So, here’s my DIY practice meteor hammer. Budget = $0.00.
1) Two pill bottles
2) Plastic shipping strapping
The shipping strapping was a bit wide, so I tried splitting it down the centerline. Seemed to work.
To secure a pill bottle, I simply placed a knotted tip in the bottle and screwed the top on. I don’t think the knots are even needed; the threading already bites into the strap.
It’s fun to swing around and whip into a bean bag chair, but it would take a lot of practice to master. I’d like to add a couple PVC pipes or some other kind of tubes to make a prototype of “meteor sticks”, which should hopefully be easier and more fun to smash stuff with. Maybe I can do a $0.00 prototype if I can find something suitable lying around ...
Remember plastics subjected to impact may shatter . PVC is a prime candidate for this result. Shrapnel like bits are an eye haxard, although a hit to the jugular vein would be as bad or worse. Just sayin'.
@know For a self defense weapon, I think you'd want to keep the strap full width (more robust), and add weight by putting stuff in the pill bottles. Or replace the pill bottles with something more serious.
But the pill bottles are good and safe for practice.
Legally, I would guess a meteor hammer would be considered a "slungshot"?
Pill bottles probably bounce, its the PVC pipe and such. Hard, brittle, shatters under high impact force. Hitting with hammer like force. Also - never plumb your work shop with compressed air using PVC pipe.
Oh, the way I intend to use the PVC pipes, there shouldn't be any serious impacts. Basically, they're used like small staff slings. I'll use a drumming motion as if I were drumming against a wall or an odaiko (a horizontal drum raised up above the ground).
So, when I whip forward with one pipe, it will launch one of the weights with a slinging motion. Really, it's like casting a fishing pole. So, the pipe isn't actually hitting anything. It's the weight that goes slinging toward the target and impacts it.
So, imagine a short fishing pole optimized for casting a 2 ounce weight as a projectile. The puzzle is ... how to rapidly retract the weight? A fishing pole uses a rotary mechanism that's slow and tedious. I thought ... maybe a tape measure spring loaded mechanism, but that seems really touchy. Obviously you need a significant spring to retract the line quickly, but this is going to reduce the speed of the outgoing weight, isn't it?
Ultimately, the most elegant solution to me was to simply have two fishing poles. You whip one forward while whipping the other one rearward. The act of one side extending retracts the other side. No touchy spring retraction mechanism.
As a bonus, having two poles slinging two weights also doubles the "rate of fire". This may help with a problem with staff slings - it's hard to aim accurately. But if you're whipping a string of attacks with a BAP BAP BAP BAP then you might be able to "walk your fire" like a machine gun. Well, that's the theory. I need to finish my prototype to see if it works like that at all.
I don’t know how strong dental floss is, but I guess it’s pretty strong? Oh, yes - very. Much stronger than ordinary thread. Too thick to be surgical sutures. Very flexible, even if waxed (and the waxed might be stronger, certainly less prone to fraying - but also might add some friction).
I think it’s something more people would have just lying around than plastic shipping strapping. Unless they work on a loading dock, I'm sure! Because Amazon doesn't use package strapping on ordinary little packages, I'm sure.
This thread about thread and what/how to manipulate it is piqueing my imagination. Try masons string it's all called builder's string, stringline, etc. It is a polyester braided string. Usually yellow colored. You can even use it to CUT PVC pipe, when dry, put a piece abot 5 feet around the pipe not a full turn and pull it back and forth , but keep it moving . The pipe will get hot because you're wearjng through it - friction cutting with string. Stop the string and it will melt and break; start over.
They have masons line in neon pink, too. Now, the method of these pill bottle things, is it with two pipes and the string joining the pipes at close end? Uou would pull and cast alternately? Am I not getting it? Thanks for helping me to temporarily suspend disbelief , I don't get to do that, much.
I haven't had a chance to acquire pipes yet, but I have been having fun just spinning and whacking a bean bag chair to get a feel for things.
One bit of theory that holds up - I figured correctly that the rhythm for hitting stuff would involve overhand swinging. When you pull back, gravity just naturally makes the returning weight swing underneath.
Yeah, I know ... super obvious. But there's a lot of meteor hammer/rope dart motion which isn't intuitive so I wasn't 100% sure.
@Richard Healy Thanks! I'm not sure it will ... you know ... work but casting a fishing pole works so I think it will at least sort of work.
I suspect that it might simply be more effective to leave out the sticks entirely. I mean, consider the staff sling. People have tested things, and it turns out that a staff sling does not actually have much better range than a normal sling. Albeit a staff sling is capable of slinging heavier weights than a normal sling. But evidently the advantages of a staff sling were minor enough that they were never nearly as common as normal slings.
It's just one of those things which intuitively seems pretty cool but in reality weren't as awesome as you might think.
OTOH, what I'm trying to do requires a modern line material which can smoothly slide through pipes without fraying and without much friction. So, the lack of historical examples isn't necessarily strong evidence that it's not really doable.