KO SPEARGUNS SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL INSTRUCTIONS
READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY AND REFERENCE IT AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. THIS SAFETY AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS ARE CRITICAL TO KEEP YOU (USER), OTHERS, PROPERTY OR ANIMALS SAFE. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN DEATH, INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. “KO SPEARGUNS” IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS TO PERSONS, ANIMALS AND PROPERTY. THE SPEARGUNS INTENDED USE IS FOR UNDERWATER HUNTING ONLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR LOCAL LAWS. PLEASE CONFIRM LOCAL STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS OR COUNTRY LAWS BEFORE USE OF THIS PRODUCT.
- IMPROPER USE OR POOR MAINTENANCE OF THE PRODUCT MAY CAUSE A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH IF NOT AVOIDED CAN CAUSE INJURY OR DEATH TO USER, OTHER ANIMALS OR PROPERTY. DO NOT TAMPER WITH OR EXCHANGE PARTS FROM THIS EQUIPMENT WHICH DO NOT ORIGINATE FROM KO SPEARGUNS, THIS WILL/MAY CAUSE AN ACCIDENT OR DEATH. THIS PRODUCT IS INTENDED FOR USE IN UNDERWATER HUNTING OF APPLICABLE LAWS OF YOUR LOCAL STATE OR COUNTRY. DO NOT POINT THIS SPEARGUN LOADED (RUBBERS ENGAGED) OR UNLOADED (RUBBERS AT REST) AT ANY PERSON, ANIMAL OR PROPERTY AS IT WILL CAUSE DEATH, INJURY OR DAMAGE. A COMPLETE SAFE GUN IS CONSIDERED TO BE “RUBBERS UNLOADED (AT REST), COVER ON SPEAR TIP AND SAFETY SWITCH ENGAGED, BUT IS STILL NOT CONSIDERED TO BE SAFE TO POINT AT PEOPLE, ANIMALS OR PROPERTY. ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH SPEAR POINT IN A DIRECTION THAT DEATH, INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE SHALL NOT OCCURE.
- IN ORDER TO OPERATE EQUIPMENT EFFICIENTLY AND SAFELY THE USER SHALL SEEK ADEQUATE TRAINING FROM LOCAL PROFESSIONALS AND ALSO CONFIRM THE LOCAL LAWS, CERTIFICATES AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS.
- SPEARGUNS AND THE SPORT OF FREE DIVING IS CONSIDERED TO BE A DANGEROUS SPORT AND IN SOME CASES AN „EXTREME SPORT“. THE USER MUST BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT SAFELY. THIS ALSO MEANS WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF THE OPERATING MECHANICS OF THE PRODUCT. NEVER LEAVE A SPEARGUN UNATTENDED.
- THE USE OF SPEARGUNS BELOW THE AGE OF 18 SHALL BE APPROVED THE RESPONSIBLE PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO ENSURE SAFE OPERATION ON THE SPEARGUN. IN SOME CASES LOCAL LAWS MAY PROHIBIT THE USE OF SPEARGUNS OF MINORS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE.
- THIS PRODUCT IS DESIGNED FOR UNDERWATER HUNTING IN ACCORDANCE TO LOCAL STATE OR COUNTRY LAWS. DO NOT USE THE SPEARGUN OUT OF WATER: FIRING THIS PRODUCT OUTSIDE OF THE WATER WILL CAUSE DEATH, INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
- THE SPEARGUN SHALL ONLY BE LOADED IN THE WATER WHILE POINTING IT IN A SAFE DIRECTION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE HUNT. ENTERING AND EXCITING FROM SHORE OR BOAT OR ANY PLATFORM WITH A LOADED SPEARGUN WILL CAUSE DEATH, INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
- VIDEO EQUIPMENT CAN BE ATTACHED TO THE SPEARGUN, BUT IT IS AT RISK TO THE USER. KEEP IN MIND, WHEN VIDEO RECORDING IN THIS WAY THE SPEAR POINT WILL ALWAYS BE POINTING IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR SUBJECT. A LOADED OR UNLOADED SPEARGUN CAN CAUSE DEATH, INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE ENOUGH EXAMPLES ON VIDEO SHARING SITES (E.G. YOUTUBE) OF PARTNER SPEARFISHER MEN/WOMEN POINTING LOADED SPEARGUNS TO THEIR PARTNERS WHILE FILMING. THIS IS NOT CONSIDERED A SAFE PRACTICE NOR ACCEPTABLE.
