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Beuchat have been around almost forever, and pioneered some of the best technology that we still use, to this day, spearfishing all over the world. Today I’m going to share my thoughts on the Beuchat Marlin Carbon speargun, which is a good mid-range speargun for beginners and advanced spearos alike. It’s accurate, comfortable, and most importantly, they’ve got this amazing bit of tech that makes reloading a breeze.

Beuchat Marlin Carbon Speargun (105cm)
  • Trigger mechanism, loose line, and positioning system of the spear on the head made of Stainless Steel.
  • Handle and head of nylon Polycarbonate resin.
  • The loose lateral line of the handle can be positioned on the right or left side and the head is equipped with two lateral hooks.
  • The Marlin speargun is totally ambidextrous (Handle, Loose line, Positioning of the line on the head, etc.).
  • The maximum load on the 2nd catch is deliberately limited to 50Kg on the standard model.

Why you should buy the Beuchat Marlin Carbon speargun

  • Tapered barrel makes it easy to track fish even with a longer speargun
  • Foam-filled carbon tube barrel that’s lightweight and buoyant once the shaft is released
  • Patented muzzle design that allows for one-click locking and fast reloads

 

Behind the brand

Building on his fascination with the underwater world, Georges Beuchat was a spearfishing enthusiast who started the company back in 1934. His inventions started us on the path to the sport we all know and love today, like the compensator mask that allows you to equalize, an isothermic wetsuit and even an early iteration of the modern speargun back in 1947.

Today, their team still strives to push the boundaries, offering consumers even greater variety with products that are not only easy to use, but lead the way in the spearfishing world.

Beuchat Spearguns

Within the Beuchat company there are a variety of different spearguns to suit the needs of different spearos. Their standard gun is the Marlin, which is an aluminum barreled model of the Marlin Carbon speargun I’m reviewing today. I bought the 95cm model.

They’ve also got a model named the Mundial that comes in both a standard and carbon version, which has a different type of handle. The Canon is another good speargun, but where the brand really stands out is the Marlin Revolution Speargun. Made from laminated teak and a carbon composite, it’s designed to hold up to the rigours of extreme spearfishing.

The Beuchat Marlin Carbon Speargun

The Marlin speargun range was developed using the last 60 years of Beuchat’s experience in the spearfishing world. It’s been tested and endorsed by Pedro Carbonell, three-time world spearfishing champion, which means you’re getting a quality gun. The goal has been precision, ease of use, as well as range, and you can fir the gun with a reel to tackle whatever size fish you’re after. For an experienced spearo, it’s a decent buy.

The carbon barrel has been designed for strength without compromising buoyancy, and it’s easy to track because of the tapered barrel down to the muzzle.

Price

The cost of the Beuchat Marlin Carbon Speargun will differ based on the length of the gun you want to buy.

Beuchat Marlin Carbon Speargun (105cm)
  • Trigger mechanism, loose line, and positioning system of the spear on the head made of Stainless Steel.
  • Handle and head of nylon Polycarbonate resin.
  • The loose lateral line of the handle can be positioned on the right or left side and the head is equipped with two lateral hooks.
  • The Marlin speargun is totally ambidextrous (Handle, Loose line, Positioning of the line on the head, etc.).
  • The maximum load on the 2nd catch is deliberately limited to 50Kg on the standard model.

 

General specs of the Beuchat Marlin Carbon Speargun

  • Can switch the Stainless steel trigger mechanism and positioning system
  • Carbon fiber shaft length from 85cm to 125cm with integrated rail
  • Can accommodate two 20mm rubber bands
  • Marlin 30 degree pistol grip for a handle
  • 300 lbs. black monofilament shooting line

The handle

The handle on the Beuchat Marlin Carbon speargun is made from nylon polycarbonate resin, which makes it tough, and it’s quite comfortable to hold with a nice 30 degree angle. Plus, you can easily swap out the lateral line of the handle to either the left or right side depending on your preference when you’re spearfishing.

The trigger

The maximum resistance of the trigger mechanism is 290kg, which is about 6 times more than the average load recommended on my gun. Even fully overpowering the gun, I found that the trigger remained light, if perhaps a little too light, to pull.

The spear

The Beuchat Marlin Carbon speargun comes standard with a 6.7mm SS Rockwell finned Hawaiian shaft with triface point and heavy gauge barb. While you can fit up to a 8mm shaft in the gun, I’d be careful about going too heavy and losing power with each shot you take.

The barrel

Crafted out of a piece of carbon tube, the barrel isn’t completely uniform like you’d expect, but tapers down towards the open muzzle from a 38mm diameter to 28mm at the end. This makes the weight sit better in your hand, and also means it’s far easier to track and aim at your target. Inside the barrel is filled with ultra-light PU foam, that’s guaranteed water tight up to 40m.

The muzzle

On the Beuchat Marlin Carbon speargun you’ll find a unique muzzle that was designed by the brand. It’s an automatic locking mechanism, which helps you to reload faster because all you need to do is set the shaft back into the trigger mechanism and “click” the spear into place. Saving you vital seconds which may just make a difference when you’ve got to get a quick second shot out to catch that prize fish.

How it actually feels to use

I was surprised at just how light the 95cm gun felt in my hands, and taking it out in the water it proved to be accurate, although the trigger was a little too sensitive. I did find though that the rubber bands that came stock with the gun were too long, and I had to remove about 10cm from these in order for the spear to truly fly with each shot.

Once this was done, it greatly improved the range of the weapon, and I found it both quiet and accurate to shoot. For me, I didn’t notice any problems with the trigger, but I was warned to be careful overpowering this speargun. Despite the recommendations from the manufacturers, I’ve had a number of friends seen the trigger mechanism fail, primarily because they’d put far too much tension on their bands.

The downsides

My biggest frustration with this gun was that it wasn’t ready to shoot straight off the shelf. The bands it came with were far too long, so be prepared to make the necessary adjustments before heading out on a dive. You don’t want to be fiddling with bands when you’re out in the boat on the water.

The second was the trigger. It just felt a little too easy to pull, which meant that I was hesitant at even resting my finger on there in case I misfired or hadn’t lined the shot up properly yet. And there’s nothing worse than taking your shot a half second too early.

The results

All up, the Beuchat Marlin Carbon speargun is a decent speargun.

If you’re wanting a light and easy to maneuver speargun that can serve you well along the reefs, it’s definitely worth considering. The speargun’s accurate, comfortable in your hand, and you’ll get enough power to take down most of what you come across.

The only time I wouldn’t recommend the Beuchat Marlin Carbon speargun is when you’re wanting to overload the gun. I’ve heard too many stories about the trigger mechanism failing, and seeing just how light it is, I’d put my money into customizing a Rob Allen or another big gun brand before I went to town on this one.

The real trick is to buy the right gun for what you want, and this is definitely a versatile weapon that will help you catch a ton of fish.

beuchat marlin carbon speargun review

 

Happy spearin’

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