I know you’ve seen it and most people know about this, but sometimes it’s good to have a review. We’re going to talk a little bit about spear gun safety. Just like owning any type of weapon, you have to use common sense.
A Speargun is a very dangerous weapon and you need to take all the precautions as one. I’ve seen it and I know you have seen the pictures of accidents with a spear gun online. Scary, but it’s very real.
Always treat a spear gun like it’s loaded.
Depending on what type of device you're using be it a spear pole or a spear gun. Always make sure the tip is pointed away from anyone.
Always making sure that the spear is in a safe direction. You never want to point it at yourself and/or your buddy. So if my buddy swimming alongside me, if he's on my right side always make sure the tips point to the left or straight down.
A couple of other things some models have a safety on it. You always want to leave the safety own in the locked position. It prevents you from pulling the trigger until it’s manually removed. Once the safety comes off and you're getting close to your fish or your target leave your finger off the trigger until you're ready to fire.
Never depend on the safety mechanism, some safety mechanisms have failed.
There is another safety tip that is not mentioned much. Before you pull the trigger look past your target to make sure nothing past it will be injured if you miss.
Entanglement in shooting lines is one of the biggest danger issues with spear guns, besides their obvious projectiles. Just like marine life, divers can get tangled in their own and sometimes is someone else’s lines.
It’s a good idea to tandemly shoot fish if you are with your buddy or more than one person. If you need a backup shot, make sure that diver keeps track of their line and keeps it apart from the other line.
Hawaiian slings and pole spears are sometimes being rigged with reels and shooting lines as well.
Powerheads are firearms attached to spears or shafts, mostly for defense or sometimes used by commercial spear fishermen. Anytime ammunition is added to spearfishing equipment it creates more dangers. Bullets and triggers can find a way to detonate at unwanted times.
- All guns are always loaded.
- Never let the muzzle cover or spear tip point to anything you are not ready to spear.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.
Don’t end up having your picture taken like these. Use common sense and follow these Spear Gun safety tips.