first gun. mirage guns

 hi guys i'm new on here. i have been spearing for a about 5 weeks now and loving it i have been using a hand spear and have got some nice fish with it. i am looking to get my first gun, i'm thinking a gun of around 1m for hunting reef fish in fairly shallow water. question#1 railgun or speargun. question #2 i see bcf have the mirage range of guns and has anyone had any experience with them. question #3 would they be alright for a first gun and would they last a while or would it be better to get a different brand of gun? budget is around $250 might be able to stretch it a bit more. any input would be great:)  


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 Mate buy yourself a Rob

Thu, 2014-01-30 16:41

 Mate buy yourself a Rob Allen Sparid 1100. This gun will do you for all sorts of fishing and will last. Should fit your budget too. 

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youd be lucky to get a rob

Thu, 2014-01-30 18:03

youd be lucky to get a rob allen sparid 1100 for 250!
Second hand maybe. Im in a similar situation, but I was looking at a 140 dollar mares phantom 1400 railgun from tackle world.

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Look into a phantom I think

Thu, 2014-01-30 18:15

Look into a phantom I think that's what they are called. Good starters gun on a budget it will also last, or sea hornet but I think they have shut up shop.

 

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got some money coming in from

Thu, 2014-01-30 19:01

got some money coming in from catching mulies so able to bump up the budget a bit. don't want to buy a crap gun only to replace it down the line. will look into the rob allen and the phantom. any other suggestions?

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 Alright sorry you will pick

Thu, 2014-01-30 20:56

 Alright sorry you will pick up a RA Scorpia for under $300 and a Sparid for $400. If you have the extra cash these guns will last you along time and have stood the test of time.

 

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Dont buy mirage!!Better off

Thu, 2014-01-30 21:18

Dont buy mirage!!

Better off buying a second hand gun from the manufacturers below, in no order:



Rob Allen

Freedivers

Aimrite

Beuchat

Riffe

Edge

Cressi

 

 

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 notorious is 100% correct,

Thu, 2014-01-30 22:17

 notorious is 100% correct, though second hand is sometimes hard to come by. 

rabitech

omer 

salvimar

beuchat 

all have good guns also. Id be getting a 1.1-1.2 railgun, load it with two 16mm and you should be away. personally i dont really like ra but for your price range there probably you best bet, otherwise cressi do some copycat guns without the price premium of ra could also be an option. all the best with finding somthing. 

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 might have enough for the

Fri, 2014-01-31 10:59

 might have enough for the sparid:) but will keep an eye out for a second hand gun from the brands suggested. will stay clear of mirage guns.

would you buy a gun online from places like amazon...prices are so much cheaper. but worried that if i did order one that it may get damaged in shipping:( decisions, decisions, decisions. thanks for the advice guys 

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get onto gum tree

Fri, 2014-01-31 16:24

as notorious said don't get a mirage get onto gumtree also stay away from air powered guns they always let you down when your away on that long planed dive trip , also invest in a spring steel spear

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 good advice will steer clear

Fri, 2014-01-31 18:00

 good advice will steer clear of air guns. they were not relay on my list because of stories of them failing and losing power at depth.

was doing some reading today and one brand of gun that kept coming up was mako guns. reviews reckon there good value for money? or would it be better to get a rob allen or a phantom. thanks for the advice guys invaluable :)

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I just got the RA Sniper

Sat, 2014-02-01 00:55

I just got the RA Sniper Railgun 1.0m. Fantastic gun, awesome for shallow reef diving. Bluewater had them on special for $396 just before xmas, too cheap to pass up.