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||(+) This would be ultimately self defeating though. Defence would be slowed and the best offence is a good defence... this downside is offset somewhat by the garrote factor.
||Well, you will know where he's coming from, first of
||For those having trouble visualising this: The left fist
lunges forward, creates tension as the right fist is
held back (fists are connected via slings), then the
right fist is allowed into the
"drenching mist". Or, I could be wrong?
||It's basically a spring attached between the wrists. Not really a 'sling', more of a 'slingshot' using one arm as the slingshot body and the other fist as ammo.
||Might actually deliver a weaker punch than the usual
method, depending on details. Google "force-
||// Simply by extending my left hand with a defensive jab,
and keeping the right cocked back //
||Thus leaving your entire right side (which, in this stance,
will also be your dead side) vulnerable to a rounding or
rising attack as well. Unless you pivot to turn the left jab
crossover guard (spoiling your attack, once again leaving
side wide open, and putting you on the wrong foot), you'll
have no chance to block any strike lower than your
shoulder. Ever been punched in the armpit? It hurts.
||I googled force-velocity curve as you said. Very interesting. Does not disprove this idea. Someone with mass and strength would benefit from this tool.
||As for the other criticisms, say what you will to me, but leave the sling fist out of it.
||Someone with considerable mass and strength doesn't need
this tool (sp: weapon). Someone without considerable mass
and strength couldn't use it effectively, and neither of
them could use it in a real fight (at least, not for very
||I'll say what I want about the Sling Fist, and leave you out
of it, because I like you, but I don't like the Sling Fist. To
be of any use, melee weapons must possess three traits:
simplicity, versatility, and they must not encumber the
wielder. The Sling Fist, as explained here, possesses none
of these traits. Sorry.
||//Someone with considerable mass and
No, [rcarty]'s right. The mass is one of the details
that makes force-velocity either relevant or not.
With a mass-added glove, there'd definitely be an
advantage, and, perhaps, too, with just the mass
||Moreover, force delivered by rotating the torso
wouldn't suffer from a force-velocity tradeoff, and
the Sling Fist would ensure that that force was
delivered quicker, evading a parry.
||A weighted glove (or a roll of quarters) is a good melee
weapon for somebody with a strong punch--until you start
attaching elastic bands to it. This thing might pack one
helluva wallop, but that does no good if it leaves you open
to attack or, worse, you become tangled in it.
||A quick attack isn't the only factor in foiling a riposte;
outlet position is the first step, and using this weapon as
described means you begin with both elbows raised and
attack telegraphed. Keep in mind that making any attack
leaves you vulnerable somewhere; it's better if your
opponent can't figure out where until it's too late. In
addition, this device would leave the user all but unable to
||IMHO, fists are overrated anyway. Elbows are harder,
faster on the recovery, and nobody expects them. When
I'm sparring (Krav Maga, in case anybody's wondering), fists
are usually third or fourth on my list of options. I prefer
palm-heels, elbows, knees, grappling, fingerstrikes, etc.
That probably has a lot to do with my argument against
||After further consideration, I have even more criticism to
heap unmercifully upon this Halfbake. I'm genuinely sorry
to do this, but, you see, I just can't stop myself.
||This is meant to add to the user's punching force, yes?
Which would mean that the draw weight would have to be
in excess of the user's punching force, unless a reduction
system were incorporated. Furthermore, once you've got
the thing drawn back, you've got to hold it there. Maybe
we can build in a cam-wheel, like a compound bow.
||Finally, there is the matter of injury to the user. Delivering
a bare-handed punch is harmful enough as it is; using
implements like brass knuckles or my roll of quarters
(which is a great self-defense weapon simply because you
can take it anywhere) carries even greater risk of injury to
the knuckles and wrist, because they impart greater
reactive force than the human hand has evolved to sustain.
But using this device would be even worse; it would
essentially be yanking your arm sharply forward at a speed
and force greater than you yourself are capable of
generating. Hyperextension of the elbow, a big no-no
when throwing a punch, would be almost impossible to
avoid. Tearing the rotator-cuff and dislocation of the
shoulder and/or elbow could also result. After all that,
when the blow finally lands, the bones in your wrist and
hand will not be free-floating and ready for impact, but at
full traction, only to be instantly forced into full
||Okay, I'm done now. I promise.