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  1. Popgun Pete

    Need a manual for a 35 year old Mares spear gun.

    No, but you can do the work yourself. There is a gun dismantling thread here Pneumatic dismantling: how to get inside The guns are not difficult to pull apart provided that you take a methodical approach and work on a clean worktable or bench as you don't want dust and dirt getting on the oily...
  2. Popgun Pete

    Need a manual for a 35 year old Mares spear gun.

    That is a Mares "Competition Line" gun, otherwise known as the Sten 87. It marked the change to the more angular handle and muzzle that departed from the grease gun look of the previous model. The instructions are the same for all the models except the parts change with the new plastic...
  3. Popgun Pete

    Beuchat Aquabionic tearing issue

    If people keep buying them then they will keep on making them.
  4. Popgun Pete

    Scubastore.com issue (resolved)

    I have always had very good service from Scubastore and have purchased a lot of dive gear from them, but recently buying with PayPal, which I have always used, the payments are not going through and you are asked to try again. But trying again even a couple of days later produces no satisfactory...
  5. Popgun Pete

    Beuchat Aquabionic tearing issue

    Too much flexing and stress over a small cross-section is asking too much of the material and that is why the fins are failing. Fins initially developed with big tapered side ribs to overcome fatigue problems, but in recent years manufacturers have become emboldened with new construction...
  6. Popgun Pete

    Female Free Divers of Jeju

    In my experience rubber fins for general diving are always superior to plastic, leaving aside the ultra-long blade fins that are best used from boats. Backing up the shore with surf sluicing around my feet on exit the rubber fins with their thick side ribs always felt more stable as I shuffled...
  7. Popgun Pete

    Basic gear from mid-twentieth-century Italy: Other manufacturers

    I guess spearguns have always added some glamour to advertising shoots. https://forums.deeperblue.com/attachments/bernicee-jpg.42843/
  8. Popgun Pete

    Basic gear from mid-twentieth-century Italy: Other manufacturers

    Date ties in with the Sea Hornet timber speargun the guy is holding as first versions had bronze coloured plastic parts, later they were black.
  9. Popgun Pete

    My dad's old spearguns

    Give them a long soak in a tub of freshwater and after drying off a shot of WD40 into the trigger mechanisms. The angular Spearfisherman company guns are single-piece trigger, so there is nothing to them. The Voit Swimaster guns have a two-piece trigger, the skinny barrel one is an Explorer...
  10. Popgun Pete

    VINTAGE "SUPERMAN" SWIM SNORKEL 1950'S OVER $700

    Probably the original box played a large part in the desirability.
  11. Popgun Pete

    Looking for old Skin Diver and other magazines (For archive)

    I know the early issues of Skin Diver have been scanned up to the sixties and maybe the seventies. They were OCR processed to be character readable so the issues could be searched rather than being just images of the text. They were all put up on the Web for a period on a password protected...
  12. Popgun Pete

    Female Free Divers of Jeju

    A reference to the dive gear used here Jeju Haenyeo Mulot and Diving Tools - Jeju Provincial Self-governing Haenyeo Museum - Google Arts & Culture
  13. Popgun Pete

    Origin of "Horse Collar" & "Mae West"

    My first encounter was with the small cylinder fed "Bouee Fenzy" horse collar from France. That was before the LP hose fed buoyancy aids arrived, but after the use of carbon dioxide cartridge units that were not designed for diving. Eventually diving units had both, the LP hose and a CO2...
  14. Popgun Pete

    Basic gear from mid-twentieth-century Italy: Mares and Pirelli

    The ability to walk in fins, albeit a short distance such as shuffling out backwards while watching the surf as you exit is another factor which is influenced by your type of diving. The long freediving fins with lengthy thin blades are best for going over the side of a boat as if you are...
  15. Popgun Pete

    Basic gear from mid-twentieth-century Italy: Mares and Pirelli

    Not to mention the continual click and clack as you pedalled your way along the bottom. Someone once asked me if they were for disabled divers and I replied that if you were not disabled beforehand then you soon would be. I then went back to my Fara Fin II having bought both pairs of fins...
  16. Popgun Pete

    Basic gear from mid-twentieth-century Italy: Mares and Pirelli

    I see the last catalogue page shows the Farallon Fara Fin I and Fara Fin II. I wonder if the introduction of plastic fins put an end to Pirelli's dive product line as in the seventies dive fins begin to switch from compression moulded rubber laid up in blocks of different compounds to injection...
  17. Popgun Pete

    Basic gear from mid-twentieth-century Italy: Mares and Pirelli

    I think many of these elaborate snorkel masks are the designs of landlubbers who never went diving. They may have spoken to divers and tried things out in a pool, but the harsh reality is many of these gadgets are not satisfactory for open water or ocean diving. Their disappearance tells us...
  18. Popgun Pete

    Basic gear from mid-twentieth-century Italy: Mares and Pirelli

    As an underwater hunter from the start I can tell you a separate mask and snorkel is the best set up. The snorkel equipped masks have more drag and the mask can be moved around by the drag on the snorkel and valve body in rough surface conditions. Also with separate mask and snorkel you don't...
  19. Popgun Pete

    Basic gear from mid-twentieth-century Italy: Mares and Pirelli

    Arbaletes are post war, the earliest would be 1943 and these look later guns anyway. The 1940 date is wrong as you say, band ferrules were not invented till later. Divers in 1940 were using spring guns. Quality of the photo is too sharp for 1940.
  20. Popgun Pete

    Basic gear from mid-twentieth-century Italy: Mares and Pirelli

    Yes, I have one of those, it never strays far from its box when I am not using it. It was a spin-off of a monogoggle which shares the same lens, but with no nosepiece.
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