would seem like a straightforward endeavor, but I've
seen enough people load their bandgun completely wrong,
only to have the band snap off before it can be safely
loaded. So here is an easy-to-follow explanation how
to load your gun.
Do Not load the gun catch-first, it's just not going
to work that way. You start by placing the taped end
in the muzzle.
Holding the band over the muzzle end with one hand
to keep it in place, draw the band straight back toward
the catch (not upward away from the gun). It's often
easier to place the butt of the gun against your hip
or stomach to keep it held firmly in place.
Loop the band over the catch. Make sure the trigger
is in place, and that the catch isn't already in the
forward position. If you have the muzzle end pointing
downward gravity should do the job of holding the
catch in place for you.
If everything went according to plan, the gun should
be loaded and ready to go. Be sure to keep the business
end pointed toward the ground while loaded, there's
no guarantee that the trigger won't slip and release
the band accidentally.
often, your gun won't need any modification to the
trigger. However, there are occasions in which the
trigger might feel a little tight and doesn't shoot
easily. When the gun is new this problem will likely
work itself out with wear, but if you need to adjust
it, here are some tips:
Remove the brass sideplate (if there is a smaller
one on the left side of the gun, that will house the
pins rather than the larger one), pull the pins out
and let the trigger assembly fall out the top. On
some models it might be neccessary to also remove
the trigger guard if they don't slide easily out the
top of the gun.
Inspect the trigger portion of the assembly, is there
a thin brass plate on the friction side (the top)
of it? If not, it might have broken off. You can replace
it with a small piece of sheet brass (or aluminum
could work, and is easily available from your local
hardware store), approximately 1/4 inch wide and half
an inch long (yes, it's teensy). Attach it to the
trigger using JB Weld or some other cold-weld available
at your hardware store.
If the brass surface is still in place (most likely
the case - those don't pop off easily!) you might
need to file the catch portion of the trigger assembly.
If the friction surface is rough, file it smoother.
Be sure to file off as little material as possible,
or you will damage the fit. Before doing that, you
might want to remove some of the metal at the front
of the catch piece (nearest the friction point). This
will reduce drag as there would be less surface area
where the two pieces meet. Hold the catch upright,
with the catch pointing upward. Look at bottom, where
the friction point is - the part of the trigger that
faces forward in the gun, that's what you remove the
metal away from. Just a little at a time, testing
the pull every so often by re-installing the pieces
and trying to load and fire it.