There was a certain operations group down in Mexico that use to send an advanced group to scout out places for a raid in urban areas. One thing they would do days in advance was use sling shots to disable street lights in the area to make any night-time approach a bit more discreet.

They would ride in the back of a truck and do a few passes through the targeted areas and break all the lights in near the place they where going to move in.

They also used suppressed 22 rifles every now and then. But the sling shot was always in the armory.

Slingshots have been used as military weapons, but primarily by guerrilla forces due to the primitive resources and technology required to construct one. Such guerrilla groups included the Irish Republican Army; prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein released a propaganda video demonstrating slingshots as a possible insurgency weapon for use against invading forces.

Slingshots have also been used by the military to launch unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Two crew members form the fork, with an elastic cord stretched between them to provide power to launch the small aircraft.


Author – Ed is a security specialist and combatives instructor with over 10 years experience in public safety along the northern border area of Mexico. He runs seminars and private training specific to anti-abduction, escapology, free hand and unconventional edged weapons work. He is also director of Libre Fighting Systems in Mexico.

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