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The Best Speargun for Beginners | Buyers Guide to Beginner Spearguns

the best speargun for beginners

Walking into a spearfishing store is overwhelming. Especially if you’re new to spearfishing. There’s so many shiny new toys, you don’t know where to look. You just want to buy the best speargun for beginners, but then you notice the top-tier spearguns. Or the price tag on the discounts in the sales bin and you’re torn.

Quality or price?

What spearfishing brands are actually any good?

And you’ve got the sales rep trying to push you to decide. But you don’t know what the heck to buy.

I know. I’ve been there.

The amount of spearfishing gear you need as a beginner is a lot. So, let’s stick to the basics. First, you need to get yourself a speargun. But there’s probably more than 30 or 40 options now, not to mention sizes, and different rigging setups.

So, we’ll just cut to the chase. This year we ran a series of tests on most of the spearguns you’re looking at right now in the store. We also asked a whole bunch of professional divers and experts in the industry their thoughts. To be able to recommend to you the best speargun for beginners.

Ready for it?

 

AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional Speargun

Editor’s Choice: Best Speargun for Beginners

As someone new to the sport you can’t go wrong with the AB Biller Stainless Steel Pro Speargun. It’s the perfect gun, combining value for money with real quality components to ensure you’re buying a speargun that’ll last season after season. Which is perfect if you’re only going to be spearfishing during the summers when you’ve time off work. It shoots straight and accurately straight out of the box, and you’ll have no trouble loading it or bringing it up to target a fish.

 

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AB Biller SS48 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 48'
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AB Biller SS48 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 48"
  • Including hardened stainless spring steel shaft
  • Hardened stainless spring steel double Barb
  • Stainless steel speargun

Why the AB Biller Stainless Steel Pro is the best speargun for beginners:

  • Hardened stainless steel spring shaft and double-barb tip
  • Two 9/16 rubber bands straight out of the box for power shots
  • Comes in sizes from 24″ to 54″ (though I’d get a 42″ or 48″ as a beginner)
  • Safety switch can be changed for either left or right-handed divers

 

Rob Allen Tuna Railgun

Runner Up: Best Speargun for Beginners

I’m a big fan of Rob Allen spearguns. A South African brand, they’ve been designed for deadly power while producing accurate shots again, and again and again. They test these freediving with some of the biggest pelagics you can catch in the water, but it’s also one of the best spearguns for beginners as it’s just so versatile. You can use this shore diving on a reef in just a few feet of water, or jumping off a boat offshore with your mates. It’s a great buy, but I do need to mention the railgun design (which gives the power) is also a little noisier in the water. It’s also the most expensive of the three spearguns, but it’ll last you season after season. Just make sure you buy the 110cm or 120cm model.

 

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ROB ALLEN ALUMINUM TUNA RAILGUN SPEARGUN WITH OPEN MUZZLE - ALL LENGTHS (110CM)
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ROB ALLEN ALUMINUM TUNA RAILGUN SPEARGUN WITH OPEN MUZZLE - ALL LENGTHS (110CM)
  • Aircraft grade aluminum
  • Wall thickness of 1.45 millimeters
  • Latest Vecta 2 Trigger Mechanism
  • 2X POWER BANDS: 5/8" (16 millimeters)
  • 7mm Spring Steel Shaft

 

Beuchat Espadon Sport

Value for Money: Best Speargun for Beginners

When price is the biggest concern I get it. Dropping a few hundred dollars on a speargun is a big move for the budget-conscious. If you’re looking for value for money, you can’t go wrong with the Beuchat Espadon Sport. The trigger mechanism is stainless steel, and the speargun can accept up to two 16mm bands for a little extra power. It comes with a 6mm shaft, and is ready to go straight out of the box. You’ll be out on the reef in no time.

 

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Beuchat Espadon Sport Speargun (900 (90cm))
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Beuchat Espadon Sport Speargun (900 (90cm))
  • Stainless steel mecanism
  • 25 mm diameter aluminium barrel for a perfect flotation
  • Entry level version and Sport version

 

Hope this helps you to choose the best speargun for beginners, but if you have any questions at all drop me a line. I’d love to help you find the perfect speargun.

Happy spearin!

 

How we chose the best speargun for beginners

buy the best speargun for beginner spearfishing

Hey there. I’m Max Kelley. I love spearfishing, and over the last 30 years I’ve spent every chance I could get in the ocean, chasing my next feed of fish. I’ve tried and tested more spearguns than I could count, and I’d like to help you understand a little about what it takes to choosing the right speargun. Whether you’re planning to swim out to some rocks from the beach, or you’ve got a boat to go offshore, I’d like to share a few things with you to help you choose the best speargun for a beginner.

 

How a speargun actually works

We’re going to run through this real quick, just so you’ve got a little background before we jump into the next sections.

Cool? Cool.

Essentially, a speargun is just a tool that shoots a spear underwater. You take it with you on a dive, and you can start hunting the fish you come across. There are air-powered models (known as pneumatic spearguns) and banded models that work more like a slingshot.

For a beginner, I’d recommend a banded speargun. There’s much less that can go wrong in the mechanics, and they’re a little easier to use.

You can expect an effective range of anywhere from 3 to 15+ feet with your speargun, which really depends on how much power the gun can produce. The length of the barrel, and the number of bands your using will have the biggest influencer, but small factors like the width of the shaft will also play a role.

Now your spear is attached to the speargun with a length of line. After you take a shot, this is what stops the fish swimming away with your spear. Though you will need to hang onto the gun. To reload you simply activate the safety, click the shaft back into place, wrap the line back on your gun, and pull the bands tight. There’ll be spots cut into the shaft for the wishbones (the small piece of metal that connects the two ends of the bands) to fit into.

Then you’re good to go and take a shot.

 

The length of your speargun

When you’re looking for the best speargun for beginners, one of the most critical decisions you need to make is where you’ll be using it. Because it will influencer the length you need to buy.

Generally, there’s three types of spearfishing.

Cave diving. You’re going to be swimming very close to a reef and taking shots at the fish hiding in under the ledges and cracks. You don’t need a whole lot of range, so you’re probably going to buy a shorter gun that’s under the 80cm mark.

Reef diving. When you’re kicking around on a deeper reef and start taking longer dives, targeting slightly bigger fish, and needing a little more distance in your shots, my advice is to look for a speargun in the 100cm to 120cm range. For a beginner, this is the length of speargun I’d recommend to buy, as you can always use your speargun for cave diving (and even pushing out into open water diving).

Open water diving. Here’s where things start to get a little crazy. The photo’s you’ve seen on Instagram with big sailfish, blue fin tuna and the like are from divers going very deep. To tackle the distances needed, and have enough power to actually take down one of these monsters of the deep you need a speargun with multiple rubbers. Something that’s 140+ cm or more, to ensure you don’t miss a shot.

Ultimately, the best speargun for beginners is a versatile weapon that can be used in all three of these situations (even though it may not be perfect in each), and is why I recommend finding a speargun in the 100 to 120cm range.

 

The right type of spear

You’ll hear these called both spears and shafts, and come in three different types.

There’s the pure stainless steel, there’s galvanized options, and the one that you should buy, the spring (hardened) stainless steel. It combines the strength of the galvanized shaft with the corrosion-resistant abilities of stainless steel.

But you also need to consider the size of the shaft. Depending on the speargun you buy it’ll have a certain range of shaft sizes it can accommodate, the most common range from 6.5mm to 9mm. The thinner versions are usually present on smaller spearguns for targeting smaller fish, and they get thicker as the size of the speargun increases. A thinner shaft will be faster in the water but it may lack less “punch” so my advice is to find the middle ground.For those new to the sport or wanting a versatile speargun, I’d opt for an 8mm shaft. It’s what the AB Biller Stainless Steel Pro comes stock with, and is a nice balance between strength and speed.

 

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AB Biller SS48 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 48"
  • Including hardened stainless spring steel shaft
  • Hardened stainless spring steel double Barb
  • Stainless steel speargun

 

Oh, and make sure it’s got a threaded tip for changing out the spear tips. You’ll most probably hit a few rocks while you’re learning to spearfish and this way you can just replace the tip, not the whole shaft.

 

Picking the spear tip

Things can start to feel like you’re going down the rabbit hole now. But when you’re buying a speargun as a beginner I recommend keeping it versatile. You want a single-point tip (not a pronged speartip), that’s got one of two designs. The tri-cut option is exactly how it sounds like, and is great if you’re going after thick-skinned fish with big scales. The pencil-nose tip is the option I’d recommend, it’s perfect for small-to-mid sized reef fish.

Just steer clear from any other choices now. So long as your tip has a flopper (single or double is fine), you don’t need anything else to start shooting fish.

 

Select the barrel material

best speargun for beginners wood barrel or metal

For a beginner learning how to spearfish I’d advise against buying a beautiful wooden speargun. When you’re looking at spearguns at this length (100 to 120cm) the stock of the barrel is mostly just aesthetic, so pick the one you like best. Stainless steel is going to be the best “value for money” choice, and is one of the reasons we chose the AB Biller Stainless Steel Pro as our editor’s choice for best speargun.

 

Get comfortable with the grip

If you look closely in the store you’ll notice there’s a few different variations of the handle on a speargun. Some have a lovely molded pistol grip, while others are far more simplistic. My advice is to try them out in your hand, and see which is most comfortable. You want to be able to keep hold of your gun for long periods of time, when you’re diving or if you’re fighting with a fish on the other end of it. It needs to be easy to hold on to.

 

Only ever use a stainless-steel trigger mechanism

This is rather important, as there are more and more spearguns flooding our markets from cheaper overseas locations. You need a safe trigger mechanism. Otherwise you risk misfiring your speargun. Which means the shaft “fires” without you having pulled the trigger. Sometimes it’s because of a fault within the trigger, other times it’s due to there being too much tension on the shaft. What’s scary though is spearguns with plastic trigger mechanisms. These will wear, and eventually misfire. I guarantee it. Which could spell disaster for anyone you’re diving with.

 

Looking at the bands (rubbers)

For putting a little power into your shots, there’s two things you need to know. The length of the rubber on your speargun, and it’s diameter. Thicker bands equal more power, with the most common sizes being 9/16′ and 5/8′. You will get more power with a thicker band. You’ll also be able to give your speargun a boost by adding a second band. And then by shortening them.

This is known as overloading your speargun, and is mostly safe, so long as the trigger mechanism and the safety can withstand the tension. It’s also why it’s important to get a speargun that has a stainless-steel trigger mechanism. The ends of the bands will connect through a wishbone, which is either a length of cable, cord or metal that is inserted into the rubber and then tied off. Your wishbones are what “clicks” into the slots in the shaft to load your speargun.

 

The type of muzzle on the front

Once you start getting into the details you’ll notice there’s both open and closed muzzle designs for different spearguns. Most spearos will have a preference. Open muzzles are good because you can see all the way down your shaft which helps to aim, and they will rattle less and make less noise when you shoot. But they can be more difficult to reload. Personally, I prefer a closed muzzle. In all the testing we did of these spearguns the closed muzzle was the clear winner, providing a little more guidance so you’re getting more accurate shots, again and again.

 

Know how to rig a speargun

We mentioned earlier about the spear connecting to your gun by a length of line. This is your shooting line, and it serves to stop a fish running off with your spear if you happen to make a bad shot and it’s not quite dead. Most spearos use monofilament for their shooting line, but for smaller fish a nylon line will be just fine. I actually like thicker shooting line as it’s less prone to getting tangled, which is great when you’re starting out.

For a beginner, you don’t need to worry about other types of rigs at this stage. But to go over it quickly, there’s two other setups.

A reel mounted on your speargun can make it easier to bring a larger fish in. And many people will rig larger spearguns with a detachable setup that hooks into their float line. This lets them target big fish like a wahoo or blue fin tuna without worrying they’ll have their speargun pulled right out of their hands. All they need to do is follow the float to get the fish.

 

Finally, choose the best speargun

best spearfishing gear for beginners

Once you’ve got these sorted, you’re well on your way to finding the best speargun. And that’s something else I love about this sport. Buying the gear won’t set you back a fortune. Of course, it can get pricey as you start looking at top-tier brands and guns, but you can really find a great speargun for just a couple of hundred dollars. Think of it like an investment. What other hobby lets you have an adventure, and bring home dinner?

