A few years ago, Joerg Sprave — a.k.a. The Slingshot Channel guy — created a world-record setting “one man operated, portable slingshot.” Now, he has set out to up the ante to achieve the title of “most energetic slingshot.”
The current record, according to Sprave, is 112 Joules for a hand-held slingshot.
Heading all the way to Greenville, South Carolina, Sprave took his “monster slingshot” with a 195-centimeter draw length to challenge the record.
In this feat, Sprave achieved 135 Joules, sending one-inch steel balls through the “the tough, thick plastic material of an industrial storage container that was used as a catch box,” according to his video description.
In the test, the ball travels up to 206.8 feet per second for the record shot.
Sprave describes the slingshot as simple — easy enough to put together in about 30 minutes.
It’s “the strongest slingshot in history so far,” Sprave said in the video. “I hope that others will beat me for the benefit of the sport.”
Watch the challenge:
Was this all really a world record though? Popular Science pointed out that in terms of world-record setting, “slingshots as a category seem woefully undocumented.”
“Clearly, the slingshot world needs a major player to step in, clarify the rules, and document all the records. As it stands, slingshot records are all competing Davids, with no clear Goliath,” Kelsey Atherton for Popular Science wrote.
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