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Old 03-15-2012, 11:49 PM   #11  
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:45 AM   #12  
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Florida Reef Rifle (or something like it) on what looks like Cyril's tile floor. Note the trigger safety!
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thanks for the info Pete...a wealth of knowledge.
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The "Airmatic", like many early pneumatic spearguns, was not completely airtight, so such guns often contained a "built-in" hand pump to enable the gun's pressure to be topped up from time to time. The fitting of modern seals can cure many of these problems, but when the guns were produced tight press or interference fits of tubes into body castings or screw threaded connections with washers placed at strategic positions kept the air pressure in the gun at the necessary construction joints in the gun body. Attached is the John Salles patent for his "Airmatic". Like the French "Sallematic" the spear only inserts as far as the handgrip where the sear for the piston is located. The trigger is of the "outrigger" type and pivots out one side of the grip. This makes for easier sealing of the trigger where it penetrates the gun's pressurized area and was relatively easy to make, but improved ideas were to follow in the next generation of pneumatic spearguns.
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Nice collection Dan! That last one you posted looks like a reloading nightmare
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Is there a name anywhere on this gun? We know who invented it, but does it have a name as such? Most spearguns have an identifying tag or model number, or a serial number.

This is the gun's trigger mechanism. Note that it is somewhat like a rearranged "Sea Hornet" mech if you turn the levers around through 90 degrees and rearrange some of the features, the "Sea Hornet" mech being invented totally independently some decades later. Both are "cam lock" trigger mechanisms. The relatching action is different, spring 30 biasing the sear lever in the opposite direction to that in the "Sea Hornet" which moves downwards after the shot.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:55 PM   #17  
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nice "antiques"...
at that time a lot of creativity!
Old 05-09-2012, 01:04 AM   #18  
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Not vintage judging by the trigger mech but a damn rustic bamboo speargun.

BambooSpeargun01 BambooSpeargun02
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Not vintage judging by the trigger mech but a damn rustic bamboo speargun.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...Speargun01.jpg http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...Speargun02.jpg
That is so cool! I bought some bamboo several months ago in hopes of building a hybrid with it.
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