If you’ve got any questions, comments, or would just like to say hi. Drop me a line. I’d love to help you find the perfect speargun, and I hope my guide to the best speargun for beginners has helped you find the right gun.

So go buy it. There’s nothing better than the calm and the quiet you experience on a dive, and nothing compares to the thrill of landing your first fish.

Happy spearin!

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The Best Pneumatic Speargun | Pneumatic Speargun Buyer’s Guide

the best pneumatic spearguns buyers guide

The first time I got my hands on a pneumatic speargun it was a pleasant surprise. I’ll admit it. I was a doubter. Growing up I always used banded spearguns, and that’s all I knew when it came to spearfishing. But once I started experimenting with pneumatic spearguns, I quickly grew to love the size-to-power ratio. They just pound. Especially for short, dirty cave guns. In this guide today, I want to share with you my pick for the best pneumatic speargun in the market, so you can buy the best.

But first, I want to clarify. When we started researching this guide, we had a particular spearo in mind. You. The recreational diver, who probably gets out only two or three times a month to go spearfishing. With that in mind, we wanted to find a versatile speargun. A speargun that would hold up in both shallow dives, as well as deeper water if you’ve got the desire to start pushing out further. Our recommendation for the best pneumatic speargun fits both these needs, and is the perfect buy for those looking to try spearfishing with a pneumatic gun.

And that’s not all. As we narrowed our list of the best pneumatic spearguns we also spoke to the professionals, both spearos and those operating dive shops to hear their feedback on these underwater hunting tools. Plus we got our hands on a few of these to test firsthand. It took a ton of dives, over almost as many weekends to complete the process. But we did find the best pneumatic speargun.

Wanna know what it is?

 

Mares Cyrano Evo

Editors Choice: Best Pneumatic Speargun

Hands down, the Mares Cyrano Evo is the best pneumatic speargun. Powerful straight out of the box, it was actually the first pneumatic speargun I bought, and remains one of my favorites to this day. It’s got a comfortable and easy to grip handle, and you’re able to adjust the trigger as needed to fit your preference when shooting. It’s light in the water and tracks well, while still being a tough and easy to use pneumatic speargun.

 

Mares Pneumatic Speargun CYRANO EVO HF Smu USA w/ Sling 110WP
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Why I think the Mares Cyrano Evo is the best pneumatic speargun:

  • Available in 35″ (90c m), 39″ (100cm) and 43″ (110cm)
  • Allows up to 24 bar of pressure for massive power in your shots
  • The tapered barrel allows for easy tracking and use underwater
  • Highly accurate with a powerful setup straight out of the box

 

Of course, the Mares Cyrano Evo is my recommendation for those wanting the best pneumatic speargun, but there’s a few others to consider if you’re not yet convinced.

 

Salvimar Predathor Vuoto / Dark Side

Runner Up: Best Pneumatic Speargun

Coming in a close second is the SalviMar Predathor Vuoto. There’s a few key differences here, namely their patented “vuoto” (or vacuum) technology that stops water from entering the barrel, so it’s easier to load. It also helps to fire the piston with a little more kick. The line release is tucked in and out of the way on the side which is a nice feature, but it only loads to 18 to 20 bar (factory) though I kicked the one we tested up to 22 and it was fine (although the accuracy dropped slightly). Personally, it’s another great buy, and if you’re looking for something a little fancy try their carbon fiber model. It’s essentially the same pneumatic speargun with a beautiful upgrade to the barrel.

 

SALVIMAR Predathor Vuoto Pneumatic Speargun, 115 cm
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SALVIMAR Predathor Vuoto Pneumatic Speargun, 115 cm
  • Vacuum muzzle
  • Easy to load
  • Power regulator
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SALVIMAR Dark Side Pneumatic Speargun, 115 cm
  • 100% Carbon fiber
  • Compact design
  • Power regulator

Why buy the Salvimar Predathor Vuoto pneumatic speargun:

  • Available in seven sizes from 55cm to 130cm
  • Factory recommends up to 20 bar of pressure though this can be overloaded
  • Light in the water (especially the carbon fiber model) and tracks easily
  • Almost a perfect balance in the speargun which is nice for a long dive
  • Patented line release that’s side mounted to keep the line out of the weeds

 

Mares Sten Pneumatic Speargun

Value for Money: Best Pneumatic Speargun

The Mares Sten is our value for money pick for the best pneumatic speargun. Versions of this speargun have been around since 1967, and it remains a tried and true underwater hunting weapon to this day. What I like though is the size. Offering a model that’s just 41cm, you won’t find a better mini speargun for cave diving and tight spots. Tested in the water you’ll get about 6 foot of distance in your shots using this model, which jumps to about 10 feet for the larger 55cm model. I find for the larger models I prefer the Cyrano Evo, it allows for more pressure and a more powerful shot. But you won’t find a better mini gun. And the price is fantastic too, especially if you’re looking for a value for money speargun. This is it.

 

Mares Sten Pneumatic Speargun, 84cm
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Mares Sten Pneumatic Speargun, 84cm
  • Optimum Precision, Power, and Reliability
  • Harmonic Steel Shaft (8mm Diameter / 7mm Male Thread)
  • Techno-Polymer Shock-Absorber Bushing and Piston
  • High Capacity Air Tank, Uses 7 or 8 mm Shafts, 1/2" (13 mm) Internal Barrel
  • Complete with Loader, Pump, Shock Line with Rubber Shock Bungee, Tip and Shaft

Why buy the Mares Sten pneumatic speargun:

  • It’s the best in class mini speargun for caves and tight dives
  • The smallest size (41cm) comes with a leg holder to keep your gun handy
  • Can be overloaded to 30 bar of pressure to generate powerful shots

 

Right. Now this is a good list of the best pneumatic spearguns, but it wouldn’t be complete without running through my thoughts on the other pneumatic spearguns we put to the test. Here’s a few more options to help you choose the best pneumatic speargun.

 

Cressi SL Star Pneumatic Speargun

The Cressi SL Star is a staple when it comes to pneumatic spearguns. Cheap and easy to use, many spearos swear by it, but I’ve experienced a couple of small issues with it so I actually prefer the Mares Sten range at this price level. You will need to swap out the attachment that ties your shaft to the gun, as it’s plastic and prone to break. Overall, it’s an okay pneumatic speargun, and at these kinds of prices it’s a great entry-level gun if you’re looking to make a switch from a banded speargun.

 

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Cressi SL Spearfishing Speargun-27.5 inch(70 cm)
  • The SL Star is an ultra light, easy-to-use pneumatic spear gun and fire quickly. Ideal for spearfishing small to medium fishes.
  • The SL Star range of pneumatic spear guns has been in production for many years, and they have won worldwide renowned for their excellence in reliability, precision, power and of being robust.
  • It features an anatomical high grip handle that enabling the gun to be held in line with the arm effortlessly.
  • The bright yellow handle allows you quick and easy identification of the gun even if it ends up on the sea-floor after shooting.
  • The SL guns are fitted with a safety catch to prevent accidental firing and, when the trigger is pulled the line release automatically releases the shaft line.

 

SEAC Asso

The SEAC Asso is another nice little gun, and you could do far worse when buying your first pneumatic speargun. Crafted from an aluminum alloy cylinder, it’s got a 40mm diameter and you can fit up to an 8mm shaft in. What I like is the regulator that can cut out 50 percent of the pressure if you need to make a quick, close shot, and straight out of the shop it’ll come pressurized to 20 to 25 bar giving you a decent amount of power.

 

SEAC Asso S/R Pneumatic Speargun, 55.5 cm
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SEAC Asso S/R Pneumatic Speargun, 55.5 cm
  • Characteristics: Regulator that allow halving the rifle power if necessary.
  • Wide range of sizes from 30 cm to 135 cm.
  • Comes with: steel spear, injector, harpoon, harpoon loader .
  • Optional: Asso 30 holster.

 

SEAC Caccia

Much like the other speargun from this brand, the Asso, the SEAC Caccia is another option. Many of the technical features align between the two, but the key difference is the addition of a red rifle sight for easier targeting, along with a reduced diameter of the butt of the gun to allow for better sighting. Oh, and it caters for 7mm shafts. It’s a little less powerful than the Asso, but it’s still a decent pneumatic speargun.

 

SEAC Caccia C/R Pneumatic Speargun, 79 cm
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SEAC Caccia C/R Pneumatic Speargun, 79 cm
  • Tank with a slightly flattened form to improve the horizontal traversing and buoyancy.
  • Butt with a reduced diameter at the point for a more precise line of vision.
  • Human-engineered grip in two soft, overprinted materials to increase comfort and grip.

 

Of all of these spearguns I’d recommend putting your money into the Mares Cyrano Evo. For the money it’s a little pricier, but you’re getting a great pneumatic speargun that really is best in class.

Happy spearin!

 

 

How we actually determined the best pneumatic speargun

determined the best pneumatic speargun

My name is Max Kelley. I spent my childhood scouring the reefs in Australia learning to spearfish with a pole spear, before moving onto banded spearguns and pushing out into deeper water. I’ve been in the water chasing fish more than I (or my wife) would care to admit, and I’d love to share my thoughts on what makes the best pneumatic speargun.

Whether you’re heading in for a sneaky shore dive or jumping off a boat into a beautiful offshore reef, there’s a few things you need to understand about how these particular spearguns work. Because even if you’ve been spearfishing for years, it can be difficult to find the right speargun. There are new models, and different brands. Reviews to read and understand. It can be overwhelming, and I’ve definitely wasted money on my share of duds over the years.

It’s frustrating seeing a new speargun give out after only a season or two.

So that’s why I’ve put together this buying guide. To help you buy the right pneumatic speargun, so you can start catching fish, after fish, after fish. But there’s one secret I’d like to share with you. The most expensive pneumatic speargun in the store isn’t always the best pneumatic speargun.

 

Understand the background of pneumatic spearguns

understand the background of the best pneumatic spearguns

There’s definitely a place for pneumatic spearguns in the spearfishing community, but they’re not as common as the banded models. Reason being is they tap out once you start getting to a certain size. Because of what’s needed to load them. Your strength (along with a loading device and good technique) will determine how much pressure you can use in the speargun while still being able to load it. Too much, and you won’t be able to reload.

Pneumatic spearguns are like the bulldogs of the underwater world. Short. Stocky. Often fitted with a heavy duty 8mm shaft that packs a true punch. When you’re looking at smaller sizes, they are often far more powerful than their banded brothers. The downsides are they will require more maintenance to stay operational, as they have far more complex internal mechanisms. Some will oven have a switch to change between high and low pressure, allowing you to use the same gun for both distance shots, as well as short cave shots. Oh, and they can be a little noisier to use as well.

 

How a pneumatic speargun works

A pneumatic speargun uses compressed air to fire a spear, using a piston to shoots your shaft out the front of the barrel once the trigger is pulled. For all intents and purposes, they look similar to any other speargun, except for the oversized barrel. These are usually about 40mm or more in diameter. Within the barrel of the speargun is an air chamber that you “pump” with a pressurized charge. These usually last for about 20 to 30 shots, before the air is spent and these need to be pressurized again.

Most pneumatic spearguns will come with a hand pump for this very purpose, or you can always have them pressurized at your local dive shop before a dive. We setup a small little compressor on our boat for this exact purpose, it’s much easier than manually re-pressurizing them by hand. All you need is an adapter to fit your particular pneumatic speargun, and an air compressor. Just be warned. You will need a high-pressure compressor to do this (i.e. one designed to fill scuba tanks). A cheap one like you use for inflating a car tire will only get you halfway. But you could always finish it off by hand.