- SPEARGUNS SHALL BE USED ONLY IN THE WATER AND POINTED/AIMED AT MARINE LIFE WHICH IS LEGAL TO BE HARVESTED IN ACCORDANCE TO LOCAL, STATE AND COUNTRY LAWS. NEVER USE THIS PRODUCT OR LOAD THIS PRODUCT OUTSIDE THE WATER. RESPONSIBLE FISHERMEN CHOOSE THEIR FISH WISELY TO ENJOY A GOOD MEAL.
- NEVER USE THIS PRODUCT IN b MARINE CONDITIONS (E.G. HIGH WINDS, ROUGH SEAS, UNSAFE ENVIRONMENT, ETC) OR WHEN VISIBILITY IS POOR AND A POTENTIAL DIVE PARTNER, PEOPLE, ANIMALS CAN BE MISTAKEN AS TARGET PREY (E.G. FISH ETC).
- USE OF SPEARGUNS IN POPULATED AREAS ARE PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN STATES AND COUNTRIES. PLEASE OBEY YOUR LOCAL LAWS AND ALSO KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM PEOPLE OR SCUBA DIVERS.
- SPEARFISHING WITH AND WITHOUT DIVE FLAGS CAN ALSO BE DANGEROUS DURING SPEARFISHING. AS PART OF LOCAL LAWS USE THE DIVE FLAG TO SINGAL BOATERS YOU ARE IN THE WATER BUT BE AWARE THAT SOME BOAT OPERATORS MAY NOT BE WELL TRAINED AND CAUSE DEATH OR INJURY TO YOU AND OTHERS.
- NEVER LEAVE A LOADED SPEARGUN UNATTENDED. FOR EXAMPLE DO NOT HANG THEM ON DIVE FLOATS OR LEAVE THEM ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN OR LAKE. IF THIS SITUATION DOES OCCUR, APPROACH THE GUN FROM THE SAFE SIDE OR OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE SPEAR POINT.
- KEEP REAR OF SPEARGUN HANDLE AWAY FROM FACE OR OTHER BODY PARTS DURING FIRING. USERS ARM SHALL BE FULLY EXTENDED AND LOCKED WHEN FIRING THE SPEARGUN TO ABSORD ANY RECOIL. DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF BANDS. THE MINIMUM FORCE ON RECOIL IS 80 KILOS WHICH IS ENOUGH FORCE TO CAUSE INJURY.
- A COMPLETE SAFE SPEARGUN IS CONSIDERED TO BE BANDS UNLOADED (AT REST), SPEAR TIP COVERED, SAFETY ENGAGED“. THIS IS A SAFE MODE FOR TRANSPORT ON LAND AND IN THE WATER. KEEP IN MIND WHEN TRAVELING YOU MAY CONSIDER PURCHASING A SPEARGUN CASE FOR LONGER TRAVELS.
- THE VISUAL TRIGGER FEATURE HAS BEEN CREATED TO ASSURE THE USER THAT THE TRIGGER MECHANISM IS SAFE TO OPERATE OR LOAD. WHICH MEANS IT IS “FULLY ENGAGED, NOT BLOCKED BY SAND OR ROCK”. IF ANYTHING LOOKS ABNORMAL OR DOES NOT FUNCTION CORRECTLY, WASH OUT THE TRIGGER BEFORE RELOADING OR LOADING IT.
