top) - the bands are fixed horizontally along the top of the forks so the shot is fired over the top. The OTT bands are set up with the bands attached at a 90° angle to the pouch so that the ammo pouch remains vertical and the bands stay horizontal when shooting.
TTF (Through-The-Fork) - the bands are set up vertically on the outside edges of the forks so that the shot is fired through the forks. The TTF bands are set up with the bands attached in line with the pouch so both the bands and the pouch remain vertical when shooting.
Some of the slingshots we sell are designed for TTF or OTT use and some allow for both setups to be used.
Should I replace my catapult if I’ve damaged it?
All our metal catapults will last a lifetime if they’re looked after properly. Shallow dents and scratches won’t affect the performance of the catapult but you should always check your slingshot regularly as further damage or significant damage will mean it is no longer safe and will need replacing. This is especially true if it has significant damage to the forks such as several large fork hits, it’s better to be safe and replace a damaged slingshot than risk hurting yourself or others.
How do I have a custom slingshot made?
We've made a lot of custom castings for customers which you can see in our Photo gallery. If you would like us to quote for a custom casting of your own design please contact us for more information.
How long will it take for my order to be dispatched?
If we receive your order before 12pm we will do our very best to dispatch it the same day provided we have it in stock, any orders received after 12pm will likely be sent out the next day. Occasionally we do run out of stock and we will contact you if there will be any delays to your order
For more information please visit our Shipping page
How long will shipping take?
This depends where your delivery address is. We use Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For service for our UK deliveries and Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed for international shipping.
1st Class Signed For (UK Only) – The Royal Mail aim to deliver the next working day after dispatch, however this is not a guaranteed service and sometimes it can take up to a week before it arrives, especially if you live in the Scottish Highlands or Northern Ireland.
International Tracked & Signed – The Royal Mail aim to deliver to Europe within 3-5 working days after dispatch and worldwide within 5-7 working days after dispatch, however this is not guaranteed and can take up to 4 weeks to arrive. Please be aware that sometimes this is only a tracked or signed service in some countries, please see this link http://www.royalmail.com/personal/international-delivery/international-tracked-signed/coverage
I think my order might be lost in transit because it still hasn’t arrived?
If you’re a UK customer, please allow 10 working days from the dispatch date, we cannot make any inquiries or claims with the Royal Mail before this time. If you’re an international customer, please allow 25 days from the dispatch date before contacting us, we cannot make any inquiries or claims with the Royal Mail before this time. Please contact us if it’s been this long and we will help locate your delivery.