 

Mophorn 10V 300BAR 30MPA 4500PSI High Pressure Air Pump Electric High Pressure PCP Rifle Refilling Air Pump (High Pressure Air Pump)
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Mophorn 10V 300BAR 30MPA 4500PSI High Pressure Air Pump Electric High Pressure PCP Rifle Refilling Air Pump (High Pressure Air Pump)
  • Power: 110V Electric high pressure pump
  • High pressure air pump inflating speed: 2800r/min;Work flow: 50L/min
  • Air compressor cooling system: water cooling; Compression stage : two stage; Working pressure: 300BAR/ 30MPA/ 4500PSI
  • The airgun compressor must be working with oil, so pay attention to the level of oil
  • PCP electric pump can be used for fire fighting, air soft, paintball, leakage detecting, pressure-tight test, automobile tyres, etc

 

Considerations when buying a pneumatic speargun

considerations for the best pneumatic speargun

Before dropping your money on the best pneumatic speargun, there’s a few things to keep in mind. But what you’ll notice when you take your first shot is the lack of a “kick” that a banded speargun provides. There’s simply no recoil with a pneumatic speargun. Which can play tricks on you too, as your brain instantly thinks that the gun sucks and lacks power. I’ve found this is simply a misconception you need to get over. Especially once you start landing fish.

 

The right length for a pneumatic speargun

Ultimately this is like buying any other speargun. Where you’re planning to go spearfishing will determine the barrel length you require. But with a pneumatic speargun there’s something to keep in mind. The smaller versions actually pack a far greater punch than a banded speargun of a similar size. As they get longer the difficulty in reloading increases exponentially. Personally I like using up to about a 110cm pneumatic speargun, as for my height (5’10”) it’s still easy to load with the right technique.

 

Loading techniques for a pneumatic speargun

Now here’s where things start to get interesting. Actually loading a pneumatic speargun can be a challenge if you’ve got the wrong technique. Because it gets damn hard as you start using longer and longer guns. Many spearos actually don’t like pneumatic spearguns because they are a little tricky to load. Trouble is, they’re using the wrong technique. Or they’ve pumping it to a pressure that makes it impossible to load. My advice is to study diagrams and actually learn the right movements before pressurizing your speargun, and then slowly working your way up to a higher and higher pressure.

If you can, find a friend who already uses a pneumatic speargun and try it out first. You’ll get an idea of the “force” needed to push the piston back into it’s ready to fire state, and you’ll be able to try the loading techniques.

Hip-loading. This works for smaller pneumatic spearguns. Place the butt of the gun on your hip, holding the barrel in place with your left hand and using your right with the loading handle to push the shaft into place.

Foot-loading. A similar technique, but this is better for long pneumatic spearguns. The butt of your speargun rests on your foot, holding the barrel in place with your left hand you then use your right with the loading handle to push the shaft into place.

Curl-loading. This is how I load my 115cm Mares Cyrano Evo, as I’m just a bit too short to make the foot-loading technique work when my speargun is highly pressurised. I tuck the barrel of the speargun between my legs, and wrap one around it to help keep it stable. My left hand holds the barrel of the gun just under the muzzle (there’s a place to grip), and my right goes to the shaft. I bring my right arm down until about my shoulder (where I cannot physically move it any further), and then I do what’s best described as an underwater sit up. Crunching in place to bring my right and left hands together and lock the shaft in place. It’s a little awkward at first, but it helps me to use a speargun that’s got far more pressure in it than if I used the other techniques, because I can use the strength in my core to help load it.

 

How to aim with a pneumatic speargun

how to aim the best pneumatic speargun

Getting used to a pneumatic speargun after a lifetime of using banded models took a little getting used to. Normally I can sight my fish straight down the length of my spear, but with a pneumatic speargun you don’t really have this ability. Some of the models have compensated for this and there’s a slight angle in place, but my advice would be to simply setup a target and use the first few minutes of a hunt getting the hang of aiming your new speargun.

 

Don’t neglect maintenance

Finally, you need to think about the maintenance. Because there’s so many moving parts that need to work in unison, a pneumatic speargun will often break down far quicker than a banded one. The seals will go which robs your shots of power, pressure can be lost in the barrel, and a host of other issues. You’re going to need to use a mineral oil to keep the inside of your speargun lubricated (otherwise friction will start robbing your shots of power), as it’ll also help the O-rings to create a water-tight seal, and protect the inside of your pneumatic speargun from corrosion. Just don’t overdo it. A 110cm speargun will need 30 to 35ml of oil, any more and you start robbing the air chamber of space which will reduce the pressure you can load your speargun to. Instructions for how to do this and the exact amount of oil to use will have been provided with your speargun.

 

What’s the best pneumatic speargun for me?

Ultimately, it’s up to you. I believe the Mares Cyrano Evo is the best pneumatic speargun, an opinion I formed after countless interviews and tests run on all of these different spearguns. But I understand price can be an issue. If you’re looking for a cheap pneumatic speargun you can’t go wrong with the Mares Sten. It’s a solid speargun, that will serve you well doing the most important thing. Catching a fish or two for dinner.

Happy spearin!

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The “Best” Blue Water Speargun to Catch Massive Fish

the best blue water speargun to catch massive fish

 

When you’re chasing really big fish, you want the best speargun possible. And in the open ocean, bigger is better. To take down a monster tuna or wahoo, you need a speargun version of a bazooka. And that’s where the blue water speargun fits in. It’s been specifically designed for power and distance, allowing you to hunt some of the biggest fish in the sea.

But this is the part of the sport that starts getting expensive. There’s plenty of manufacturers out there who make great blue water spearguns, and many of these will set you back upwards of $1500 or more. Often a lot more. My most expensive speargun cost me a little under $3,000. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an awesome speargun, but it’s also a lot of cash to drop.

Now here’s the interesting part. We’ve done a bunch of tests on the best pneumatic, cheap and spearguns in general, and it was quickly apparent that the most expensive guns aren’t always the best. So, a few weeks back we put the blue water spearguns to the test. And discovered a few different options that won’t break the bank.

Ready for it?

Riffe Bluewater Elite

Editor’s Choice: Best Blue Water Speargun

Hands down this is one of the most ultimate spearguns you can buy. If you’re after an award-winning fish, or a catch that you can brag about to your friends for years, you need this speargun. It’s a teak stock with padauk “wings” which adds stability to the massive length of this speargun, while the enclosed track prevents your shots flying off-course, even when you’re pushing distances out to 25 or 30 feet. You will not find a better speargun at this price range.

 

Riffe Bluewater Elite Speargun
  • Full body weighted Padauk wings 11/32 (8.7mm) x 65 (165cm) threaded shaft w/ rest tab Ice pick slip tip 500lb. test 7 7 coated cable Breakaway setup 4 x 5/8 (16mm) power bands (5th band optional)

Why buy the Riffe Bluewater Elite

  • Comes pre-rigged with a breakaway setup for targeting big game fish
  • At 170cm it’s literally a bazooka and will truly send your shots flying
  • Space for up to 5 bands (comes stock with 4) to add power and distance
  • 2-piece stainless steel trigger that accepts up to a 9mm shaft
  • Heavily reinforced muzzle and locking-pin safety feature

 

Of course, there’s a few others we tested to find the best blue water speargun, you can see the results below.

 

Koah Twin Roller Series Speargun

Most Versatile: Best Blue Water Speargun

What I love about the Koah Twin Roller speargun is you get all the power of a massive blue water speargun in a weapon with a barrel only 135cm long. Designed to hold two power bands, this speargun uses 4 delrin ball-bearing rollers to ensure the maximum velocity in every shot. Plus, if you happen to take this gun on a reef dive or need a little less power in your shots, there’s two different positions for the bands which allow you to change up the power considerably (while you’re in the water). Very impressed.

 

Koah Twin Roller Series Speargun - Euro 135Cm
  • Shaped band ramps at the muzzle to promote band separation down the stock
  • High strength 11/32 heat treaded 17-4PH shaft
  • Carbon fiber band lifters, safety and plates
  • AR Aluminum handle base for interchangeable grips comes standard with the Rubberized houge Grip
  • V.B.S (Variable Ballast System) neutralizes remaining recoil

Why you need the Koah Twin Roller Series Speargun

  • Aluminum handle with easily interchangeable grips (comes stock with rubber)
  • Bottom resting notches to help you readjust as you load the speargun
  • Aggressive yet ergonomic shape for easy maneuverability in the ater
  • Shaped band ramps help separate the rubbers down the stock of the speargun
  • Comes with a heat-treated 11/32 (8.7mm) steel shaft

 

AB Biller LTD Teak Speargun

Runner Up: Best Blue Water Speargun

AB Biller is one of my favorite brands when it comes to value for money spearguns, and their limited edition series is perfect for blue water hunting at 60″ (152cm). You’ve got the option to buy the AB Biller LTD in teak, mahogany or padauk, but personally I love the teak finish. The trigger mechanism is installed directly into the wooden stock barrel of the speargun for extra durability, and it comes standard with a 7.9mm stainless spring-steel shaft.

 

AB Biller LTD Teak Speargun with FREE DDF Slap Strap (60")
  • Handcrafted from selected Padauk with the trigger mechanism and safety fitted directly into the gun barrel
  • Stainless spring steel 5/16' diameter shaft
  • 2 - 9/16' natural rubber slings with stainless steel swivel wishbone and hardened stainless spring steel double-barb swivel tip
  • Also available in Mahogany and Padauk

 

What to consider when buying a blue water speargun?

Once you start chasing the biggest fish in the ocean, you need spearfishing gear that will hold up to the stresses you’re about to put it through. Top of the list in terms of importance is finding a blue water speargun with two main qualities. It must be tough as nails to hold up against the fight the massive dogfish will give you. And powerful enough to give you the range and ability to hit your targets at a distance.

 

The length and strength of the spearguns barrel

This is a double-edged sword when it comes to blue water spearguns. The longer the barrel the more power you’ll be able to transfer into the shaft. But too much and it’ll start throwing your spear off-course. Overpowered spearguns will “whip” the shaft and kill your accuracy, and even on a roller gun can send your shots on a massive downward arc. Then there’s also the problem of the barrel warping under all that pressure. The trick is to find a balance, where you’ve got a strong, supportive stock in place, and an enclosed rail to keep the shaft flying as true as possible.

 

Where the handle is positioned for maximum comfort

With blue water spearguns there’s two main choices when it comes to handles. The rear and the mid. Rear handled spearguns are the standard. It’s what you get on most European-styled spearguns, and it’s the most user-friendly to use.

Trouble is, once you start using bigger and bigger spearguns, it becomes harder to swing the front around to aim and target a fish. So, the mid-handle was released. It moves the pivot point you’re holding closer to the center of the gun, which makes it far easier to swing through the water. Often, these mid-handled spearguns will also allow for a longer shaft, owing to how much further back the shaft can sit. Personally, I find it much more difficult to aim and hold a mid-handled speargun steady, but many of my friends like it. Each to their own.

Riffe Mid Handle Series Speargun - #N No Ka Oi
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Riffe Mid Handle Series Speargun - #N No Ka Oi
  • Heavy-duty 4 laminate teak stock with side machined grooves for ease of handling 5/16(8mm) threaded shaft with large replaceable two-barbed spearhead (tip upgrade available) Models #B thru #H come standard with (3) 9/16 (14mm) power bands (may upgrade to 5/8(16mm) diameter for more hitting power) Models #I and larger come standardwith 5/8(16mm) Locking-pin safety

 

What kind of fish you’re going to target

When we say blue water spearfishing it usually means we’re going after big, pelagic fish. The name comes from the particular part of the ocean they live in (the pelagic zone), and these are the real monsters of the ocean. Blue fin tuna. Wahoo. Sailfish. Everything you see the game fisherman targeting with their deep-sea rod setups, except we’re getting in the water with them and our speargun. Understandably, you need the most heavy-duty gear possible to actually land one of these fish, and there’s three key tips you need to follow when you’re chasing them.

 

Use a breakaway setup with float rigging

This is the smartest piece of advice I can give you. You need a breakaway setup on your speargun. What this means is that instead of your spear being tied to the stock of your speargun, it connects to a separate floatline (and float). Once you take a shot, if the fish decides to high-tail it out of there at a million miles an hour, you’re not going to lose your gun. And the float will help you track it down and pull it into the boat. It’s the only setup I’d recommend using when you’re spearfishing in deep water, as it eliminates any possibility of a big fish running off with your blue water speargun. Just remember. Using this technique there’s now nothing keeping your speargun with you. So once you’ve made a shot slip your arm through the rubbers so it doesn’t float away while you’re pulling the fish back to you.

