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Old April 16, 2002, 07:44 PM   #1
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Bang Stick--Legality?

I've heard lots of people talk about bang sticks for diving and such. What applicable laws refer to these? Are they Short Barrelled Shotguns? AOWs? What?

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Old April 17, 2002, 08:33 AM   #2
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Beats me, 29. Had one in .44 mag back in the '70s & every dive shop in The Keys had 'em from .223 to 12 ga - last trip to TKs & you can't find 'em anywhere. BTW, none were ever serial numbered, etc.

A 12 ga bang stick makes a handy all-purpose "removal tool." As far as effectivity, a contact-type 12 ga uses the expanding gases as much as the shot & no never mind about what size shot to use.

If you run across some info as to where to get, I'd sure appreciate a post follow-up. 20/12 ga = doesn't matter.
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Old April 17, 2002, 11:52 AM   #3
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Found this using a search using "bang stick". Don't know anything about it.
http://www.bluewaterhunter.com/shops...angsticks.html
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Old April 19, 2002, 11:21 AM   #4
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ding:
http://www.beco-products.com/beco_catalog.htm

this is the one you want:
http://www.beco-products.com/images/...t/MVC-230X.JPG

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Old April 19, 2002, 03:46 PM   #5
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OUCH !
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Old April 20, 2002, 10:09 PM   #6
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Old April 20, 2002, 10:23 PM   #7
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Coupla those mentioned appear to use a round to further project the spear head into the marine critter.

Looks complicated. I may be way off & should take a better look at their "methods."

Ones we used in the early '70s just did the contact method = push the stick against the critter & the bullet engaged 'em point-blank.

It worked.
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Old April 22, 2002, 01:14 AM   #8
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I have seen these in SCUBA catalogs and always wondered how loud they would be under water. Sound travels better under water and a 44 mag would be pretty bad I would think. Just curious to those that have actually used one.
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Old April 22, 2002, 09:17 AM   #9
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makarov,

Depends on what you shoot. A contact shot up against the side of a goodly critter & there's not much boom at all (you're using the fish as a supressor ).

Using a 12 ga to break off a big ol' hunk of coral (I know, bad cess anymore) & you'll get a bigger bang as nothing's really trapping the gasses.
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