Weapons -- "Staff-Sling"

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Weapons -- "Staff-Sling"

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:32 pm

>>>> Staff- or Stave-Sling <<<<

The staff-sling will be the terminology used in the following discussion. This weapon was used all throughout the Classical period in Europe and Africa, by the following groups of people, both for civilian hunting, as well as for military uses. This includes the Carthagininian, Vandal, Roman, and Byzantine people and it some cases even beyond to the 1700's through the 1900's among primitive peoples. Its use by the European armies of the classical and medieval periods was essentially in siege situations and in naval battles. These staff-slings were known by their Latin name ("Fustibalus"). The reasons for this above limitation, was that the staff sling, unlike the normal hand sling. is not as accurate, and since the staff-sling requires that both hands need to be used, this eliminates the safety of an individual shield.

However, like most weapons, it has some definite advantages when used in those two situations. Staff-slings enjoy a much greater range than the hand sling because with the use of both hands it normally enjoys a more powerful swing.

The advantage of the staff-sling as a siege weapon because they can hurl large masses of stone, bottles of flammale materials, sharp-pointed manufactured projectiles, in much greater masses at high angles, thereby causing a lot of damage and confusion when the proectiles fall on the attackers, their camps, or positions. The staff-sling while inaccurate at a close range was very effective at a longer range and have shown on many occasions the ability to consistantly demonstrate a greater range than the bows of the period.

On several drawings of this period, staff-slings are shown to be taking part in both naval battles and in siege situations defending large fortifications.

The staff-sling is fairly easy to make, and the following directions should assist you in that effort should you decide to take it up:

Building Directions:

>> Get yourself a 1/2 inch piece of wooden doweling approximately 4-5 feet in length.
>> Next supply yourself with some leather cord, similar to that with which you would make a hand-sling and cut two pieces of cord, each 24 inches in length.
>> Then, make a pouch, and attatch the two cords, as though making a hand sling. The pouch should be larger to hold a larger projectile. Basically make another sling. (See "Making a simple sling: An illustrated guide);
>> Fasten the first piece of leather cord to the staff on one end about 4-6 inches down the staff from the end, (Note:If you cut a shallow groove around the dowling and tie the leather cord in the groove it will probably hold much better after your later adjustments.)
>> Make a small loop in the end of the other leather cord.
(Note:This loop should fit easily over the end of the doweling.This poitioning will require some adjustment to work properly, depending upon your desired angle of fire);
>> Finally, the staff must be adjusted to your usage, preferences, and abilities. Change the angle of fire to fit your needs.

Note: When you use your staff-sling, remember that the arm of the staff resembles the long arm of a large catapult like a Trebuchet. The arm moves forward very rapidly followed by the whip of the sling releaseing the projectile as if you were the catapult and the staff was the arm. If the staff extends over your shoulder and dow you back at a forty-five degree angle that arm is ready for a high firing. If the staff is across your shoulder at a level it is ready for a distance firing! Insure that your practice are is a large one as these projectiles can go some distance!!

Respectfully Submitted;
Marcus Audens
Marcus Minucius Audens

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