- WHEN LOADING THE SPEARGUN, FINGERS OR SKIN CAN BE PINCHED UNDER OR BETWEEN PARTS OF THE GUN AND RUBBER OR SPEAR. THE USER SHALL USE ADEQUATE GLOVES TO MITIGATE THIS POSSIBILITY.
- THE LOADING OF THE SPEARGUN IS INTENDED ON THE UPPER THIGH OR CHEST ONLY. LONGER GUNS MAY REQUIRE A PERSON TO BE A CERTAIN HEIGTH TO BE ABLE TO SAFELY REACH AND LOAD THE BANDS. PLEASE USE DISCRETION WHEN PICKING A GUN THAT IS COMFORTABLE TO LOAD SAFELY.
Always use a European style spear on this Speargun. The spear must be 7mm or 7.5mm thick and the tail must be the European standard. When the spear is engaged in the trigger housing there should be no movement in the upward direction. The tolerances of the trigger housing and spear are determined by the length and thickness of the of the spear tail in the housing. A spear that is not compatible will cause the Speargun to fire without pulling the trigger. This could cause death or injury to user or others.
To assure safe operation of the spear on the Speargun, quarterly checks should be made on the spear tail to check that it is not worn beyond its safe operating life. Any cracks, scratches or alterations on the spear shall be the reason to purchase a new spear shaft to avoid malfunctions. If a spear releases without the user pulling the trigger, the user shall reinspect the speargun for the cause and if not found, seek customer support from our team. The same visual inspection shall be used for the trigger mechanism, it should be inspected in quarterly intervals to confirm safe operation of the trigger parts. If any parts are worn or damaged, these parts can be purchased at KO Spearguns when it is no longer under warranty.
The user shall not modify or tamper the spear tail or any parts in the trigger housing as this will impact the safe operation of the speargun.
MANDATORY CHECKS BEFORE A DIVE
- Before each use, the user shall check the following:
- Visually Check that the speargun was not damaged in transport. This includes cracks or breaks, or any abnormal condition of the speargun. If user is uncertain or unsure, the user shall not use the Speargun and may contact our support center for advice.
- The user shall then visually inspect the rubbers for cracks and dryness. The wishbone for wear and tear and ties offs to validate that they are structurally sound (in one piece). It is recommended to replace them every 6 months, depending on exposure to sunlight and storage conditions. As well, wish bones should not be reused.
- The user shall then check the safe operation of the trigger by “dry firing” with no bands.
- This requires the user to install the spear into the trigger by pushing it back until it “Clicks”.
- Then visually confirm that the trigger is fully engaged. Meaning seated without any spaces between trigger parts.
- Then with the nose slightly down and spear tip cover on (no bands on spear), pull the trigger while allowing the spear to slide slightly out of the trigger housing.
- The user shall also check the security of the monoline to the spear. If this is worn or cracked it is advised that the user change it right away as this may cause loss of game fish.
- The line holder is designed to be “snug not tight”. The monoline shall always be installed on the opposite side of the shooting hand. This accommodates the left and right hand shooters minimizing the risk of a tangle with the hand.
- The bungee line shall also be checked for functionality, dryness and cracks. If any is present it is recommended that the user change it.
Before using the speargun for the first time, and before using it in normal operation (before every spearfishing session), always check the following:
- Check that the speargun is in perfect condition and does not show any signs of damage or cracking caused by shipping, transportation or operation. Any irregularities should be reported back to us and the speargun must not be loaded or used.
- Check the correct operation of the trigger mechanism. Place the spear on the groove, and push it to hear the distinctive clicking sound. This indicates that the shaft has been engaged to the trigger. Then lightly pull the spear outwards by hand to make certain there is minimum (almost zero) tolerance between the spear and the trigger mechanism. Upon extensive use, the trigger mechanism can wear out and result in unsafe conditions. In this case, or when in doubt, the trigger mechanism must be replaced by a new one from KO Spearguns.
- Check the condition of the engaging tail of the spear for any deformations or cracks. In the event the tail is deformed or cracked, the spear must be replaced by a new compatible one. Perform the same steps to the spear’s “sharkfins” and spear body.
