How to… Load your Speargun.
It is not uncommon to struggle to load your first speargun and suspect it has come with too short a rubber. If this is you the chances are that you are not doing it right – speargun loading is 80% technique and only 20% strength.
Before we start lets get a few safety points first:
- Never ever load your gun out of the water. To practise pulling back the rubbers note how far back the notches are and remove the shaft to prevent accidental loading.
- Modern spearguns must be loaded on your chest not your hip.
- Generally the higher up on your chest you can get the handle the easier it will be to pull the rubbers the rest of the way.
- It is easier in the water with a wetsuit on.
The following steps are for loading a gun longer than 1.2m.