While the â€śyear of the duckâ€ť became the year of hard luck for many fowlers in parts of the country that were despicably warm still in midwinter, it was not for lack of proper arsenal that the birds werenâ€™t falling. Like next yearâ€™s duck counts will no doubt turn out, this yearâ€™s crop of waterfowl guns offers a lot of carryover from the year prior, including some ultra-light autoloaders, guns with wicked new paint jobs, a killer Lego kit of a Mossberg pump and an insurrection of well-made guns that wonâ€™t kill your kidâ€™s college fund.
Stealing the shotgun show at SHOT was the resurrection of an all-time great autoloader, Browningâ€™s venerable humpback A-5, a legacy gun that is back and better-looking than ever. Now if we can just get a cold winter next year to kick us down some of these birds at a reasonable time in the seasonâ€¦
Anyway, here’s eight of our favorite waterfowling shotguns for the new year in alphabetical order.
Price: Performance Shop Super Black Eagle ll in Realtree MAX 4 camo, $2,669
Price: $1,840. Those in the market for an over-under dream gun should also check out the all-new SV10 Perennia ($2,890). Though of upland design, the 3â€ť SV10 models are fine for any fowling.
Price: $849 black, $949 camo
Price: Instinct L -- $1,149; Instinct SL -- $1,349
Price: Retail is now $1,199, down from $1,479 a year ago.
Are you planning on buying a new shotgun this year?