The Axiom Champ Slingshot - Owners Manual

The Axiom Champ. Designed by Nathan and Ray, the Axiom Champ goes way back. It's been here before in other variations, but now it's here for the masses in thermoplastics!

This manual will go over setup of your Axiom Champ slingshot and show you how to safely and properly set up and use your slingshot.

Get to know your Axiom Champ™ Slingshot

The Axiom Champ. Designed by Nathan and Ray, the Axiom Champ goes way back. It's been here before in other variations, but now it's here for the masses in thermoplastics! This manual will go over setup of your Axiom Champ slingshot and show you how to safely and properly set up and use your slingshot.

Keep scrolling for the video owners manual that covers setup demonstration!

Identify the Shooter Side of the Frame

This is the side of the slingshot that faces you when you shoot the slingshot. This side has the SimpleShot logo.

Identify the Target Side of the Frame

The target side faces the target when shooting. The target side has band grooves, "SIMPLE-SHOT.COM," and "AXIOM CHAMP."

OTT (Over The Top) or TTF (Through the Forks)

The Axiom Champ has universal forktips meaning you can band up OTT or TTF. We usually recommend OTT for less experienced shooters since it keep the shot farther away from your hand

The Lanyard

A simple piece of paracord that attaches through the handle of your slingshot frame and secures it to your frame-holding hand. The lanyard is a critical piece of safety gear! Make sure to ALWAYS use it!

Do not shoot stones or rocks from any slingshot.

Rocks - no matter how round they look – shoot erratically and shooting them may damage your slingshot and bands.

Due to the uncontrollable nature of shooting non-spherical projectiles, shooting a rock from a SimpleShot slingshot voids any / all warranties.


Step one: Install the Lanyard

It is critical to always have the lanyard securely wrapped around the wrist when shooting. Serious injury can result from improper use, so make sure you ALWAYS install and use the lanyard when shooting your slingshot!

Thread one end of the lanyard through the hole in the end of the slingshot frame.

Bring both ends together evenly to form a loop in the lanyard material.

Then, tie a simple overhand knot with BOTH tag ends of the lanyard. This simple knot is plenty strong.

Adjust knot placement to fit your wrist size BEFORE tightening the knot.

Adjust the position of the knot to vary size of the lanyard to fit your wrist. Then pull tightly on the two ends to secure the knot.

Make sure the knot is secure before using the lanyard.

The lanyard should firmly but not tight. It should be secure enough to prevent the frame from ever slipping from your hand.

ALWAYS wear the lanyard securely when shooting!

Step two: Install your bandset onto your slingshot

NOTE: You can install your bands OTT or TTF. The choice is yours. 

Here are a few videos from the archives to help you decide which one to use if you're still on the fence.

Step 1.

Cut off a ~10" strip of tie-in tape from the supplied spool (comes with ~3ft.)

Step 2.

Start your foundation wrap (shown OTT). Stretching hard makes it difficult.

Step 3.

Make two foundation wraps to form a good strong base for your tie-in.

Step 4.

Place the bandset onto the foundation wraps (don't let go of the wraps).

Leave enough excess band to be able to fold the end back up and re-capture it, for extra strength. Use the bottom of the forktip as a guide to make sure you leave enough excess.

Step 5.

Firmly hold the end of the bandset and the foundation wraps as you start your first tie-in wrap.

Step 6.

Keep the tape stretched tight as you begin to make your wraps. Keep it flat for best performance.

Step 7.

Keep stretching and make 2 - 3 tight wraps to firmly capture the bandset into the frame groove.

Step 8.

Now, fold the end of the bandset back up (leave some slack in the fold) to wrap OVER this folded layer.

Keep stretching the tie-in material the whole time you are wrapping. Keep it under tension because the retraction of the tape is what provides the strength of the tie-in method.

Step 9.

Keep stretching as you continue to wrap over the folded end of the bandset. Keep it tight!

Step 10.

Complete 2 firm wraps. Don't loose your grip. If you do, it will come loose and you'll have to start over.

Step 11a. (Thumb method)

Place your thumb firmly on the forktip to hold the band and tie-in as you make 2 more wraps.

Step 11b. (Lanyard method)

You may use your lanyard (or anything that works) and make those 2 wraps.

Step 11 may be completed with anything that allows you to capture the tag end of the tie-in tape and bring it UNDER the final 2 wraps. You may use your thumb, a pair of hemostats / tweezers, your lanyard or anything that lets you pull the tag end through. Be careful to not damage the tape if you do use a tool to capture it.

Step 12a. (thumb method)

Pull the tag end under your thumb to capture the tag end of the tape.

Step 12b. (lanyard method)

Place the tag end through the lanyard loop to capture the tag end.

Step 12c. (tool method)

If using hemostats or tweezers, grab the tag end in the tool.

Step 13.

Whether using your thumb, lanyard or a tool, pull the tag end under the final 2 wraps.

In step 9 - 11, you can use a tool (such as forceps, tweezer, hemostats, or small pliers) or a loop or string/paracord to pull the tag end through. Be careful to not damage the tie-in material as you grip it to pull it through.

Optional thumb method.

When using the thumb method, you can leave the very end of the tape in place and pull the loop through for easy removal. Just pull the tag end to release the tie-in.

One side is done!

When you pull the tag end all the way through (if you used an installed lanyard, you must), you can trim off the excess if you'd like. Not too close!

Test it out!

Complete the other side and give your bands a few careful draws to make sure they are rock-solid and you are ready to shoot!

And now, watch the video to see it in action!

Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Axiom Champ come with everything I need to shoot?

Absolutely. It comes with a lanyard, two powerful bandsets, and tie-in tape to attach them to the frame. Everything you need to shoot is included. You supply the ammo.

Is the Axiom Champ perfect for beginners?

We wouldn't say perfect, no. The Axiom champ is a very small slingshot frame, so it is generally loved by shooters with a bit more experience. A larger frame keeps the shot farther away from your frame holding hand.

Can I hunt with the Axiom Champ?

For sure. The Axiom Champ is a great hunting slingshot. (Pro tip: it's not really the frame, it's the bandsets that make a slingshot perfect for hunting. The power comes from the bands!)

Does the Axiom Champ come with FlipClips?

Nope. This is a good old wrap and tuck slingshot. The only way to fasten a bandset to the Axiom Champ is to tie it on.
What can I tie my bands on with?

The Axiom Champ comes with about a meter of tie-in tape (also called amberbelt, even though it's not amber). This is plenty to get your bands tied on.

Can I make FlipClips fit the Axiom Champ?

That's a hard no. If you do, you will have weakened the structure of the slingshot, will void all warranties and will put yourself at risk of harm. Do not ever modify a slingshot.

Can I shoot OTT and TTF?

If you don't know, this question is probably not for you, but OTT means "Over The Top" and TTF means "Through The Forks." And the answer is YES! The Axiom Champ shoots both styles!

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