Use a slip-tip instead of a traditional flopper

Once fish get above a certain size, you need to start worrying about the damage they can do to your shafts. These fish are powerful, and can bend and warp even the best spring steel. Yes, even your monster 9.5mm spear the guy at the local dive shop said is indestructible. I’ve seen it happen time and time again. And no one wants to be buying new shafts after every dive. What you need, is known as a slip tip. It’s a novel little piece of gear, that screws onto a threaded shaft just like any other spear tip. But it has a trick. It’s able to separate into two pieces, that are joined by a piece of strong steel cable. So once you’ve hit your target fish and the spear “pulls back,” the slip tip disengages and the cable threads into the fish. This becomes what the fish fights against, and because the cable is so much more flexible than a straight metal spear, it greatly lessens the chances you’ll lose the fish, or have it bend and warp the shaft.

Riffe Mini Ice Pick Slip Tip for Spearguns (5/16 (8mm))
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Riffe Mini Ice Pick Slip Tip for Spearguns (5/16 (8mm))
  • 5" (12.7cm) length6mm ThreadHeat treated and polished 17/4 Stainless SteelPrecision machined**Adapter, Tandem Slide, and Ring Line Assembly included

 

Use flashers and lures to attract the big fish to you

Spearfishing flashers are exactly what they sound like. A series of bright, shiny and moving objects that you use to attract fish. They work much like lures for a line fisherman, as the mirrors reflect the sunlight and bring the big fish in close to investigate. When you’re spearfishing in deep water, you need a reason for the fish like the tuna and wahoo to come in close. I guarantee you they’re almost always out there, but without an incentive they’re not going to come anywhere near you on a dive. Plus they’re easy to setup. Just buy a set of flashers, tie them off to a float (you will need a separate one unless you want it tangling the hell out of your breakaway floatline), and use it as a focal point on your dives. I’ve seen the best results with mirrored flashers, especially if you can find one that’ll move in the current on its own. It gets annoying to have to keep “jiggling” it on the surface. My flasher can be adjusted to about 30 feet deep, and uses a series of these types of lures along it. It works a treat.

Spearfishing Mexican Flag Throw Flasher Pelagic Fish Attraction
  • Holographic design for maximum flashing attraction
  • 1 flat card and 1 angled card to create vibration and movement when moving through the water

 

Testing the accuracy of the blue water spearguns

tuna blue water speargun catch of the day

When we got these blue water spearguns in the ocean we looked for a number of traits. How much pressure could be loaded on the stock before it started flexing, at what point the shafts started warping when they were fired, and of course how well each brand held up at a distance. We also looked at usability, and how easy it was to actually load, reload and target the fish once you were in the hunting zone. I’ve got to say here, this was probably the toughest series of tests we’ve done, and it became really hard to judge between each of the different models. Once you start spending this amount of money on a blue water speargun, they’re all pretty good options.

Successful blue water spearfishing comes down to your gear. You need the right speargun that’s up to the task, and I can’t recommend enough the Riffe Blue Water Speargun. It’s already setup to handle these types of fish, and powerful enough to take them down. Then all you need to do is leverage tricks like the flashers to bring the big fish in close. That’s how you’ll be successful, and that’s how you’ll land a prize-winning fish.

Oh, and do yourself a favour. Buy the right speargun.

 

Riffe Bluewater Elite Speargun
  • Full body weighted Padauk wings 11/32 (8.7mm) x 65 (165cm) threaded shaft w/ rest tab Ice pick slip tip 500lb. test 7 7 coated cable Breakaway setup 4 x 5/8 (16mm) power bands (5th band optional)

 

Let me know how you go, and I’d love to see a pic of your biggest fish.

 

Happy spearin!

 

 

 

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The “best” cheap speargun for under $100

best cheap speargun under $100

With spearfishing getting more and more popular, it’s important those getting started know what to look for in a speargun. It’s all well and good to want the bells and whistles of a top-of-the-line speargun, but I want to let you in on a little secret. There’s plenty of great spearguns around that’ll set you back less than $100. Just because you’re buying a cheap speargun, it doesn’t mean it’s not going to help you catch a feed of fish.

With the help of a few friends, we tested the cheapest spearguns we could find. Or more accurately. We wanted to see how fast we could get a cheap speargun to break, while also putting them through a series of accuracy and distance tests. I wasn’t all that surprised with the results, as they reflect what most of the industry has been saying for a long time, along with my personal experience after decades in the ocean.

Right. Now onto the list.

Beuchat Espadon Sport

Editor’s Choice: Best Cheap Speargun

Beuchat has found that perfect balance between quality and affordability, and as a result it’s easy to understand why they’re at the top of our list as the best cheap speargun on the market today. Their spearguns are great. Easy to use and manoeuvre underwater, the thinner shaft provides a power boost while minimising the hole your shots leave in the fish. My only advice would be to shorten the factory rubber it comes with for a little more power, and perhaps even fit a second rubber to give your shots a little more distance. You’re not going to find a better deal than this cheap speargun.

 

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Beuchat Espadon Sport Speargun (900 (90cm))
  • Stainless steel mecanism
  • 25 mm diameter aluminium barrel for a perfect flotation
  • Entry level version and Sport version

Why buy the Beuchat Espadon Sport

  • 25mm barrel is slim and easy to use for those learning how to spearfish
  • 13mm factory bands easy for even kids to load as a first speargun
  • Stainless steel trigger mechanism for safety in the water
  • Powerful and accurate speargun to ensure you actually catch your fish
  • A 90cm barrel makes it one of the largest “cheap spearguns” available at this price

 

Of course, there’s a few others we tested to find the best cheap speargun, you can see the results below.

 

JBL Carbine D6

Runner up: Best Cheap Speargun

With a high-strength stainless steel shaft and trigger, the JBL Carbine is also a good choice for a cheap speargun. At 27″ (roughly 68cm) it’s a little shorter than the Beuchat Espadon Sport, but it’s a great little speargun for the price. In our tests it was accurate up to about 10 feet, which is about as good as you can expect when you’re buying spearguns in this price range. You will need to shorten the factory bands though to ensure your shots actually pierce the fish at these distances, but all-in-all it’s a great introductory speargun. Oh, and make sure you’ve got a file handy. The speartip you’re given with the setup is rather dull, it’s worthwhile getting this to a nice point before your first hunt.

 

JBL Freediving/Spearfishing Mini Carbine Metal Speargun D6 w/Free Coil Lanyard
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JBL Freediving/Spearfishing Mini Carbine Metal Speargun D6 w/Free Coil Lanyard
  • This package includes: JBL Freediving/Spearfishing Mini Metal Speargun D6
  • BONUS: includes free Quick Release Coil Lanyard with Buckle - Scuba Essentials by DiveCatalog
  • This exclusive package by ShootingUnderwater saves you an additional $23.95
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  • Accessories listed are items that have been added by ShootingUnderwater for your convenience and additional savings.

 

Cressi Apache

Shortlist: Best Cheap Speargun

With the Cressi Apache I was suitably impressed, and it sits third in our list as a cheap speargun. It’s also one of the lightest spearguns you’ll find at this price range, which makes it super easy to track and handle in the water. There is space for a second band to be added for a boost in power, and we were able to accurately shoot at about 7 to 8 feet. Not bad considering the gun we were testing was only 18″ (roughly 45 cm). If you’re looking for a cave gun this would be the speargun I recommend, as it’s perfect for getting into tight spaces to hit those big cod and other fish hiding out of sight.

 

Cressi Spearfishing Apache Speargun (45-cm)
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Cressi Spearfishing Apache Speargun (45-cm)
  • The Apache is a small and compact speargun for small to medium fish, a great starter gun for any young spearo.
  • Durable anodized heavy duty sealed aluminum barrel.
  • Closed muzzle for improved accuracy and ease of loading.
  • Advanced Tahitian-style flopper shaft for superior penetration. Special handle angle to increase the shot's precision.
  • Replaceable band and wishbone assembly is user friendly.

 

SEAC New Sting

Shortlist: Best Cheap Speargun

The SEAC New Sting is another good choice for a cheap speargun, and at 65cm it’s comparable to the JBL Carbine. What I didn’t like was the shaft, as it’s a thick 7mm but it’s a little softer than the others in this category. I do need to mention a warning here, as many buyers of this gun have seen problems with the trigger mechanisms misfiring. This shouldn’t happen, and if you find your gun is malfunctioning your best course of action is to return it and get it replaced under the manufacturers warranty. I bought a SEAC New Sting especially for this test, and despite my best efforts, I wasn’t able to actually get it to misfire. Believe me, I tried.

 

SEAC New Sting Sling Speargun, 65 cm
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SEAC New Sting Sling Speargun, 65 cm
  • Innovative muzzle.
  • Barrel in extruded anticorodal aluminium.
  • Sternum rest.

 

Mares Bandit

Shortlist: Best Cheap Speargun

I’m actually a big fan of Mares, and their Bandit speargun is a great cheap speargun for beginners. At 45cm it’s one of the smaller ones you’ll get under $100, which is also why it’s a little further down the list. You will need to add a second band to the gun if you want it to have any sort of power, the factory setup is only good for a few feet, though shortening the band it comes with should get this up to an effective range of 6 to 7 feet. I didn’t like the way the speartip is setup (it’s a tri-cut tip), so you may want to get a file out before you go diving and round these out a little. It’ll help the spear penetrate the fish better.

 

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Mares Bandit Spear Gun
  • Bandit Speargun, Tahitian shaft, Dyneema Wishbone, S power speed slings
  • Mares Bandit Spear Gun
  • Designed for Beginners to Intermediate Spear Fishers
  • Australasian Rigging
  • Tahitian Tri-Cut 7mm Spring Steel Shaft w/Single Flopper

 

 

What to consider when buying a cheap speargun?

Spearfishing is a great hobby, but when you’re just getting started or cash is tight, it can be hard to justify dropping hundreds of dollars on a speargun. I get it. When I first started spearfishing 30 years ago all I could afford was a pole spear. Here’s our list of the best pole spears on the market today, and these days there’s also many options for a cheap speargun. I’m glad times have changed. But before you drop your hard-earned cash on the cheapest speargun you can find, there’s a few things to look out for.

Because no one wants to buy a dud.

 

The length of the spearguns barrel

When you start looking at cheap spearguns, what you need to pay attention to most is the size of the barrel. Small spearguns do have their place in cave diving or in around the rocks on shallow hunts, but they can be difficult to use. As a big guy, I actually struggle loading smaller spearguns, because I can’t get enough leverage with a 45cm or 55cm speargun. It’s just too awkward for me. A shorter barrel length also affects the power of your shots. The shorter the barrel, the less tension you’re going to be able to put on the speargun, which means you’re going to have less force behind your shots. So you’ll miss more fish. In some of our tests the factory bands even resulted in the spears bouncing off our target. Which is crazy. It’s a fricken wicker target we were shooting at. But with a cheap speargun the size does matter. My advice, is to get at least a 75cm model or higher.

 

Where you’re planning to go spearfishing

We touched on this in the last section, but you really need to consider where you’ll be spearfishing before buying a speargun. I’ve got a small pneumatic speargun that I love for cave diving, but it’s not really practical for much else. If you’re looking to hunt in the wash of the breakers, searching in the cracks and shooting the fish hiding in caves, a smaller speargun is actually what you want. It’s easier to position and aim, and you’re likely to only be a couple of feet away from the fish you’re targeting. So you don’t need an insane amount of power. Actually, too much power here is a bad thing, as it’ll blunt your spear tip faster, and perhaps even bend the shaft which will render your speargun useless. And even though you bought a cheap speargun, you don’t want it to break on your first dive.

 

Remember to think safety with your cheap speargun

When you’re looking at buying a cheap speargun it’s important to pay attention to the trigger mechanism. This is usually the first point of failure on all spearguns, and misfires can be deadly. A misfire is when your speargun goes off unexpectedly. Perhaps you were able to squeeze the trigger and the speargun released while the safety was ON, or you were able to shake, rattle or knock the handle and get the gun to fire. What you want to find is a cheap speargun that still uses a stainless steel trigger mechanism. It’ll hold up far longer than the moulded plastic a lot of brands use on their entry level spearguns, while being much safer for the friends you’ve convinced to try spearfishing too.

