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Taimen - Russian pneumovacuum speargun

popgun pete

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The is a new less raked handle in the works, but to maintain some tradition in the handle shape I think that it needs a larger butt plate as illustrated here. One advantage is the gun is more securely held if being twisted in your hand by the larger pad at the grip base preventing it slipping too easily through your fingers.
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I thought that a diagram showing the various seals in their respective positions would be easier to look at, however the size of the piston seal in the handbook does not seem correct as the OD will have to be close to 10 mm, or 11 mm for the 8 mm diameter spear version of the "Taimen". Note that the 6.5 mm spear version has now been discontinued, although it was basically a different front hub on the 7 mm spear version.
Taimen PVRM seals 1.jpg

Hacoc is the handpump and the piston is поршень. This diagram only lacked the polyurethane bush in front of the damper or shock absorber and is now added.

The "O" ring sizes are quoted as internal diameter ID x section width SW, hence the rear body rings have an OD of 21 + 3 + 3 which equals 27 mm. The ID of the tank tube is 26 mm and from memory the tank has a slight counter bore at the rear end, therefore the 27 mm diameter will be a snug fit. The piston ring OD is 4 + 3 + 3 which equals 10 mm and that corresponds to the 10 mm barrel bore. I assume that the same ring is used on the 8 mm diameter spear version by having a slightly larger seat diameter on the bigger piston body which forces the ring to stretch out to 11 mm OD.

Previously the "O" ring sizes were quoted as OD x ID as seen here. Note that the ring reference numbers have changed compared to above.
 
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popgun pete

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Today my titanium "Taimen" arrived, only the body and spear as due to problems in sending spearguns from Russia it is best to avoid a complete gun being sent. The situation varies and sometimes zero problems, a lot depends on the personnel concerned and their attitude to risk and their level of experience as when unsure they send the gun back to the sender! Second package will contain the rest of the gun and this should be another week or so. Winter here now, so no problem in waiting as diving only suitable for penguins and seals.
 

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I have now unpacked the titanium gun and have photographed it alongside my alloy barrel gun with its rear handle removed. Also shown is the black plastic nose end which has since been discontinued as buyers were somewhat wary of plastic. Maybe should have been molded in luminous green for night shooting as I mentioned somewhat earlier. Horn sticking out of side of titanium muzzle is for hooking on the rear cord loop of the stepped ladder loader. Note that the new muzzle has, like the plastic muzzle nose, an integral line slide holder instead of a screw in piece as has been used in all the previous versions with the exception of the front tied spear versions which are no longer produced.
Taimen muzzles 2R.jpg
Taimen barrels R.jpg

Tamen barrels titanum and alloy versions R.jpg
Taimen rear end R.jpg

Standard of machining in titanium is excellent, a first class job, with absolutely no scratches or marks and perfect in every way!
 
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popgun pete

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It occurs to me that the horn sticking out of the side of the muzzle is actually the front line wrap hook as it is angled slightly forwards to avoid being a snagging hazard. The grip handle is yet to arrive, but it has the side-mounted line release lever on the left hand side of the gun and that makes more sense if the line wrap hook is positioned directly opposite it at the front end of the gun.
 

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I weighed the two barrel assemblies and the titanium gun is 407 g. and the alloy gun is 330 g., so a weight difference of 77 g. Bear in mind that the alloy gun is a power regulator model and has a few more internal parts, while the titanium gun is single power and is also the 8 mm spear version with an 11 mm ID inner barrel. My PVRM 600 is the 7 mm spear version and thus has the 10 mm ID inner barrel. A true weight comparison would be to compare two guns with the 11 mm ID inner barrels. The 8 mm spear version goes up in barrel bore size to provide more force for driving the heavier spear. Note that the 6.5 mm spear version is discontinued. The titanium gun for now only comes in the 8 mm spear version.
 

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Now the balance of the titanium gun has arrived in a second parcel, including its 8 mm diameter spear. Before fitting it to the gun body I have photographed the grip handle alongside the previous handles; the right hand grip with thumb rest and the “universal handle” for use in either hand. The titanium handle is fitted with the side mounted line release, although the space is still there for the finger guard mounted line release if you wanted to fit it.
Taimen handles and titanium R.jpg

Taimen handles rhs Titanium R.jpg