Although based in Fredericksburg, VA, Mako Spearguns has encountered a certain amount of criticism for manufacturing their gear in China. There are those who suggest that this means the finished products will be somehow sub-par and ‘cheap’. There’s an old saying, “You get what you pay for”, and to a larger extent, this is true. But perhaps the critics are being a tad unfair. After all, by using a cost-effective manufacturing process, Mako is able to provide gear at a much more reasonable price which is ideal for beginners and – if looked after – could last at least until you are proficient enough to consider investing in more expensive equipment. Another fact that weighs in its favor is that Mako has an excellent Customer Services (though they call it the ‘Buddy Service) team that is on hand to resolve any issues or concerns you might have.

Dano Krahling, President of Mako spearguns, might take issue with suggestions of his products being of inferior quality. His whole ethos is based on supporting the freediving and spearfishing community, with the aim of giving something back rather than just making the bucks.

Take a look at the company website and you’ll see that this is true. There’s a mind-boggling selection of goodies other than spearguns and accessories, from ‘parkas and ponchos’ to fish identification charts, and even gifts and jewelry. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s an entire ‘How To’ section stuffed with helpful reference tables and instructional videos to guide you through processes from ‘how to rig your open-muzzle speargun’ to ‘getting permission to go spearfishing’. There really is very little they missed out!

Possibly in answer to his critics, Dano has slotted in a section into the website called ‘Why Buy From Mako Spearguns?’. It details the business model and explains how he can sell such ‘high quality’ and high performance spearfishing gear at such reasonable prices. The trick is, he says, that he sells direct to the customer with no markup. Again, he stresses that they have the best customer services in the world. In support of this, spearos in the forums claim that Dano himself has taken the phone to speak to them about their problems and give advice.

Another section asks ‘Why Buy From Mako?’, and then gives 12 reasons, which highlight the fact that the company has incorporated features from more expensive brands the world over into its own models. It’s a pretty convincing read. For example, all Mako guns have shark fin tab spears, rather than notched ones, as the shark fin type has twice the strength. Also, they include a loading butt as standard, making loading your gun a lot quicker and easier.

If you need convincing, take a look at the Predator Pro 3G Speargun, which comes with an impressive range of features as well as a 3-year warranty.

The main thing to take away from all this is that Mako offers an exceptional range of affordable guns and goods for entry-level divers and hunters and above. By choosing Mako, you really can’t go wrong.