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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: Dennis, you come from a waterfowling background growing up on the eastern shore in Maryland. Now you’re employed by Mossberg, a company that not only makes waterfowling guns but also many other types of guns. What would you like the public to know about Mossberg?

Kendall: We know that Mossberg makes relatively-inexpensive high-quality guns that can be purchased at a number of discount stores.

Question: What else do you want the shooting public to know about Mossberg?

Kendall: We want the public to know that the Mossberg shotguns are the real deal. At Mossberg, we believe that the sportsman doesn’t have to spend $600 or more on an autoloading shotgun to purchase a high-quality, rugged, dependable autoloader. We feel that we build the safest, most-reliable high-performing shotgun on the marketplace, even though we’ve kept the price where the average hunter can purchase them. By taking our shotguns to Argentina and proving their accuracy, reliability and performance, other people will learn what we already know: Mossberg produces quality guns at reasonable prices.

Question: What has Mossberg done to improve the accuracy and versatility of their shotguns?

Kendall: Our guns have always patterned well. However, we’ve realized that shotguns have to perform a wide variety of jobs from taking turkeys to downing doves to breaking clays. Therefore, we make our own choke tubes specifically designed for our guns, and we provide three different choke tubes with each of the guns we sell. To make our guns as high-performing as possible for any test the hunter may need to use them for, we’ve included an improved Click to enlargecylinder, a modified and a full choke tube – with each of our shotguns. Because Mossberg makes the chokes for each one of the guns it produces, these chokes fit perfectly into the Mossberg barrels.

Question: What will you tell anyone who decides to go to Argentina for the first time to shoot ducks?

Kendall: First, I’ll advise them to bring a Mossberg shotgun and a quality pair of waders and plan to shoot a lot. You’ll never anticipate just how much you’re going to shoot. So, be prepared to shoot a lot, hunt hard and see more ducks than you’ve ever imagined.

Question: Mossberg shotguns have proved their reliability in Argentina. How did the company build that much reliability into a shotgun?

Kendall: We at Mossberg have never felt that reliability should be a factor in a price. We feel that economical, safe, affordable guns like those we build should be reliable. We’ve worked at Mossberg in our research-and-development department to build reliability into our guns. For instance, the gas system in our autoloaders contains no O-rings or rubber parts like you’ll find in some other guns in the marketplace. I think these factors increase reliability. We make sure Mossberg guns contain very-few moving parts that can malfunction or break, which also increases the reliability. We’ve had guides and outfitters here in Argentina tell us horror stories of guns breaking down and malfunctioning because they’ve become so beat-up from repeated shootings that the Click to enlargemetal and plastic parts melt. We’ve built our guns to take the torture test of constant, repeated shooting and continue to perform. Our guns are durable, reliable and can take the torture test of Argentina. Yet, they’re affordable enough that most hunters can purchase them.

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

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 5