JBL 38-Special Northwest Speargun 4D38NW 041106

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Mfg Part #: 4D38NW

JBL 38-Special Northwest Speargun

  • Designed for heavy penetration
  • Has an open muzzle, which allows for faster and easier loading of the spearshaft
  • Compact model of the Magnum is designed for close quarters and for midsize to small fish
  • These guns are most suitable for spearfishing among reefs and rocks where heavy penetration
    is needed but range is not critical
  • Hardened stainless trigger
  • Spring steel shafts and points
  • Cast aluminum handle
  • TOTAL LENGTH: 42 inches
  • SLING DIAMETER: 9/16 inch
  • SPEARPOINT: Rotating Twin Spinner Rock Point (#843)
  • RANGE: 14 feet


Customer Reviews for JBL 38-Special Northwest Speargun:

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Average Customer Review: based on 12 reviews.

Rating: REVIEW
Reviewer: Jason J.
this is a good gun it came with black bands when in the picture they were yellow but it seems to function and work well, except for the spear tip its very difficult to get it tight onto the gun because of the swivel tip, i had mine actually fall of and after 45 minutes of swimming at the bottom of the lake found it but other then the spear tip its a good gun

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Rating: Great Speargun
Reviewer: John B.  -  View all my reviews
This is my first gun, and I bought one for my son also. It has a nice feel to it under water and Im surprised at the power. Ive never used more than one band (yet), but havent had shots at any huge fish yet. Weve bagged a few flounder and sea bass so far. Id recomend this to anyone.

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354 out of 707 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Great Gun for a great price. Recomend on all levels
Reviewer: Nicholas Dean  -  View all my reviews
This is a sweet gun for a sweet price! I bought the gun for fishing in primarily coral and reef areas in Hawaii. The smaller size of the gun makes it extremely mobile. Not only is its mobility great for quick navigation amungst thick coral, but also if you do much traveling it makes it much easier to pack. I have used it about 4 or 5 times now, and havnt even needed to put the 3rd band on it for added power. I was really impressed with its power as well as how easy it was to load. For those who are worried about how hard it is to load, almost every gun on the market is going to take some muscle. Ive used guns that are much harder to loard than this one. All around I would recomend this gun. You cant beet the quality of JBL, the customer service of Scuba.com, and the price that you pay for this gun.

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Rating: Kill em all
Reviewer: Kyle B.
Good all around gun. It was recommended to me and i would recommend it to the next guy.

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78 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Really good gun.
Reviewer: Eric M.  -  View all my reviews
Well made, good value, spears fish way better than my smaller, older JBL. Happy customer.

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Rating: 38 special northwest
Reviewer: Ronald Bublitz  -  View all my reviews
The gun is everything I expected it to be . It is perfect for small to medium sized fish. Since I bought the gun for my first spearfishing trip , I really didnt know what to expect but I learned that this gun has good penetration within the twelve foot range. I captured everything I shot with it. A great buy!

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Rating: Puttin food on the table.
Reviewer: Brian Olson Instructor
I LOVE THIS GUN! Ill start with its versatility. Three bands means that the diver can adjust hitting power - fewer bands for small fish up close and near rocks, Three bands for quick hard-hitting penetration on larger fish or at greater distances. The relatively short overall length means that you can switch direction and maneuver quickly for the kill-shot. The changeable tip can be switched to accommodate different quarry and conditions. The open muzzle allows for rapid reloading so you get more shots in a shorter period of time. This all ads up to more fish on the grill. For all-around performance and successful hunting, this is the one to lay your bets on.

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439 out of 830 people found this review helpful.

Rating: great
Reviewer: steven jarrard

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125 out of 258 people found this review helpful.

Rating: 38 Special Speargun
Reviewer: Chris Long  -  View all my reviews
Excellent gun. Very easy to use.

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297 out of 589 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Cant wait to use this
Reviewer: Kristian B.  -  View all my reviews
I purchased this model w/3 bands specifically for the Ling and Cabezon in our area. It appears to be well made, and I am itching to pull the trigger on our next trip.

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Questions and Answers for JBL 38-Special Northwest Speargun:

  • william:

    is this gun have a hard band to pull back

    Bill  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    This gun is a good size and fairly easy to load. The bands are easy to change with either longer or thinner bands to make even easier to load.

  • Maynard:

    I have this gun and my bands have dry-rotted. Can I use 5/8" to replace or should i still use the 7-16"? Also does it matter if i use different lengths to increase power?

    Bill  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    Typically you can go down in thickness, but not up in thickness. The 5/8 band can lead to a safety lock malfunction when used in place of a 7/16 band.

  • Wayne:

    i have this gun but i can not get a single fish with it. the fish would flipped and stunned, then swam away. i had even used all three bang shooting no more tha three feet between the spear tip and the fish. there is no penetration. someone said it is the problem with the rotating screwed on spear head i am thinking of replacing the spear tip with a slip on, the jbl slip on comes in three different sizes. which one work for this gun?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    Hello Wayne, you are going to want the 6MM and then depends on how long you want the tip. It comes in a 3", 4", or 5". If you would like to place an order or have any other questions please feel free to give us a call at 1.800.347.2822.

  • bill:

    dose this gun come with the bands rigged and a shaft?

    Bill  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):


  • Salengua:

    Do you have store or branch in the philippine

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    Hello Salengua, we only have one location and that is located in Irvine, Ca. in the USA.

  • Salengua:

    This kind of speargun.where did I found in the philippine

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    Hello Salengua, you would have to contact the manufacture directly to find your local dealer in your area. We do ship international if you want to place your order and have that shipped to your location.

  • Sfee:

    I noticed in the description the gun is said to be 35.75" without the shaft. Does that mean from the butt of the gun to the muzzles tip? Thanks, Steve

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):


  • Greg:

    Can I purchase extra shafts for this gun? What about extra bands? I ask these questions because there is no place that I can find for accesories. Thanks. Greg

    Arthur  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    yes you can

38 Special North West

The speargun design that started it all, the JBL Magnum series of guns is probably responsible for more speared fish than all other spearguns combined. It’s no wonder, as this durable and accurate workhorse features a 1 1/4” drawn alloy barrel, hardened stainless trigger, shaft and point. Handles are constructed of two-piece cast aluminum providing strength and ease of maintenance. The Magnum series features two or three 9/16” Hi-Mod bands with stainless wire wishbones. Tried and trusted, this is one hunting buddy you’ll be glad to share a secret spot with.

Features of the 38 Special North West include:

1 1/4' aircraft grade aluminum barrel with TRU-GLIDE rail track for accuracy. Body measures 35.75' without shaft
3/8” heat treated stainless steel shaft with Rockpoint spinner point(728-NW/ 843)
Three 16' x 9/16” bands (216)
Rugged Gulf Muzzle
All aluminum construction for bomb proof durability.
American Made 

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