 

Find a hardened shaft with the right tip

There’s a balance when it comes to the size of a spearguns shaft. The thinner it is the faster it’ll rocket through the water, but it also means it’ll be more prone to damage if it’s shot into a hard object, like the rock wall directly behind the fish you’re targeting. For the most part, you’re not going to get the finest quality “spring steel” shafts on a cheap speargun, but we did notice a lot of variance in the models we tested. The Beuchat Espadon Sport was the clear winner, though the high-strength shaft on the JBL Carbine puts this speargun at a close second.

JBL Freediving/Spearfishing Mini Carbine Metal Speargun D6 w/Free Coil Lanyard
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JBL Freediving/Spearfishing Mini Carbine Metal Speargun D6 w/Free Coil Lanyard
  • This package includes: JBL Freediving/Spearfishing Mini Metal Speargun D6
  • BONUS: includes free Quick Release Coil Lanyard with Buckle - Scuba Essentials by DiveCatalog
  • This exclusive package by ShootingUnderwater saves you an additional $23.95
  • All products are brand new with manufacturer's warranty, original packaging, manual, and standard accessories included.
  • Accessories listed are items that have been added by ShootingUnderwater for your convenience and additional savings.

 

Testing the accuracy of the cheap spearguns

cheap spearguns being tested in the ocean

All up we put five cheap spearguns to the test for this review.  Straight out of the box I have to tell you that the distance you’ll get with a cheap speargun just doesn’t compare to what you’ll get by spending just a couple of hundred dollars on one of the best spearguns in the market, but that’s neither here nor there. All of the spearguns we tested had no problems with accuracy up to about 7 feet, and you could push this out to 10 to 12 by shortening the bands. Personally I felt like I got the best “kick” out of the JBL Carbine and the Beuchat Espadon Sport, as the thicker shafts on the other cheap spearguns seemed to rob them of a little power. We did end up shortening all of the bands to see how much of a boost they could get, and the Beuchat was the clear winner.

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Beuchat Espadon Sport Speargun (900 (90cm))
  • Stainless steel mecanism
  • 25 mm diameter aluminium barrel for a perfect flotation
  • Entry level version and Sport version

 

Just because you’ve not got hundreds of dollars to spend, there’s still plenty of great spearguns available for under $100. The trick is to do your research, and listen to the “old salts” like me who’ve put these spearguns through the works to recommend the best for you. I truly hope you can find a great speargun, even if it is a cheap speargun, and you get out in the water on your first dive soon. There’s nothing in the world quite like spearfishing, and nothing makes me happier than seeing all the new people trying it out.

Let me know how you go, and I’d love to see a pic of your first fish.

 

Happy spearin!

 

 

 

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The Best Speargun for Your Spearfishing Adventures

the best speargun for your spearfishing adventures

 

I’ve spent the better part of the last 30 years in the water, or dreaming about my next spearfishing adventure. And with spearfishing getting more and more popular, one question I get asked again and again is. What’s the best speargun to buy? With the help of a few spearfishing experts, we’ve created the best speargun buyers guide to answer this very question.

Over the last few months we interviewed every expert our team could get a hold of and put some of the best spearfishing brands to the test. We spent over 100 hours in the water testing these spearguns for ease of use, accuracy, distance and more to determine which speargun is actually the best.

Ready for it?

AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional Speargun

Editor’s Choice: Best Speargun “All Round”

The AB Biller Stainless Steel Pro is the best speargun for all round spearfishing. And what I love most is that it’s not going to break the bank, which is important if you’re only spearfishing every now and then. I’d opt for the 42″ (or the 48″ model if you’re a little taller) so you’re not going to need to upgrade your speargun when you start pushing out to deeper water. Either of these will be a great size for a speargun that can target most fish.

 

AB Biller SS42 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 42'
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AB Biller SS42 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 42"
  • Including hardened stainless spring steel shaft
  • Hardened stainless spring steel double Barb
  • Stainless steel speargun
 Click here to see the full details of our AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional Speargun Review.

 

It was a close race though. And what would a buying guide be without second place?

 

Rob Allen Tuna Railgun

Runner Up: Best Speargun “All Round”

Our runner up from the tests was the Rob Allen Tuna Railgun. It’s a South African brand, designed for power and durability. Highly accurate, this is one of my favorite speargun brands, but its railgun design means it’s a little bit noisier in the water. It’s also a little pricier. But it’s also a great buy if you’re looking for a speargun that will last you season after season. I’d recommend the 110 or 120 cm speargun.

 

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ROB ALLEN ALUMINUM TUNA RAILGUN SPEARGUN WITH OPEN MUZZLE - ALL LENGTHS (110CM)
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ROB ALLEN ALUMINUM TUNA RAILGUN SPEARGUN WITH OPEN MUZZLE - ALL LENGTHS (110CM)
  • Aircraft grade aluminum
  • Wall thickness of 1.45 millimeters
  • Latest Vecta 2 Trigger Mechanism
  • 2X POWER BANDS: 5/8" (16 millimeters)
  • 7mm Spring Steel Shaft

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Beuchat Espadon Sport

Best Speargun “Value for Money”

But I get that these two might not be the best speargun for those on a budget. If you’re wanting a cheap option to get started spearfishing the Beuchat Espadon Sport is by far the best speargun when you’re talking value for money, though you’re probably going to want to shorten the bands after your first few dives to give it a little more power. Oh, and it might be worth checking out our guide to the best pole spears if price is a concern, along with our round up of the cheapest spearguns on the market.

 

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Beuchat Espadon Sport Speargun (900 (90cm))
  • Stainless steel mecanism
  • 25 mm diameter aluminium barrel for a perfect flotation
  • Entry level version and Sport version

 

Riffe Euro Speargun

Best Speargun “Top of the Line”

On the other end of the scale there’s some truly beautiful spearguns out there. Spearguns that will give you more power, more distance in your shots, and have found that perfect balance between sturdiness and being able to actually track and target fish underwater. My personal favorite is the Riffe Euro Series. I’ve got the 130cm model. It’s my go-to speargun, with a beautifully crafted teak stock that still shines as bright as the day I bought it. Plus, there’s space to use three (3) rubber bands, giving more than enough power when I’m out chasing big fish. The gun pounds. And I’ve brought home some truly whopping fish with it.

 

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  • Low-Profile, 5 vertical laminate teak stock Models E-55 up to E110 come standard with 17/64(6.75mm) Hawaiian flopper Euroshaft (upgrades optional) Models E-110X up to E-130 come standard with 9/32(7.1mm) Hawaiian flopper Euroshaft Models E-110X up to E-130 have a thicker stock for increased strength (2) 5/8(16mm) Black RIFFE Gorilla Rubber power bands with 1000lb Spectra wishbone line (accepts up to (3) 9/16(14mm), (2) 5/8(16mm), or (2) 3/4(19mm) bands)

 

Any of these four spearguns are a great buy, and at the three different price points you should be able to find the best speargun for you. So, stop procrastinating. Order yours today and spend the next sunny weekend in the water. You can thank me later.

Happy spearin!

 

 

 

 

How we actually determined the “best speargun”

My name is Max Kelley. I grew up by a small beach in Australia, and every chance I could get I was in the water. It wasn’t long before I bought my first speargun, and over the last 30 years I’ve gotten a firsthand understanding of what makes a good speargun. Whether you’re shore diving or jumping off a boat to reach an offshore reef in 40 foot of water, there’s a few things to look out for, and I’d like to share them with you.

Because even if you’re not new to the sport it can be difficult to find the right speargun. Plus, there’s so many different models and styles. Brands to learn about. Reviews to read. It’s a tad overwhelming. I’ve bought my share of duds over the years. And it’s frustrating to see them only lasted a season or two before something goes seriously wrong.

Finding a good speargun is one of the most crucial decisions to make. Get the right speargun and you’ll start landing fish after fish. Spearfishing gets easier. Everything just seems to work. And I want to let you in on a little secret, the most expensive gun in the store isn’t always the best speargun.

 

The key types of speargun

A speargun isn’t the most complex piece of fishing gear. There are really only two choices when it comes to type. Those that use rubber bands to fire the shaft, and those that use air.

 

Pneumatic Speargun

A pneumatic speargun uses compressed air to fire the shaft. It’s very easy to use, simply shove the shaft into the speargun barrel, and as you push it in there’s a piston that stores this compressed air before the shaft clicks into place. Depending on the size of your pneumatic speargun it can hold anywhere from 15 to 30 bar of pressure. They do require a little practice to get your aim right, and good technique to load it, but these spearguns are often the go-to choose for beginners because they’re so easy to use and perfect for shallow reef spearfishing. Plus, you get more power in a shorter gun. If you’d like to read more we’ve done a round up of the best pneumatic spearguns here.

 

Banded Speargun

A banded speargun uses rubber bands to fire the shaft. It’s a little more cumbersome to load this type of speargun, especially if you’ve got more than one band on it. First you need to click the shaft into place, then you need to load the speargun by stretching out each band and securing it in place on the shaft. But there’s also a plus side. As you start targeting bigger and bigger fish, a banded speargun can be “overloaded” to produce more power than a similar pneumatic speargun. So, you can get a boost in power and send your shots further and further. For this reason, most spearfishing professionals use a banded speargun.

From here, there’s a few different styles you can choose for a band-powered speargun.

  • European spearguns are sleek and slim. They’re often produced in smaller sizes, to allow for greater maneuverability through the water, and feature thinner bands and a thinner shaft that’s usually 6 to 7.5mm wide. This makes them lighter, easier to load, and easier to use.
  • American spearguns are designed for power. The barrel stock is thicker, to allow for more pressure to be loaded onto the gun, with multiple bands and a thick 8 to 9mm shaft. They can feel a bit heavier in the water, but they’re more durable, and able to take down massive fish without concern for damaging the shaft.
  • The railgun. Consider these the bastard son of the European speargun. Taking the sleek and slim design of the European models, a metal rail is added for strength along the barrel, allowing thicker shafts to be fitted and more powerful bands. They’re noisy though. But they can pack a punch.

What I will say here is that unless you’re going to be shooting fish bigger than 10 to 15 pounds, the style of speargun isn’t really going to matter. Don’t get too caught up on it, and choose a speargun you feel comfortable with. Unless you’re wanting to land a monster. Then there’s a whole other guide we’ve got for you on the best blue-water spearguns.

 

Where are you planning to go spearfishing?

In this guide to the best spearguns we’ve made our recommendations based on what we believe most people will use their spearguns for. Unless you’ve got a boat to go offshore, or are crazy enough to jump off the end of your headland and swim a mile out to sea chasing a big pelagic, you’re probably just going to be kicking around the rocks in 5 to 20 feet of water. Which is fine. That’s where I started spearfishing, and remains one of my favorite areas to hunt.

For most people, these types of coastal areas are where they’ll be spearfishing. And it’s also important. Because you don’t need a massive speargun to be effective in these conditions. You will need something with a little maneuverability. One of the biggest factors here is the size of your speargun. 42 inches is just about perfect. Not too cumbersome, but big enough to give you power in your shots, and also to help you keep up if your friends happen to take you out on their boat for the day.

When we ran the tests for this guide we almost exclusively used 42 inch (or as close as possible) sized spearguns, with the factory stock sized rubber bands and shafts. There were a couple that we couldn’t get our hands on in time for our test, so we did improvise with other sized models, but this didn’t really affect the results as we had a clear first and second place winner for “best speargun.”

 

Think about the barrel you want on your speargun

At these kinds of sizes, the barrel material is more aesthetic than functional, so I’d recommend simply choosing the one you like the look of best. Some of my friends swear by wooden stock barrels, and whilst I agree they are lovely as hell, they can quickly add a couple hundred dollars to the price of your speargun. It’s not really for everybody. For the best bang for your buck, my advice is to go with a metal barrel, and is one of the key reasons we chose the AB Biller Stainless Steel Pro as our editor’s choice for best speargun.

 

Find a comfortable speargun handle to grip

Comfort is definitely key for me, especially if you’re planning on long shore dives. Where most cheap speargun models lose out is a poorly designed handle that’s not easy to hold over a long period of time. Try a few different spearguns and see how it is to grip, and remember that you’ll also be wearing gloves so a little breathing room is important. It needs to sit well in your hand, with your arm fully extended. Don’t be shy to try this in person. It’ll help you choose the best speargun.

