A slingshot is a great asset whether you’re out hunting in the field, on a camping trip, or just hanging around in the yard. We set out to find all the slingshots made in America, and coming out of our research; we found three brands. Our research and some tips on finding the country of origin are below.
Full List of Slingshot Brands Made in the USA
Founded in 2012, SimpleShot is headquartered in North Carolina and is producing some of the best slingshots on the market today. Their slingshots are constructed with flat bands. Nathan Masters of SimpleShot commented, “Flat bands are inherently a lighter pull but generate higher velocity…you experience a lighter pull but equivalent, if not better, performance than the tubular models.”
Trumark is one of the staples in the slingshot industry, and for good reason. They make really high-quality slingshots out of their facility in Boulder, Colorado. The Trumark slingshots even come with a “secret” valve at the bottom where you can easily store ammo. If you’re looking for an affordable and effective slingshot, Trumark is a great option.
This is one of the more unique slingshots on the market if you really want to customize your slingshot and make it your own. Montie Gear is out of Morrisville, North Carolina, and they sure know what they are doing. You can choose from 10 different paracord color options and have the option of getting thumbscrews as well, so you don’t need a tool to change bands. Montie Gear also gives you an uncoated aluminum frame, so you can paint it any color you’d like!
How to Find Slingshots Made in the USA
Hunting slingshots are great to use when you are out hunting as they are light and easy enough to pack. Slingshots are mainly used for hunting smaller animals and birds, which is why you want your slingshot to be made from good-quality materials. Unfortunately, you cannot always attest to the quality of the product when it is made abroad. This is why many American hunters are now turning to US-made slingshots.
Finding hunting slingshots made in the USA can be tricky but not impossible. With this helpful guide, you should be able to find good quality slingshots made in the USA.
What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?
So what does it mean for a product to be made in the USA? According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), “all or virtually all” of the slingshot must be made in the United States. This means everything from the sourcing of the materials to the manufacturing of the slingshot itself must take place in the United States.
To learn more about the “made in the USA” standards, check out our summary of the FTC’s guidelines.
The first step to finding hunting slingshots made in the USA is to research the materials’ origins. Slingshots are traditionally made from wood or steel with flexible rubber or leather bands.
Hardwoods like ash and oak are traditionally used to make slingshots as they can be carved easily and look more authentic. The USA is one of the world’s largest producers of hardwoods, falling just behind China. So, finding a wooden slingshot made in the USA shouldn’t be too difficult. But with that said, Chinese hardwoods are cheaper, so companies looking to cut manufacturing costs will tend to lean towards wood from abroad. So, take care in double-checking the country of origin.
Metal slingshots are ideal for hunting as they are super light and durable. Generally, when it comes to metal slingshots, they tend to be made from stainless steel. Thankfully, the USA is one of the leading steel producers, falling behind just China, Japan, and India. If you are after a quality steel hunting slingshot, you should double-check the country of origin before purchasing, as American steel is three times stronger than Chinese steel.
The bands on the slingshot which help propel the ammunition are usually made from synthetic rubber. On the other hand, natural rubber is not generally produced in the USA, with most of the world’s natural rubber coming from Thailand. So, ensure you are getting a slingshot made from synthetic rubber when looking for a product made in the USA.
An alternative to rubber is leather, which is what was traditionally used in slingshots. While China does produce most of the world’s leather, the USA does produce a significant amount. When looking for US-made, look specifically for cowhide instead of more exotic leathers.
The second step to finding US-made hunting slingshots is to look at the label. Title 19 Chapter 4 Section 1304 of the US code states that all products must be appropriately labeled with the country of origin on the product’s labeling or the packaging. In addition, the FTC protects the “made in the USA” label. So, in theory, finding US-made products should be as simple as looking for the “made in the USA” label.
However, many companies use tricky phrases and words to confuse consumers into thinking their products are made in the USA. For example, phrases like “manufactured in the USA” and “designed in the USA” mean that only a part of the manufacturing process took place in the United States. “Made in America” means that the product may have been made in Canada or Mexico. And “made in the USA with imported parts” means exactly what it says: the product, although assembled domestically, is made with foreign materials.
You should also watch out for the American flag sticker. Using this sticker on the label is not regulated, so just because you see a flag does not mean the product is made in the USA.
Here are other tips to use when looking for hunting slingshots made in the USA.
Visit The Company’s Website
An easy way of researching if a product is made in the USA is to check out the company’s website. Most websites will have an “About Us” section that should have all the information about their products. Products made in the USA are a great selling point, so any company would proudly advertise this.
On the other hand, if you can’t find any information regarding the country of origin, the hunting slingshot is likely made abroad. Companies are not required to state the country of origin on their online or promotional materials, so silence says a lot in this case!
Call The Company
If you cannot find any information about the origins of a company’s products on its website, simply call them and ask. A representative should be able to help answer your questions.
Slingshots Not Made in the USA
Unfortunately, there are several big brands that aren’t making their slingshots in the USA. You can see the full list of these brands below as well as where their slingshots are being made. We’ll update this list as we find more.
- Goldboy – Made in China.
- ROCHAN – Made in China.
- Nobondo – Made in Japan.
- CHILION – Made in China.
- Wisdoman – Made in China.
- Beeman Marksman – Made in China.
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