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Forward Line Release Layout

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Morone saxatilis
Mar 8, 2003
Okay this is for the guys who play w/ woo... er...teak and such. I'm trying to fiqure out how S. alexander (as opposed to Matt Alexander who makes some impressive looking guns, anyone have one?) mounts his line release in front of the trigger w/ that centrally located screw in the handle. If you've made a 'wide' gun that won't accept a side line realese PLEASE inform...

I love the merlo looking guns, but I'm not sure that I want to spend MORE money on lexan and build my own handle as opposed to a stock handle.
line release

I wonder if it's feasible to install a trigger like the old Sea Hunter? They mounted a revolving star wheel in front of the trigger. Takes one screw or rivet vertically mounted forward of the trigger. The trigger had a nub which projected forward and rested against the star wheel. When the trigger was pulled the starwheel rotated free.

On my 'Carribean Biller', which had no line release, only a clip like we saw in the 50's; I welded a sharkfin forward of the wishbone notches, and attach the line to that. Never had a problem with it. I think that soft kevlar works better than stiff cable or mono. Stiff line forms loops and coils and create a slight noise when unwinding to escape through the muzzle. No real problem to report though.

About the S Alexander gun. I don't see your point. To me, it looks as if the line release on the tuna gun is mounted under the sear box. The photo on the website is rather small, though, and indistinct.
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forward line release

Def, I toyed with this idea some time ago when I was building a mid handle gun with an Alexander handle. I went as far as building the components but never put it on a gun since I really didn't need it. It was a pretty slim gun and a sear-activated side line release was going to do the trick so I dumped the idea. But I had the same problem as you're having, "how da hell do I get around this stupid center mounting screw???" Aha!! That's just it!!! Go AROUND it. Okay, okay, I'll forget the spiel and just get to the essentials. Here's what you can do or something similar. The pictures should do most of the explaining but here is a short description.

Make a plastic slider with two slots. One slot for the screw and a smaller one for the remote trigger to poke through. In my case I used a piece of UHMW. The trigger pushes on the slider which pushes on the push-rod which activates the trigger mechanism mounted at the back of the gun. The slider also holds the line release until the instant before the trigger mechanism lets go of the spear shaft. You will need to tweak it by trimming either the slider or the line release so that the timing is just right. Good luck and show us your gun when its done.



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I could have taken a crap with the time it took to post that pic. Damn!!


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Finally!!! Here's the last one. I really need to get DSL.


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Thanks for the pics Gilbert! I wasn't sure what Defo was talking about but I thought it had something to do with that foward mounting screw.Now I have a question .How does that line release work?I assume that pulling the trigger back causes the
slider to move forward but not sure what happens after that.

Nevermind. I was thinking the line release attached to the slider but it actually attaches to the gun and the slider keeps it secured
before firing . Genius!!
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