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The AB Biller Teak speargun is all about class. It’s a beautiful weapon in its own right, but it’s also a highly accurate tool spearos have been using to catch fish for years. Within the spearfishing community, AB Biller is a name you’ll hear again and again, for good reason. They make damn good spearguns. And the teak version is no exception.

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AB Biller Wood Special Speargun, Teak, 42'
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AB Biller Wood Special Speargun, Teak, 42"
  • Includes: AB Biller wood Teak Special spear gun
  • Double Barb rock point tip: hardened stainless steel
  • 5/16 inch stainless steel shaft, two 9/16 inch rubber slings

Here’s what makes this a great speargun.

  • Wooden stock barrel reduces up to 80% of shaft noise
  • Sits comfortably in your hand with a nice neutral buoyancy
  • Space for up to three bands for insane power upgrades to your shots
  • Stainless steel trigger mechanism that I couldn’t get to fail

 

Behind the brand

With spearguns handcrafted right here in the USA, there’s good reason to trust AB Biller. They know what it takes to make spearguns that hold up to the rugged conditions we dive in every day. Oh, and they’ve helped many state and national champions win with their spearguns, so there’s that too. In my opinion they’re a good brand for “advanced” beginners, or intermediate spearo’s, who don’t yet want to invest almost a thousand dollars into a Wong’s gun of their own.

AB Biller Spearguns

In what I consider a nice touch, the different model spearguns produced by AB Biller are all named based on the material they’re constructed from. The wood range includes the Teak, Padauk and Mahogany, the Floridian, as well as a Limited Edition special for blue water spearfishing. AB Biller’s stainless steel trigger mechanism is the same across these guns, but if you prefer a metal gun they’ve got a nice stainless steel barreled model which I highly recommend. It actually topped our lists when we tested the best spearguns on the market.

The AB Biller Teak Speargun

In the family of AB Biller’s wooden spearguns, the Teak models are the most premium, as it’s the most expensive wood of the three. It comes in a nice light brown that’s been hand finished with linseed oil to give the barrel a perfect finish.

You can’t really go wrong with either of these three guns, they’ve all got the same mechanics, and use the natural qualities of the wood for buoyancy, as well as a dampener to cut the sound on your shots and absorb the recoil. You can get this speargun in sizes from 24 to 60 inches (61cm to 152cm). I was able to get my hands on a 42 inch (106cm) model for the review today.

All up, it’s a good speargun choice, though I’d probably choose Padauk or Mahogany over the Teak because they’re remarkably similar guns, for a lower price. It’s a very pretty gun, but I tend to sway toward function over form so I’d be hard pressed to justify the extra cash just for a different wood.

Price

The cost of the AB Biller Teak Speargun will differ based on the length of the gun you want to buy, as an example the 42″ model is as follows:

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AB Biller Wood Special Speargun, Teak, 42'
38 Reviews
AB Biller Wood Special Speargun, Teak, 42"
  • Includes: AB Biller wood Teak Special spear gun
  • Double Barb rock point tip: hardened stainless steel
  • 5/16 inch stainless steel shaft, two 9/16 inch rubber slings

 

General specs of the AB Biller Teak Speargun

  • Open muzzle with space for up to three 16mm bands
  • Teak barrel that’s naturally neutrally buoyant
  • Comes with two 9/16″ rubber bands and stainless steel wishbones
  • Comes with a 8mm stainless spring steel shaft and screw on tip
  • The Rockpoint tip has a double barb and is also stainless steel
  • Safety switch is silent and has a patented design for one-handed operations
  • Stainless steel trigger mechanism for a smooth and reliable shot

The handle

In my opinion the angle of the handle wasn’t quite right, however there’s a nice section at the front to protect your fingers and it’s easy to grip, with the grip and handle all made from a rugged hard plastic. Oh and the rubber butt of the speargun is comfortable for reloading, especially if you’re still using your hip. I do love the position of it, as it makes it easy to use and manoeuvre underwater.

The trigger

The trigger mechanism is all stainless steel, and while it wasn’t tight to fire, I felt like the trigger was just a little stiff when using three 16mm bands on the gun. I’d be wary about overloading this gun with too much power, as it’d start getting difficult to shoot. I couldn’t get it to fail though, so that’s a definite plus. The trigger mechanism is solid and safe.

The spear

Following a process first developed in the US Navy, the stainless steel shaft is heat-treated to Rockwell 44C, making it a strong spring steel shaft. The gun comes with an 8mm shaft, and a threaded tip to change out the spearheads as you need.

The barrel

The teak barrel is beautiful, that’s been hand carved from a single piece of wood. Along the top of a barrel there’s a tracking groove to lend a little accuracy to your shots, and the solid barrel will absorb much of the noise of the gun when you shoot.

The muzzle

Crafted from the same hard plastic as the handle, the open muzzle on the AB Biller Teak speargun makes it easy to track and target your fish, while accommodating both notched and shark fin shafts.

How it actually feels to use

To me the AB Biller Teak speargun feels like a workhorse. It’s nice and solid in my hands, yet remains buoyant enough underwater to easily track your fish. I’d just be wary about using it on little fish though, as the 8mm shaft and tip will blow massive holes through your targets.

With three 16mm bands (you can wedge them in with a little effort) the speargun has more than enough power, and I was hitting plenty of shots at 10 feet or less with this gun. The channel cut into the barrel helps every shot fly true, but it also makes it quick and easy to reload.

What’s particularly nice is how the entire gun floats once the shafts released, so you can let your gun go when you’re detangling a fish and know it’s not going to sink back down to the bottom.

The downsides

Range and power are the two biggest problems when it comes to AB Biller guns. They’re good up to about 10 feet if you upgrade the bands, but you can’t really overload them with much more without risking the trigger giving out, as it’s just not been designed to withstand huge amounts of pressure.

Of course, swapping out the shaft for a thinner version, replacing the shooting line with mono, and shortening your bands will give you a power boost, but if you’re needing big range to chase the big blue water fish you will need a different gun. In my experience it’s a perfect mid-range speargun, that can’t be beat in this price range.

The results

Overall, you’re going to have a difficult time finding a reasonably priced teak speargun these days, which is why many manufacturers have switched over to mahogany and padauk.

This speargun is functional and beautiful, with a light grain color that shows off the grain in the wooden barrel. For a beginner spearo who is wanting to get in the water, the AB Biller Teak speargun is a good choice, as you get a nicely made speargun that’ll handle pretty much everything you’ll come across.

AB Biller Teak Speargun Review

 

Happy spearin’

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