Will be clamming for first time since child. Saw two different clamming guns in store, one was twice the height of the other -(both metal). Does that extra lenght make a difference or not. Any answers greatly appreciated.
The longer one means more sand to pull out and it'smuch heavier. I've got the shorter type and get as much clams as the next guy but sometimes it takes a little longer. If I were to buy a new gun I'd spend a little more money and get the stainless steel one. It's a little wider and the stainless slides into the sand like butter.
I am not an expert but I understand that you only use the bottom half (about 18" to 24") of the clam gun any way. My brother in law built his own custom clam gun and the large pipe portion is only about 20" long. The handle comes of the large diameter with a pipe approx. 1 1/2" in dia for approx another 20" up to the T handle. The hole is still in the handle and both pipes are hollow and open to each other so you still get the proper suction when pluggin the hole and lifting.
[ 11-06-2003, 10:49 PM: Message edited by: Conspiracy Theory ]
Actually I think a beginner will break less clams with a gun than with a shovel.
I don't break clams with a shovel and prefer them out in the surf especially after the tide has come in.
The guy with the shovel is knelt down digging his clam and gets nailed by the incoming wave and I just stand up and pull the clam out with the gun never making myself vounerable to the same incoming wave.
Both methods work great and if you choose to go with a gun instead of a shovel, make sure you have some kind of pounding stick because sometimes (often times) pounding is required to locate the clams.
Oh and yes, stainless does cut through the sand better but when it comes to a gun they are awefull heavy to be toting around for any period of time. The dwawback.