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Hockey stick ?? - Info Needed

Discussion in 'Central United States' started by Sam Miller III, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    My red headed wife is a huge hockey fan - I do not share her enthusiasm for the sport .

    But we do share a strong life time enthusiasm for SCUBA diving and spearfishing. We often travel and camp in the wilds of Baja California, Mexico where I often continue perfecting my spear fishing skills by consumptive spear fishing. .

    My journey into the sport began so many years ago with off the shelf guns , but for the last 40 years or more I have been using custom spear guns of my own design

    It is now past time for my wife to have her own custom pop gun size spear gun.

    I have been toying with using a hockey stick as a barrel. From what I can glean from various sources it would be an ideal choice barrel. Thin. tapered , strong. water proof

    I need some one to provide the dimensions of a typical hockey stick : Length X width X tapper etc

    And if the dimensions are compatible with my thoughts on a Spear Gun for my wife I will need an old retired but useful to me a Hockey Stick to be repurposed into a California Spear Gun

    I appreciate your assistance

    Sam Miller, III
     
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  2. Jcp2

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    Most sticks are hollow composite shafts. Low end ones are more fiberglass. High end ones are more carbon fiber. Are you looking for wood?
     
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  3. Wookie

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    The best sticks are plywood of birch or ash, although maple is also used. The handles are laid up in 1/8” or so layers, and the handle measures about 3/4 of an inch wide and 1 1/8 Deep. A stick may be no more than 63 inches from the heel to the top of the handle.

    I think that a stick handle would be more flexible than you would want. A speargun is pretty rigid.
     
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  4. tbone1004

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    @Wookie best sticks used to be, most of them now are carbon. You can get them in immensely stiff flex ratings.

    For this application though, I would consider using a replacement blade and putting it on the end of the shaft as a butt stock vs. trying to use the actual shaft. It would be very uncomfortable to use
     
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  5. Wookie

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    Yes, the best sticks for hockey are no longer wood. The best wood for making a speargun are wood hockey sticks made of ash or birch, but I wouldn’t use a wood hockey stick for a speargun. It’s too flexible.

    Please forgive me if I was confusing.
     
  6. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    A big thank you - one and each of you have provided the answer for a a hockey stick based gun
    and the answer is NO ! A hockey stick is too thin and possibly too flexible to be successfully modified into a spear gun barrel.

    I have a number of spear shafts all that have been bent by angry fish so they now will shoot up or down or left or right or I assume in some cases all four directions .. I will cut one of them off to a reasonable size for my wife's pop gun

    In the distant past I have successfully laid up and alternating pieces of birch and teak to produce a
    lovely gun that was the most inaccurate gun I ever produced. I then began making guns of teak with a base of horizontal teak supporting a barrel of sold teak, which I now use

    I also have a spare Alexander 1000 pound trigger mechanism which I have been using for testing and experimenting. It is way more than needed for I suspect the sling pull will be about 50 to 65 pounds for my dear wife's gun

    So it will be a tried and true .teak and Alexander based gun- possible the last one I will make

    Thank you again for your responses and allowing me to bore you with my thoughts

    Happy Easter

    Sam Miller, 111
     
  7. tbone1004

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    @Sam Miller III if you make your own, why not carve some hockey based things into the wood, or shape the butt stock to look like the blade of a stick?
     
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  8. Sam Miller III

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    Hombre

    One heck of a good suggestion...
    My son and I have always manage to carve our names into the gun via the good ole Dremel tool and all its wonderful attachments
    Now for a Hockey based theme ????
    Thanks again

    Sam Miller,III
     
  9. letterboy

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    Sam,

    Could you not use a hockey stick, split down the middle and install a rib of stiff material to prevent the flexing? I would also imagine that the longer the shaft the more flex the gun would produce.

    I don't know a lot about spear guns but I imagine a stiff spine down the gun, short length and less powerful bands could over come some of the flex...

    Or use two sticks in a T fashion as I image the sticks are only designed to flex in one direction.

    Food for thought.
     
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