In this section we’ve tried to answer the most frequently asked questions we get. If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, please contact us using the contact form

Shipping

When will my order be shipped?

We aim to dispatch orders within 1-3 working days of receiving them. Any orders received Friday-Sunday will not be dispatched until the following week.

We’ll send you an order confirmation email immediately after checkout. We’ll send another email with your tracking number once we’ve dispatched your order

How long does shipping take?

Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For is usually 1-3 working days from the dispatch date to most UK mainland addresses

Royal Mail 2nd Class Signed For is usually 2-5 working days from the dispatch date to most UK mainland addresses

Once your order has been shipped, you will receive an email from us with a link to your tracking number. The tracking shows when the order was dispatched and will update once delivery has been attempted.

For international shipping delivery times, please see our Dispatch & Shipping page

Orders

I haven't received any emails after ordering

We’ll send you an order confirmation email immediately after checkout. We’ll send another email with your tracking number once we’ve dispatched your order

If you have not received any emails from us, please check your junk/spam folder.

If you can’t find any emails from us, you might have incorrectly entered your email address during checkout. Please contact us using the contact form, with your name and correct email address, and we can amend this on your order and re-send the emails.

What will I receive with my order?

Most of our catapults come with a band set, fixing strips if necessary and instructions on how to attach the bands. Full details of what is included with each product can be seen in the product description on the product page

Please note: We include a free band set with most catapults to get you started, but all bands have a limited life depending on the different types of bands and how often they are used, and they will need replacing. We always recommend buying spare bands because you will need them eventually. The only other things you need to start shooting is some ammo (see “which ammo should I use” below), a target (we have a printable target you can download here Printable Target) and we always recommend wearing eye protection too.

Returns

How do I return a product?

We offer a 14-day money back guarantee on all our products provided the products are returned unused and returned to us with everything included with that product, including the authenticity certificate, included band set and any other accessories or paperwork included with the product that is being returned.

For more information or to contact us regarding a return, please view our Returns page.

Bands

How do I attach the bands?

Most of our catapults come with instructions explaining how to attach the supplied bands to the catapult forks. We’ve also created a pdf for flat bands you can download here Flat Band Instructions

Can we attach the bands to your catapult for you?

Unfortunately we can’t guarantee bands will remain securely attached during shipping so we won’t attach them for you. Instructions are provided and can be downloaded here Flat Band Instructions

What does TTF and OTT mean?

These are different methods of shooting, and require different band setups.

OTT (Over-The-Top) bands are fixed horizontally along the top of the forks so the shot is fired “over the top” when shooting.

TTF (Through-The-Fork)bands are fixed vertically on the outside of the forks so that the shot is fired through the forks when shooting.

Which bands do you recommend?

The 2 main types of bands used on slingshots are flat bands and tubes.They both come in a variety of thicknesses and each size has its own advantages. However which one is “better” depends more on experience, skill and personal preference.

Almost any of these band types can be used for shooting targets or hunting with the right technique, however some might be considered more appropriate depending on ammo type, shooting style and the slingshot frame you’re using.

You can buy bands pre-made, or you can make your own. All bands have a limited life depending on the type of material and how much they are used, and we always recommend carrying some spare bands and fixing strips if needed when your shooting.

If you are not sure, we recommend Thera-Band Gold or Precise 0.65mm band sets to start with, both are similar and work well with 10mm or similar sized steel BBs. Check if you need TTF or OTT bands before you order.

Where Do I Start?

I am a beginner, where do I start?

We offer a few low-cost catapults that are great for starting out and developing your shooting skills, but really almost all the catapults we sell are perfectly fine for anyone new to the sport to start learning with.

There is a lot of variety when it comes to slingshots and there are no right answers or one-size-fits-all solutions to our sport. We recommend new shooters do a bit of research in to shooting safety and shooting techniques, and the different types of catapults, bands, shooting styles etc that are out there to see what they would like to try.

If you’re still not sure which slingshot to start with, feel free to contact us using the contact form and we’ll try to help.

What ammo should I use?

We recommend steel ball bearings, or any other ammunition specifically designed for slingshots such as clay or plastic. Common sizes range from 8mm to 16mm but most shooters using our flat band catapults use 9mm, 9.5mm or 10mm steel BBs.

We don’t recommend using stones or any other small jagged objects because they are unpredictable and you may damage your bands and/or your catapult, or cause injury to yourself or somebody else.

What does TTF and OTT mean?

These are different methods of shooting, and require different band setups.

OTT (Over-The-Top) bands are fixed horizontally along the top of the forks so the shot is fired “over the top” when shooting.

TTF (Through-The-Fork)bands are fixed vertically on the outside of the forks so that the shot is fired through the forks when shooting.

What else do I need?

Most of our catapults come with a band set, fixing strips if necessary and instructions on how to attach the bands. All bands have a limited life and we always recommend buying spare bands when ordering because you will need them eventually. The only other things you need are ammo and we always recommend eye protection!

Full details of what is included with each catapult can be read in the product description on each product page.

Shooting stance and technique

Facing approximately 90° to your target, keep your feet shoulder-width apart and aim towards the target while pulling horizontally to your anchor point before releasing.

Everyone has slight variations to their approach depending on size and shooting style and its important to try adjusting your methods slightly until you feel comfortable shooting and your aiming improves.

Improving accuracy

We recommend starting off about 6m or 7m (20ft-23ft) away from a target such as a our printable target, a spinner target or even a playing card. As you practice shooting, adjust your stance and shooting method until you feel comfortable with your shooting and consistently hit the target at this distance.

While you are practicing gradually get further away from your target (1m/3ft at a time) as you become more consistent with your aiming to make it more challenging and try shooting smaller targets or moving targets.

You can download our paper target here which you can print at home and use to practice.

Learn more

There are some really great instructional videos on YouTube which are very informative and do a great job of explaining the basics to get you started.

There are hundreds more great channels, websites and forums where you can learn more about shooting.

We also recommend trying to get involved with a local shooting group, who can usually be found on Facebook, a good way to learn from fellow shooters in your area.

More Questions

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?

If you would like a quote for a custom casting of your own design (we cannot modify any of the existing frames we sell) please use the Contact Us page and message us for more information.