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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?
Most of our catapults come 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 some bands all you need is some ammo which can be found fairly cheap on the web. The bands we supply with some of our slingshots are strong and powerful bands but, like all latex bands, they will degrade with use and like all slingshot bands they will need replacing as soon as any tears or deterioration 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 or any other small jagged 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 tied in line to the pouch so both the bands and the pouch remain vertical when drawing.
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 like fork hits 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 in the same area, it’s better to be safe and replace a badly damaged slingshot rather 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?
We dispatch orders most weekday afternoons and aim to dispatch orders within 1-3 working days of receiving them however orders recevied over the weekend will not be dispatched until the following week as we do not work on weekends.
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 to most UK addresses within 1-3 days after dispatch, however this is not a guaranteed service and sometimes it can take up to 10 working days before it arrives, especially if you live in the Scottish Highlands or Northern Ireland.
International Tracked & Signed / International 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 28 working days or longer to arrive (particularly if your item is held up in your country's customs clearance). 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 before contacting us
Unfortunately we cannot make any inquiries or claims with the Royal Mail before this time.
If you’re an international customer (including EU countries), please allow 28 working days from the dispatch date before contacting us
Unfortunately 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.