 

Consider the safety aspects of the spearguns trigger

Within the handle the firing mechanism is also very important, as this is what locks the shaft into place. It needs to be strong and sturdy enough to prevent both misfires, while still being easy to flick the safety off and shoot. My advice is to find a speargun with a complete stainless-steel trigger mechanism. Plastic will wear and eventually misfire. And that could be a recipe for disaster for you or your diving buddy.

 

Understand your options for speargun shafts and tips

The speargun you buy will come with a factory stock shaft, and depending on the speargun it’ll range from 6.5 to 9mm thick. Obviously, a thinner shaft will be more prone to bending if you’re firing it into the rocks or trying to spear a much larger fish. The good news is you can replace shafts fairly easily, and most spearguns have the ability to accept a slightly larger size (depending of course on the manufacturers specifications). For those new to the sport or wanting a versatile speargun, I’d opt for an 8mm shaft. It’s what the AB Biller Stainless Steel Pro comes stock with, and is a nice balance between strength and speed.

For the tips, you’re probably best with a single flopper. This is also known as the Tahitian style, and has a single barb that hangs from one side of the shaft. I prefer these as they’re easy to remove, and perfect for targeting reef fish. But if you’re worried about losing your fish you could attach a double flopper for a little more security. The breakaway tip is the third option, but these are primarily to keep massive fish from bending your shaft. You’re not going to need that unless you’re spearfishing in deep water.

 

Testing the shortlisted spearguns for accuracy and distance

This was the most fun part of the day. Probably the most competitive too. We piled over thirty spearguns in my boat and headed out to a shallow bay for a little target practice. Instead of hunting fish we used an old wicker target held down by a bunch of lead spearfishing weights, and everyone got three shots of each gun. We ranked the spearguns on accuracy at 10 and 20 feet, as well as finding the maximum effective range for each. Long story short, once you’re within 10 feet of your intended target you’re going to smash it with any of our four recommended spearguns. And depending on your ability to predict where a fish will dodge, they’re all quite effective above this distance too. I would recommend shortening the stock bands though if you find there’s not enough “oomph” in your shots.

 

Know what you’re willing to spend on a speargun

What I love most about spearfishing is that you can get quality gear without needing to spend a fortune. The final cost of your speargun will of course depend on the brand, the materials used, and the size you’re after, but it’s very possible to find a great speargun for just a couple of hundred dollars. Like the AB Biller Stainless Steel Pro, or the Rob Allen Tuna Railgun. Most spearguns will fall somewhere in the range of $80 to $600+ so there really is the chance to find the right speargun for everybody. And if you take care of your equipment it’ll last a long time too. Think of it like an investment. One that allows you to bring home fresh fish after every successful dive. It’s definitely worth it.

It’s my hope that this guide to the best spearguns helps you make one of the best decisions you can make, to buy a speargun and start spearfishing. There’s nothing quite like the calm you feel while you’re hunting, and the excitement you’ll feel landing your first fish.

Happy spearin!

 

 

 

 

Beuchat Marlin Elite Speargun Review

After getting my hands on the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun I felt like a kid in a candy store. It’s a sleek designed speargun, light enough that it’s comfortable to track in the water, and it’s almost silent when you shoot.

It’s a great gun that I’d recommend to anyone wanting to invest in a speargun that’ll stand the test of time. Get the Marlin Elite if you’re wanting to spearfish around the headlands and are starting to push into deeper water.

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Why you should buy the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun

  • Patented “fast-lock” system makes it quick to reload
  • Polyurethane barrel cover reduces almost all firing noise
  • Moulded barrel shape helps the speargun easily track in the water
  • Bargain at this price point for those looking to upgrade to a quality speargun

 

Behind the brand

After developing a passion for spearfishing, George Beuchat started researching ways to better explore the underwater world. The first innovation of many was a mask that allowed divers to equalize on the way down, followed by a pair of jet fins to better swim through the water. This culture of innovation continues in the Beuchat company to this date.

Beuchat Spearguns

The Beuchat company produce a wide variety of spearguns to suit the needs of spearo’s at all types of experience. I’m also a fan of the Marlin Carbon, and they’ve got a great beginners gun, the Espadon. The Marlin Elite is one of their mid-range speargun models, and today I’ll be reviewing the 105cm model, after a weekend spent spearfishing with it.

The Beuchat Marlin Elite Speargun

What I liked best after using this speargun is how quiet it is when you shoot. The aluminum barrel has been cast with polyurethane foam which cuts down the scrape and strike you normally get with a metal speargun. This also helps keep it level and buoyant while you’re spearfishing.

The Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun comes in sizes from 75cm to 105cm, and uses their revolutionary fast-lock system for their QRS shafts. It’s so quick to load. I’ve been rather impressed after getting used to this speargun, at both how easy it is to use when you’re spearfishing, and it being still in an “affordable” price bracket.

Price

The cost of the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun will differ based on the length of the gun you want to buy. As an example the 105cm model I had my hands on is as follows:

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General specs of the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun

  • 28mm aluminum barrel with polyurethane molded cover to reduce noise
  • Barrel has cuttlefish shape to aid lateral movement through the water
  • QRS fast-locking integrated shaft system for quick reloads
  • Can fit two 20mm rubber bands for increased power when spearfishing
  • Marlin 30 degree pistol grip for a handle that’s comfortable to spearfish with

 

The handle

The handle on the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun is made from nylon polycarbonate resin, which makes it tough, and it’s quite comfortable to hold with a nice 30 degree angle. Plus, you can easily swap out the lateral line of the handle to either the left or right side depending on your preference when you’re spearfishing, which is a benefit many speargun manufacturers don’t offer.

The trigger

Within the trigger mechanism the maximum resistance is 290kg which is far more than what I’m loading on my gun. About 6 times in fact, with the 18.3mm bands the Beuchat Marlin Elite comes standard with. I’ve since swapped these out to shorter 20mm bands, and noticed that the trigger is still light to pull, which is just how it like it. You don’t want to be struggling with a difficult trigger when you need to make a shot.

The shaft

The Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun comes standard with a 6.7mm spring steel, stainless steel shaft. It’s setup Tahitian style, which is a single barb on the top of the shaft. I’d stick with this size shaft in the speargun, so you can make use of the integrated rail and the QRS fast-loading system.

The barrel

This is where the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun really shines. It’s a 28mm aluminium barrel that’s been covered with molded poilyurethane. Essentially changing the shape from a pure cylinder to a cuttlefish shape, which makes it easier to track fish to the left and right when you’re spearfishing. This cover also helps the gun float.

The muzzle

On the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun you’ll find their unique Marlin muzzle that was designed by the brand and is used on a number of their spearguns. It’s an automatic locking mechanism, which helps you to reload faster because all you need to do is set the shaft back into the trigger mechanism and “click” the spear into place. Saving you vital seconds which may just make a difference when you’ve got to get a quick second shot out to catch that prize fish.

How it actually feels to use

In the water, I was surprised at how light the gun felt, and can confirm about the benefits of the cuttlefish-styled barrel. Despite being a longer gun (I was trialing the 105cm speargun), I didn’t have any difficulties panning left and right to increase my visibility when I was spearfishing.

What I would recommend is swapping out the bands for thicker 20mm. I also shortened these a tad, as it makes it a bit more difficult to load, but the extra few feet of range can make all the difference in taking your catch home at the end of the day.

The best part though is the noise reduction. Normally with an aluminum gun, each shot you take comes with a grating “metal-on-metal” noise as the stainless-steel shaft slides along the metal rails of your gun. I’ve spooked and lost fish when this happens, which is never a good outcome. Compared to most other metal spearguns I’ve used, the Beuchat Marlin Elite is almost silent.

The downsides

One of the biggest drawbacks with the design of the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun is the loading pad on the handle. It’s just not comfortable, and you want to be sure you’ve got some padding in your suit if you’re chest-reloading like I do. With shortened 20mm bands, I had significantly more bruising after a couple of dives with this speargun.

I’ve also got to mention the trigger. It’s not a drawback for me, as I like a light pull, but I had a couple of mates also try this speargun and they came back with the same comments. The trigger is a bit light, and there’s a lot of “slop” before the firing mechanism activates.

The results

Overall, I’ve been rather happy with the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun. It’s a good asset to have in your arsenal and it’s not one of the most expensive spearguns either.

I’d recommend it when you’re looking for a shore-diving gun, to kick out around the reefs and headlands. It’s been designed well, and whilst it isn’t a big railgun like the Rob Allen Tuna, or even Beuchat’s own Marlin Carbon, it’s accurate, deadly, and you’ll catch a ton of fish with it when you’re spearfishing. So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on the Beuchat Marlin Elite speargun today, and go catch a decent feed of fish.

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Happy spearin’

Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun Review

The Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic speargun is hands down one of my favorite pneumatic spearguns to spearfish with. It uses compressed air to shoot the shaft out of the barrel, and packs a rather impressive punch for such a small speargun. All up, it’s a rather impressive speargun if you’re looking for a pneumatic model, that I’d recommend without a doubt to beginners or even intermediate spearos looking to upgrade.

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Why you should buy the Mares Cyrano Pneumatic speargun

  • Tapered barrel adds volume for power while being easy to use underwater
  • Easy adjustor to tighten the pressure on the trigger
  • Highly accurate straight out of the box for those wanting a no-fuss speargun

 

Behind the brand

Mares is a brand you’ll see again and again in the spearfishing world, after their founder, Ludovico Mares started designing masks and spearguns in Italy back in 1949. What started as a tiny factory in Rapallo has grown into one of the largest dive companies, who are consistently pushing the boundaries of what we humans can achieve underwater. Simply put, they know what they’re doing when it comes to building and manufacturing great spearguns.

Mares Spearguns

I’ve been consistently impressed with the team at Mares in pushing out quality spearguns again and again. In separate posts we’ve reviewed their Viper Pro, Bandit, Sniper, Sten Pneumatic, and of course the Cyrano which I’m reviewing today.

The Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun

This last weekend I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun. It’s a strong and durable little gun, and what I liked most was how easy it was to load when I was spearfishing out and around the reef.

The most distinctive feature of this speargun is the tapered barrel, which has been crafted to add additional air volume into the barrel, and give you more power when you’re spearfishing. I also found that it shot fast and true, and it was relatively easy to track fish while I was diving.

There’s three different sizes of Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic spearguns, from 100cm to 120cm, and I’m basing this review on the 110cm model.

Price

The cost of the Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun will differ based on the length of the gun you want to buy.

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General specs of the Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun

  • 11mm Aluminum barrel with two-piece head and angled water drainage channels
  • Internal barrel is set off-axis to ensure a natural aim while retaining accuracy
  • Can disarm the safety switch with one finger
  • Adjustable trigger to accommodate a variety of different hand shapes and sizes
  • Trigger squeeze pressure is also adjustable to your preference
  • Pre-formed handle is comfortable and easily sits in your grip
  • Can operate at 24 bars of pressure
  • Comes fitted with a 7mm Tahitian shaft (single barb)

The handle

The Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun shares the same handle and trigger as the Cyrano Evo HF model, which I’ve found to be comfortable and easy to grip. It’s been performed to fit easily within your hand, and you can adjust the trigger distance to the handle which is a nice touch. It’s also got a sturdy connector rung on the butt of the handle, to attach your float line, or whatever you like here.

The trigger

The trigger is highly sensitive, and Mares have given spearo’s the option to dial this down a touch with an adjustable screw in the handle. Personally, I like a tough trigger squeeze, so I had to dial the sensitivity down from the factory settings. Afterwards, it worked perfectly.

The shaft

Off the shelf the Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun comes with a threaded 7mm Tahitian shaft. I swapped this out after my first dive for one that’s just a bit bigger (7.14mm) as it felt a little too light and I had bounced off one of my speared fish. Using it now I am able to get a little more power, which is great), but it feels a little more imbalanced in the water.

The barrel

Remember how I said I’m a big fan of Mares? Here’s where the Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun really shines. It’s sleek, streamlined, and has a tapered tip that adds a heap more air volume to the gun, which means you’re able to pump it up for more powerful shots. The outer barrel has a 40mm diameter, which tapers down to a lighter, single piece muzzle.

The muzzle

The tapered tip of the speargun makes it lightweight and easy to track fish in the water, while still being easy to locate the end of the barrel and reload the speargun. What’s great is how the barrel has been offset, I found this really helped my accuracy when using this, and I was able to land 7 out of 8 fish, from only 8 shots. I’m surprised at how accurate it is, especially as it’s a completely new gun.

