Its one of those weirdly tough decisions…. What gun to buy, especially if its your first.
There are a lot to choose from, all different price points with lots of varied features and USPs which apparently will ‘ensure’ that you catch more fish.
First of all you need to think of the length.
A longer gun will give you more range and more power.
A shorter gun will be more maneuverable and easier to load.
If you are starting out you need to find a good balance between these factors. As a beginner, there is no point in buying a 1m long cannon which you will struggle to load and struggle to aim, it will create more missed opportunities than successful shots.
In my opinion a 75cm gun is just the right length for a new spearo. It will give you enough range and power, whilst being easy to move underwater.
Now… Why the Cressi Geronimo?
The Cressi range has plenty of good options for all spearos and being a European company the spare parts are easy to get hold of.
The Cressi Geronimo sports a range of features that i believe supersedes its price point….
So what are the features that make this gun work so well?
1: The main selling point for this is that it has an integrated spear guide running the entire length of the gun. This guide is molded in to the aluminium barrel and keeps the spear running true through the entire shot. This feature makes this gun very accurate.
2: A comfortable and well shaped handle gives you more control over your shot, allowing you to transfer small movements in to the gun, without slipping of getting cramp.
3: A decent spear. Lots of lower level guns come with cheap, brittle spears. The stock spear on this gun is very strong and very sharp and is more likely to keep its shape for longer than cheaper spears.
4: Its rigged with monofilament shooting line as standard. This gives a fast shot and an easier load. I would say that the only downside of the gun (as stock) is that the line isn’t rigged with a swivel or bungee, so if you choose to buyt this gun, buy a swivel as well.
5: It can accommodate double bands, meaning that you can increase the power without changing the gun.
We use this gun as one of the school guns, in fact one of them has been in use for 2 years now. Its survived missed shots in to granite reef, being sat on, trodden on and generally being abused. All we have had to do is replace the bands a couple of times (as one would expect) and change the spear once.
This gun will serve you well through the early days of your spearfishing career and longer, giving enough power to catch any fish that you might come across in UK waters. I know several very good spearos who use this gun as their main gun, which just shows that it should last you a long time and that upgrading will be low on your priorities for quite some time.
Remember, you get what you pay for, and although this gun is a bit pricier than other potential first time guns, it is leagues ahead in accuracy and quality than the cheaper options that may be rattling around in your virtual shopping basket!
If you want to try one out before committing come on one of our spearfishing courses .
You can buy the Geronimo from most good spearfishing outlets. Remember that Freedive UK students (past, present or ‘confirmed’ future) will get a 10% discount from spearfishing store, where you can get your hands on a Geronimo and all of the other kit you need to be a safe and productive spearo.