I made an atlatl today out of a broken longbow I have had kicking around in the shed for a few years now. It was pretty easy to cobble this together with a bit of hardwood scrap, a metal punch and some paracord. The dart I made from two carbon arrow shafts with a piece of all thread ad two screw in adapters. The dart flies well and the thrower really spits that dart out there.
I thought this would be a fun project for some of the guys making their own bows that have any break.
Its been 12-15 yards since I have played around with atlatls but it was pretty fun slinging the dart this afternoon. I'm looking forward to playing with it a little more this summer. I know a guy back in michigan who killed a bear with one. If I get good enough maybe I'll try taking a blackbear with one this spring.