How it actually feels to use

Overall, I’ve been really impressed with the Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun. It’s light in the water and tracks well, making it the perfect pneumatic speargun to use around the reefs and headlands where I’m chasing small to mid-sized fish.

After I swapped out and upgraded the shaft I was still able to maintain accuracy, and there was just a little more “oomph” to my shots. It’s probably just a personal preference, but it made me much more comfortable with the gun in the water, even if the slightly longer shaft did knock out the balance of the gun. I was able to consistently land fish up to 10 feet away.

Now being a pneumatic speargun, it works by setting the pressure of the barrel to power your shots. Kind of like an underwater air rifle. Using just 15 bar of pressure it’s easy to load the spear into the shaft by hand, but as soon as you start pushing this up to 20 or 24 bar (the recommended pressure of the speargun), it’s going to get a little trickier. There’s an extended loader you can buy to make reloads easier, if you’re needing the extra range and power of the higher pressure, it’s a good buy.

Compared to my railguns and spearguns, the sound when you fire is probably slightly less noisy, but there is still a sound. It’s like a “thunk” of air and pressure as opposed to the “snap” you get when you release on a rubber-powered speargun.

What I particularly liked though was the handle. It’s comfortable, easy to grip, and adjustable so you’re able to modify both the position of the trigger, and its sensitivity. If you buy this speargun, looking for a tough, and easy to use pneumatic speargun, I have no doubt you’ll be happy with it.

The downsides

Of course, there’s no such thing as a perfect speargun (well almost), and there’s a couple of things I didn’t like about the Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic speargun.

The first is the line holder. It’s not so easy to “click” it back into place, and without doing so you’re not going to be able to reload the speargun. You’ve got to make sure you hear the click each time when you’re securing it back before reloading.

It’s also got far too many moving parts. As opposed to a simple wooden speargun, there’s far more things that can go wrong with a pneumatic gun. I’ve heard friends talking about shafts that won’t secure when reloading, to misfires and issues with trigger sensitivity. Personally, I haven’t experienced these with my gun, so I can only pass on one piece of very important information. If your gun is doing something dangerous, like misfiring if you bump the shaft. Something is seriously wrong. Take it to your local distributer or get in touch with the manufacturer, and get it fixed.

The results

Overall, this is a lovely little gun. It packs a decent amount of power, and is probably one of the most accurate spearguns I have shot straight out of the box. It feels natural, and makes it very easy to go spearfishing and bring home a decent feed of fish. The Mares Cyrano Evo Pneumatic Speargun feels strong and durable in your hands, and the size of the internal barrel means it’s easy to swap out and use a variety of different shafts. For the price tag, it’s one of the best in class, and highly recommended if you’re looking for a pneumatic speargun.

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Happy spearin’

Cressi Mohicano Speargun Review

I’ve got to admit, I rather like the design of the Cressi Mohicano Speargun, especially their Camo model. Even if you’re just getting started, it’s a good speargun to buy. It’s lightweight, packs a punch, and is available in a variety of different sizes, so you can easily track and stalk fish even if you’re just spearfishing from the shore.

What sold me however was the integrated rail that runs along the top. Whilst a little smaller than I imagined, it helps the shaft fly true when you’re spearfishing. Every shot you take is accurate. Get yours now.

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Cressi Mohicano Speargun - 75cm
  • Mohicano is a gun for fast fishing with optimum maneuverability due to its tube ø26 mm rustproof aluminum with innovated section particularly rigid.
  • The included muzzle will handle regular and circular bands. Parallel elastic band ø 16 mm.
  • Rigged and reinforced barrel with shaft guide. Camouflage treatment. Notched shaft ø 6.0 mm included.
  • The anatomical white grip allows for a stronger arm and wrist position for shot and white makes for easy spotting if happens to drop the speargun.
  • The Mohicano is designed and made in Italy by Cressi, brand pioneer in Scuba Diving, Freediving and Spearfishing equipment.

Why you should buy the Cressi Mohicano speargun

  • Integrated rail in the barrel improves accuracy
  • Low-profile muzzle makes it easy to track fish underwater
  • Perfect off-the-shelf speargun to buy and get in the water fast

 

Behind the brand

As two brothers started crafting the spearguns and masks they needed to hunt fish underwater, the Cressi brand was born. Back in 1938 in a small little town in Italy. These days the business is still in the family, and they’ve grown to be a major player offering a whole range of underwater gear. We owe the first freediving fins to Cressi, along with a number of innovations in underwater tech. Their success comes from their passion for the underwater world, which is reflected in all of their products.

Cressi Spearguns

The team at Cressi have designed and manufacture a number of different spearguns. The Comanche speargun is a basic little speargun that’s great for beginners, while their Geronimo is a step up from the Mohicano, I’ve gotta say I rather enjoyed shooting with this gun.

The Cressi Mohicano Speargun

You can get the Cressi Mohicano speargun in sizes ranging from 60cm to 95cm. It’s been designed for fast fishing, with a 26mm barrel (that’s a bit thinner than normal), supported by an integrated rail to keep your shots flying straight and true. In practice, it’s a smaller gun, but it doesn’t feel like it because it’s so solid. In today’s review, I’m covering the 75cm model, what I believe is the perfect size for exploring around the headland and reef that’s at one end of my beach.

Price

The cost of the Cressi Mohicano Speargun will differ based on the length of the gun you want to buy.

Cressi Mohicano Speargun - 75cm
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Cressi Mohicano Speargun - 75cm
  • Mohicano is a gun for fast fishing with optimum maneuverability due to its tube ø26 mm rustproof aluminum with innovated section particularly rigid.
  • The included muzzle will handle regular and circular bands. Parallel elastic band ø 16 mm.
  • Rigged and reinforced barrel with shaft guide. Camouflage treatment. Notched shaft ø 6.0 mm included.
  • The anatomical white grip allows for a stronger arm and wrist position for shot and white makes for easy spotting if happens to drop the speargun.
  • The Mohicano is designed and made in Italy by Cressi, brand pioneer in Scuba Diving, Freediving and Spearfishing equipment.

 

 

General specs of the Cressi Mohicano Speargun

  • 26mm aluminum barrel with integrated rail for additional strength
  • Low-profile muzzle for easy aim and traction while spearfishing
  • Camoflague coloring on barrel adds stealth while spearfishing
  • Band position is streamlined to aid visibility
  • Anatomical grip with chest loading pad
  • Comes with 16mm rubber bands (screw-in) along with space for additional bands
  • Comes with a 6mm stainless steel notched shaft

The handle

The Mohicano speargun builds on the success Cressi have had with their Apache series, and employs the same handle in both. It’s moulded from a new generation of thermoplastic which makes it both lightweight yet strong, and is rugged enough to hold up against the rigors of spearfishing in the open ocean. There’s a reloading pad added to the butt of the handle to aid with loading, and there’s space already to add a reel on.

The trigger

The moulded handle makes it a comfortable grip with the trigger, and I’ve not had any issues with misfires like a few other’s I’ve heard about. Of course, if you ever experience anything like this, take it back to your local spearfishing store and get it checked, Cressi have a limited 12 month warranty to fix any defective spearguns. What does happen sometimes though is the shaft doesn’t always set in right when reloading, so you’ve got to ensure it “clicks.”

The shaft

The Cressi Mohicano speargun comes with a 6mm stainless steel shaft, with notches for the wishbone. There’s a single flopper barb on the tip, and I found that while I normally prefer a thicker shaft, this performed really well with the stock setup that comes with the gun.

The barrel

Designed to be a low friction barrel, the integrated rail ensures the smallest amount of the shaft runs along the guides. It’s been camouflaged to help with spearfishing in both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and what I particularly like the position of the screw-in bands along either side of the shaft. It helps to keep your shaft flying straight, while ensuring you have maximum visibility.

The muzzle

The compact muzzle has a couple of features I like. In addition to the two slots to screw-in the bands, there’s space to add a second rubber if you’re looking to add more power to your gun. Personally though, I found that for reef spearfishing off the shore the stock 16mm band the gun comes with gives more than enough power and range. Cressi have also increased the ease of reloading, by adding a larger gradient to the shaft entry slot. There’s a lot more “give” which makes it easy to get the shaft back into the gun.

How it actually feels to use

Underwater the Cressi Mohicano speargun is light, tracks well through the water, and is relatively quick to reload again and again. I like how solid the speargun feels, despite having a thinner barrel than most I’ve used, the rail Cressi have added makes it rigid and tough.

Off the shelf, I don’t think there’s much you need to upgrade to make this a neat little gun for spearfishing. The bands combined with the 6mm shaft mean you’re able to get a good amount of power and range, though you could always shorten these a tad for a bit more boost.

What I would recommend is to avoid any shots where you may send the shaft into any hard objects, like a rock wall or the inside of a cave. I haven’t bent mine yet, but it’s probably just a matter of time.

The downsides

One of the only concerns I have with the Cressi Mohican speargun is the loading plate. It’s just a tad small, so if you’ve got shortened bands or overloaded your gun with a second set of bands on there, you can get a little sore after constantly reloading.

I’m also not a fan of the plastic trigger mechanism. It just doesn’t feel as solid as a speargun with a stainless steel trigger. It’s also a little clunky to pull, and there’s no way to adjust the sensitivity. Personally, I prefer a lighter touch on the trigger.

Finally, the stock wishbands that come with the gun are jointed which can take a little getting used to if you’ve not had these before. It’s a bit trickier to reload than bands with a standard wishbone, but they do allow for a much more streamlined setup. This helps improve accuracy when you’re shooting, but they are a downside if you’ve never used these before.

The results

All up, the Cressi Mohicano speargun is a nifty little gun that’s pretty easy to use in the water. If you’re looking to get your first speargun it’s a good buy, not the cheapest in the market, but it’s not overly expensive either. It’s quick to shoot and reload, and if you’re looking to add more power as your skills improve its easy to either shorten the bands or add a second rubber.

The streamlined muzzle and thinner barrel is a plus in a smaller speargun, as it makes it much easier to handle. There’s space to add a reel once you start pushing out into deeper water, and I reckon it’s a great buy for both beginners and intermediate spearo’s alike.

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Happy spearin’

Cressi Comanche Speargun Review

When you’re looking for an entry-level speargun, you can’t really go wrong with the Cressi Comanche Speargun. It’s designed for accuracy and ease of use, without all the fancy bells and whistles that you don’t really need to just head out into the ocean and catch some fish.

All up, I doubt you’ll find a better speargun at this price range, as Cressi have put together a decent gun that’s wonderful to use underwater, and accurate to shoot with. So do yourself a favor. If you’ve been wanting to get started spearfishing, order one of these spearguns and you’ll be good to go.

Cressi Comanche Spearfishing Speargun-35.4 inch (90 cm)
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Cressi Comanche Spearfishing Speargun-35.4 inch (90 cm)
  • Comanche is the world champion spear gun, the result of continuous fine-tuning and pursuit of perfection.
  • Very gentle shaft release system, ring for the line, sternal support for reloading, dovetail triggering for the reel.
  • The standard bands are black, highly reactive and quick, with a diameter of 16 mm and articulated wishbone.
  • Special, anti-corrosion aluminum tubes eliminate any bending of the barrel, even on the long models: Ø 28 mm.
  • Special handle angle to increase the shot's precision.

Why you should buy the Cressi Comanche speargun

  • Easy reloading with a padded butt and space for a reel
  • Sealed barrel and will float once spear is discharged
  • Perfect price for beginners or those looking for a cheap speargun

Behind the brand

Cressi are one of the brands that have been dominating underwater sports for years on end. Two brothers, Nanni and Elgidio Cressi started making their own spearguns and masks back in 1938 in a little town in Italy, and the company has only grown since then.

Today Cressi offers a wide range of equipment for snorkelling, freediving, spearfishing and SCUBA alike, and is still run by the same family. What remains is their passion for the underwater world, which is reflected in all of their products.

Cressi Spearguns

As you would expect, there’s a number of different spearguns in the Cressi range. The Geronimo and the Geronimo Pro are similar, differing mostly on the sizes available. The SL Star is their pneumatic gas powered gun and is a great little speargun, and they’ve also got an Apache which is a good speargun for beginners. Today though, we’re looking at Cressi’s Comanche Speargun, one of my favorites in their range.

