SEASON WITH MOSSBERG’S DENNIS KENDALL
The Extreme Test
EDITOR’S NOTE: The mourning begins on the last
day of duck season, which is usually the end of January.
Many months will pass before we once again don waders,
gather up our decoys, load up our retrievers and head
for our blinds. However, duck season doesn’t have
to end. How would you like to be able to hunt ducks
from March through August and take 40 ducks or more
per day without drastically affecting the North American
duck population? If this sounds like an unrealistic
dream, it’s not, if you travel to Argentina. Argentina
is the Valhalla for the duck hunter where you see thousands,
possibly millions of ducks. This duck-hunting paradise
is so good that you’ll have a difficult time believing
what you’re about to read. Dennis Kendall, director
of marketing for Mossberg of New Haven, Connecticut,
invited me and two other outdoor writers, Wayne Van
Zwoll and Lamar Underwood,
to Argentina to test the newest of the Mossberg shotguns,
the 930 model. A three-shot autoloader that cost less
than $300, the guns were to be given the acid test.
We drug them through the muddy rice fields and marshes
and shot three to four boxes of shells every morning
and every evening to test the durability of the 930
Question: Dennis, why did you decide to bring Mossberg's
new 930 Autoloader along with three outdoor writers
to Argentina to test this new gun?
Kendall: We at Mossberg thought that an Argentina hunt
with three writers would be a unique treat since duck
season was closed in North America in April. We also
wanted the writers to give the 930 a fair test under
extreme conditions. There’s a wide variety of
duck species in Argentina. These ducks are birds that
most duck hunters in North America have never seen before.
Besides the 930, we brought the Silver Reserve Over-and-Under,
two of our latest new products. The 930 Autoloader and
the Silver Reserve are both great waterfowl guns. We
wanted them tested and evaluated by impartial outdoorsmen
under extreme conditions.
In Argentina, we shot low brass 2-3/4-inch shells with
lead shot. How did you feel the guns performed?
Kendall: Frankly we were surprised. Waterfowlers in
the United States usually shoot 3-inch 12-gauge up to
10-gauge Magnums for waterfowl. We were surprised that
the outfitter provided low brass Fiocchi 2-3/4-inch
shells for duck hunting. However, we were all pleasantly
surprised that these low brass shells in the Mossberg
guns enabled us to take ducks out to 40 yards and more.
Crippling birds was almost non-existent.
Question: What will be the price on the 930 Autoloaders?
Kendall: The average price is from $289 to $329, which
makes these guns about as affordable as any autoloader
gun in the marketplace.
Question: How does Mossberg produce a quality autoloader
like the 930 for this price?
The philosophy of Mossberg is to provide the most-affordable,
high-quality product possible at a price the average
consumer can afford. We attempt to bring our customers
a great quality product at a very-affordable price with
features that are hard to beat, including porting and
many other features that more-expensive shotguns offer.
You’ve seen on this hunt that Mossberg's new 930
Autoloader not only meets but also exceeds the performance
of most autoloaders in the field.
For more information about Mossberg's products, you
can visit the company’s website at www.mossberg.com.
To learn more about duck hunting in Argentina, please
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