Notice on one slingshot website: "* State laws prohibit us from shipping or selling slingshots to residents of Massachusetts."
Note: a good slingshot will launch a 3/8" steel ball at about 200 mph. Not exactly handgun territory, but I would not want to get hit between the eyes with one!
I live in MA and wasn’t aware we could not buy slingshots,not that I want one.
It doesn’t surprise me that MA has such a ban though. The state has gone to hell.
“Korfmann writes that a missile leaving a sling could easily attain a velocity of 100 km/h, or about 28 m/sec. Vegetius wrote that sling missiles were more effective than arrows against soldiers clothes in leather, since they did not need to penetrate the leather in order to cause bruises. Should the soldier wear no protective clothing, the missile would penetrate the body easily up to a range of about 100 meters. Indeed, Celsius, a medical writer from Greek and roman times, gave detailed instructions in his “De Medicina” on how to remove lead and stone missiles from the bodies of soldiers.”
“In classical Greek times, perhaps even earlier, the lead missile appeared. The Romans used lead missiles that were cast in a foundry and carried inscriptions. Usually the inscriptions was the number of the slingers army unit, the name of the county, or the name of the commanding general. However, some missiles show interesting variations with inscriptions like Take that, A Greek blow, Your heart for Gerberus, or simply ouch.
Missiles from different eras and different counties showed considerable difference in weight and size. For example, missiles found in the near East varied from 13 g, a mere pebble, to 185 g a fair sized stone. Balearic missiles were sometimes 63 mm in diameter about the size of a tennis ball.”
(oops, I’ve let the cat out of the bag. I hope the ATF doesn’t read FR) /sarc....maybe