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A catapult is a small hand-powered projectile weapon, also known as a slingshot. It has a pocket for holding the projectile and rubber bands and a frame are used to launch it.
Catapults are extremely popular, particularly with children and they can be bought or even made quite cheaply. However, a good catapult should be constructed with good quality rubber to last the rigors of repeated use.
Only recommended to be used outside. Safety precautions should be taken as projectiles can be fired at rapid speeds and can be the cause of potential injury.
Because of the low ammunition cost (you can use pebbles) and ease of use, catapults are very popular with children.
A good eye and a steady hand are required to accurately send the projectile to the intended target. Care should be taken before use to ensure that the rubber is in good order - rubber should be stored under water to best protect it.
A catapult is a small hand-powered projectile weapon which has a pocket, each end of which is attached to a rubber band, which is attached to the ends of a fork-shaped frame. To use it, one holds the bottom of the frame, and sights through the fork. The projectile is then grasped through the pocket and pulled back to aim it at the intended target. The pocket is then released and the taught rubber proopels the projectile towards the intended target.
It should be noted that the lighter the projectile, the faster it will move, and the more damage it will create. With practice, catapults are effective against targets at ranges up to 25 metres. The weight of the pocket is critical, because if the pocket is very heavy, the catapult will be weak. The best pockets are made of soft leather, which does not fray. The material for the rubbers is also critical. The best widely-available material is latex rubber surgical tubing.
Catapults can be bought cheaply from around £5 upwards for a basic version. Ammunition designed for catapult use is another cost involved.
Level of Demand
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