Open side facing forward ….it soon flips around due to the weight , but the bait is at speed by then so it cushions the shock .
What volume of air is in your reservoir ? ….. we use a 3Kg LPG bottle ….and had it up to 185Psi from memory ….shot a 9oz sinker with single bait just shy of 240mtrs …. the crack when you pull the trigger hurts your ears ..lol
Still thinking some kind of remote drone with a release servo would be more fun , and legal lol