There is no one gun that
is perfect for everyone or all the different diving conditions. Divers
have their likes and dislikes, visibility can be low to crystal clear, and
terrain can be open or kelp forests. A diver may be spearfishing around
wrecks or rigs, may be chasing reef fish or pelagics, may be scuba diving
or freediving. It is impossible for one style to suit everyone's needs. The
following explains some of the different uses for each style:
The REEF and HYBRID
spearguns both come in the following three handle styles: rear,
mid, and rear handle plus. The following explains the placement
of the handle.
1. REAR HANDLED -
These are the traditional styled spear guns that have the handles at the
rear like a Euro styled gun. This is an easy loading gun from either the
hip or chest. This is a popular gun for entry level to advanced divers and
scuba divers. This handle placement is the easiest to learn to aim with. The disadvantage is that once you get past a certain length, maneuverability can be an issue. For scuba divers, it is easier to hip load so many scuba divers choose the rear handled guns.
2. MID HANDLED -
The mid handled spear guns are designed to give spear guns extra
maneuverability due to the pivot point being closer to the mid line. This
is a great advantage to have when tracking game and maneuvering the gun
under ledges, through kelp and around wrecks and pilings. Also, the
mechanism placement at the rear enables the spear gun to have the maximum
length of rubber pull and a longer shaft. This equates to an increase in
power and distance. This gun is usually loaded on the chest. This is
popular with advanced divers who want maneuverability and power.
3. REAR HANDLE
PLUS - The rear handle plus is your traditional rear handle styled gun
with the increased power and distance that the mid handled guns have. This
is because the mechanism has been moved towards the rear. It is loaded
just like a mid handled gun, chest loaded. You have the ease of aiming
along with the maximum power of a mid handled gun... the best of both worlds.
BLUE WATER ENCLOSED
The enclosed tracked guns
are made with the finest handpicked teak and laminated into a “T” style
lamination. This gives it greater strength and stability to lateral,
vertical and horizontal forces. This means a straighter, stronger stock
with no flexing. The internal weight systems frees the gun of bulky side
stocks and wings, yet provides mass and balance while making those 20-35
On the business end of
the guns, there is an anodized aluminum muzzle. The design enables it to
hold up to six bands, which are only 1/8" below the plane of the shaft.
Due to its minimal size, the blue water guns are tapered to the muzzle.
All this translates to long accurate shots, minimum recoil, and a shaft
that hits with power from a very maneuverable blue water gun. These guns
are popular with the recreational and serious blue water hunters all over
the world. There are three style of bluewater: Mahi, Ono, and Tuna.
1. The MAHI gun,
at 57 in overall length, is one of the most versatile bluewater guns
around. Because of its size, it has the maneuverability of a mid sized
reef gun, but because of the 5/16 inch enclosed track shaft, there is the
speed, distance, and hitting power usually found only in the bigger
bluewater guns. The Hawaiians use these for the trophy Giant Trevally or “Ulua.”
These trophies reach up to 100 pounds. On the Southern coast of
California, it is a favorite of White Sea Bass and Yellowtail hunters. It
has excellent maneuverability to slide through the kelp into the sunrooms,
yet has plenty of power and distance for those long shots outside the kelp
beds. The Florida and East Coast divers bring out the Mahi gun for the big
game around the wrecks and rigs where you need the power and distance for
those cobia, AJís, African Pompanos, black groupers, and Kingfish. Down in
the Sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico, it is a great gun for those Roosterfish,
Yellowtail, Tunas, and big Cubera snappers. This gun is perfect for the
midwater gamefish. If I had to pick only one gun, this would be the one!
2. The ONO gun is
the most popular gun for the serious bluewater hunters. It is the “bread
winner” that brings home the bacon. Its size and power allows the
bluewater hunter to reach out and hit those wary game fishes found in the
clear blue. Its name says it all. It is maneuverable, light and an Ono (wahoo)
killer. You can use it off Baja, Mexico, for big wahoo and dolphin. In the
Gulf of Mexico, its been used to shoot huge wahoo and tunas. When you
start seeing those kingfish, cobia, and huge AJ's around the rigs and
wrecks, its time to bring out the Ono gun! This is an excellent choice for
your next serious bluewater trip.
The Hybrid gun combines
the best features of a Euro style pipegun and the American traditional
wooden gun. Hybrids have a carbon fiber barrel that is married to the handpicked teak wooden stock. This makes the
hybrid gun light, maneuverable, and balanced while gliding through kelp or
waiting in ambush.
The Hybrid gun is Daryl's
revolutionary design that divers are now beginning to realize gives them
the “best” of all worlds. With the different styles and sizes, there is a
choice for all types of diving, visibility, and fish. It is a great gun
for reef, wrecks, rigs, kelp, anywhere there is fish. It is extremely
accurate and silent due to the accutrack guide and state of the
art hardware. The fusion of high-tech and traditional properties makes
this a delight to shoot. For your everyday workhorse game gun, this is a
SEMI ENCLOSED TRACK
The semi enclosed track
hybrid guns is a fusion of the hybrid style and the enclosed tracked guns.
When shafts are over-powered, they tend to whip and there is a loss of
accuracy. The enclosed tracked guns can be loaded up with band power yet
are very accurate, because there is no shaft whipping. The back third of
the hybrid gun encloses the shaft, and the shaft comes out straight. This
is a good choice for a hunter who wants to load up on band power for
The guns that have specific names are
named after places or divers who influenced the development of that
particular gun or the type of diving style it is used for.
The smallest gun to be
named is “THE PISTOL”. It is a small gun designed for the very low
visibility that can be found on the U.S. West Coast and Northeast coast.
It is great for those Lingcods and Tautags. “THE NORTHEASTER” was
also developed for the low visibility areas that “the pistol” was
developed for. When the visibility improves to 5-8 feet, then the
Northeaster is the one to have.
Another gun was named the
“FLORIDA FREESHAFTER” for the type of diving that is done off
Florida. This gun is an enclosed track Reef gun, and is extremely accurate
because of no shaft whipping, and no shooting lines to hinder its flight.
This is a favorite for hogfish and groupers. Scuba divers love the fact
that it is easy and fast to load. The “G.R. GUN” is an enclosed
track hybrid, and it is named after a well-known Florida freediver. He has
popularized it by helping with the design and then doing well in
tournaments with it.
A gun that was custom
designed for the Middlegrounds off the west coast of Florida is now
available. This gun was designed to bridge the gap between the 55"
enclosed track freeshaft gun that shoots a 9/32" shaft and the Mahi
bluewater gun. Many divers from Florida want a gun that has a larger shaft
for freeshafting hogfish and groupers. This gun shoots a 5/16" shaft and
can be used as a freeshaft gun or with a shooting line. It is the only
Reef sized gun that is made to shoot a 5/16" shaft. We call this gun the
“MG SPECIAL”, and it the most rugged of Reef guns and designed to
be shot with one or two strong bands.
The "Super Magnum" is a semi-enclosed track hybrid on steroids. It has the maximum internal ballasting weight possible and with its four - five band muzzle has the same specs as the world famous Ono gun which holds many bluewater records.