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21 Responses to 5,000 Year Old Technology – The Atlatl

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    ElectricEye Male 40-49
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    June 22, 2014 at 8:50 am
    Link: 5,000 Year Old Technology - The Atlatl - A spear-thrower is a long-range weapon and can readily impart to a projectile speeds of over 150 km/h
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    MelCervini Female 40-49
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    June 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    no one should need a high-capacity stick
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    chicagojay Male 40-49
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    June 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    Good one, MelCervini.
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    AvatarJohn Male 30-39
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    June 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    People always conveniently omit the term, "well regulated" when talking about these sticks. Really, they should only be allowed for "militia`s".
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    MelCervini Female 40-49
    2092 posts
    June 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm
    @Avatar, newp sorry "well regulated" means "in good working order", not regulated in a legal sense, otherwise why would they put "shall not be infringed" (Funny how certain people always conveniently leave *that* out?) on the end?
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    June 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm
    Just don`t rattle your atlatl.
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    DerryNH Male 50-59
    140 posts
    June 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm
    They could have shown how much farther it goes than throwing a spear. They were right there with a camera, ferchristsake.
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    fingerfish Male 30-39
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    June 23, 2014 at 2:58 pm
    I demand common sense steps be made for atlatl control. Surely we don`t want these weapons to end up in the hands of criminals?
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5606 posts
    June 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm
    "They could have shown how much farther it goes than throwing a spear."
    It would have revealed his girly arm.

    Most atlatl users are legitimate bison hunters. You would be leaving them without a means to take down bison and without a means to defend themselves against criminals who get their atlatl from other sources.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    June 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm
    Have seen these in historical re enactments
    and yeah those buggers can fly long and fast
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    luke182 Male 18-29
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    June 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm
    Just look at how much farther it goes! it goes right off the screen! he would NEVER have been able to do that without his atlatl
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    kree_ Male 30-39
    990 posts
    June 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm
    5000 years? pretty sure this technology is 400000 years old, drating paleolithic
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    DerryNH Male 50-59
    140 posts
    June 23, 2014 at 6:19 pm
    At least I learned how to pronounce atlatl.
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    GeoffwasHere Male 40-49
    202 posts
    June 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm
    I have launched one of these. It was made by my old social studies professor in high school.

    You can not aim this contraption.

    It is worth a penny that shouldn`t circulate the American currency system.
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    draino123 Male 30-39
    769 posts
    June 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm
    This is kinda what Jondalar invents in the Earth Children series.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    June 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm
    @GeoffwasHere you need lots of training and practice.
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    ArgusTuft Male 50-59
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    June 24, 2014 at 2:11 am
    Actually it`s a woomera, 18000 years old and Australian aboriginal. It`s now been proven with DNA that that the Australian aboriginal was the first settler in South America, thousands of years before the mongoliod races came down from the north.
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
    2508 posts
    June 24, 2014 at 5:20 am
    Lots of misinformation here.

    Geoff, a properly made atlatl can be aimed with some accuracy in properly trained hands.

    The gentleman in the video claims that the atlatl has more knock-down power than a bow and arrow. That`s simply not the case.

    While the dart my be heavier, it`s traveling much, much slower than an arrow from a longbow. Mass X speed = force. And the added speed of the bow and arrow more than makes up for the mass that it lacks.

    Case in point, it`s been proven time and time again that an arrow can be shot through armor using a rustic longbow. However, let`s look at how the atlatl performs against the same, low-grade armor.

    Atlatl vs. Armor
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    Dead_mind Male 18-29
    303 posts
    June 24, 2014 at 6:16 am
    @RobSwindol
    We are talking longbow... not stoneage bow.
    Its like comparing the manuverability of a rowboat compared to a submarine, the gap in time and tech is not compareble.
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    kree_ Male 30-39
    990 posts
    June 24, 2014 at 7:00 am
    Argus, you are missing a digit there. There things are much older than the aboriginals. Older than humans even. These were first made by homo heildelbergesis
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    elkingo Male 30-39
    5385 posts
    June 24, 2014 at 8:51 am
    Atlatl is fun to say.

    Say it like 10 times in a row.

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