Discussion in 'Do It Yourself - DIY' started by Mr.Bubbles, Aug 6, 2001.
Any one know there to get plans for a home built spear gun?
With so many cheap searguns out there why waste time making one , spend the time shooting the fish. Get a small 42" they are good for 10-15 lb of fish. Cost $39-99.
Why should I buy it when I have the ability to make one?
On a similar subject what do people use to ship their spear guns on the plane with them? I travel quite extensively between Boston and New Orleans and I like to go spear fishing in both places. I have a couple guns, the largest being the JBL 450XHD about 66" long. I dont like to put them in a box and would prefer a carrying case. I have looked at Pelican cases and rifle cases but they are too short even if I dissemble the gun.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I also recommend buying the gun it is typically easier and probably cheaper, unless you just want the challenge.
Im a machinist and I like to make stuff. So why not a spear gun. just need some idear how to go buy doing it.
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Why not buy a rifle case (as in gun case) for it? You can pick them up most anywhere for a reasonable price.
I thank you for the suggestion, I have looked at many rifle cases but the spear guns were too long (approx 66). Do you know of a manufacture that makes a case that will accommodate the length? I have talked to a few gun dealers who said I needed a case for 50-caliber sniper rifle and they could get me one by special ordering it; however, it will be aluminum. I am in Louisiana so I am not sure if I will get the gun with it or not. I would like plastic do reduce the weight and the sharp edges as I assume I will drop it on my self (at least once) and bang stuff with it.
Hard shell gun cases are normaly around 52-54" max. Do you have a hack saw? Let me look around and see what I can find for you. If you like any other hunter I know you need an excuse to by Another gun. Just buy one less than 53".
I thought that maybe a black powder gun case would be long enough but I only found 62"x12" there. 50cal. case was 60" long and $269.
Some guys buy PVC pipe at a hardware store and screw endcaps on, add a handle and you have a case for shipping.
I've also heard of snowboard cases being used.
LOL!! Maybe so. The only other idea I have would be for you to get a good woodworker/cabinetmaker to make you one out of wood. But it too would be heavier than plastic. Or maybe a millright to do one out of billet aluminum. I can't think of anyone that does custom plastic work. Looks like the speargun manufactors would be making something.
Thank you all for the suggestions. I am considering buying another gun but it would probably be a few inches longer . However I have found two companies that are going to quote me custom ABS plastic cases. I will let you know if it is reasonable or if would be cheaper just to buy my own jet .
For ~$120 you can get the "expandable" ski tubes. The ABS tubes elongate to accommodate skis of different lengths. The tubes come in a single size and a larger size to accommodate two sets of skis. You'll probably want some padding to wrap the gun before putting into the case... I use foam camping mats (~$5) to protect my skis.
Hope this helps. I'll try to provide some links.
I use to spear fish and have seen a lot that can go wrong with spear guns. The amount of pressure the bands put on the trigger is amazing. They can wear out fast and become extremely dangerous. I have seen them go off when the safety was released as well as impossible to pull the trigger after the bands are in place.
Spear guy manufactures have gone through the learning curve. You would have to know which parts to harden and how to polish your trigger. If you are bent on building one, buy the trigger assembly from a dealer and build around it.
DANGER - I seen a guy cut his leg to the bone from using the wrong material for the main body. As he was securing his last of 3 bans the force was too much for the body, it bent and shoved jagged metal into his leg. If you don't know, you typically put the butt of the gun on your leg to hold it in place and pull the bans down to the slots. Also, don't load them out of the water - not safe.
Sounds like you have all the experience you need to research making your own gun, in the early days people usually did make their own guns. The trigger system is one of the more critical parts, as dysfunctions can cause serious injuries, as I'm sure you can imagine. There are a number of articles on the web re: spearguns. As someone who shoots regularly I am pleasantly suprised to find out that in general, even with all our technology the rubber band guns are still some of the best guns for spearfishing, with the right tip you can even kill all the carps that are trying to tell you you cannot build your own gun zeN||
Of course it can be home made. I'll make my first attempt at attaching a photo. If it works you'll see a vintage (1956) spear fisherman and his gear of choice. Obviously home made.
In Kentucky we also tend to make the beverage ourselves, too!
Sorry it didn't seem to work. I'll research more.
I'll upload the photo to an FTP site sometime soon, so it can be <href'ed> from there. In the meantime, PM me if you want a copy of the photo.
As far as gun bags go they make padded speargun bags for any length gun. Just search for any website that specializes in spearfishing/freediving. (Hanapaa hawaii, pirate scuba, blue ater hunter, nor cal freedive etc). I think they start around 75- or so, cheaper than rifle cases/
These sites will also have info for building your own guns. Most people who make there own build teak guns. You could make an alluminum or stainless tube gun as well, but a teak mid-handle might be just what the Dr. ordered for rig diving down south.
It's easy to pick up trigger mechs for a wood gun and the main ones all rate really well for loads before failure. There's a ton of info about this sort of thing on deeperblue.net in the forums. Good luck.
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