View Full Version : should i buy riffe or slingin steel
06-10-2003, 05:42 PM
i had decided on buying the riffe 44" mid handle #m but now i see such praise for the slinging steel guns .. i am confused.. give me some opinions on what you guys think i should buy.. i havnt looked at the prices of the ss guns yet.. so let me know
06-10-2003, 05:51 PM
Slingin' Steel, baby!!!
06-10-2003, 06:22 PM
I have a riffe that I've had for a year or so, very good gun and very powerful. But, if I knew then what I know now I would have gone with a SS.:(
Go with the SS, best gun I have seen by far, As soon as I can I'm going to get a Com SS and use the riffe as a spare.
06-10-2003, 06:25 PM
Where are you going to dive? What type of spearing will you do? Bluewater Freedive? Shallow water Freedive? Scuba? Tampa Bay?
In my opinion, for general purpose Florida diving, you start with an SS 54" Rhino. If you find you are always bottom fishing and the line is slowing you down, you remove the line and learn to freeshaft. When you get more serious about that kind of diving, you buy an SS Commercial.
If you are going to do Bluewater freediving, you probably start with a Riffe, and work your way up to a custom gun.
But you have to tell us what you have in mind to get better advice.
06-10-2003, 07:25 PM
I like them both, but the one thing I really like about the SS is the closed muzzle that would allow me to jam a shaft up a shark's ass without the mono wrap line coming loose in the process. The enclosed track Riffe would solve this problem, but they are more expensive for sure. Riffe fires nicely, but I've missed just as many fish with either gun.
06-10-2003, 09:06 PM
don't waste your time or money, just go to the dive shop and order a 52 commercial and be done with it. I have two riffes that have not left my garage sence i bought the commercial guns. If you really want a riffe I've got two that I will sell, but I still think you should by a ss52 commercial. rick
06-10-2003, 09:22 PM
which Riffe's do you have and how much do you want for them?
06-10-2003, 09:28 PM
I really like the Riffe guns alot, but the SS Commercial gun looks like a good gun also.
I started out with a 48" Biller then went to a #3 Standard Riffe, the shaft speed on the Riffe is incredible. I have 4 Riffe's and think they are great, unless I was to get a really good deal on a Riffe, My next gun would most likely be a 54"or 60" SS Commercial Gun.
You can't go wrong with a Riffe or a SS commercial Gun.
06-10-2003, 09:29 PM
bg, not sure what models they are. Had both about three or four years. One is 54 inches long, handle about 4-5 iches from end, the other is 51 inches long with handle all the way at the end. Sorry for the ignorance on my part. Want $150 each, nice shape, need bands on one gun for sure the others are ok.
06-10-2003, 10:06 PM
you can pm me the serial numbers on them and I can tell from that what the model's are, depending on the models I might be interested.
it sounds like you have a rear handle and a mid handle model gun.
06-10-2003, 10:22 PM
If you have any trouble selling them here, you will get what you are asking in a heartbeat on ebay.
06-11-2003, 03:25 AM
Hey, Slippery Chicken, I'm interested in those guns. Check your messages.
06-11-2003, 06:01 AM
I second what Screen said; the fools on Ebay will pay anything.
Although I have to add that giving your fellow spearboarders a deal is always appreciated. :)
06-11-2003, 12:45 PM
talked to slingin steel very helpful.. i live in south florida fort lauderdale to be exact.. i do free shafting.. but love the fact that i can have bothe line and free on ss ..think i am sold.. now onlything is that i am trying to decide what size gun to get .. i have been used to the 44' mid handle that was handed down to me .. that is why i was thingkin of gettin a new one since the one i got is pretty crapppy been through hell and back... might be considering buying a 52" what ya guys think??
06-11-2003, 01:08 PM
I would go with the 54" SS Rhino Commercial. Make the investment now. You will not regret it.
06-11-2003, 01:25 PM
yeah i think that is what i am going to do but i think i am going to go with the teaki asked the guy at ss and he said that if you go out alot teak is more durable.. and ..and if you ask me a speargun in teak looks badass...:D
06-11-2003, 05:05 PM
Teak more durable than the rhino coating? I find that very hard to believe. Spear One?
06-11-2003, 05:28 PM
The Rhino is definitely more durable from a "finish" standpoint. The choice between Rhino and Teak really boils down to preference. If you want your gun to look good but don't want the maintainance, go with the Rhino. If you love the look of natural oiled Teak and don't mind the maintainance, go with the Teak. You can't go wrong with either one.
06-12-2003, 08:03 AM
just buy a com. rino and free shaft . kevin will like to hear me say that
06-12-2003, 02:17 PM
well kevin told me to go with teak so i guess thaat is what i will buy.. gonna go order this week.. hell yeah....
06-12-2003, 04:14 PM
You just sounded more like a natural wood guy!
06-12-2003, 04:37 PM
and if you ask me a speargun in teak looks badass...
I came home from work one day, awhile back, to find #1 and the wife had been to the hardware store. I now had two big spools of weedwacker line, one in flo. orange and the other in royal blue, and I don't even own a weedwacker.
Me, "What's all this?"
#1, "It's cool colored line for the spearguns, Dad."
Me, "Oh, hmmm :rolleyes:, okay we'll try it."
It works and the color does look pretty sharp against the wood. I've since found some smaller diameter stuff in a light blue that we are using.
06-13-2003, 08:52 AM
natural is the way to go im my eyes.. even on all my shot guns and rifles i have never owned a synthetic stock even tough they say its better in rough weather.. shit i dont minde polishing up the wood from time to time to make it look sharp.. but hey some people like to come home and throw em in the closet....
06-13-2003, 09:58 AM
you have chosen.....wisely
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