What is the best kind of speargun? The answer is considerably easier than you might think. Simply ask that question on any of the chat rooms, sorry, forums and you’ll get an immediate, highlyeducated opinion based on unequaled experience and unrivaled knowledge from a guy who just bought his
first speargun two weeks prior and has used it three times. Or maybe, from a guy who has been diving his whole life and is still using the same gun passed down from his greatgreatgrandfather. You might even (and most likely will) get irrefutable evidence about a very specific “mostamazinggunevermadebyfar” gun from a guy who is on his 78 the “mostamazinggunevermadebyfar”gun. Soon to be sold to make room for 79 th . To complicate matters (wait, did I say this was going to be easy?) further, the newbie bought his gun based upon a recommendation from the crusty old fart who scoffs at the thought that there could possibly be any need for a design change on a gun that was created in the 1920’s and “kicks like a mule!” and, not to mention, the third guy has, within the time it took to write the last two sentences, already sold the 79 th gun and purchased the 80 th . And so the participants begin treading water (pardon the pun) in a sea of misinformation, unfounded “facts”, confusion, anger, and some not so clever name calling in what will eventually be a four page thread that will leave the original inquirer on the floor with his thumb in his mouth, in the fetal position, wishing he had never posed the question in the first place. And, of course, still without a viable answer.
But fret not my friend. I’m going to give the REAL answer. Not just because I’m qualified by the fact that I’ve been told by dozens of gun makers that next to their gun, I build the “second best gun in the world”, but because I actually know the answer. First, though, I’m going to ask you to open your mind
a bit for some Zen shit. You see, it’s not about rear handle vs. midhandle or flopper vs. sliptip or composite vs. wood or any other _____ vs. _____ . It’s not about the gun. Sure, there are all kinds of physics, geometry and other principles (conditions) behind what works and what doesn’t, but, ultimately, it’s about you. It’s about what works for you. It’s about that amazing experience for example; of when you got your personal best. It’s about the stone shot on a 64 pound wahoo while you watched the twenty other fish on the school circle around it. It’s about the second or third or even sixth gun you tried and your connection to that gun. It’s about the stoke you felt when you had the most magical day of your spearfishing life and couldn’t miss. It’s about being in “the zone” with your trusty 100%er, again and again. Only in that moment does it then become about the “best kind of speargun”.
Remember, what works for you might not work for the next guy. A hybrid doesn’t suck because another guy says it does, it’s awesome because you shoot a lot of fish and the experience of that makes you think it is. A Eurogun isn’t weak because some guy missed a twenty foot shot but is still going to try the next time with an identical result and response of indignant disbelief; it’s powerful because you made a full-penetrating spine shot from twelve feet away for the fifth time that day. And, at the risk of beating a dead horse, a large custom isn’t bulky and unmaneuverable because some idiot isn’t smart enough to shave two pounds off of his belt and hunt in a soldieratarms position!
Don’t get sucked into being part of the collective uneducated opinion while on your journey. I know some guys are well intentioned and want to help, but the “slower” fish in the opinion pool can be hard to swallow when there are dozens of them and all you really want are the few healthy ones. And, you definitely don’t want to become one of them; don’t be the insecure guy blabbing on every thread about why someone’s personal experience and results with their favorite gun are all wrong and why the one they own (probably because it was purchased on sale) or built themselves is the best. Try things for yourself. It’s okay to seek the opinions of others but don’t be afraid to go with your gut too. It’s okay to voice your opinion but don’t push it on others. Don’t be afraid to make changes, experiment and try different guns. Don’t “blame” for misses and “claim” for hits when it comes to the search for your gun. Be patient and wait for that magical day. The day where, whether it’s your old beater handmedown or your $3,500 custom, you just can’t seem to miss. Chances are that on that day, you’ll find “the best kind of speargun”.
Next issue: Stone Shot vs. Holding Shot