Amazingly neat, slim, light and maneuverable, the 100% Made in France Beuchat Hero Carbon gives a great feeling, especially in the length of 75 we received, of the perfect little gun usable in all conditions, also with rough sea and current. But indeed, the carbon fiber cuttlefish bone shape barrel definitely can support high loads and long shots for the greater lengths. We had already presented the basic version of the Beuchat Hero in the dossier of best sling spearguns between 100 and 200 €.
Handle and release mechanism
100% stainless steel release mechanism, including the trigger, release tooth, box and, as a particular feature, the hilt, but with a polyamide loaded with 30% of fiberglass, permits to have the maximum resistance of the various elements of the system, still reducing weight, noise and friction to the minimum. The polyamide loaded with a 30% fiberglass base is well designed with the integrated shaft guide that, thanks to two high edges, perfectly centers the shaft. The system is of the inverted type to be able to shift the point of connection shaft-release tooth as backward as possible for the best efficiency of the shot. The lateral line release lever can be switched left or right.
The handle is in polyamide loaded with 30% of fiberglass, and so is the chest support, which is detachable simply by pulling out a pin, in is hallow in the central part for weight reduction. The handle is complete with two small refined lateral wings to position the monofilament out of the way.
The grip is anatomical but also symmetrical, so adequate for left and right-handers. The cover is in a special elastomer, with a particular and nice fuchsia color, which recalls the Hero writing color on the barrel and of the safety system lever. The latter is small and not really perceivable wearing a neoprene glove.
Made of 100% pre-preg carbon fiber, and shaped with a top solution as the cuttlefish bone, the barrel of the Beuchat Hero Carbon indicates a top of the line solution. The open track shaft guide is integrated with the barrel with an extremely neat final result, where the two rails are high and well defined, helping to have a small area of contact between rail and shaft and reduced friction. The elliptical section in the center of the barrel measures 38 x 28 mm. Available lengths are 75, 90, 100 and 110.
Muzzle and elastic bands
The standard setup is with a single circular 16mm diameter fast-loading MEGATONNE power band, but indeed the open muzzle can load two circulars. The two holes for the passage of the two circular elastic bands permit to insert and extract them without opening the Spectra line wishbone. The design of the muzzle is extremely slim, and various passing holes determine a weight reduction and a nice design. Well dimensioned protuberances show that the monofilament will definitely stay in place.
The Tahitian shaft is a 6.5 mm diameter, with a single inferior barb, high penetration cone on the tip, which is tricuspid for best penetration and resistance. Connection to the wishbone is obtained with three welded shark fins.
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The suggested retail price of Beuchat Hero Carbon 75 is 299 €, just inside the price range of this dossier, but evidently including a very high-level barrel.