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  • Pneumatic spear gun, Harpoon style tip
  • 8mm Cadmium spear shaft
  • Dual power settings

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Cressi SL with Power Reducer Spear Guns Customer Reviews

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3.7

(based on 14 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Proven design works great!

I've used my Cressi pneumatic gun for 5 months now and have had no problems with it. I bought the SL model with the pressure select switch. Other reviews mentioned that the gun was impossible to load. Mine was too at first but I bled off some of the factory air pressure by pushing a ball point pen tip into the back of the accumulator. I then pumped it back up to a reasonable level. If you have the SL model, be aware that it has to be set on low pressure to load it. You will not be able to loa...

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Faulty construction. Could be easy fix.

I recently bought both the Cresisub SL and Star and the cable holder on both came off with in a few weeks of owning the guns. Of course, there is no where I can find to get the little plastic retainer and pin. My crew was recently featured in Louisiana Sportsman (July) for spearfishing. I know guns. If this flaw in the design would be fixed the gun is perfect. Still need the parts.

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Used by freedivers with good success! Reliable and effective.

By Ben C.

from Bokeelia, FL, US

I have a cressi SL100 and I'm very pleased with it, I'm a freediver and have shot all the famous brands of spearguns out there. Have always enjoyed pneumatics for the compactness and efficient power delivery. All pneumatics can be loaded on high or low power. The models with 8mm shafts -5/16 can really hit hard but need higher pressures to shoot the same speed as the 7mm shaft versions (mares cyrano). If your buying a shorter version by all means by the type without a power regulator as they are cheaper and perform better (Google it), people remove them all the time. Anyways, these are great reliable guns, I used mine for 4 years before it started leaking and needed new seals, had it rebuilt for $50 and it hasn't missed a beat! Ben-Tonga

 

Very good gun, easy to handle and robust

By Alden B.

from Greenville, SC, US

Very good gun, easy to handle and robust....................

 

Proven design works great!

By Shawn

I've used my Cressi pneumatic gun for 5 months now and have had no problems with it. I bought the SL model with the pressure select switch. Other reviews mentioned that the gun was impossible to load. Mine was too at first but I bled off some of the factory air pressure by pushing a ball point pen tip into the back of the accumulator. I then pumped it back up to a reasonable level. If you have the SL model, be aware that it has to be set on low pressure to load it. You will not be able to load it when high pressure is selected. Pneumatic guns are quick, small and powerful. I have even bagged barracuda with this gun with no problem.

 

ONE OF THE BEST GUNS AROUND

By cresmar 2.

All of the negative reviews about this gun are from people that don't know how to used it and by the way they are extremely easy to load. This pneumatic guns are more complicated and people really have to know what they are doing because they are also dangerous, once you know your gun they are the best. A lot of people just buy them without any knowledge and is sad to see bad reviews about this great gun that have been around for 35 years.

 

Great gun.

By helosrule02

I have owned this gun for 3 yrs. I have been on over 43 spear fishing dives. It has never failed me. The only maintenance I have performed is a good fresh water rinse and dry it off.

 

Perfect Walleye Hunter

By Dick H.

Great Gun for any price....Perfect for rec diving and spearing game fish.

 

Good Gun

By RICK H.

Good gun but poor service support from the factory.R

 

excellent speargun

By Simon V.

Is a lightweight and good range speargun

 

Great speargun at a great price

By The W.

I have owned this speargun for a while now and it still works great.. Becareful how much air you add to the gun because while it does make it more powerful it also makes it harder/impossible to crank down and load underwater.. I had this problem on a dive and I couldnt load it so I wasnt able to fish..

 

also had problem with retainer for shaft

By DoDa C.

over all its a good gun for the price,BUT must upgade retainer ring. I lost a shaft right away. address before use qick fix now im good

 

ok gun for a good price

By Randy b.

This is a very inexpensive gun that works. It is very powerfull on the high setting and not worth shooting on the low setting. It is also very hard to load, I would not recomend for a smaller person as the loading takes alot of strength. My biggest complaint is the difficulty of the safety switch and the trigger pull. They are both very stiff and I usually have to take the safety off with my thumb which is not condusive to on the fly hunting. This gun has plenty of power for large game and shoots well other than the few hang ups and for the money if your only hunting a dozen times a year it will work.

 

Limited life span.

By Thorpedo

I have owned this gun for a little over a year. The rope clip has snapped, this happened whilst reloading (normal operation) it broke off in my hand. And then the safety snapped in half this weekend. Basically the plastic used on the gun is sub standard (Cressi sub standard) only joking, I have a lot of Cressi Sub gear and have had no problems until now. I'm hoping I can get parts to repair. [...]

 

Almost impossible to load

By Pasquinel

The gun seems well built but is almost impossible to load, it requires too much force which makes it dangerous if you can´t push the shaft all the way into the catch mechanism.

