Thank you Jim for your submittal. Jim has one of these banksticks in 12-Gauge and lives in Florida. Jim recommends buying one from Deep 6 in Vero Beach Florida USA. There website address is: http://www.deepsixintl.com
Bang Sticks (bangsticks), also called Powerheads, offer protection from sharks or other large marine life while Skindiving, Gator Hunting, or Deep Sea Fishing. Bangsticks usually come complete with either a 26 inch or 40 inch rod shaft and ball assembly.
Yes these are regulated in the USA under federal law.
These are banned in many countries because they can be used as a weapon.
410 Gauge Shotgun
12 Gauge Shotgun
What are Bang Sticks:
Bangsticks are made up of a powerhead, which is a metal chamber that houses ammunition and has a pin that must be removed to arm it, which, are mounted to a 26 or 40 inch shaft as required by U.S. Federal Law.
How do Bank Sticks Work:
The powerhead can be unscrewed from the shaft and mounted to a longer shaft (including a pole spear) if desired. The longer shaft will provide more distance between you, and your target, and the powerhead. If using a 12 gauge shotgun load, you will need to mount it on a 4 foot pole due to its power.
Once the firing pin has been armed, you can detonate the ammunition by pushing the powerhead straight into your target. You must put some force behind jabbing or pushing the bangstick, and for this reason, the bangstick won't accidentally go off if dropped.
The Bang Stick literally works on high-pressure gasses from the muzzle blast that kill the target, not the bullet itself; therefore, you can use blanks, but most people prefer to use live ammo.
Make sure to waterproof the primer and case mouth with something like nail polish or varnish. Our post submitter, Jim, says he prefers nail polish because it's inexpensive and can easily be reapplied if needed. Any unused ammo should be discarded after submersion in water.