Slingshots and arrow-shooting guns are now being openly sold on several streets and at markets in Ho Chi Minh City.
One metal catapult for sale at a local market comes equipped with a target sight and bubble level – a liquid-filled instrument with a bubble inside that tells the catapult is properly held.
The VND250,000 ($11) weapon is designed to hit targets within a 30-meter range.
Vendors post the elastic rubber strips used to launch the iron projectiles, with such weapons imported from China and the U.S.
Victims of attacks with such weapons have reported broken car windows or being on the receiving end of revenge assaults.
Guns capable of shooting arrows up to 15 meters have also been reported for sale in local markets.
The electric-powered firearm is popular with dog thieves who want to protect themselves from the dog owners during a heist.