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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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By Ron Spomer and Chris Jennings


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Waterfowling Guns

1. Benelli Launches New Ethos Shotgun 
Shotguns are starting to be named like cars. But don't let Benelli's 12-gauge Ethos fool you. Inside its sleek, racy exterior are innovative features that make this inertia- driven autoloader smoother shooting than its predecessors. Loading and chambering have been improved. Buttons and controls are easier to reach and operate. The rotating bolt head locks into place with just a flick of your finger against the bolt handle. Inside the stock is a unique rubber recoil reducer that works like multiple leaf springs to absorb shock. Length of pull can be adjusted via interchangeable gel-based butt pads. Cast and drop adjust with shims. Available with 26- or 28-inch barrels chambered for 3-inch shells, the Ethos comes with five choke tubes, an aluminum receiver, ventilated rib, and fiber-optic front sight. benelliusa.com


2. Remington Offers New Versa Max Waterfowl Pro 
New this year from Remington is the Waterfowl Pro version of its impressive Versa Max autoloader. Dressed in a protective coat of Mossy Oak's Shadow Grass Blades camouflage, this 12-gauge sports both a safety switch and a large bolt handle that are easy to feel and operate. Teflon plating on internal components keeps corrosion at bay, and extended Pro Bore choke tubes are easy to grip and change. Like previous models, this one handles 2 3/4- to 3 1/2-inch shells interchangeably. A unique buttstock attachment plate and interchangeable recoil pads and combs allow you to customize gun fit. As a proud partner of Ducks Unlimited, Remington helps support DU's conservation efforts. remington.com

3. Ruger's Classic Red Label Over/Under Returns 
Shooters who appreciate the balance and solid feel of a classic over/under will rejoice at the return of a new and improved Ruger Red Label. This redesigned 12-gauge takes advantage of modern manufacturing techniques that have refined the mechanism, moved the center of gravity for a livelier feel, and reduced felt recoil. Blued, hammer-forged 28-inch chrome- molybdenum steel barrels are now back-bored with 2-inch-long forcing cones. Five interchangeable chokes come with the gun, and a single mechanical trigger sets everything in motion. ruger.com

4. Mossberg Rolls Out Duck Commander Signature Series 
Duck Commander series shotguns include Mossberg's familiar pumps and autoloaders in a broad array of configurations covering 11 models. Each includes Realtree Max-5 camouflage and TruGlo sights. Models are offered with 3- or 3 1/2-inch chambers and 26- or 28-inch barrels. The 930 autoloader and 500 pump gun Duck Commander Signature models sport a repeating flying duck pattern on the receiver, plus special logos on the receiver and magazine cap. mossberg.com

5. Franchi Affinity 12-Gauge a Good Fit for Youth 
Youth guns don't have to come only in 20-gauge. Franchi has added a 12-gauge model to its Affinity Compact line of autoloading guns. The Affinity Compact 12 weighs about 6 1/3 pounds and features an inertia-driven system that reduces felt recoil. Length-of-pull spacers allow you to adjust the stock to fit shooters of different ages and statures. This gun features a 26-inch steel barrel and is available in black, Realtree APG, and Realtree Max-5 finishes. Improved-cylinder and modified chokes come standard; additional chokes are available as options. franchiusa.com

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