Ancient Sling - Lead Bullets for Sling (3) - GS02

Ancient Sling - Lead Bullets for Sling (3)



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Unlike a bow which can only fire carefully crafted arrows, a sling can, in a pinch, throw simple stones from the ground. A variety of ammunition was used through the ages in slings - the better examples being smooth river stones and standardized bullets of hardened clay.

Ideally, weighted lead shot was used by the Greeks and Romans. These heavy metal bullets were called ‘’glandes plumbeae’’ - ‘’leaden acorns’’ by the Romans. When thrown from the sling, these bullets were nearly impossible to see in flight, and did terrible damage to foes, even breaking bone beneath armor. Shot was often marked or cast with slogans and symbols, such as a lightning bolt, scorpion, or sarcastic phrases such as ‘’catch!’’, ‘’take this!’’, ‘’ouch!’’ and even ‘’For Pompey’s Backside!’’. Perhaps some slingers sought to mark their kills after battle by identifying their shot lodged in the slain. A particularly novel use of clay shot is documented by Caesar, whereby the clay shot was heated to high temperature and launched into settlements to set thatched roofs afire.

This set is of three cast lead sling bullets.

Weight: 2 oz (Individual Bullet)

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