By Phil Bourjaily
Today's duck guns are marvels of engineering. They are lighter, shorter, and much more versatile than the old lead-shot-era Long Toms our grandfathers used. Modern waterfowl guns cycle a wide assortment of shell sizes and are multipurpose enough to handle everything from clay targets to turkeys as well as ducks and geese.
The best of these high-tech firearms make us realize how far shotguns have come over the past few decades. From recoil pads to the bead at the end of the barrel, these guns keep evolving. Here, in no particular order, are several of today's most innovative waterfowl guns, as well as key developments in gun design and accessories that have made these firearms truly versatile, yet at the same time specialized to meet the needs of duck and goose hunters.