Best Slingshots Made in the USA

A slingshot is a great asset to have whether you’re out hunting in the field, on a camping trip, or just hanging around in the yard. We set out to find the best slingshots made in America, and coming out of our research, we have 4 top picks. Our recommendations and the criteria we used in our research are below!

Our Findings

We found quite a few manufacturers that are making slingshots here in the USA, and we put them all up to the test against each other to find out which ones were the best. After our research, three slingshot manufacturers rose to the top: SimpleShot Shooting Sports (North Carolina), Trumark (Colorado), and Montie Gear (North Carolina). SimpleShot makes several high performance hunting slingshots, Trumark is a phenomenal choice for beginners and kids, and Montie Gear is making some really innovative products that are changing the way we traditionally view slingshots. Check out more details on our top picks below!

Top Recommendations

Best Slingshots Best for:
SimpleShot Scout Slingshot Versatility
Trumark Slingshots Folding Slingshot Folding
Trumark Slingshots Normal Pull Slingshot Kids
Montie Gear DIY Y-Shot Slingshot DIY

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below are extensive details about each of our recommendations, what we liked about them, what we didn’t like about them, and where to find each one.

Most Versatile Hunting Slingshot

SimpleShot Scout Slingshot

Founded in 2012, SimpleShot is headquartered in North Carolina and is producing some of the best slingshots on the market today. The Scout performed well, and was the most versatile slingshot in our test group for a number of reasons. Its construction really fits any size shooter or shooting style, it can be fitted with virtually any elastic, and the leather strap in the back allows for pretty much any ammo type – even arrows. The Scout is made from a hard polycarbonate construction – a heavy duty material that is durable and can withstand heavy use. The latex bands are about 0.030″ thick and 10″ long. Depending on your draw length, you may want to cut them a little shorter, which we found was very easy to do. When comparing flat bands to tubular slingshot models, 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.” Whether you are a shooter with a pinched, hammer grip, or fork supported style, the Scout can accommodate.

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Things we like:

  • Durable construction
  • Comes with bands installed
  • Versatile for all styles and strength levels
  • Textured thumb and forefinger areas for a secure grip
  • Comes with full owner’s manual

Things we don’t like:

  • Bands may not be thick enough for stronger shooters, consider buying thicker ones to accomodate


Best Folding Slingshot

Trumark Slingshots Folding Slingshot

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 Folding Slingshot was the best compact, folding slingshot we came across in our research. This product is great if you’re pinched for extra room in your backpack, or you’re looking for a slingshot to take on your next camping trip. The wrist brace makes for pretty good stability and accuracy, and the aluminum frame helps keep it lightweight and rust-free. 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 your best option.

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Things we like:

  • Easy to use and comfortable
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Ammo storage
  • Appropriate for adults and kids

Things we don’t like:

  • You have to pull the band back a good ways to get full power, which reduces accuracy


Best Slingshot for Kids

Trumark Slingshots Normal Pull Slingshot

The normal, non-folding version of the Trumark slingshots is the best slingshot we found for kids. The folding mechanism in the other models can sometimes pinch small fingers. The Trumark slingshot is a great option for beginners and kids – it’s affordable, durable, and easy to use. The wrist brace gives you enough stability to accurately aim at your target and the pull is nice and comfortable – much easier to use than some of the other options we researched. It can shoot just about anything you want – rocks, nuts, Skittles, you name it. And as a reminder – always be safe using these slingshots. If your kid is under 16, he should be wearing safety glasses when operating it.

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Things we like:

  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Can shoot anything you can fit in the leather pouch

Things we don’t like:

  • From previous customers, the elastic band tends to get worn out quicker than other models a few years of heavy use


Best DIY Slingshot

Montie Gear DIY Y-Shot Slingshot

This is one of the more unique slingshots on the market if you really want to customize your slingshot and make it your own. It’s produced by a company called Montie Gear 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. When we built our own, the paracord was really pliable, easy to operate, and provided a really accurate shot. Building the slingshot wasn’t too complicated either – it was incredibly easy. Montie Gear also gives you an uncoated aluminum frame so you can paint it any colors that you’d like!

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Things we like:

  • Paracord perform well
  • Ergonomic grip
  • Durable construction
  • Easily disassembled and customizable
  • Capable of holding any bands that you need, along with the elastic band that is included

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Recap: Best Slingshots Made in the USA

Factors We Considered

Durability and Strength

Durability comes in a variety of different ways when you’re looking for a new slingshot. You need to be able to rely on strength and longevity of:

  • Frame
  • Elastic bands
  • Shooting pouch
  • Grip and brace

We took all of these factors into consideration when looking for the right slingshots. The frame needs to hold together well and be fairly resistant to the elements so that rust doesn’t develop. The elastic bands need to be able to last so they don’t crack or tear after just a few uses. Same goes for the shooting pouch (typically leather is the best option). And the handle and brace need to be able to function for a long time as well, without tearing or losing their grip.

Stability and Accuracy

Good stability and accuracy is very important in pretty much all hand-operated weapons, including slingshots. Since you’re relying on your own strength and hand stability to pull back the band, hold the grip, and release your shot, having a slingshot that is constructed well to minimize all that movement is extremely helpful. We looked at dozens of different slingshots to make sure we found the best ones that have wrist guards or other mechanisms to help with stability. The type of band on your slingshot also comes into play with stability and accuracy. Unlike archery, a heavier pull does not always make for a better and faster shooting experience. Flat bands are typically lighter and can generate a higher velocity shot than tubular models.


You’re going to be in the outdoors pretty much every time you use your slingshot (we hope), which means you’ll have all sorts of natural elements coming into effect: rain, humidity, cold, or whatever else. We looked for solid grips that can withstand those elements and be reliable in any situation.


We want to make sure that you’re getting the best slingshot for your money. After all, we’re consumers too! We eliminated any hunting slingshots from our consideration that we thought weren’t high quality enough for the price the manufacturer was charging.

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