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Old 09-16-2013, 10:58 PM   #1
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In need of a gun

I have been using a pole spear for a while now, and I'm looking to upgrade to a speargun. I live in Jupiter Florida, so I'm mainly freediving 20-40 ft reefs or rocks. I'm getting snapper and mackerel and hogfish, through research I think the best gun for me would be a JBL Lightning 22. Anybody agree/disagree on my choice and why? Thanks
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:15 AM   #2
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Re: In need of a gun

See below... my answer was worthless.

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:27 AM   #3
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Mako's predator pro is a great beginner gun with great durability and excellent customer service. I started with a 100cm doing what you described 20-40ft and it served me well and still does till this day when I'm hunting the shallower reefs. Their a little more then the JbL's but waaay better and more accurate IMO
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:55 AM   #4
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I have been using a pole spear for a while now, and I'm looking to upgrade to a speargun. I live in Jupiter Florida, so I'm mainly freediving 20-40 ft reefs or rocks. I'm getting snapper and mackerel and hogfish, through research I think the best gun for me would be a JBL Lightning 22. Anybody agree/disagree on my choice and why? Thanks
Depending on your size and reach should determine the length of your gun. I would say nothing less than a 48" gun for shots out to 10 - 12 ft.
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:25 AM   #5
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Re: In need of a gun

I can get a new pelaj nemisis at a really low price, because its my dads friends, it's 55" but the person said I might have trouble loading because its so long. Should I take it or no
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:29 AM   #6
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Re: In need of a gun

That equates to a 140 cm gun which is pretty big for reef hunting. That's more of a bluewater sized gun. I shoot 120 or 130 cm Mako's. The smallest size gun you'd want for freediving Jupiter is a 110. If I could only have 1 gun, it'd be a 120.

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Old 09-17-2013, 07:16 PM   #7
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Its way too big for what you need - when you are starting out start with a gun that is fit for purpose and can be managed.

I'd start with a 90cm - 1m gun that's light and highly maneuverable ideally 1 rubber and learn to stalk.

Once you've mastered that then get a second bigger gun for bluewater stuff
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #8
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Definitely at least a 48. You'll 1get frustrated with a gun under a 42 for most stuff.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:15 PM   #9
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130 cm mako predator pro double band?
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:34 PM   #10
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big gun for what you want to do, too much power in fact. 90-120 rob allen and youll be all set for a solid gun that will last you a lifetime. mako handles arent comfortable to shoot with after a long time, oversized grip in my opinion having shot them for the last 4 years and moved on to other guns like RA's. JBL's new wood guns are an affordable and good option as well for you if you want a wood gun.
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120cm pipe gun if your on a budget, with a reel.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:01 PM   #13
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I went ahead and got the JBL Lightning 24. It's 48 inches and comes stock one band but has the ability to be double banded for the future. Thanks for everyone's inputs and help!
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I went ahead and got the JBL Lightning 24. It's 48 inches and comes stock one band but has the ability to be double banded for the future. Thanks for everyone's inputs and help!
Good start! everyone has to start somewhere and find something that fits their budget. keep the 1 band for now and get used to using it.
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If your looking for a gun that will last a life time check out a Blacktip!
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