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There’s something to be said about the beautiful rich color of padauk, also known as African blood wood. It’s what the barrel of the AB Biller Padauk speargun is made from.

Underwater it almost glows with a deep red shine, but it’s not just pretty. The speargun is solid, giving you straight shots again and again with pinpoint accuracy, while still being light enough to easily maneuver and track your fish. I’m a fan of all three wooden spearguns AB Biller makes (the teak, padauk and mahogany), and you’d be well set if you decide to buy one of these for your next underwater weapon.

AB Biller Padauk Wood Special Speargun (60")
  • Includes: AB Biller Padauk Wood Special Speargun and FREE DDF Slap Strap
  • Double Barb Rockpoint tip: hardened stainless steel
  • 5/16 inch stainless steel shaft, Two 9/16" rubber slings
  • Wood is hand-rubbed with boiled linseed oil

Why you need to buy an AB Biller Padauk Speargun.

  • Sturdy and solid padauk barrel that’s also neutrally buoyant and floats once the spear is released
  • Stainless steel trigger mechanism that holds up to an insane amount of pressure
  • Heavy-duty speargun that holds up to the deep-water brands without the massive price tag 

 

Behind the brand

AB Biller have been around a long time, and there’s good reason to trust their spearguns which are made right here in the USA. They make decent spearguns. Of course, they’re not top of the line models by any means, but any beginner or intermediate spearo would be well served with an AB Biller speargun. They’re solid, easy to use, and highly accurate.

AB Biller Spearguns

The different spearguns AB Biller makes are all categorized based on the materials used to construct the gun. You can get Mahogany, Teak and of course Padauk in their wood range, or if you’re looking for a bigger gun they do a nice blue water model called the Limited. The Floridian is a little more streamlined and accommodates a longer shaft, and if you’re looking for a metal gun the stainless steel special takes advantage of all of best parts from their wooden guns.

The AB Biller Padauk Speargun

Padauk fits a nice niche when it comes to spearguns, as it’s more cost effective than teak while being almost as strong. Which means you can save as you start investing in longer spearguns, without compromising strength or durability.

AB Biller’s range of wooden spearguns are all very similar, using the same stainless steel trigger mechanism across their teak, mahogany and padauk spearguns. The wood acts like a natural silencer keeping every shot quiet, while the natural buoyancy of the wood makes it an easy gun to use underwater. They make this speargun in sizes from 24 to 60 inches (61cm to 152cm), and the one I was able to test for this review is the little 36 inch (91cm) speargun.

Overall, I was quite happy with the gun, it’s comfortable and easy to reload, though the effective range is probably less than 8 feet, it’s plenty good enough for kicking around the headlands.

Price

The cost of the AB Biller Padauk Speargun will differ based on the length of the gun you want to buy.

AB Biller Padauk Wood Special Speargun (60")
  • Includes: AB Biller Padauk Wood Special Speargun and FREE DDF Slap Strap
  • Double Barb Rockpoint tip: hardened stainless steel
  • 5/16 inch stainless steel shaft, Two 9/16" rubber slings
  • Wood is hand-rubbed with boiled linseed oil

 

General specs of the AB Biller Padauk Speargun

  • Open muzzle that can fit up to three 16mm rubber bands
  • Padauk barrel that’s also neutrally buoyant in the water
  • Comes fitted with two 14mm bands and stainless steel wishbones
  • Comes with a 8mm stainless spring steel shaft and threaded screw-on tip
  • The tip is a Rockpoint and has a stainless steel double barb
  • You can switch the safety to either side of the handle
  • The trigger mechanism is all stainless steel

The handle

Crafted from a rugged hard plastic, the handle was okay. It’s got a protector for your fingers which is nice, but it’s not the most comfortable to use as the (almost) 90 degree angle doesn’t feel as natural to me as some of the other pistol-grip handles on the market.

The trigger

Made with a stainless steel mechanism, the trigger feels solid and was just a tad tight to fire for my liking. I had two 16mm bands loaded on the gun, and I reckon if you added a third it may make the trigger a little harder to pull.

The shaft

Out of the box the AB Biller Padauk speargun comes with an 8mm stainless steel “spring” shaft with a threaded tip so it’s easy to swap out and change your shafts.

The barrel

The dark red wood the barrel is crafted from is spectacular, and it’s got a lovely dark red hue that almost overpowers the grain when the gun gets wet. Running down the top of the barrel is a notch to help the spear fly true, and the solid barrel absorbs much of the recoil with every shot.

The muzzle

The hard plastic muzzle on the AB Biller Padauk speargun is an open design, and you can aim right down the shaft to target your fish.

How it actually feels to use

For close range hunting the 36 inch gun proved perfect, though I’d definitely recommend one of the longer versions if you like taking distance shots or doing blue-water hunting for big fish like tuna.

It was highly accurate, and with 16mm bands I was able to consistently hit targets 8 to 10 feet away. The shaft is also rather sturdy, I knocked the gun about quite a bit taking shots in and under holes so it hit plenty of rocks, and it’s still as straight as ever. You just need to be careful with the tip. It has a tendency to loosen, I’d recommend wrapping a little plumbers tape around the thread and fix it on tight so you don’t lose the spear tip on a dive.

In my hands the AB Biller Padauk speargun just feels solid, and I liked the fact it floats once the shafts out so you can take a minute to untangle your fish and get it reloaded.

The downsides

What I noticed with this gun was the shaft size seemed a little out of proportion for a 36 inch gun, at 8mm it felt heavy and you’ll need to upgrade the rubber bands to get it to really fly. It did make it feel indestructible, and I shot it into the rocks more than once to see the effects. The shaft is still dead straight, though the spear tip could use a sharpen.

The results

Of course, this is still an “entry level” speargun in the grand scheme of things, but in their price range AB Biller have a good reputation for reliability, and value.

I’ve tested a number of the spearguns AB Biller makes, and I’ve found them to be everything I hoped for. The padauk is beautiful, and if you’re a beginner or even a more advanced diver, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this speargun when you’re targeting medium to large sized fish.

AB Biller Padauk Speargun Review

 

Happy spearin’

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