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Vintage Aluminium speargun?

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Anyone ever seen a speargun like this?
I definitely haven’t, maybe someone has?
 

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It is an Undersee Comet which uses a tilting washer style friction trigger. Check the site as there are photos of one here. This is the photo, will post it again.
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These are pretty horrible better than nothing spearguns, the bands terminate in a tail cap that fits over the spear tail which sticks out the back end of the gun. The trigger holds the spear at about mid-length, but it can be gripped anywhere as there are no locating notches on the shaft. These guns don't float, they sink like a rock when you drop them.
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It is an Undersee Comet which uses a tilting washer style friction trigger. Check the site as there are photos of one here. This is the photo, will post it again.
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These are pretty horrible better than nothing spearguns, the bands terminate in a tail cap that fits over the spear tail which sticks out the back end of the gun. The trigger holds the spear at about mid-length, but it can be gripped anywhere as there are no locating notches on the shaft. These guns don't float, they sink like a rock when you drop them.
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Thanks for that, your a legend!!
Really great info ..thanks again
 
Just increasing the size of your image the gun would clean up pretty well, just don't use abrasives on it. Removing the patina of age would trash any value the gun has as a collectible, things need to look their age and this is an early fifties gun. It is basically what used to be called a hinge gun because strap type gate hinges were used for the early friction triggers. It really belongs in a museum, many of these and similar cast alloy weapons were turned into scrap metal. The AUF has a museum and may be interested in adding it to their collection. Knowing who owned it and its story would add to our knowledge of the sport's humble beginnings in OZ.
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It was offered for sale via an “online marketplace” in Sydney for $40. Just thought it would make an interesting addition to my vintage speargun collection.
It certainly will, Don Linklater who ran Undersee Novelties, seemed to have a skill set in sand cast alloy work as he offered a series of friction trigger hinge guns as he built up his offerings to the then fledgling skindiver market. The first was the Hornet and then he added a bit more length to them with other models like the Bantam. Mel Brown has published an article on all these early guns from Undersee and it is worth finding a copy online.

Look here; https://usfa.org.au/author/melb/page/2/
 
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