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Old 10-19-2019, 08:43 PM   #1
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"Champion" Arbalete Four socket gun with Para-vane.

Here is something that you rarely see, the four socket head Cavalero "Champion" Arbalete with a Paravane on the tube barrel. The winged fitting is original equipment, but for obvious reasons not many were interested in it. I have only ever seen two like this, so it is very uncommon. The idea is forward motion in the water helps keep the barrel up due to hydrodynamic lift.

I guess you could also use it to help load with your feet by putting your fins on it.

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Old 10-20-2019, 12:49 AM   #2
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Re: "Champion" Arbalete Four socket gun with Para-vane.

I should point out that the gun itself is not rare, they were produced in their thousands, if not tens of thousands, but that fitting is rare as it added to weight and was a snagging hazard. Guns fitted with it would have had it removed and probably tossed in a cupboard, the fact that this one still has it tells you that the gun was not used much.
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Old 11-01-2019, 12:46 AM   #3
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Re: "Champion" Arbalete Four socket gun with Para-vane.

I ended up buying it myself as with no spear no one else wanted it. On another thread I have just thrown it into a big tub of water to get any salt out of it. I have plenty of spears, but will have to make screw socket bands for it that I ainít looking forward to doing!
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Old 11-01-2019, 01:37 AM   #4
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Re: "Champion" Arbalete Four socket gun with Para-vane.

You can buy adapters which take the screw socket to a metal insert
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Old 11-01-2019, 05:16 AM   #5
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Re: "Champion" Arbalete Four socket gun with Para-vane.

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You can buy adapters which take the screw socket to a metal insert
I was thinking of replicating the solid core bands with fine rubber strand whipping that fattens the distal ends up to stop them pulling through the screw ferrule fitting as that is how they were made originally. I have sliced a number of busted ones up over the years from old guns in order to discover how they were made, but whipping the ends tight with a fine rubber cord is the hard part which put the ends in compression. Once pushed through the ferrules they fatten up and the whipping rubber cord fills up the space so that they cannot pull out again. Or they are whipped after being dragged through by stretching the bands out which is probably more likely.

This June 1944 French patent by Rene Cavalero made the band powered Arbalete a possibility without tying rubber bands with cords. This is what paved the way for band guns if they did not use surgical rubber, as was used in the USA.
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Re: "Champion" Arbalete Four socket gun with Para-vane.

Now a definitive answer. "Cíest pour charger avec les pieds."
It's to load with the feet.
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