- Check the good condition of the powerbands: in particular check for signs of cracking, damage or splitting, and make sure they are not separating at the ends. If this is the case, replace them immediately.
- Check that the shooting line is correctly fixed to the speargun and to the spearshaft.
- After use, and before putting the speargun away, always fit the tip protector on the spearshaft. In the event of a malfunction, do not attempt to repair the speargun by yourself. Always contact KO Spearguns.
LOADING THE SPEARGUN UNDERWATER
- Always wear the appropriate spearfishing gloves, and spearfishing suit equipped with the speargun loading pad.
- Position the spearshaft under the powerbands on the speargun groove, and slide it by hand towards the trigger mechanism. Then push firmly the spear to engage to the trigger (there is a distinctive clicking sound). Push and pull the shaft to insure that the trigger has been engaged and the spear is locked in place. If not, re-arm the mechanism. Do not bang the spearshaft into position, as this may damage the trigger mechanism.
- Wind-up the shooting line at the tip of the speargun body (holding the spearshaft in position) and hook it to the automatic line-releaser. Then the line should be tensioned by turning and tightening the reel. For long shots, the shooting line can be winded two times around the speargun metallic pins and the line releaser.
- Always wear the appropriate spearfishing gloves, and spearfishing suit equipped with the speargun loading pad.
- Position the speargun butt against your chest or near your stomach area on the appropriate pad of your suit (at this position the speargun must not be pointing to any people close by).
- Pull the powerband by both hands towards you and disengage the wishbone from the shark fin of the spear shaft. Then do not release it suddenly, but slowly until the bands reach the initial length.
- If the speargun is equipped with more powerbands, repeat the same procedure.
After rinsing with water, leave the speargun in a well aerated place to dry. Do not store the speargun in plastic bags, air sealed cases or containers. The powerbands should be replaced at least once per year, or in case of having signs of cracking, damage or splitting, replace them immediately. The spearshaft must be replaced upon excessive use, meaning that the engaging tail of the spear or the engaging “sharkfins” have signs of wear, have been deformed or have small cracks. If the extractor has been used to release the spearshaft from a blockage (for example if blocked inside rocks, in the seabed, etc), it is mandatory for safety reasons to replace the spearshaft with a new one. There is a high probability that the engaging tail will crack or will deform, when the extractor is used. For this reason KO Spearguns does not recommend the usage of extractors. If the wood parts of the spearguns are coated with oil, it should be frequently refinished with oil. Apply teak oil with a dry cloth, to obtain asmooth surface finish. Scratches can be removed by polishing with a very light sandpaper, and refinishing with teak oil. If the wood parts are coated with KO Spearguns high gloss resin, there is no need for any refinishing actions. For any small scratches, teak oil can be applied by the user. However, if the speargun has been heavily scratched, can be totally refurbished and re-polished with new resins at Ko Spearguns. Please contact us first at firstname.lastname@example.org. The trigger mechanism, upon extensive use can be worn out. This can affect the proper and safe function of the trigger release system and result in unsafe conditions. In this case, the trigger mechanism must be replaced by a new one. In normal use, the trigger mechanism must be replaced every four to five years or sooner when in doubt. In extensive use (all year round), must be replaced every 3 years, for safety reasons. The same occurs for the spearshaft (see also above), unless wear to the engaging tail or deformations or corrosion or cracks are detected which means immediate shaft replacement. Failure to replace these metallic parts may result to unsafe conditions. In case of doubt, the condition of these parts can be checked and assessed by KO Spearguns if asked. All components of the speargun can be replaced. This includes the wooden handle in case of breakage/damage. Please note that the wooden handle and wings are natural materials which might vary in color and grain. Exposure on salt water and sun may cause fading.
ALL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS (EXCLUDING THE ABOVE FIRST 6 STEPS) MUST BE CARRIED OUT ONLY BY KO Spearguns.