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OLD GUY, Make sure you post pics of this gun you're making. No shame in using a gun. I have worsening arthritis in my right elbow, so I dig until I can't take it anymore, and then snag the gun from the wife lol
 

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Hey OLD GUY--Perhaps if you would have used a clam gun instead of a shovel for the last 50 years you would not be so broken down as you say & you just might be able to bend down and tie your shoes. Help us out here. What is so embarrassing about using a clam gun :?: Is that a 1950's sort of thing :eek:
Being able to dig with a gun (shovel) in the old days, is how I have dug since the early 50's. Not many real True Temper Clam guns (shovel) around anymore but, I still have a few and always wash, dry and repaint after evey trip. Still can do it but after I get on my knee it is tough to get back up and it ain't from using a shovel all these years but if it was it sure would be better than how my body got so beat up. Just glad to still be alive. And, yes, I can tie my shoes but have to sit down to do it so no velcro ties for me, yet. Also, back when we started digging a Clam a shovel was a Clam gun.

So, I dig with a bunch of elder people , like me, that most all use a gun (shovel) and when the tubes made it into the Clam digging arena we all said that we would never use something like that, but things change and it looks like I just might have to resort to a Clam tube. With this new design tube it looks pretty easy so I'm building one as I do with most of my stuff.

My darlin' wife told me that if I go with her I can't use the tube as she is a gun (shovel) digging machine and not many people can beat her to a limit. So, I'll just have to let her dig my limit too!

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Got 1 built today but for some reason I can't post a picture anymore. It turned
out great and I will try it this weekend. Tup:

It is gonna work. When you see a big guy out tubing with his face covered you'll
know it's me. Now, I gotta get me a top shelf grabber thingie, so I can grab the
Clams without bending over. wink:

What happened to be able to post a picture? Never had a problem in the old days. :?:

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Hookum & Cookum said:
Hey OLD GUY--Perhaps if you would have used a clam gun instead of a shovel for the last 50 years you would not be so broken down as you say & you just might be able to bend down and tie your shoes. Help us out here. What is so embarrassing about using a clam gun :?: Is that a 1950's sort of thing :eek:
Being able to dig with a gun (shovel) in the old days, is how I have dug since the early 50's. Not many real True Temper Clam guns (shovel) around anymore but, I still have a few and always wash, dry and repaint after evey trip. Still can do it but after I get on my knee it is tough to get back up and it ain't from using a shovel all these years but if it was it sure would be better than how my body got so beat up. Just glad to still be alive. And, yes, I can tie my shoes but have to sit down to do it so no velcro ties for me, yet. Also, back when we started digging a Clam a shovel was a Clam gun.

So, I dig with a bunch of elder people , like me, that most all use a gun (shovel) and when the tubes made it into the Clam digging arena we all said that we would never use something like that, but things change and it looks like I just might have to resort to a Clam tube. With this new design tube it looks pretty easy so I'm building one as I do with most of my stuff.

My darlin' wife told me that if I go with her I can't use the tube as she is a gun (shovel) digging machine and not many people can beat her to a limit. So, I'll just have to let her dig my limit too!

oldguy
I have been digging clams with a shovel for 40 plus years, the one time I used a tube (last year), herniated a disc, down for two months. I will stick with the shovel Tup:
 

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Hey Jake--So the only time you used a clam (tube) you herniated a disc :eek: Are you sure by using the tube it wasn't the straw the broke the camel back sort of thing :?: Of course it could not have been you using a shovel for the last 40 years or something accumulative that contributed to you herniating your disc. :lol: :lol: Or using your back instead of your legs to pull the tube out of the sand. Yeah blame the tube :?: :?: :?: :?: At least you are not claiming to be embarrassed by using the tube or that you wore a ski mask to hide you identity. Tup:
 

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Hey Jake--So the only time you used a clam (tube) you herniated a disc :eek: Are you sure by using the tube it wasn't the straw the broke the camel back sort of thing :?: Of course it could not have been you using a shovel for the last 40 years or something accumulative that contributed to you herniating your disc. :lol: :lol: Or using your back instead of your legs to pull the tube out of the sand. Yeah blame the tube :?: :?: :?: :?: At least you are not claiming to be embarrassed by using the tube or that you wore a ski mask to hide you identity. Tup:
I was just sharing my experience with the tube. You are absolutely correct on the accumulative effect, but I doubt it was from digging clams, more like from foundations, framing, motocross, rodeo......... The motion using the clam tube does not suit me, that's it
 

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I have had my clamhawk for over a year they work great and you do not have to work as hard as you do with other clam gun's. The only thing I would change is to increase the diameter of the tube other then that they are great!! Tup:
The small diameter makes them smoother, less friction and less sand.
The drawback to that design is it will crush more clams.
That is why the market has the larger diameter SS guns.
I rather use the wider guns.
 

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Saw a utube video on a Clamhawk clam gun. Sure looks easy compared to my older clam gun. Opinions please.
I bought two of the clam hawk guns as Christmas gifts for experienced long time diggers. We are all extremely disappointed with them. They drop the sand after the first dig and although the stainless is hyped up for being razor thin, it’s so thin that the end bent in the second outing and manufacturer did nothing about it. This after spending just under $400 and using them twice. We even had some other diggers try them out to be sure it wasn’t just something we were doing…..would never recommend this product. Have gone back to our old clam guns….sadly a waste of a lot of money and I’m not wealthy. 😞
 
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