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Ok, Thanks will drop a line to themThe Australian dive equipment museum of the USFA may be interested in the "Sea Rocket" as they have a couple in their collection, but none with a blue handle as far as I know. http://usfa.org.au/ Such guns can be kept for display and historical research as the Sea Hornet company has ceased operation.
The one I have looks a bit different,in relation to grip & screws in handle.For your interest here is a black handle version.
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The problem with these guns is that being heavy they sink like a stone when dropped during a dive. In the early days of spearfishing divers were looking for more power as band rubber was not as good as we have today and they were willing to try many different propulsion types. Having a gun that floats after the shot allows you to free your hands to deal with the prey, so only the band gun and the lightweight full length tank pneumatic gun still exist today. Expellable gas weapons have since been lumped in with firearms and that saw them banned or highly controlled. A couple of divers who made the mistake of holding the shooting line when firing their carbon dioxide guns lost some fingers when the rapidly departing spear tore them off. Their enthusiasm for such weapons soon evaporated!
Thanks Pete that’s great infoCheersThat is just an error on the website. https://blutimescubahistory.com/?q=it/tecnica/schede-tecniche/fucili/searocket/scheda-completa/co2
Attached is a contemporary advert from the old days. The guns would have been produced in limited quantities and variations will have occurred between batches.
The “Sea Rocket” guns were designed by Michel Calluaud who also designed scuba regulators. (Not sure of his name spelling, but I have it in a book here somewhere.)
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All very interesting stuff, didn’t realise the so many different types of guns.A young person probably earned about 5 pounds a week back then, so 32 pounds was quite a lot. Then you had to find someone to charge the cylinder with liquid CO2 as the gun was useless until it was recharged. Some CO2 guns used sparklet cartridges which were cheap after WWII as there was a lot of military surplus from life jackets and other military inflatable devices, but once that stock was used up such carbon dioxide guns were discarded. Band guns had improved with better rubber and the first generation of pneumatic guns that had a similar appearance to the carbon dioxide guns had appeared, but were in fact a type of spring gun that used a “compressed air” spring.
Thanks for all your help & knowledge,If it is in good condition without any dings or scratches maybe 200 bucks. Bear in mind that these guns are now illegal and such guns can be seized, so the price depends on who wants it and is able to keep it. A modern CO2 gun which was sold for a few years was the MACO2, but in many countries it would be seized at Customs Inwards and never seen again, plus a “please explain” letter to the purchaser. As I found some spearguns can just disappear during shipping when the shipping company suddenly decides that it is a forbidden weapon, even though it was not in a strict sense.
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