The Cressi Comanche Speargun

Available in lengths from 60cm (23.6″) to 110cm (43.4″), what you need to be careful of when looking at Cressi’s guns is their measuring system. Here, 60cm is the length the rubber stretches, so you’ll find the spearguns to be a bit bigger than you may expect after ordering.

For a speargun, the Cressi Comanche Speargun is a great deal. It’s aluminium barrel is strong, and the compact muzzle makes it easy to both track fish underwater and to aim correctly at your targets. You can fit up to two 20mm rubber bands on the gun, giving it more than enough power to hit your intended fish. Today, I’m reviewing the 60cm model speargun. All up, I believe it’s a great little speargun for the recreational or casual spearo.

Price

The cost of the Cressi Comanche Speargun will differ based on the length of the gun you want to buy.

Cressi Comanche Spearfishing Speargun-35.4 inch (90 cm)
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Cressi Comanche Spearfishing Speargun-35.4 inch (90 cm)
  • Comanche is the world champion spear gun, the result of continuous fine-tuning and pursuit of perfection.
  • Very gentle shaft release system, ring for the line, sternal support for reloading, dovetail triggering for the reel.
  • The standard bands are black, highly reactive and quick, with a diameter of 16 mm and articulated wishbone.
  • Special, anti-corrosion aluminum tubes eliminate any bending of the barrel, even on the long models: Ø 28 mm.
  • Special handle angle to increase the shot's precision.

 

General specs of the Cressi Comanche speargun

  • Aerodynamic muzzle that accommodates up to 20mm screw-in Cressi bands
  • Muzzle design allows for a second rubber band to be added for additional power
  • Anti-corrosion aluminium tube barrel that’s sealed for buoyancy
  • Comes with a 6.5mm stainless steel shaft with flopper (or 7mm with screw-on tip)
  • Rubber butt extension on the handle makes for fast and easy loading

The handle

Following Cressi’s success with their Apache series of spearguns, the Comanche makes use of the best learnings. The handle is molded from a new generation of thermoplastic which makes it both lightweight yet strong, and is rugged enough to hold up against hard wear. What’s nice is the soft butt on the speargun which makes reloading easy, and there’s an easy spot to affix a reel.

The trigger

Exactly what you’d expect on a sub $300 speargun, the trigger mechanics have held up find for me so far. A few people have commented about troubles they’ve had with the springs creating misfires, but I didn’t experience this at all myself. I’d just recommend a bit of common sense. If something doesn’t feel right, take it down to your local spearfishing store and get it checked, or send it back to Cressi as they’ve got a limited 12 month warranty to fix any defects.

The shaft

Out of the box the 60cm speargun comes with a 6.5mm shaft that’s not really all that impressive. The flopper is a little too big which cuts down on its aerodynamics, and I actually bent the spear after hitting a rock on my second dive. Not enough to ruin it, but it started throwing the accuracy off so I replaced it with a different shaft.

The barrel

The barrels on the Cressi Comanche speargun are made from high quality anodized aluminium which is perfect for marine use. Plugs seal the barrel to keep the speargun buoyant underwater, making it easy to track and aim with every shot.

The muzzle

The streamlined and hydrodynamic muzzle makes it easy to track your fish, and there’s a screw-in system to connect your bands. These are positioned either side of the shaft to give you an optimal forward thrust with every shot, as well as the ability to easily target your prey. If you don’t like the Cressi bands you can swap out the muzzle for an open end one, but I find it’s plenty. What I would recommend though is upgrading the 16mm bands to 20mm, to give your shots a little more punch.

How it actually feels to use

After getting the Cressi Comanche speargun in the water I was rather impressed. For a cheap gun it holds up well, and off the shelf I was getting good power up to about 6 feet. Which for a 60cm gun isn’t bad, and is plenty far enough as I bought this gun as a cheap little cave hunter.

What I would recommend though is upgrading the shaft. I knocked it hard into a shelf of rock on my second dive, and the stock shaft that came with the gun bent just enough to throw off the accuracy. I replaced mine with a 100cm Rob Allen spring-steel shaft, and I’ve not had a problem since.

Despite the cheaper feeling plastic handle I’ve not had any issues with the trigger mechanism or the safety, though I did notice the shaft doesn’t always “click” in properly and you might need to wiggle it around until the safety catches.

It’s nice the speargun actually floats once the spear is discharged, as in some of these cheaper models I’ve found that the plugs that seal the barrel actually leak, and the gun fills up with water. I’ve not had this problem at all with the Cressi Comanche speargun. All up, it’s been a durable gun, that for the price is almost unmatched in the industry.

Of course, it’s not suitable for big game hunting, but for getting into those tight spots where I knew I’d scratch up the gun and probably bend the shaft, it was the right amount of money to spend.

The downsides

Being a cheaper gun it’s to be expected that this speargun doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles, but it’s a downside none the less. The main thing that was annoying was the missing bungee on the shaft line, which I had to add in myself after I snapped it off.

A handful of other customers of the gun have complained about the difficulty loading the gun, however I have had zero problems so far, compared to some of my bigger guns it’s rather simple to snap the bands into place. Most average guys should be able to load this without issue, though if you’re stuck I recommend checking out the instructional videos that demonstrate “how to load a euro speargun.”

The results

Overall, I’m rather impressed with this gun for the price range it’s in. You cannot expect it to hold up against the more premium spearguns like the Rob Allen Tuna Railgun or the Riffe Padauk, because they’re simply in a different league. My advice is to get a Cressi Comanche speargun when you’re just getting into spearfishing or wanting to upgrade from your pole spear, as it’s the best speargun in the entry-level price range. All up, a rather fantastic gun for the price you pay, and I’m happy with mine that’s for sure.

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Happy spearin’

AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional Speargun Review

The AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional speargun has everything you could want in a speargun, as they’ve taken the features we all know and love from their wood spearguns and incorporated them into a stainless steel model that’s sturdier than ever.

All up, it’s a quality weapon and one that I’d recommend for both beginners and even intermediate spearos when you’re looking to buy a new speargun. It’s also why it topped our list of the best spearguns to buy.

AB Biller SS42 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 42'
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AB Biller SS42 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 42"
  • Including hardened stainless spring steel shaft
  • Hardened stainless spring steel double Barb
  • Stainless steel speargun

Why you should buy the AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional speargun

  • Stainless steel trigger mechanism can be overloaded for more power
  • All the features of the brand’s wooden spearguns without the hefty price tag
  • Comes standard with an 8mm shaft that’s study as hell and easy to replace tips
  • Good to go right out of the box, and for a quick win you can shorten the bands for more power

Behind the brand

AB Biller builds their spearguns in the USA, and has provided the spearguns for many national and state spearfishing champions, which has quickly established them as a solid brand in the spearfishing community. Their guns fit a nice niche for beginners and intermediate spearo’s looking for a higher quality speargun without a hefty price tag, and they’ve got a variety of different models.

AB Biller Spearguns

You’ll find spearos with AB Biller spearguns all over the world. The range of spearguns available from AB Biller is typically named based on the materials used in the barrel.

Hence, the AB Biller Teak spearguns, AB Biller Paduak spearguns and AB Biller Mahogany spearguns are all constructed in the same way, and feature identical stainless steel trigger mechanisms, it’s just the barrel material that differs. What makes these spearguns great is their neutral buoyancy underwater, and the fact the wood absorbs both the recoil of the gun and muffles the sound of every shot.

They’ve also put together a limited edition speargun which is perfect for deep blue hunting, and the floridian which was specifically crafted based on real customer feedback. But today we’re looking into the AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional speargun, which has all the benefits of the wooden guns, and at 42 inches is a perfect speargun for swimming around the reef.

The AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional Speargun

Equipped with all the features we know and love from AB Biller’s wooden spearguns, the Stainless Steel Professional is a decent speargun that will serve both beginners and intermediate spearos well.

Along the barrel there’s nylon guide rings to reduce any noise from the shaft hitting the metal, and also keeps your shots accurate and flying true. Off the shelf it comes with two 14mm bands, which are easily upgraded to 16mm if you’re looking for a little more power.

The speargun is available in sizes from 24 to 54 inches (61 to 137cm) making it a versatile gun that will suit you both in close to shore hunting, as well as chasing the big pelagics as you head further offshore to deeper diving sites. Today, I’m reviewing the 42 inch (107cm) version of the AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional speargun.

Price

The cost of the AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional speargun will differ based on the length of the gun you want to buy. I chose the 42 inch model for this review.

AB Biller SS42 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 42'
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AB Biller SS42 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 42"
  • Including hardened stainless spring steel shaft
  • Hardened stainless spring steel double Barb
  • Stainless steel speargun

 

General specs of the AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional

  • Open muzzle that can accommodate up to three 16mm bands
  • Stainless steel barrel that’s plugged for buoyancy
  • Comes with a 8mm stainless spring steel shaft and screw on tip
  • Silent safety switch with their patented design for one-handed operations
  • Stainless steel trigger mechanism for a smooth and reliable shot
AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional speargun handle in detail

Image Credit: The AB Biller Company

The handle

The handle on the AB Biller Stainless Steel speargun is comfortable to grip, and I especially like the protector for your fingers. The safety switch is interchangeable, and you can set this speargun up for single handed shooting whether you’re a lefty or right handed. What I really liked though was the rubber butt of the gun, which makes it very comfortable when reloading on your hip.

The trigger

The trigger mechanism is completely stainless steel, and solid enough to hold up to the stress of adding larger bands, though I probably wouldn’t put three shortened 20mm bands on there. It’s a little bit too far from what the manufacturer recommends. I do overload mine though, as I like having a little bit more oomph in my shots, and I’ve not yet noticed any problems.

The spear

The shaft is hardened stainless spring steel, and comes standard with an 8mm shaft. It’s got a thread to attach the spear tip, which I didn’t particularly like as it kept coming unwound. To fix it I had to wrap a little plumbers tape around the thread, and use a pair of pliers to wind the tip on.

The barrel

In keeping with the naming trend of their spearguns, the barrel of the AB Biller Stainless Steel Professional speargun is made from stainless steel, that’s been plugged to prevent water entering the chamber. Off the shelf it’s rated to withstand pressure up to 200 feet, and I’ve taken mine on more than a few dives and the chamber is still water free. Along the barrel there are plastic guides to keep the shaft from scraping against the metal, I’ve got two on my gun but the bigger ones have three.

The muzzle

The open muzzle on the gun is made from a heavy plastic, with a slot opening that makes it easy to change out your rubber bands.

How it actually feels to use

Overall, I rather enjoy using this speargun when I’m kicking around the headlands. I’ve heard that the longer ones can get a little heavy underwater, but the 42 inch gun was comfortable in my hands, even with my habit of having it out and ready to shoot throughout my entire dives.

After swapping out the bands for three 16mm replacements the speargun shoots extremely fast, and I was impressed that this didn’t affect the accuracy. There was no flex and it was still shooting deadly straight. The safety switch is easy to flick on and off, and the trigger is just a little stiff, but not as tight as some of the other guns I’ve shot with. All up, it was effective to a range of about 10 feet.

What I particularly liked though was the rubber butt. It’s comfortable, and makes reloading the speargun easy, especially if you’re new to spearfishing.

The downsides

There are two big downsides with this gun. The bands that come stock are not powerful enough, so you’ll need to replace these fairly quickly if you want a decent chance of catching anything at a distance. I swapped mine out after my first dive with the gun and it made a big difference.

Second, was the ballast. Even without the shaft loaded the gun still sinks, which can make it a little nerve-wracking to reload if you’ve not got it attached to something (like your float line). Don’t ever attach your speargun to yourself people, that’s just not safe.

The results

Overall, I am rather happy with this purchase and I would happily recommend this gun as the best in class. It’s comfortable to hold and reload, and for the price, you’d be hard pressed to find a better speargun. It’s ready to go out-of-the-box, though you’ll need to power it up before you do any serious spearfishing with the AB Biller Stainless Steel professional speargun, and if you’re a fan of the brand be sure to check out my reviews on the Padauk, Teak and Mahogany spearguns AB Biller has too. They’re all good little guns.

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