 

Faulty construction. Could be easy fix.

By Catslayer

I recently bought both the Cresisub SL and Star and the cable holder on both came off with in a few weeks of owning the guns. Of course, there is no where I can find to get the little plastic retainer and pin. My crew was recently featured in Louisiana Sportsman (July) for spearfishing. I know guns. If this flaw in the design would be fixed the gun is perfect. Still need the parts.

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i use old model of the same gun i never had any problem ,i guess a new model is going to be much better gun
eduardo g on Jul 26, 2019
i use old model of the same gun i never had any problem ,i guess a new model is going to be much better gun
eduardo g on Jul 26, 2019
THis spaer gun come with the shaft ?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2013
BEST ANSWER: My family have 3 Cressi SL guns. I haven't shot any of my band guns in 2 years. You can pump it up to get the power you want. Great guns for a good price. It does come with a shaft. I made a few changes. I do not like the tip that comes with it as it doesn't have the coller to hold the toggles down to get the tip back through the fish. I also put a 15' coil cord that attaches the gun to the spear. Way faster and works great in the Oregon coast.
When the SL is not in the "power reducer" is it still just as powerful as the SL Star? And which would you recomend for shooting large grouper, hogfish, cobia, etc?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Hello, I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the Cressi SL. This is the second SL I have owned. The first, i used for a couple of years and lost it in a battle with a large red snapper under a bridge span my shot of about 16' was not a kill shot but, it was all I had . My guess is, the spear line got cut in the fray, the lanyard around my wrist broke the ( not so well made) plastic eye that it went through on the gun. Under the bridge span in tight quarters, it got dusty quick I got the snapper but lost the gun I suspect it floated away. Instead of sinking like a teak band gun. Still I bought a new one ( there great for traveling ) Enough fish tales and the gun that got away. The cressi SL is a great gun. But, can be difficult to load for some. The second gun I have is significantly more difficult to load than my first it may be because it's new and may need some adjustment, Im not sure. It does seam to have more pop in unreduced mode , I would recommend using the reduced mode for in close reef type fishing the range seems to be best at 12-14 feet for good kill hogs grouper snapper easy kills, amberjack and other pelagics with the big and hard gill plates, sometimes good penetration is tough. I shoot a little father Back on them. You end up with a fight on your hands but, the penetration is better and you lose fewer fish. We all know that feeling watching a badly wounded fish swim away because the shot didn't hold. My review. **** 4stars. Comments...... It needs a stonger keeper and more in depth operation/tuning instructions. I upgraded the factory spear to a better steel. Its a buy in my log book.
The shaft is described as being 8mm, but the thread diameter is not specified. Is it a 7mm or 8mm thread?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The thread dia. for the Cressi SL shaft is 7mm. You will need spear tips that have 7mm threads or you can get an adapter that has 7mm female threads and 6mm male threads so you can use the 6mm tips that other guns have. I have both so that I'm covered each way. Some dive shops don't carry the 7mm tips as a stock item.
When the SL is not in the "power reducer" is it still just as powerful as the SL Star? And which would you recomend for shooting large grouper, hogfish, cobia, etc?
Rockney M on Jul 3, 2012
BEST ANSWER: It's is a great gun I have 3 of them. It is powerful. Hogfish should be fine but cobia you might want a little bigger gun and reel.
Are these guns normally sold with the accessory air pump?
Bill C on Apr 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they come with the air pump
What are the differences between the Cressi SL and Cressi SL Star models?
A shopper on May 24, 2011
BEST ANSWER: The SL range is available in two forms - the SL star for full power and the SL with reducer for less power, to give less chance of the spear bouncing back when fishing near rocks.
How heavy is the Cressi-Sub SL?
A shopper on May 24, 2011
BEST ANSWER: I have a shipping weight of 3 pounds.
Hello i am new to all this, im looking to purchase a spear gun but i dont know what the difference from the pnemo and the sling ones. ?
A shopper on May 24, 2011
BEST ANSWER: The main difference between sling guns and pneumatic guns are how they get the power to shoot fish. Sling guns are loaded by stretching a rubber band that is released to shoot the spear from the gun. Pneumatic guns use pressure built up in the shaft by hand pumping to shoot the spear. Here is a good comparison of the different types of guns: Spearguns
I am looking to buy the cressi sub sl and would like to purchase the shock cord to go with it but have not seen it on the web site. Do you carry these?
A shopper on May 24, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Reply it comes with one and if you need an extra one here they are JBL515
looking to buy one of the Cressi-sub SL, what is the difference in performance between 24'' and 28''? also, does it come with the line or i need to buy it separate? and what kind of a gun pump? is it electrical?
A shopper on May 24, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Gun is pneumatic and will come with the line. The 28" will be accurate for a distance of one foot more than the 24". A gun will be accurate three time the length of the shaft.
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