William, how does this thing work? The ones I've seen have, er, ah rubber-bands; is that dingus in the back a pump handle like a pellet-gun? If that is the case, do you have to go back up to the surface to "cock it"? The area in the back looks like a gas/air reservoir to me. How many FPS do these travel at, and the "rubber band" type? Jaybird
The Convencional Speargun uses rubber slings to shoot. Some have Many rubber slings used to shoot the spearshaft.
The Pneumatic Speargun uses Air Pressure inside the speargun barrel to shoot. There is a Sliding Piston inside of the barrel (compressed air on the speargun side and water pressure on the out side of the sliding piston) + a Compressed Air Tank at the rear of the speargun, powering the Sliding Piston. The pneumatic design is not really as powerfull as a rubber sling speargun can be because they load Once only. ( Unloaded, the sliding piston is at the extreme Tip of the speargun's barrel. As you press the spearshaft into the barrel, that forces the piston to slide to the rear of the speargun and the piston Locks at the rear. Pull the trigger and the piston is released, powering the spearshaft out of the speargun. ) But,the Rubber Sling Spearguns can have as Many rubber slings as the speargun's design can safely handle. Some are Super Powerfull, having up to 15 Rubber Slings they can load onto the spearshaft to shoot with. This Pneumatic has the Air Tank at the rear and the Pump permanently mounted on, to keep it pressured up, making it easier to check tank pressure and never having to attach a pump to the speargun.
This is the Holy Grail of "All" Spearguns, the "Alemite"( All Mighty ) Speargun. It has a fireing force of 2500 PSI. Range has to be over 100 feet underwater. It is a Comprssed Air Tank Speargun like a scuba tank is. At 15 Pounds weight above water it was too heavy for me. Ron Mullens has it now and it is in his online Speargun Museum.
This is the Voit "Competition" Speargun. Even though it is a 2 Rubber Sling Speargun it has enough power and is very attractive, having the Swimaster Break-Away-Fish Float & one of the first earliest Riffes Reel on her. This is actually my favorite speargun out of all I have ownerd in the past. It also has a V-shaped Spearshaft Guide mounted on the barrel which helps reduce "Spearshaft Whip" when shot. Once cleaned up she will be ready for display on the wall.
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2010 17:30:54 GMT -8 by william
Here is one I just picked up. The spring is in great condition and I might have to go try it out. I do not know much about it and not sure if I got a good deal. I paid $30.00 for it. Cressi is the brand.
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2010 18:09:06 GMT -8 by kgehring
Over 400 regs in my collection & I dive some of them.
Hi Karl You definiterly did get a good buy there. I do not think I have seen this one before and $30 is a very low price for a Vintage Speargun such as this one. This Hurricane Speargun we have is very rare also. Based on the fact that it has the Original Rubber Slings, having the Name Hurricane in raised letters down each sling, they are Original and in very good condition. When purchased I was told that it had been in a display case since the 1950s by the original owner. His widow sold it to us then. I have been told that it is apparently the only one that exists with the Original Hurricane Rubber Slings still intact. Others having replacements slings installed or they are broken, even ones in the speargun museums. One thing, when finally ready to let the Demone Regulator go, we will let you know by email first. Your offer was very reasonanle, but Cyndy and I had second thoughts on selling for it for now.
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2010 21:26:46 GMT -8 by william
Here is the very famous Compressed Air Tank Speargun that was used in the movie Creature From The Black Lagoon It had much less fireing force than the Alemite, I think set up in the movie for the safer use in the movie scenes. When fired only a little air was expelled from the Speargun. But it still was pretty impressive.