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ok so i hope i put this in the right section. newbie on here but i dont see anything about them on here so far so thought i'd bring em up.

Making an Atlatl From a Branch

Other Types of Atlatls: Loop, Fork and Cord

The Split and Wedge Atlatl

Quick arrow and atlatl dart fletch with duct tape

Atlatl Dart Tuning

i made a few. i'm not very good at it yet and i cant aim for nothin. i cant throw a ball ten feet but with my atlatls i can get a dart about 40 yards but i never measured.

here is link to pics of ones i made: atlatls Photos by ohiogoatgirl | Photobucket
 

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atlatls are the bow and arrow's predicessor (sp?). mammoths, elk, buffalo,moose, etc were all taken down with atlatls.

i'm not saying a sling shot is not a good weapon. it is. i just think there isnt going to be one weapon good for every possible hunting/killing/defense aspect.

my darts are work in progress. i havent been able to make larger ones of actual hunting size. current ones are about 4ft with target tips.
actual hunting darts should be about 8ft with arrowheads, etc. tips.
 

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I had no idea what this was. I found this on youtube. Thought you might like to watch. He makes this out of stock wood.

 

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playlist of good atlatl videos: atlatl - YouTube

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decent video. though i would sort of point the peg. i would not glue the feathers on like that at all, i admit i laughed at that part.
 

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I had no idea what an atlatl was all about. I read your article and thought that finding the right kind of branch would be tough. I decided to do a youtube search. So far there is little there that can't be found. I have never made an arrow either but I did find how to use an atlatl interesting. Looks like a serious amount of practice though.
 

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Hank made me one. His is scary, he can whip that lance into a tree so hard you can't dig the head out.
 

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ok so i hope i put this in the right section. newbie on here but i dont see anything about them on here so far so thought i'd bring em up.

Making an Atlatl From a Branch

Other Types of Atlatls: Loop, Fork and Cord

The Split and Wedge Atlatl

Quick arrow and atlatl dart fletch with duct tape

Atlatl Dart Tuning

i made a few. i'm not very good at it yet and i cant aim for nothin. i cant throw a ball ten feet but with my atlatls i can get a dart about 40 yards but i never measured.

here is link to pics of ones i made: atlatls Photos by ohiogoatgirl | Photobucket
Um, sorry for my ignorance, but even looking at the pictures, what the HELL is a atlatl? Reason Im asking is Im at work and we cant' access youtube.
 

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If all you have is a spear, then the atlatl makes your spear the Barret 50 of spears. But if you can get more than a spear (slingshot, bow, Barret 50) then your spear and atlatl are just an interesting coffee table conversation starter.
 

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The atlatl is a long (6-8 feet) dart or arrow that is launched using a thrower that basically doubles the length of your arm. They can be very efficient hunting weapons for those who master them. They are more difficult to master than a bow but are effective against much larger game than bows are usually use for.
 

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walks with goats- thats awesome, thanks for the pics. I appluad you. I know only what I have seen on t.v. about atlatles, and you mentioned you are not accurate yet,but im sure its just a matter of practise and time, and you seem determined.
 

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I'm biting my tongue

We don't live in the dark ages,

here is a weapon for those times

What is the reason for your post?

It is like bringing a spit wad to an atomic bomb fight, not sure what the purpose is.
 

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Poster didn't say "she was betting her life on using an atlatle to hunt and defend herself", she is merely passing on great information about a primative but very effective skill. And the purpose of her post is to see if anyone else is using one, I know I read a post last month on another lady that was wanting to actually legally take game with one. A blowgun is no match for a 50 BAR, but we still like shooting blowguns.
 
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