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Super weapons under $100

 
 
Reply Sun 11 Mar, 2012 01:02 pm
The weapon which probably played the most major role in ridding the planet of neanderthals and other hominids:

http://www.thunderbirdatlatl.com/catalog/catalog.html?gclid=CNHf1MjP3q4CFVO9tgodCgOPZw

Hunting videos on youtube seem to indicate that kids have an easier time using the things than grown people do.....
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 11 Mar, 2012 03:22 pm
@gungasnake,
I was up by Great Falls, Montana a few years ago, when they were celebrating the Lewis and Clark expedition, and made a side trip to the museum where you could try throwing darts with an atlatl. It wasn't nearly as hard as it looks, and the easiest one for beginners was made from what looked like PVC plastic pipe. I favored the Basketmaker design which is made to be held between the first two fingers instead of in the fist. Uses more arm and less shoulder action, which is good for me, the aged, and the lame.

I didn't see any mention in your source, but atlatls are stored energy tools, the same as a bow. If you launch the dart with enough gusto, the shaft loads up under acceleration, and releases it when the dart is released.

Above all, the experience was plain fun.
gungasnake
 
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Reply Sun 11 Mar, 2012 05:29 pm
@roger,
They've found a way around the thing about having to hold the spear with your thumb and forefinger:

http://www.thunderbirdatlatl.com/images/kanakadea.jpg
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Sun 11 Mar, 2012 10:21 pm
Wonderful video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej3it7Ct76w

Quote:
"We ARE at the top of the food chain,
and this is the weapon that put us there..."



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KnivesSwitchblade
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2013 08:36 pm
@gungasnake,
Hello Community,

It is very good to listen that, weapons come under $100. Yes, it is very informative thing.


Thanks and Regards,
Knives Switchblade
roger
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2013 08:48 pm
@KnivesSwitchblade,
Surprisingly, you can spend well over $100 on a good atlatl. Might be worth it when you consider designing one from the ground up, and building it yourself.
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