Back in 2013, we lost one of the best in our tribe (Rick Hadley). Around that same time, my buddy was at SCI and shot a slug YT on the E end. While swimming the YT back to the boat and prior to handing it to his father-in-law who was piloting the boat, my buddy got hit hard by the big bull sea lion ("Knothead") that has given divers so many problems over the past years. The fish was ripped from his grasp with such force he actually injured his ribs while trying to fight off the pick pocket and was sore for about a month afterwards. My buddy got wrapped at one point and dunked a few times and by the end of it all he was happy just to get back on the boat with his life, shaft/tip but unfortunately, his gun (60" Wong) had floated off during the battle. My buddies gun was black and it was getting dark, so needless to say, the search for it at last light was futile and unsuccessful. After getting back from the trip he called Daryl and ordered up the same model gun w/ Mahi paint this time and was back in action.
Fast forward to Dec 12, 2017, he gets an e-mail out of the blue from Daryl wishing him happy holidays and asking him if he still dives. My buddy thought it was kind of strange and due to having a whirlwind of severe medical problems with two of his family members, got back to Daryl 2 weeks later and informed him that he is still diving, Happy Holidays, etc. Daryl then e-mails him back and stated that he was refinishing an old gun that had his (My buddies) name on it for a guy in Oahu that supposedly either found it himself or a buddy did and gave it to him (Don't have the details on the find in Hawaii yet). Guess the gun was really weathered, had barnacles on it, etc. Amazingly, it sounds like this thing made its way west over the past 4 years or so and was located offshore O'ahu.
My buddy got added to the e-mail stream and has the guys e-mail who owns it now and it looks like Daryl refinished it for the guy, replaced the old rusted loading tab, added real inserts and a reel. It's too bad the guy who found this gun didn't try to find out the circumstances on its disappearance through Daryl prior to the gun getting refinished, etc. My buddy would have paid a pretty penny to get this gun back, as it was found, as a display piece with an impressive story. I'm actually a lil disappointed that Daryl didn't try to do the same with my buddy prior to working on the gun, but it sounds like he forgot all about the story my buddy told him and the fact that he bought his 3rd gun from him to replace the lost one back in 2013. Daryl said he figured he sold the gun and didn't want to embarrass him by contacting him directly to update the guns status. Daryl is a great guy and I'm not trying to say he purposely refinished this gun knowing that my buddy lost this thing 4 years ago, just in case this thread turns into a weird board blast on me.
I just think its amazing that this gun floated for 4 years and landed 3,500 miles west on the shores of O'ahu and at least will be killing fish once again.