SIMPLE SHOT INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY GROUP
The Simple Shot International Advisory Group consists of enthusiasts and industry leaders representing the shooting disiplines and commitment to excellence in craftsmanship that is highlighted within Simple Shot Shooting Sports. Each member brings to Simple Shot recomendations on products and craftsmen that exemplify the Simple Shot philosophy: better marksmanship through the use of simple shooting tools that are designed and built to the highest standards. Upon recomendation by members of the the advisory group, we at Simple Shot Shooting Sports are able to broaden our reach around the world to secure the very best shooting tools and accessories being produced today.
Members of the Advisory Group:
Jörg Sprave was born 1965 in Dortmund/Germany, where he lived for the first 18 years of his life. He then studied economy at the university of Paderborn and achieved a master's degree in business administration (1989). After a long career in the field of electronic and entertainment product development and distribution, he is currently the CEO of a mid size consumer electronics company located in Kronach/Germany. He likes weapons of all kinds, including firearms and knifes, but his special love is currently dedicated towards slingshots. He has made hundreds of frames, but also invented several slingshot crossbows and other rubber powered weapons. He runs The Slingshot Channel on youtube, a place that - amongst other fields - reviews handmade slingshots made by small artisans and craftsmen around the world. After about four years, The Slingshot Channel has more than 60,000 subscribers and about 18 million views. Other hobbies are weightlifting, collecting fountain pens and riding enduro motorbikes. Jörg Sprave is also a renowned author with several short stories published online, but also two books in print (both in the German language). He lives with his family in Burgkunstadt/Germany.
Bill Nilsen was born in Massachusetts in 1945. He spent most of his early life as a city kid living in and around Boston, but also spent a few years in the country. His family moved a lot, so he attended 10 different schools by the time he was in the 10th grade. Fed up with school, he quit before graduating, worked for a year at various jobs, then, at 17, joined the Marines, where he served from 1962-1966.During his working career, Bill worked in electronics, the construction industry, and education. However his love has always been slingshots. As a boy, he first got into slingshots and blow guns in the city -- strictly rubber band stuff. But he and his friends went a step further and chained together lots of rubber bands and used the bumpers of parked cars for anchors to launch chestnuts. Later, in his 20's, he was assigned to work in northern Maine at a paper mill in a very small and remote town. With nothing to do but shoot rats at the dump, he used his first real slingshot -- a Whamo! The fun of shooting that slingshot stuck with him long after he gave it up and turned his full attention to raising three girls.
Sometime in his mid-60's, Bill entered into his second childhood and one of the first things he went back to was slingshots. Once he discovered slingshot forums on the internet and a lot of like-minded folks, his creativity exploded. Known as ‘Dayhiker’ in the online forum community, Bill has been the creator and visionary for some of the most well-known and respected slingshot designs today. His skill at designing functional and balanced slingshots is only outstripped by his love of making natural fork slingshots. Bill is the designer of the “Chalice” slingshot and many other designs that have introduced others to the wonderful world of catapultry.