I just thaught these epic pics of Shins gun was crazy. All made by hand with the use of hand tools only, no machines mind you. The wood used is pallet wood from the port. With eight 5/8 bands it holds up well. With almost 2kg of wieght in the gun, its still bouyant. I have shot this beast once and there is hardly any recoil. Not an ideal gun to use since its so long but testing limits is what Shin is about, not about what or how big a fish he gets.