Pocket Rockets: The 5 Best Slingshots for Survival

When we think of a slingshot we think of a toy stuck in the back pocket of some young hoodlum from the 1950’s. Long before they were a plaything for punks looking to break some windows, they were serious weapons which were used to hunt game, fight off rival tribes, and as a ranged self-defense item that can never run out of ammo. The modern survival slingshots are military grade and capable of standing up to the elements and keeping you alive with nothing but a pocket full of stones.

A solid slingshot is as easy to make as it is to buy. A strong branch and the right elastic will give you something that is nearly as good as anything you can get commercially. The problem is that you need to learn to tie tubes, attach a pouch, set your tension, and choose the right piece of wood. That requires a lot of time that could be spent building up a base tan or crunching your abs to six pack perfection, so it’s much better just to buy one from metal materials that won’t force you to learn anything other than how to shoot it. When you’re ready for that, it’s time for one of the 5 best slingshots for survival.

Trumark FS-1

Trumark FS-1

Pro: Solid, inexpensive frame
Con: Plastic on wrist guard tends to break

Bugout Bag Basic: A large part of what makes a good slingshot is the tubing, and with this model you’ll probably want to upgrade to tubes with greater elasticity and a stronger pull weight. Right out of the box it is fine for the beginner or child with an interest. The arms and wrist guard are weather resistant aircraft aluminum with a 4 1/2″ gap in the fork. The rig is attached to a contoured plastic handle which stores ammo up to a 1/2″ easily. A few more ergonomics could have gone into the handle which is a very straight grip that gives you good leverage, but isn’t immensely comfortable. The wrist guard folds up well for storage in a footlocker, travel backpack, or bug out bag. Heavy, constant users or those hunting larger game will find this far too petite for their needs, but for varmint control, target shooting, and learning the basics of a slingshot, this should be the starting block you use. A few moderate upgrades can really make it shine. [Purchase: $10]

Pocket Predator Hathcock Target Sniper 0

Pocket Predator Hathcock Target Sniper

Pro: Universal fork
Con: Small

Sidearm: If you haven’t already found your own customized slingshot maker, and you don’t carve them yourself, consider contacting pocket predator for a custom job that is made to order. They make some amazing stuff to your exact specifications that is small, compact, and made with side shooters in mind. Before you drop a huge chunk on a personalized piece, familiarize yourself with PP and the side shooting style, and then grab a Hathcock Target Sniper. It’s well loved for good reason. Named for Marine Corps sniper Carlos N. Hathcock this is a truly ergonomic slingshot that keeps your wrist in a neutral position to better transfer pressure without bending your joints or stressing your fingers. A steel base is used in the body surrounded by ballistic resin for a strong yet supple feel that doesn’t dig into your flesh. Each end of the fork is universal so you can mount it with tubes, flat bands, tapered, or squares for either side action or over the top shots. [Purchase: $35]

Dankung AIR Sniper

Dankung AIR Sniper

Pro: Narrow gap for greater accuracy
Con: Aluminum handle

Deadly Art: The simple, straight design from the Great and Powerful Dankung is a true beauty in both form and function. Made entirely of aircraft aluminum the pistol-grip body is comfortable in your hand and has penetrating holes that can be used for lanyards, attaching survival knives, or affixing other gear. Each fork is able to rotate to accommodate whatever grip you prefer to use and your personal angle of attack. At just over half a pound it’s easy to carry without weighing you down. It bears the Dankung seal of quality (coupled with the appropriate price tag). The claim to fame of this slingshot is accuracy. It delivers with pinpoint ability and can put an eye out from a distance easily. Each piece is made using a CNC machining process for perfection that only a computer can deliver. Equally good for sport shooting or targets as for use in the bush. [Purchase: $77]

Survival Slingshot Archer Complete

Survival Slingshot Archer Complete

Pro: Lots of storage space
Con: Not good for hunting

To Rule Them All: For a commercial grade slingshot, this is a hard product not to fall deeply, madly in love with. It works for hunting, for target shooting, for recon missions, and just about anything your paranoid survivalist heart could possibly desire. Between the tines of the fork sits a Trophy Ridge Quick Shot Whisker Biscuit that works to guide standard size arrows but easily drops away when you want to whip some standard slingshot ammunition. Aerospace grade aluminum and steel are used to create the body which holds a standard 25 lbs. pull, but it can easily accommodate heavier tubes or bands. Night stalkers will enjoy the one inch LED flashlight while backpackers will get a lot out of the eight cubic inches of watertight storage in the handle. A 5/16″ hole on the side opposite the flashlight works for fishing reels or archery stabilizers. It isn’t a true hunting slingshot for anything larger than bunnies or birds, but for all the bells and whistles meant for survival, this checks all the boxes. [Purchase: $140]



Pro: Easy breakdown and assembly
Con: Sighting requires practice and adjustment

Law-Abiding: A lot of states are outlawing the stronger survival slingshots that have the incorporated wrist guard since they allow for heavier draw weights and more deadly accuracy. Thanks to the genius of Joerg Sprave there is now a way around that. The GloveShot might not give you everything you can get from a wrist guard slinger, but it comes damn close. It starts with a 16 lbs. draw that works for righties and lefties equally well with a few adjustments. You’ll be able to whip a 3/8″ steel ball at 150 feet per second right out of the box. The hand brace that goes around the back of your grip is almost as stable as using a full wrist guard, only this one is legal wherever you go. Firing takes some adjustment since you’re sighting more like a crossbow than a standard slingshot. Around the handle is a paracord tested at 550 lbs. Two stainless nut checks can easily be removed for quick breakdown and give this a small, flat profile perfect for bags, backpacks, or concealment. [Purchase: $190]

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