Pneumatic or band powered? Band powered for sure. Bands a simpler, safer, and they are allowed anywhere spearfishing is allowed. Pneumatic guns are often banned or only allowed for people who have special licenses.
Second, the gun length. Getting close enough to fish to shoot them is not easy. A reasonable range is like 4-6ft. Obviously you can get closer to fish when you have a longer gun with more power, but sometimes, it’s hard to squeeze into hard to reach areas when you’re hunting around reefs. I would recommend a nice 33” or 38” gun to start off with. This will give you enough strength to get those fish who are 6 ft away but it will also give you enough maneuverability to get fish in between cracks etc.
Metal or wood? Wood is better for me. It feels more natural and tends to weather better. With metal guns, the salt water can deteriorate the material and once it’s been effected, there is no going back. With wood, the material can be refinished and it will look like brand new. Also, metal guns don’t float. If you drop your gun….you better hope it’s in shallow water. With wood guns, when the spear is out, the gun will float. Trust me, that comes in handy!
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