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Old 08-15-2018, 08:04 PM   #1
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Any kind of trigger mechanism for a sling spear?

Is there any kind of a device out there that allows you to swim around with your sling spear cocked and loaded and which can be released instantly via some kind of trigger mechanism? I know that you can buy / make a Loading Rest, but it looks like you still have to manually disengage the rest to fire off the shot. I'd prefer some sort of quicker trigger mechanism.

Spearguns you can swim with them cocked and loaded and when you see a fish all you have to do is point and pull the trigger.

But I like travelling with a pole spear because they're so much more compact, light, and simple. But I miss being able to swim around with the spear completely ready to go and fired with the pull of a trigger. It can be tiring on the hand to swim around with the band always cocked and if you don't do that, you can miss a fish during the time it takes you to cock the band.
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:39 AM   #2
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Re: Any kind of trigger mechanism for a sling spear?

Sometimes it is a matter of legislation. Pole spears and slings are legal, while any speargun is not. And the difference that separates the guns from the other devices is the existence of a trigger that allows the device to stay cocked untill it is actuated.

I don't think a simple single band speargun is going to be such a problem while traveling. there isn't really much to go wrong with guns either.
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:19 PM   #3
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Re: Any kind of trigger mechanism for a sling spear?

I have exactly what you're looking for, it's called a "Hawaiian Dart" It is basically a Hawaiian sling with a trigger. I have a coil bungee attached to the spear since I have used it in less than ideal viz, but it can easily be removed and use as a simple sling. I no longer use it and it can be yours for $50 + shipping. PM me if you're interested.
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Old 10-19-2018, 07:22 PM   #4
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Re: Any kind of trigger mechanism for a sling spear?

"Sea Hornet" made what they called a handspear gun that was what you are looking for. A picture from their catalog is attached.
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Old 10-19-2018, 07:28 PM   #5
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Re: Any kind of trigger mechanism for a sling spear?

Here is a page extract from their last catalog.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:21 PM   #6
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Re: Any kind of trigger mechanism for a sling spear?

There is also a "rip-off" version from Asia, you can see it here.
http://www.speargun.com.au/spear/han...grip/index.htm

The trigger mechanism is of the friction type using in a sense a tilting washer, although here it is more of a metal ring or band. Pulling the trigger straightens the ring up so that the polespear can slide right through it. This is virtually a clone of the "Sea Hornet" sliding grip handle which was also offered for a time by AB Biller in the USA.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:44 PM   #7
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Re: Any kind of trigger mechanism for a sling spear?

Another type of trigger controlled pole spear shooter is described here.

https://garagesandals.wordpress.com/...h-a-polespear/
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