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Short slings, about 30 centimeters long, were traditionally used for warfare and provided the user with more accuracy. The short length enables the thrower to get shots off more quickly as less of a wind up is required. On the other hand, longer slings, around 60 centimeters in length, were commonly used for hunting and distance shooting. This required the thrower to swing it around his or her head multiple times to gain momentum before releasing it on the upswing.