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Old 08-30-2018, 12:15 AM   #1
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Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

The "Taimen" pneumovacuum speargun is a speargun of much reduced physical dimensions designed for spearfishing in rivers and lakes. The speargun is ideal for poking around in obstructed underwater environments such as thickets of weed beds and in amongst the tangled branches of sunken logs. The "Taimen" has been upgraded over the years for marine use and a new side-mounted line release has just been developed for the “Taimen” revised grip handle. A very distinctive appearance is a consequence of many finely machined components making up the major parts of the “Taimen” gun.
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:32 AM   #2
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

Here is a table of the "Taimen" gun sizes available. Guns can be had either with (PVR) or without a power regulator (PV). The power regulator throttles the air flow inside the gun during the shot, it does not use a partitioned air chamber system such is commonly found in Italian pneumatic spearguns.

"Taimen"web-site
http://taimen.pro/

Russian forum devoted to the "Taimen"
http://apox.ru/forum/forum/35-taimen/
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Old 08-31-2018, 05:47 AM   #3
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

The "Taimen" gun's unique internal layout is shown here. Note that the sear is a vertical sliding column unlike the usual tilting sear lever seen in most Italian pneumatic spearguns. This makes for an extremely compact weapon which is very efficient in using a pneumovacuum system that was designed for the gun from the beginning of the "Taimen" development.
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Old 08-31-2018, 07:42 PM   #4
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

Here are some more images of the "Taimen" gun components taken when I dismantled my gun to change over to a two-part front hub. This hub is both the muzzle and the nose cone combined as a single unit. Note how small the parts are when you see the piston in my hand.
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Old 08-31-2018, 08:52 PM   #5
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

Another photo showing the "Taimen" special tool being used for gun dismantling.
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Old 09-02-2018, 07:35 AM   #6
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

In order to deter burglars and thieves I store all my guns as scattered assemblies at varying locations during the “off“ season. Here is the "Taimen" barrel and a close-up of the pin that the trigger presses on to fire the gun.
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Old 09-02-2018, 07:46 AM   #7
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

Some more diagrams showing muzzle design considerations and the method of cleaning the “Taimen” gun to eliminate trapped water inside the muzzle if the latter is not freshwater.
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Old 09-02-2018, 08:06 AM   #8
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

An English version of the "Taimen" handbook for operating can be downloaded from here as a pdf file: http://taimen.pro/support/manual

Note that the Russian version of the handbook is more up to date than the English version.
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Old 09-02-2018, 04:58 PM   #9
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

The "Taimen" web-site has lots of interesting information about the gun and its history http://taimen.pro/info

Here is a photo of the "Taimen" inventor and driving force behind the production of a very high quality speargun in Russia, Mikhail Dmitrievich Kuznetsov. Unfortunately he died young at only 52 years of age and his wife Elena carries on the business with her dedicated staff, always striving to improve the "Taimen" gun. Titanium, stainless steel and aluminium alloys make up the gun’s structure with finely machined parts forming most of the gun's components with a few molded plastic items such as the rear grip handle and the exposed trigger components. The "Taimen" floats after spear discharge despite having a very low water displacement due to reducing the size (i.e. external volume) of the gun for maximum manoeuvrability.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:28 AM   #10
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

The "Taimen" Company has now released a video.

http://taimen.pro/info/78-o-kompanii

https://youtu.be/HzDfxLXICno

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Old 09-05-2018, 08:20 AM   #11
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

Quite interesting piece of engineering that's for sure. And as long as you don't have any issues, they will surely be nice to shoot. However I still think that the simpler, the better....

How does yours perform Pete?
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Quite interesting piece of engineering that's for sure. And as long as you don't have any issues, they will surely be nice to shoot. However I still think that the simpler, the better....

How does yours perform Pete?
It shoots very well, especially given its slim design, plus it floats after the shot with the muzzle hanging down and about 1" of the butt poking above the surface. Quick to swing around due to the low profile, which of course is why it is designed that way. Beautifully made, all the bugs were sorted out about six years ago. Latest models have a side-mounted line release. Spare parts support means that you can change out any part on the gun.

The gun is rather simple, in fact some parts are combined such as the muzzle and nose cone. If you study the exploded parts diagram then you will see that the layout is not complicated. There are two versions shown, with the power regulator (PVR) and without (PV). That diagram shows the components for both versions, that is why it appears rather densely packed at first glance.

http://taimen.pro/catalog/zapchasti
"Taimen" Guns available are listed here
http://taimen.pro/catalog/podvodnye-ruzhya
Price list
http://taimen.pro/images/katalog/price.xls

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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

The new side-mounted line release is shown here.
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Old 09-07-2018, 07:28 AM   #14
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

Here is a bit of history, pool testing of the Taimen’s predecessor the “Skorpion” and a prototype "Taimen".

http://apox.ru/forum/topic/1211-vide...ruzhei-taimen/
https://youtu.be/ToI4KNgNs3s
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:34 AM   #15
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Re: Taimen Pneumovacuum Speargun

Hunting with the "Taimen" in freshwater lake or river.

https://youtu.be/WxJ8wZ2BiPI
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