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The Three-Day 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 Mossberg Autoloader.

Click to enlargeQuestion: In Argentina, you’re mainly hunting marshes, rice fields, mud and other gunk. The guns are subjected to a nasty environment. How do you feel they performed?

Kendall: We brought the guns to Argentina to test them under these extreme conditions. I believe that everyone was very surprised at how well the guns held up and performed with lots of rounds being fired with plenty of mud and water.

Question: With the 930 Autoloaders, you brought synthetic stocks and forearms. Why?

Kendall: We knew that the opportunity for dunking the guns in mud, muck and water would be high. We wanted to bring stocks and forearms that were durable and almost indestructible. We found that the synthetic stocks and forearms performed well in this harsh environment.

Click to enlargeQuestion: This test has been tough for Mossberg shotguns. Why did you go to the extreme of bringing writers all the way to Argentina to hunt in mud, rice fields and marshes to test the Mossberg 930 Autoloaders and the Silver Reserve Over-and-Unders?

Kendall: We offer our guns at such-affordable prices that many times I wonder if the consumer really knows just how reliable shotguns at this price can be. We wanted to bring our guns to Argentina where they would take more abuse in one day than they would normally take in a season. In three days of hunting and shooting, these guns actually took more punishment than most guns would take in several seasons to demonstrate that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to purchase a reliable high-performing waterfowling gun. Since the guns have performed flawlessly, our guests (writers) and their readers will be able to understand that you can purchase a quality shotgun like Mossberg at a reasonable price. We know that our guns are for real, and Mossberg can’t be beat for performance and price. We just wanted to show the writers and their Click to enlargereaders what we’ve known all along: that quality, reliability and performance are affordable with a Mossberg product.

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: The Structure of the New 930 Mossberg Autoloader

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 3