The Dead Ringer is a dedicated BB shooting slingshot made for .177 caliber BB's. Of course, any projectile or bands can be used with this virtually indestructible 1/2" thick HDPE slingshot, but its ultra compact size makes it perfect for small ammo. The traditional 'pinky hole' is situated to accommodate the ring finger rather than the pinky, offering a secure and comfortable fork supported or full pinch grip. This is also a great slingshot for kids or those with very small hands, as both the pinky and ring finger can fit in the hole for an extra secure grip.
This slingshot comes with our BB flatbands made from Theraband Blue or tubular bands, each with our top grain leather BB pouch.
- Overall Height: 3-9/16"
- Outside width: 3"
- Fork Gap: 1-5/16"
- Fork Tips: 3/4"
I have acquired a number of slingshots from various manufacturers over the years. The Dead Ringer was somewhat different from the array of heavier devices I have collected.
On the plus side, the Dead Ringer is compact, and specifically engineered for BB's. The ammo is inexpensive, and the draw weight is light. However, when properly set up for one's personal draw length, this little slingshot fires BB's at a surprisingly swift velocity. At the time of my recent order, the only available BB bands were the black tubular sets. I hope that I can soon obtain the Theraband Blue Flatband for comparison. It was somewhat easy to create a looped bandset with the black tubular bands, but I don't yet know how that process might compare to installing the flatbands.
On the distaff side of this review, a couple of things occur. First, because this is a tiny slingshot, it seems easy to lose control of your grip on the frame during the draw. If you do, the slingshot can fly backward toward the shooter. So in addition to shooting glasses, I recommend that the shooter always put his/her hand through the wrist lanyard, as well as a finger through the grip ring. This would become increasingly important as a shooter opts for heavier bands and projectiles.
Second, while it is possible (with practice) to tie loops for frame-mounting the tubular band set, the process would be much easier with some sort of jig to hold things in place.
Third, the accompanying ownership manual was generic, not specific to the Dead Ringer. The generic document lacks appropriate specificity. I would have liked to see a definitive statement as to which side of the frame should face the shooter (or target). The generic illustrations showed how to tie flatbands, not tubulars, and did not reflect the processes for attaching them to this tiny model.
But all in all, I look forward to testing BB’s with Blue Theraband Flatbands, as well as the orange flatbands with 1/4 inch steel projectiles.
When I first received this slingshot it too a little bit of adjusting the tubes to the correct length. This was my first tube shooter. Then I did not like how the tubes moved around in holes on the forks. I watched a video on making gypsy tabs. The tubes are now always in the correct orientation to shoot. It is a fun little slingshot that throws BB's really well. I really like it.
I bought this as my first slingshot since childhood wire frames years ago and it is so much fun, low cost ammo it feels great in the hand and I cant wait to try shooting it with 3/8 steel and theraband gold funnily enough I prefer it to a few full size naturals I've tried it's great how comfy this guy sits in your hand
You will love this little slingshot from simpleshot. Throw in pocket and won't know it's there! Comfortable to shoot as well. Pick one or two up now!
Product was everything it was said to be. Excellent for youth or someone who wants to continue shooting but on a budget. Fits nicely in your and allows for a solid hold. Definitely recommending this to anyone who shoots or are thinking about letting their children shoot
I like my Dead Ringer but wish thar it came with the option of ordering it with the band setup shown in the photo. It's my first slingshot and I found it difficult to tie the flat band. Still a very nice shooter.
So I just got totally outta control into slingshots a few weeks ago
Great little slingshot fits right in the pocket, hopefully after I go through a jar of 6000 bb's l might be a decent shot .
I already own and enjoy, five awesome Simpleshot Slingshots but I've got to admit that The Dead Ringer is my favorite to shoot!
I ordered my Dead Ringer about three weeks ago and I haven't been separated from it since it arrived; yes its tiny but bigger than it looks when it come to the fun I have shooting it... it's a lot of fun!
The Dead Ringer is small enough to fit in my pocked, deadly accurate, quiet when shot, the ammo is cheap and a blast to pass around to friends while we are hanging out in my back yard BBQ-ing.
There's no doubt I'll be ordering a few more Dead Ringers to give as stocking stuffers this upcoming holiday season!
This is first time using very small mini poly shooter with a finger hole. Using the very compact Dead Ringer permits plinking almost anywhere using very low cost BBs. Most importantly, I can now put in more practice refining my technique & experiment with other shooting styles. It teaches you more sensitivity of pouch grip, aiming, release, etc. The easy pull blue flat bands shoots safely for indoors with just enough zip. If more power is wanted for outdoors using BBs, go with 1/8" single black latex tubes that have a more firmer pull.
I was surprised at the size of this shooter when I first saw it but even with my big mits I find the finger hole in the grip easy to hold and rock solid. Have shot 100 or so shots with .177 bb's at grasshoppers 12' away with great accuracy and a blast to shoot. I am shooting tubes on it right now but am going to try out the flat bands soon. Well made, sized to accommodate many shooters, solid accurate shooter. Thank you Nathan and everyone at Simpleshot. Shipping and service is super!
The Dead Ringer is excellent dedicated 177cal BB shooting slingshot, Personally pinch grip works best for me , slicing through cans at 12 yards with amazing accuracy with only few hours of practice, effortless fun pulling back these quality bb blue dedicated flat bands. Cheers!