Picking the Right Catapult

 
This question is pretty much impossible to answer as every shooter I know prefers different catapult frames and different set ups but I will do my best to help out how to get started.......

Ideally the best thing to do would be to hold and try the catapult first but that just isn't possible.  

The main question we get asked all the time is "should I pick a
 TTF ("through the fork" shooter where the bands pull round the outside of the forks) or a OTT ("over the top" shooter where the bands pull over the top of the forks)
There really is no difference in power or accuracy between both styles, but some people can get on a lot better with one than the other, why we just dont know.
So thats the first choice you have to make, either OTT or TTF, if you haven't shot before and don't know what style suits you best you might want to take a look in our "universal tip catapults" section as these frames can easily be switched from OTT and TTF in seconds. 

Now you need to know what frame will fit your hand comfortably, There are 3 main grips people use :

"Hammer Grip" 
 This is exactly what it sounds like, just like you would hold a hammer wrapping all 4 fingers and the thumb around the handle of the catapult!

"Pinch Grip"
This is where you pinch the forks of the catapult with your thumb and fore finger and the remaining 3 fingers wrap around the handle!

"Brace Grip"
This is where you thumb and fore finger brace up against the forks and your remaining 3 fingers wrap around the handle!

There really is no wrong or right grip, again it's down to personal preference but you have to ask yourself how you'd hold the catapult when shooting, and try to picture the catapult in your hand and how it would suit you.

So by now you should have a rough idea of what style / type of catapult could be the one for you. If it's you very first catapult and you haven't shot before we'd recommend not spending a fortune, at the end of the day you don't want to spend a lot on a frame that doesn't work out for you, keep it simple, keep it low cost and once you've got a little experience and have found what style suits you best then it might be the right time to start stepping up to more expensive models if you wish to do so. But remember expensive posh looking frames shoot no better than a rough looking cheap frame, its the design and and the way it feels in your hand that's the most important thing!

So lets talk what band set would suit you best, first off you have to ask yourself the question "What will you be using it for?" hunting or targets? long or short range? But before we continue I would like to point out that nobody should use a catapult for hunting unless you're proficient enough to kill game outright and humanely.
so if it's hunting we'd recommend the double 20-15mm theraband gold hunting bands that we offer as standard on all our frames, these will give your a good hunting range of up to 20 metre with ammo of 9mm to 14mm.
If its targets your planning on shooting we'd recommend the single 20mm straight cut theraband gold bands that we offer as standard on all our frames, these work best with 9.5mm steels with a distance of  up to 20 metre.
Looped 17/45 dankung tubes work great for both targets and hunting and have a hunting and target range of up to about 20 metre. 
All of the above are capable of taking game at 50 metre and hitting targets at over 100 metre and will launch the ammo well over 200 metres but realistically not many people hunt or shoot targets over 20 metre.

Remember practice makes you better, You can't buy accuracy! 
Find a style that suits you and put the time in practising and the rewards will follow!

You only have one pair of eyes so be sure to always wear appropriate safety glasses.
 
All of the above is only a guideline and no matter who tells you what to do or says what's would be best there's really only yourself who can work out what suits you best ;)

All the best - Gamekeeper John