An interesting weapon is the slingshot. Today, most people do not use them as more than toys. Most boys had one growing up. My own brother had at least five that he played with each for about two days and then they joined the mountains of clutter on his floor.
Slingshots come in wide and varied designs. Some people make theirs themselves from rubber bands and branches or they might buy one from the store made of plastic. One of the many that my brother was given over the years was made out of an ox horn.
|Drawing of sling|
Made from a strap of leather or woven twine, a cradle or pouch, and any small projectile, the sling took a lot of mastery. Slings were common because they were cheap and easy to make. A poor shepherd could make one himself without a blacksmith and governments would not prohibit them as they did metal weapons. Ammunition was also plentiful was a simple, smooth rock would do.
|Sling and rocks|
This is why I have always found the story of David and Goliath to truly display the hand of God. Not yet a full grown man, David (while a shepherd) would likely not have had the experience nor the strength to hit the relatively small space of Goliath's forehead and knock him out all on his first try. Such a feat took the guidance of God and should leave no doubt that as David said,
"This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17: 46-47 NIV)
|David and Goliath|