The wire frame slingshot in this case wire coat hanger slingshot: is not uncommon to many parts of the world, it is not a unique phenomenon to any Country as it has been seen on both hemispheres yet as styles vary this essay is dedicated to the Mexican Resortera de alambre or Mexican style wire frame slingshots. The wire slingshot is pretty old and was already quite common in the 1930s. For the sake of illustrational reference I will refer to the wire coat hanger slingshot simply as the alambre slingshot or alambre resortera.
The other alambre slingshot is more sturdy and capable of holding more powerful slingshot bands to shoot stones, marbles and of course lead and steel shot. This kind of alambre slingshot was first mentioned to me in conversation by a kid from Baja Mexico over 25 years ago and his story was all I knew about its construction. Later I saw one of these Alambre Resorteras professionally made and being sold in a Resortera Puesto slingshot stand in a small pueblo Yahualica on the outskirts of Jalisco Mexico.
I carefully examined its construction, because I was still a kid when I saw it my father wouldn’t buy it for me because he was die hard natural forks and thought it a waste of his money although it was inexpensive. But the image of that alambre slingshot was burned into my mind and with what I was told of their construction and what I saw gave me enough info to make my own. As I started to experiment with these alambre slingshots, later I would run into other people from different parts of Mexico who also made these alambre slingshots from these conversations I would gain more feedback on their construction.
As I wanted to keep this simple street weapon practical I opted for another classic chained band. I started using the ever present #64 office rubberbands available in virtually all office supply stores. What I did was make a chain of the #64 rubberbands in a 3x3x3 chain and this is the end result, mind you a picture of a well used alambre resortera.