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  • Lightweight and compact spear gun
  • Aircraft grade aluminum body
  • Hardened stainless steel trigger and shaft
  • Powered by one or two 1.2" Hi-Mod bands
  • Suitable for small pray and warm water use

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JBL D8 Super Carbine Spear Gun (D-8) Customer Reviews

Review Summary

 
3.3

(based on 10 reviews)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I would buy this product again and again

this gun is very good in every way. it has good range and is very durable. great for all conditiones. Very Lightweight and easy to move in water. Only thing is when you change from safe to fire it makes noise which someties scares away fishes.

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Dont Bother

Most things about the gun are okay. The biggest problem is the way the shooting line was made to work. Very poor construction. If looking for a cheap gun, go with Beuchat Marlin.

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Great bang for the buck

By Yura

Given the price, this is an awesome gun. Been using it for 4 years on fish from 12-36". There's nothing fancy about it, just a nice robust design that'll put fish in the cooler.

 

I would buy this product again and again

By Jay Y.

this gun is very good in every way. it has good range and is very durable. great for all conditiones. Very Lightweight and easy to move in water. Only thing is when you change from safe to fire it makes noise which someties scares away fishes.

 

Simple and effective.

By 7archer7

I purchased this gun as a step up from using a pole spear/sling, which I had used for 20+ years. What I liked: - Past LeisurePro purchase experience (including chat) - Power option of two bands - Range (chosen based upon multiplying the length of the gun by three) - Simplicity/Sturdiness of construction (truth be told, most spear guns are quite simple) - Included, double-dongle rock point - Did a great job on a beautiful, 22+ inch, red grouper @ a range of about 8 feet. - Loaded the gun with both bands (maybe a little overkill for the previously mentioned harvest) and there was no adverse recoil. What I would have liked: - A grip extension/butt to help with loading (this was not a surprise, I just wish it had one) - Clip to attach a lanyard/strap. - Sealed tube, or more/an orifice to aid in flushing/cleaning. - Better shock cord/line retention system (I will rig up something better, garage R&D ;P ). Overall: - I would definitely recommend this gun with the following caveat, it is an entry level gun. - This is not a complaint, but the bands are difficult to pull (more resistance, more power). I would recommend cocking on the peck rather than sternum, unless you have a chest pad. - Are there better (more expensive) guns out there? Yes! Are there better values out there? Perhaps... However, this is a great value on a gun made by a company in the U.S. (if customer service is ever needed I hope this will be a benefit). I will wind up making this gun my "own", that is, modify (already have) what I desire to make me happy.

 

Shorter line works well with one band

By CHARLES P.

I wrote a review on this speargun three years ago. The gun is still working well and has put many fish on the table. I wash the gun in fresh water after use and there are no signs of corrosion. We use the gun with just one band and I decided to shorten the line so that it makes only one loop back to the handle. This makes reloading MUCH easier. I would NOT shorten the line if I used both bands. Good hunting.

 

Good basic gun for reef fishing

By CHARLES P.

For reef fishing in the FL Keys we use the gun with just one band. This is a good basic gun for reef fish like snapper, grouper, and hogfish. The only con is that the line is difficult to reload in the water after a shot, esp. with gloves - it takes practice. No signs of corrosion after a year of use.

 

Good at first overtime though watch out

By Chris C.

it was great the first couple times out but then after time the trigger would not always fire when i pulled it and no the safety was NOT on seemed like a safety hazard to me good price just be wary of that trigger

 

You get what you buy!

By Steven B.

This was my varry first Speargun and i was so happy i got it i did not care what people told me about the gun untill after a few trys in the ocean and the first thing that i did not like about the gun was the rope thats attached to the shaft to the gun it, only lasted up to 4 weeks of use after i shot a fish and it ran in to a hole and the rope rubbed agenst the reef and broke. Another thing that was not good was the muzzle that the shaft shot through, it made the gun more unaccurate, because the muzzle was BIG! and the shaft just moved around when i was diving.but i was just a rooky then untill i want to buy myself a better spear gun so i saw how Junk it was so i bought my self a Omer Exalibur 2000 130cm long (51 inches)it was only[$] you should only buy this gun if its your first time Speargun Fishing. [...]

 

Cheap junk

By Tyson

I am buying another spear gun today here and decided to tell you why. As others said, it's basic and there is nothing wrong with that. The good: It shoots - ive killed dozens of ling cod, kelp greenling and kabazon with it. Its double-band which really just means that you have a ready backup for when the band breaks. I usually use only one band and its been plenty to nail fish up to 10-pounds. The Bad: The gun is pretty tricky to load underwater due to a complete lack of a stock you cannot see the notch that the band needs to hook into and I have scraped skin a few times off my hands trying to do it by feel. The trigger mechanism feels flimsy and although I have not had it come apart or unintentionally fire, but I can see how it will happen soon. By far the worst part of the gun is the string mechanism which lets the string come off all the flipping time! I have gotten tangled in my own string and usually have to re-pinch it 3 times between every shot. I have finally given up and just keep the string coiled in my left hand when I fire with my right.

 

Dont Bother

By Downdiver

Most things about the gun are okay. The biggest problem is the way the shooting line was made to work. Very poor construction. If looking for a cheap gun, go with Beuchat Marlin.

 

Very cheap but not very convenient to us

By Enrico

The way the line is fixed is poorly engineered. While swimming, due to the drag with water, the line comes off and starts floating around. This is both a pain because you have to re-wind the line every five minutes and it is dangerous because the line could get stuck on your arm and injure you when you shoot.

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What is the barrell diamater?
A shopper on May 24, 2011
BEST ANSWER: 1 1/2 Inch
What is the total length of the gun?
A shopper on Oct 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would ask the manufacture this question. I'm not sure the dia nore the position of the catch mechanism on the shalf of the spear. sorry. I can say ive never had an issue with this gun nore the spear. I have replaced the rubber though.
Is there any other Reels you could use for this gun?
A shopper on Dec 27, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The line release is kinda crappy. So I suggest a line reel from a pneumatic spear gun. Mostly because the mount is universals and some come with zip-tie.
can I rerplace the handle on this gun?
noel t on Aug 7, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can replace the handle if you wish -- I assume you need to install one from a different manufacturer as the handle/mechanism that comes with the D8 speargun is worthless.
Most likely you will need to drill new holes but this shouldn't be a problem. However, there are not many handles available that fit a 25mm tube. I could only find one made by BEUCHAT (ARCA series)
http://www.beuchat.fr/index.php?id=35&cat=2&sscat=13&prod=129
However, you will need to replace the spear as well. JBL spears are not compatible with european models.
Also the aluminum tube of JBL D8 is fairly thin and can bend easily. If I were you I'd rather buy the Beuchat speargun. It offers better quality/value in the beginner category. In case you decide to go along with the purchase consider making the JBL tube waterproof by installing at both ends rubber plugs coated with epoxy glue.
Happy hunting!
How do you rig the release line or shock line?
A shopper on Mar 18, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I dont. I replace all of the cords with the telephone cord type replacement that they sell. It is easier to use and less hassle.
What is the range?
A shopper on May 24, 2011
BEST ANSWER: All guns are accurate up to 3 times the length of the shaft.
The picture looks like you would have to use a reel or free shaft. Is that true?
A shopper on May 24, 2011
BEST ANSWER: No. It comes with a shock cord.
What size barrell? Do you have a reel that would fit this model?
A shopper on May 24, 2011
BEST ANSWER: This has a 1" diameter barrell, and the JBL Competition Line Reel for 1" Barrel (938) will be the correct reel for this gun
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