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If you are a newbie in spearfishing, buying a roller gun is not actually a very good idea, as there are more parts that need handling underwater. And as a friend of ours says, "if you can't do it on land, forget about doing it underwater". When it comes to underwater activities, the less is the best, so you might be better of with mastering a railgun in the first place. At the end of the day, these guys have been harvesting fish for more than half a century and they've proved their worth. Wayne Judge, an Adreno Spearfishing team member, and veteran spearo, recently released a video explaining the reason why you shouldn't buy a roller gun when you are new to the game.

Here Is Why

“So, I just want to cover, I'd say a new item on the arsenal, but it's not that new, it's been around for a long time. It's probably in the last five years become popular and this is a roller gun. Now, someone new to spearfishing, probably starting with a roller gun is not a smart idea because there's a lot more to handle and there's a lot more that can go wrong. There are more moving parts and more things can go wrong and it's harder to set them up. So, this is another point, but you should understand what they are so that when people talk about it, you know what they're talking about.

A roller gun, instead of the rubber coming from the top of the gun and then loading back to the notches, the rubber has come from the other side of the gun, they go round a roller and then pull down, loading onto the notches. So, you've got nearly half again, as much rubber on the spear and it's well stretched. So, what this has is that this rubber is already, tensioned there, it's already hard, so, the rubber pulls from there to there all the way. With a normal gun, the rubber will pull two-thirds and stop. Now, it sounds like, "Oh, more power, you know. Wow! Yeah, let's do it." Look, there's been plenty of people that went to roller guns and came back. So, it's not for everybody, there is more power, but you've got to realize that sometimes you lose accuracy because of the fact that it's powered all the way out. That's a possibility rather than power to there and then shot out at that last section, the spear's going out a lot faster, which causes accuracy problems. I had one person come in the shop recently, he had bent his flopper up a bit and probably in a traditional single rubber gun, it wouldn't have made such a big difference, but in the roller, it was making them shoot, you know, six inches above the fish because the spear was leaving the gun at such a rate.

Rollers are good, they're part of the arsenal, I don't suggest that you start off with one, you go to that once you've mastered a traditional gun, that's my suggestion, but it's important to know what they are and what they can do”.

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