Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Is that a catapult in your pocket...?
Just William had one, Dennis the Menace had one, and like thousands of country kids I had one too - a catapult. Mine was a posh Milbro jobbie from the local sports shop (we were the posh kids in the street) but for real cred you had to make your own from a forked branch and a bicycle inner tube.
Don't tell Mark Avery, but I used mine to shoot sparrows to feed my ferrets. And occasionally to shoot something a bit bigger to feed myself.
When I saw the old Milbro catapult for sale on eBay recently I couldn't resist it. And then, like you do, I started reading around the subject and discovered someone called Fish making a stunning 'Hunter' catapult which uses flat bands and fires .44 cal lead balls. Now that could do some serious damage, to my Paypal account for starters!
Listen below to my chat with Airgun World editor Terry Doe, who it turns out was a bit of a catty aficionado in his youth...