Carl and I were in close contact during the 70s when I started my mail order slingshot business. Carls slingshot, Killdeer, was one of the main models in my catalog. Carl and I sort of both went out of business in the late 70s.
Carl started his small manufacturing and mail order business in the 50s as a retirement project. His first slingshot model was the Deerslayer, which he marketed for two years before replacing it with the smaller model, Killdeer. The smaller model Killdeer was both lighter to carry and cheaper to mail, but still an excellent slingshot. I have always included it as one of my favorites to shoot.
In the early 70s, Carl disposed of all the slingshot castings to a local
manufacturer of toy steam locomotives who was going to melt them down to use with his products. Carl had received so many requests for the Killdeer that he had to buy back several hundreds of the castings to fill orders.
I would like to see both of Carls slingshot back on the market. It is a shame that so many of the super slingshots of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s are no longer available.
I am willing to buy, trade, or beg for one of Carls Deerslayer slingshots for my collection. I would also like to know what ever happened to Carl as I lost track of him when I stopped selling slingshots by mail. Please contact me with information at: