mnbirdkiller429 wrote:I'm new to this site. I was googling duck commander mossberg and read your forum. When I was a kid my dad had one of the first 835's. Why I don't know because I never seen him hunt for any birds. Having a dad that wasn't a waterfowl hunter I didn't waterfowl hunt. When I was 20 I moved to Phoenix AZ and didn't hunt anything for many years. Dad was diagnosed with cancer when I was 29 and I came back to MN to help out on the family farm. I immersed myself in mn wildlife. I bought a small boat and fished like I had never fished before. I hunted whitetail deer like I had when I was a kid. A friend of mine was hard up and needed money for christmas presents and sold me an old mossberg 500AB . I started shooting clays and my love for shotguns grew. The next fall I went out and got a 835 and started goose hunting and was instantly addicted. I love my 835 and shot 1000s of shells through it at geese, clays and a few turkeys. This year I went out and got a 935 and duck hunted for the first time. Opening morning the ducks dropped like rain. I went with my girlfriends brother and his friends. Before we started the hunt everyone there asked what kind of gun I had and said with pride a mossberg auto mag. I was laughed at and told how worthless a mossberg was. After duck 6 or 7 someone asked me how much I had paid for it. 2 weeks later that guy purchased his own and loves it as much as I love mine. Did duck dynasty get me to duck hunt? No peer pressure did I was suppose to work that morning. I called into work while calls were being blown into and shots were going off and said I wouldn't be in that morning I was duck hunting. You guys can call Duck Commander sell outs for switching brands. I agree with them an American family company using an American family built firearm. Will I buy a Duck Commander Mossberg? I plan on it with great anticipation. The girlfriend needs a 12 ga and she will get a 500 or 835 of her own. She shoots clays with me alot not much of a hunter. Old Phil sat in his little shed and made duck calls and worked very hard 40 years ago and is now living the American dream. I say good for all the Robertsons. I'm glad some down to earth nature loving redneck folks with a love for their country and our future are in the spotlight. The show entertains me. Its nice to see a show without alot of cursing and bleeps that portraits people like myself having as much fun as they can and living life to the fullest.
I agree. I got here the same way through Google. I'm middle-aged and started hunting about five years ago. Basically I'm still new to the sport and trying to learn as much as I can. I'm not a very good hunter at all, but I'm having the time of my life.
Here's my proverbial 2 cents on the subject...
Regarding Mossbergs... People like me who are new to the sport and don't have a lot of disposable income find Mossberg pump shotgun to be affordable, reliable entry level option. I have a 20 gauge 500 model with interchangeable barrels (field barrel and rifled barrel for slugs). I also have a 12 gauge camo 535 model, also with interchangeable barrels (field barrel and turkey barrel). I don't want to question motives, but I wonder sometimes if pride and status creeps into our purchases? I fully recognize that you basically get what you pay for, and a Browning Citori or a Benelli Legacy is usually going to be more reliable and last longer than a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870. But I also would suggest that a whole lot more of it has to do with who is using it.
I grew up golfing, and on the rare occasion that I hit the links, I frequently find myself outplaying guys who are hitting the latest fancy new clubs, even though I am swinging 35 year old clubs... I even use WOOD woods on the fairway!
I suspect wielding guns is much the same. Put an entry level shotgun in Phil Robertson's hands and you're going to end up with a lot more dead ducks a lot quicker than if you put a Benelli Super Vinci in my hands.
Regarding the Robertsons... As a new hunter who is satisfied with my Mossbergs, I am excited that the Robertsons have signed with them. I like the Robertsons. I like Mossberg. What's not to like? But if someone wants to buy me a Browning or a Benelli, I'd be fine with that too. I'm not going to be loyal to Mossberg just because the Robertsons have signed on. If the Robertsons can get more people into hunting, I say, wonderful! I'm tired of our country moving further and further away from our roots. The more people that get into hunting, I believe the more people will starting thinking about our 2nd amendment rights.. and that isn't just a good thing. That's a great thing!
I'm looking forwarding to seeing what the Mossberg DC line looks like.