One of the important things to keep in mind with glans shooting is that the weapon is fully loaded with a lethal projectile through out the entire cocking sequence. In bolt shooting it is possible to load the projectile just seconds before you shoot, with a glans it would be imprudent to do the “careful-seating-into-the-pouch-procedure”, on a cocked machine. In the photo below, Firefly is packing a projectile in her pouch as she is being cocked. This is not a problem because we have rigourously vetted our catch, trigger and winch sytems. In addition, any ballistic misadventure would be contained within an acceptable zone of destruction.

I would remind the reader that a couple of years ago we had some pretty good success shooting glandes with our first attempt at making a slingstring. Here again, is a pic of that first glans-shooting string:

That first string was hastily cobbled together and had an open and laid back look about it. The nocks were much wider on the old set of MK. VI limbs that we using back then. This had the effect of widening the distance between the top and bottom strings, which in turn forms a more open pocket. I suspect this open pocket feature is important to prevent the glans from pitching downwards as it comes out of the machine. I just got through making shot #2 in this current trial, and like shot #1, it pitched down coming out of the machine; ignominiously grovelling in the dirt, before bouncing off into oblivion somewhere behind the vegetable garden.

Here is a pic of the string we tried today:

The pouch appears to be too big to me. That, and the double strings may need to be separated by spreaders of some kind.

Reprising a previous success can get complicated. It seems ironic that we are engaged in a development project that is premised by prior success. I suspect that once we have blown through all the conceivable approaches that don’t work, we’ll arrive at where we started. Inverse deduction at its finest.

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