Courtland Hunt has just changed the underwater game by successfully shooting invasive Lionfish over 100ft underwater with a customized Glock 9mm handgun in the Gulf of Mexico.
“The project started to see if we could shoot a gun underwater and it evolved into much more with the right people involved.” Lionfish are an invasive species that need to be eradicated. All weapons modifications done under supervision of Airborne Arms Inc license holder “07-Manufacturer of Firearms other than Destructive Devices” with support of Lone Wolf Glock Parts. www.lonewolfdist.com
We spoke with Courtland about his fish/hunt.
O360: Why did you decide to try out this new technique with lion fish?
Courtland: I want to stress that Lionfish are an invasive species and currently the only way to slow the spreading devastation is spearfishing and people demanding them at seafood restaurants, they’re honestly one of the tastiest, firmest fish that there is in the ocean and not poisonous when eaten.
O360: What made you decide to even try this with handgun underwater?
Courtland: Our Go-Fish Productions crew set out to test whether we could shoot a handgun 100ft underwater and it turned into a project to prove almost every expert we talked to that there’s many mis-conceptions about what’s possible underwater.
While researching what we were getting into we realized that outside of a couple videos of shooting guns in a pool, there’s almost no real world intelligence on anything we were trying to do and at this point it I think it’s safe to say we are among the leading experts in shooting handguns deep underwater…for whatever it’s worth.
People ask me “why?” and I say honestly, “I’m fascinated by guns, but tired of seeing videos on ‘how many watermelons, CD’s, or marshmallows can a bullet travel through. Those things have no applications for me, however I can now tell you that if a shark (or watermelon) were to attack me at almost any depth that a Glock 9mm would surely protect me.”
“We’ve actually discovered how to get the bullet to travel at least the length of a pool (try to find that on Youtube), so I think subscribers are going to be surprised by future videos.”
(legally) It’s important to stress that all weapons modifications were done in the presence of Airborne Arms Inc, a licensed “Firearms Manufacturer” with the support of Lone Wolf Glock Parts & Accessories.
See the viral video of Team Outdoors360 youngest member, Kellan Hunt – who is Courtland’s son – below.
There is NO DOUBT Kellan’s already an above average fisherman, and with a family full of exceptional fishermen we’re going to see a whole lot more of Kellan Hunt. We’ve featured his uncle, Justin Moore, who caught a tarpon that by all estimations would have smashed the world record: World Record Tarpon Released. And, Courtland continually raises the bar with amazing spearfishing videos, drone footage, and beautiful camera work – he recently won: See the FSDA’s 2015 Videographer of the Year, Courtland Hunt, in Action. Stay tuned for their next adventure!