You might get hooked!
the heck is an Atlatl?
An Atlatl is hunting weapon used
to propel a spear or dart with great force and accuracy.
This throwing "stick" is an extension of the users arm.
Simply by adding length to the arm, a 6 ounce dart (5
times heavier than the average arrow) can be thrown at
speeds varying from 65 to 100 miles per hour!
A common question people ask is, "How far can I throw
Remember... "It's not about distance, but accuracy."
The accuracy of this weapon is exactly proportioned to the
time spent practicing. This thing is difficult to control.
What I mean is the learning curve differences between archery
and the atlatl is vast. In a few weeks one could become
fairly proficient with a bow and arrow. Atlatls are a weapon
that is far more difficult to master. Most of the top throwers
in the U.S. have spent several years polishing their skills.
Arrowheads or Atlatl points?
Most flint projectiles people find are far too large for
arrow points. As in modern times most arrowheads average
from 100-150 grains. Things were no different for Native
Ancient Atlatl flint points can range from 125-800 grains!
That's almost 2 ounces!