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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 Click to enlargeUnderwood, 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 Mossberg Autoloader.

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.

Click to enlargeQuestion: 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?

Click to enlargeKendall: 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 To learn more about duck hunting in Argentina, please visit

Tomorrow: Chesapeake Bay vs. Argentina

Check back each day this week for more about "DUCK SEASON WITH MOSSBERG’S DENNIS KENDALL"

Day 1: The Extreme Test
Day 2: Chesapeake Bay vs. Argentina
Day 3: The Three-Day Test
Day 4: The Structure of the New Mossberg 930 Autoloader
Day 5: Reliability



Entry 350, Day 1