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Slings Were Lethal


Virgil H:
I often see sling bullets come up for sale and I think Forum may have a couple right now. I have often wondered just how effective they were as weapons. It turns out they were far more lethal than I had ever imagined. This was originally in National Geographic, but that article is behind a paywall. I found a Daily Mail article that reports on it. I thought a sling bullet might give you a good bruise or really hurt you if it hit certain places. But, they were almost as lethal as a bullet fired from a gun. Also, the Romans had "whistling" bullets that served to scare the enemy with the sound. Interesting stuff.

Roman sling bullets used against Scottish tribes 2,000 years ago were as deadly as a .44 Magnum:

In fact there are some more articles about slings in antiquity :):



Joe Sermarini:
Here is one I just added that shows signs of an extremely hard impact....

Virgil H:
Altamura, those are fascinating articles. Thanks for posting. Joe, that bullet that shows impact is very cool, as well.



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