The Scout SlingShot Gen2 Review

The Scout SlingShot Gen 2 ReviewI've been doing a lot of thinking about survival weapons and searching on the Internet... typically I like the bow, it's easy to use & repair and you can make arrows just about anywhere and from anything, but they can be a little bulky. So this brings me to what I think is one of the best survival tools when it comes to getting food for your bug out bag, a slingshot.

The Scout SlingShot Gen 2 ReviewSlingshots have come a long way since 20 years ago when I first bought one; they are more compact lighter and have the capability to dispatch even larger game. The product we are looking at is the Scout Slingshot generation 2 and this model is the Camo version.



The Gen2 is a Polycarbonate slingshot, with a softer rubber coating over the handle. This Polycarbonate material is also known as Lexan. Lexan is a Thermoplastic which is very strong, it's used to make things like bullet resistant windows. SimpleShots makes their slingshots out of this material and you can rest assured that this little slingshot will most likely outlast you!

The design of the SimpleShots Scout Slingshot in my opinion is flawless - they've designed the Slingshot so that it's all one piece which cuts down on losing parts and also failures, and when it comes to something that is going to be under pressure and close to the face it's nice to be assured this not going to break off and hurt you!

The Scout SlingShot Gen 2 Review

The only moving parts in the whole setup are the small clamps called FlipClips. They're small flat clips with a small ridge that holds the rubber bands into the grooves of the slingshot. The Scout Gen2 is also designed so that you don't even need the FlipClips to attach the elastics. There are a number of ways to do it using string or little pieces of elastic bands, and this is just one of the reasons I think this type of slingshot would make a great survival tool. Even if you break the small retaining bolts you can still mount your slings and this versatility is something I look for in all my survival gear.

The Slings of the Gen2 are not like the slingshots of old. These are made of a flat rubber similar to what is used when taking blood, only much thicker. Because the Scout Gen2 is so versatile it can take both the flat and round slings, making it very easy to find replacements as it can take just about any sling I've seen, and this is just another reason why it's a great option for a survival tool, its versatility!

The Scout SlingShot Gen 2 ReviewWhen it comes to slings they don't just come in flat and tubular, they also come in double tube and in varying sizes, and thicknesses. This is how you can adjust both your pull and weight, as you might want to use a larger weight sling if you intend on using arrows rather then shot or marbles.


The Scout Gen2 comes in many colors - the Camo model like in this review and:
Original Green
Double (black on black)
Lobster (red and black)
Black Widow (black and red)
White Hot (white and red)
BuckSkin (brown and white)

Another added feature of using a Scout Gen2 is replacement bands. You can carry a dozen of replacements and they weigh virtually nothing, so being able to carry an ample supply of replacements and having them take up no weight or space is something that's big on my bug out bag list! Also the slingshot itself is very light even with it fully assembled. You're only looking at 5.1oz and that's really nothing when it comes to weight for something that could feed you for a prolonged time, and it's far lighter than my bow kit which runs around 10 to 15lb.

The next big point is ammo, you can use just about anything from steel ball bearings to lead shot you made yourself! You can also use things like: rocks, arrows, marbles, steel nuts from bolts, even balls of hardened clay, and just about anything you can come up with that is small and round!

The Scout SlingShot Gen 2 ReviewWhen your Slingshot comes, you will notice that the sling itself comes in a unique bag. This bag is special so you should hold on to it. These bags are UV resistant and this is important when dealing with products that are made of rubber or latex as these materials break down under sunlight, and you need to remember that not just outside light will break down the rubber, but fluorescent lights and many other kinds can break down materials over time. So if you want to store your slings safely you want to keep them in the bags. You will notice this if you ever picked up a rubber band that has been sitting out on a sidewalk for a time, when you try to pull it back it will almost always snap in half, so taking care of slings is important to make them last!

Its important to remember that a slingshot is not just a fun toy, but in cases like the Scout Gen2 it can be a lethal weapon for small game. You can use a Slingshot for anything, like rabbits and similar small game, but seeing that it's a great fun way to just get out and shoot at the campsite or on a trip, you can carry it for that reason, but if you find your self in a survival situation you can also use it to catch food.

Now let's get down to performance, which is a relative term as it depends on your skill level. If you practice with this slingshot on a regular basis like you would any weapon, you can get very proficient. I've even seen guys shoot matches with slingshots, but it does take practice and don't get discouraged, you can become very skilled but you need to put in the time! Even with just a half hour of shooting I was hitting targets around the size of my hand from a good distance, so it's not hard to pick up using a slingshot.

I will say that using the sling that came with the Gen 2 seemed a little light, I was expecting the pull to be much harder. The stock Gen 2 sling was very easy to pull back and I would go as far as to say it was effortless, even though it gives you a fast shot and long distance. I was expecting a more bow-like pull and I think I could even go for a stronger sling because I find this one to be too light.

The Scout SlingShot Gen 2 Review

Since we're talking shooting, remember to use the lanyard. If you don't and your hand should slip the slingshot can come back and hit you in the face, so it's good to both wear safety glasses and use the supplied lanyard, after all that's what it's there for!



If you're looking for a light weight survival weapon that will run you around $40 then a slingshot is a great option, and being able to buy cheap ammo and in turn get in a lot of practice, your slingshot can soon become a very reliable, affordable and precise tool for getting game!

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