View Full Version : Fixed my broken gun!
05-24-2003, 06:28 AM
My 60" gun broke last weekend, so it was back to the drawing board. Here are some photos of the gun and some slight modifications I made to it.
05-24-2003, 06:31 AM
Notched out behind muzzle to allow me to load the saft from the back. I think it helps with my reload speed.
05-24-2003, 06:35 AM
A shot from the front to show the different profile of the gun. The track is very high, the wishbone almost scrapes the top.
05-24-2003, 06:47 AM
The finger grooves in the side are just to make it look cool. No, really they are there because the gun was too boyaunt with that much wood. With three shafts it is a little heavy, with one a liitle light in the front end, but with two it is just right. Sounds a little like a fairytale. The biggest problem I had was getting the butt on. I had to reduce the size of the butt extension. This gun is also several inches longer in the stock, because I intended it solely for 72" freeshafts, the extra length supports the shaft better. The butt extension is also shorter than an SS gun, but it is still pretty easy to load.
05-24-2003, 07:43 AM
Very nice! Hope it shoots as good as it looks!:)
05-24-2003, 11:56 PM
Nice, but your bands are different colors... What's up with that?
05-25-2003, 06:34 AM
Different colors and different lengths. The black band has carbon in it to make it more stable but this effects its elatisity.I like the characteristics of the amber better, but it seems like it breaks down faster. Could be I streach the shit out of it, makes it squeak the last few inches before it locks into the notch. I usually have two 25" bands on the gun when hunting in deep water, and only use one of them with the second as back up. The day this photo was taken I was hunting in shallow so I would use the single black band for the hogs. That much steel tends to keep going once in motion.
05-25-2003, 05:56 PM
I make a smart ass comment and learn something out of the deal! cool.
05-28-2003, 06:17 PM
so you think that the abmer is more or less powerfull than a same sized black band.??? i am trying to deside if i should use black or amber, right now i have 2 black bands (think they are 5/8 :confused: ) one is not as 'fast' through water but 2 is a bit of an over kill... (should you be able to see through the fish???:( :(
any help would be great
05-28-2003, 07:20 PM
I too shoot amber and black ss bands.I flip flop. I use the amber as my single and for more power I pull the black back too. when not in use I have put a ss screw midway down on the bottom of the gun to hold my black band when not in use.keeps it from floping around.Happy hunting;)
05-28-2003, 07:49 PM
that sounds like it would work but like on my last dive i had one band loaded, saw a nice hog did not like the way the one band shot (i thought it was too slow through water) so as i was loading second band, the fish swam off. (did not help viz was only 25 feet or so). would a single black band of larger diamiter be better for use of single band? or just get used to two bands?
that is a good idea about putting a screw on bottom to hold band out of way, but i use a rino clasic and the line is atached to bottom, so i would be limited to the single band untill i reload:(
05-29-2003, 12:22 PM
one band is a faster reload and more consistant shooting.
05-30-2003, 07:22 PM
getting one amber band a bit larger than the blacks i have now and use it unless i see a big'en then i can load the smaller black one.... whatcha all think? more bang for the buck on most fish but still not an over kill (i hope)
aslo any one ever use perilzers? how big of fish would you think of taking with them?? i don't want to waist alot of meat but don't know how it would turn out.....
05-30-2003, 08:18 PM
paralizers are used more in other countries on holed up or caved fish. For long shots they really suck the energy, and are prone to spining. They work OK on polespears. By the way if you see the big one, often times it is to late to load a band because he probably saw you a long time ago and is only sticking around because he is mildly interested in what you are doing. Be prepaired for what you expect to see and set up for that, if it is too much to handle pass until you are ready the next time. I just made that mistake and the fish is paying for it.
06-02-2003, 02:40 PM
Boy, you guys are spoiled! Viz was only 25 feet?? We would kill for 25 feet on a typical dive! We average 15, and I had about 5 feet when hunting ling on Saturday. We had a spell last year with more than 80 foot viz. That was the best visibility we have seen in the Puget Sound in at least 10 years! Letís just say that range is not much of a consideration for picking a gun in my waters!
06-05-2003, 05:10 PM
Nice gun. Good work.
06-05-2003, 06:36 PM
Just made some more improvements today. In the finger groove on the left side I inlayed four darker 1/4 inch wood plugs four inches apart. Now I have a handy and stylish measuring guide.
from the sea
01-15-2004, 01:52 PM
i want to see this gun it sounds kick ass...the others are nice
01-17-2004, 05:43 AM
I have an Idea for an enclosed track teak or mahogney gun. The only proble I have is that I am stationed in Okinawa and can not get the wood. If you are interested please let me know. I can send you the details on it. I don't think that any one makes one already if they do please let me know. By the way you ae a hell of a craftsman your gun is sweet.
01-17-2004, 08:11 AM
E-mail it to me, I love to see new ideas!
01-17-2004, 05:34 PM
you should see the shear size of brians guns kevin. he could be a small offshoot of spearfishing speacialties called "monster guns." three 72 inch shafts on a finely crafted piece of wood! it's s sight to see.
01-17-2004, 09:19 PM
Monster Guns? Hmmmmmmmm...not bad!
from the sea
01-18-2004, 03:14 PM
yup they are killer guns, i cant belive the accuracy of them........ incrediable
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