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New Guns & Gear for 2014

Check out this year's selection of the latest shotguns, ammo, and accessories for waterfowlers
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6. Cabela's Offers Affordable, Quality Double Gun 
The good old days return with this new side-by-side shotgun from Cabela's. Remarkably low-priced for a double gun of this quality, the Dickinson Arms side-by-side comes with ejectors and double or single triggers in 12-, 16-, and 20-gauge models. The 12 and 20 have 3-inch chambers, 28-inch chrome-lined barrels, and a raised center rib. The gun's splinter forearm and straight-grip stock may not be ideal for heavy magnum loads, but should make for quicker gun handling on decoying ducks, particularly fast-flying teal. cabelas.com

7. Browning A5 Available in 3 1/2-Inch Magnum 
Announced last year, Browning's new A5 humpback autoloader with 3 1/2-inch chambers is now available nationwide. This 12-gauge magnum version of the A5 comes with 26-, 28-, or 30-inch barrels and includes a ventilated rib, a Vector Pro lengthened forcing cone, and three Invector-DS choke tubes. The gun is available in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades or Break-Up Infinity camo and includes Dura-Touch Armor coating for that anti-slip, slightly tacky feel that really enhances handling. The buttstock can be adjusted for cast, drop, and length of pull. An oversized bolt handle is easy to find and grasp. browning.com

8. Winchester Designs Compact SX3 Autoloader 
Winchester's Super X3 series of autoloaders use an Active Valve System to bleed just the right amount of gas pressure for soft but effective cycling of everything fromlight target loads to heavy magnum goose loads. This year smaller-framed shooters should find a comfortable fit with the SX3 Field Compact. With its satin oil finished walnut stock and matte black receiver, the gun looks classy without being flashy. A 13-inch length-of-pull stock coupled with a 24-inch barrel makes this gun perfectly balanced for smaller women and youngsters. A ventilated rib and three Invector chokes are standard. winchesterguns.com

9. Girls Hunt 2 with New Weatherby 20-Gauge 
Long famous for magnum rifles, Weatherby also builds a strong line of pump and autoloading shotguns. While the SA-08 Waterfowler 3.0 in 12-gauge is the gun for the macho crowd, the new SA-08 GH2 (Girls Hunt 2) in 20-gauge with a 12 1/2-inch length of pull and 24-inch barrel is tailored for smaller-framed shooters. Light and lively at 5 3/4 pounds, the Girls Hunt 2 is easy for women and young shooters to swing into action. The 3-inch chamber accommodates the best of today's 20-gauge waterfowl loads. Each gun comes with sling swivel studs, a ventilated rib, and three choke tubes. weatherby.com

10. Youth May Flock to Stoeger M3020 
Youth guns are all the rage this year. More power to them! Cool guns like Stoeger's M3020 autoloader make waterfowling more attractive to young people. Though it's not marketed as a youth gun, this lightweight 20-gauge features an inertia-driven system that tames recoil nicely. This gun is available with 26- or 28-inch barrels chambered for 3-inch shotshells. Stock options include black synthetic, Realtree APG, or Realtree Max-5 camo finishes. stoegerindustries.com

11. 28-Gauge Joins Beretta A400 Xplor Action Team 
Beretta recently added a 28-gauge option to its line of A400 Xplor Action semiautomatic shotguns. The Xplor Action 28 is lightweight and features Beretta's Kick-Off recoil reducer, which uses two hydraulic dampeners. The receiver is bronze finished. Chambered for 2 3/4-inch shotshells, the Action 28-gauge is available only with 28-inch barrels. Other features include a walnut stock and forearm, ventilated rib, and fiber-optic front sight. berettausa.com

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