Thursday, December 19, 2013

4 Speargun Maintenance Tips

As many of you might already know, I really like spearfishing. I noticed their isn’t a lot of information out there these days, so I thought I would take a moment and talk about how to take care of your Speargun.   After all you are dumping your gun into the water and when you put things into the water… They break!You really gotta give them TLC after a while, so lets get into it.

If you have bought your first or subsequent speargun you should know how to take care of it so that it will last you as long as possible.  Because some of the band spearguns look very basic people don’t always remember to follow maintenance regimes which means they end up having to fork out for a new gun way before they would have done if they had taken care of the original one.  Oh yea, before I forget, my buddies blog talks alot more about this.

The first and one of the most important tips that will give your gun a long life are to always rinse it when you leave seawater with freshwater. When seawater gets into components it can damage them quickly. Rubbers can quickly degenerate if not rinsed through and the gun may not fire efficiently or at all. 

The second is to always take spare rubber with you. You never know when you are going to encounter damage, so to continue using your gun when it has damage could cause you or others harm or at the very least cost you money in unnecessary repairs.  Before you go underwater check all components thoroughly for any signs of damage and replace if needed. 
The sunlight can weaken the rubber bands so even if you have rinsed them you will need to dry them out of the direct heat and light of the sun. if not they may look fine when you pack up, but next time you bring them out to use you could find that they are brittle or worse you may not find out till you are in the water if you have not inspected as well as originally thought. Lot of people keep the in the fridge so that they last longer and in a plastic bag that can be sealed until the next use.
Knowing how to maintain your gun could save you a  wasted trip and of course the expenditure of repairs so know your gun well and make sure you only ever send it to someone fully qualified if repairs are necessary. 

Here is a video to help you make repairs as well:

If that just isn't enough for you, don't forget to check out my friends blog as i pointed out above.

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