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Old 01-20-2014, 10:54 AM   #1
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Last year we were harassed several times by sharks...of course I forgot to put on the shark shield,,,,(dumb) but we have begun thinking a backup position may be in order...
I looked at a 223 assembly at a local dive shop and the weight was way more I expected.
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what is the state of the art assembly to a spear gun or is it carried on a stand alone shaft?

how is the weight at the tip compensated for?

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Old 01-20-2014, 01:32 PM   #2
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I use a .357 and recommend it over .223. It packs a bigger wallop. I fire mine with my gun. It is threaded to the shaft just like a spear tip. I have a spare shaft mounted to my gun. When I need my powerhead, I switch just the heads of each spear. My powerhead rides on the spare shaft when not in use.
If you use a pole spear to fire your powerhead so you don't have to use your speargun, that works also. The down fall of this style is you now carry two things instead of one. I also use this set up some times. Some people don't like to carry that much. IF YOU CHOOSE THIS OPTION... DO NOT... USE A FIBERGLASS POLE SPEAR. The recoil can and will shatter fiberglass. Use aluminum.
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if the PH is mounted to the gun business end ... how bad does this screw up the flotation / balance .. did you compensate for it in any way.....


what does is the "butt end connection" of the spare shaft look like to adsorb the recoil
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Sorry, I didn't address your weight question. Typically when you fire a powerhead, it is not a "distance" shot. Something bad is danger close, and you want it dead because "it" has left you no option. Also, it is legal to harvest with a powerhead in federal waters (comes in real handy with a 100 lb AJ). It is however, ILLEGAL to harvest sharks with a powerhead in any waters. Sad as it is to waste the meat, if you have to powerhead one for safeties sake, DO NOT bring it home.
If you lift bag your fish, most of the time sharks will lose interest in you. I've never had a shark follow my lift bag up.
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Powerhead twice in self defense. I've found that having the safety engaged on the powerhead and two bands loaded on my gun is enough of a thud to make any shark say "F this, I ain't messing with that guy". No explosion. No dead shark.
As for the "explosion. It is loud, but not deafening, as long as you are on the firing side and expecting it. Make sure your dive buddy is not within 15' of the receiving end. Even 50' away and not expecting it will make you just about crap yourself.
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I don't fire my spare shaft. I switch the powerhead to my main shaft and pull the trigger (I only use two bands, three is unnecessary).

My gun without the powerhead floats. With the powerhead, it sinks like a brick. As far as noticing it while I'm hunting, I don't. I like that it makes my gun negatively buoyant. I usually go to max depth wherever I may be. So I would rather go down to get my gun if it gets away from me. Rather than hope I find it on the surface.
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ok... the power head is a switch out operation w. the "tip" used in normal hunting.... the bands launch the spear & PH for detonation on the aggressor.. I have been looking at a mounted "spare shaft w PH" which was causing concern w/ buoyancy
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ok... the power head is a switch out operation w. the "tip" used in normal hunting.... the bands launch the spear & PH for detonation on the aggressor.. I have been looking at a mounted "spare shaft w PH" which was causing concern w/ buoyancy thanks
It causes the gun to be negative, but does not interfere at all with my shot when firing my spear with spear tip while hunting. Honestly I never even thought about it until you posed the question. When you first add the ensemble, there probably is a noticeable difference, but it is so slight that after three seasons I can't remember.
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