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The Structure of the New Mossberg 930 Autoloader

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 Click to enlargeacid 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: Why did you go to the area you went to in Argentina near Cordoba in northern Argentina some distance from Buenos Aires for your gun test?

Kendall: The area around Cordoba, Argentina, is known for producing a high quantity of rice and large numbers of ducks. Our outfitter, Paco Riestra, is the number-one wing-shooting outfitter in Argentina and has a strong reputation for producing plenty of shooting for his clients. We also knew we would be fed well and have a nice lodge to stay in with confident guides, good equipment and an excellent opportunity for success.

Question: I was surprised that you had ported the 930 Autoloaders. This feature is usually reserved for more-expensive shotguns. Why did Mossberg decide to port the 930s?

Kendall: Porting reduces recoil. If you’re an avid waterfowl hunter, then you like to shoot a lot. At Mossberg, we felt that if we could include porting on our 930s and reduce the recoil for the waterfowl hunter, this feature would be one that many waterfowl hunters Click to enlargewould enjoy. After shooting as many rounds as we did in a single day in Argentina, reduced recoil was a very-important feature. I think all of our guests enjoyed coming to dinner each night without having sore and bruised shoulders.

Question: Why do you have the safety on the back of the receiver instead of near the trigger on the 930 Autoloader?

Kendall: Mossberg has always felt that having top tang safety on the back of the receiver enables the hunter to feel the safety without having to look at it. The safety is more convenient to operate than if it’s in another place. In addition, by putting the safety where we have it, regardless of whether you’re a right-handed shooter or a left-handed shooter, the safety is easy to find and operate.

Question: While hunting in Argentina, were you surprised at how well the ducks decoyed and at how close they came to the blind before you took the shot?

Kendall: Absolutely. This time was my first to hunt in Argentina, and I didn’t know whether the ducks would be sky-high or only provide pass shooting. I found that the ducks in Argentina really Click to enlargework the decoy spread like the ducks in North America do. They’ll come in and circle, and when you call them back, they’ll come to your blind, wings cupped and feet down like you dream ducks will work.

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Tomorrow: Reliability

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 4