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The atlatl is a stick with a hook or indent on the end that the dart attaches to increase the leverage in throwing . Actually, the spear (called a dart or yaomitl) is much more like an arrow. It has fletching added to stabilize flight and is quite flexible. The dart and atlatl can come in many different lengths and styles.
The atlatl has been said to be one of the first compound weapons that is, a tool used to enhance human power. While the earliest archeological evidence is 25,000 years old, it is believed that atlatl has been in use for some 40,000 years. The effectiveness of this weapon allowed early humans to hunt Ice Age mega beasts such as the Mammoth and Wooly Rhino. Eventually, the development of bow supplanted the atlatl as the weapon of choice because the bow was more compact, and easier to carry . Also, with the largest of animals gone after the ice age the smaller mammals did not require the penetrative power of the atlatl to bring down. In the 16th Century, when the Spanish Conquistadors invaded Central America, the Aztecs re-adopted the atlatl (which is where we get the word from) because of its incredible power. They weren't able to compete against the Spaniard's firearms but many a Conquistador was surprised to have an armor-piercing dart pass completely through their steel breastplates; both front and back. Cortez himself is quoated as telling tails of these mysterious long arrows flying great distences .Atlatls have been found all over the world and few cultures still use the atlatl. The aborigines of Australia call it a Woomera. Native Alaskans of the lower Yukon call it a Nuqaq.People still hunt with atlatl. Dave Ingvall set the World Record for distance of 848.56 feet with an atlatl-thrown dart in 1995. How to operate. To use the atlatl, one generally begins by holding it horizontally at just above shoulder height. A depression in the back of the dart fits into the hook on the atlatl and the dart is held parallel to the atlatl by the thumb and forefinger. Some atlatl have raised and grooved sections to aid this alignment and others have mechanisms that will actually hold the dart in place. The physics of the atlatl. Both the atlatl and dart are springs that store energy. As the arm moves forward, both will flex and, if properly tuned, will spring back at the point of release, imparting the maximum amount of power. Weights (called banner stones) can be added to the atlatl to adjust the flex timing and properly shaped weights can actually help to silence the sound of the rushing atlatl. Because the atlatl is essentially a lever that doubles the length of the thrower's arm, it can easily deliver 200 times as much power and 6 times the range as a dart thrown like a traditional spear. Even with the increased mass of a normal spear, the atlatl-thrown dart clearly outpowers the spear. A 5 oz dart can be thrown at 100 mph and have as much impact as an arrow fired from a 60 lb compound bow.
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Found on every continent throughout history, used as a weapon and a hunting tool. A simple tool to increase the arm's ability to throw an object overhand or under at speeds in excess of 130mph. The Guiness World Record is over 1400 ft with a rock sling. You can throw anything that fits rocks, apples, eggs or snow balls. Go out and start slinging!