New Waterfowling Guns for 2013

By Gary Koehler

The latest in waterfowling firearms features new options, plus improved functionality for several proven duck guns.

1. Beretta Xplor A400 Action Counts Shots and More

Beretta recently announced the debut of the A400 Xplor Action, a semiautomatic shotgun now available in both 12- and 20-gauge designs. The Action is the first semiauto field shotgun to be equipped with an electronic device that counts fired shots. The GunPod component, which is housed in the pistol grip cap, performs other functions as well. These shotguns are lightweight and feature Beretta's Kick-Off recoil reducer, which uses two hydraulic dampeners. The receiver is copper-tinted. Chambered for 3-inch shotshells, the Action 12-gauge is available with a 26-, 28-, or 30-inch barrel. The 20-gauge model also has a 24-inch barrel option. 

2. New Browning A5 Handles 3 1/2-inch Shells

Waterfowlers may well have seen this coming. Hot on the heels of last year's introduction of the new A5, Browning is now offering a magnum version of this popular autoloader chambered for 3 1/2-inch loads. The only shotgun to come with a 100,000-round or five-year warranty, the A5 now offers gunners an increased payload. This gun has all the standard features of Browning's redesigned A5—the humpback receiver, extra-long forcing cone, Invector-DS choke tube system, and Inflex II recoil pad. In addition, this 3 1/2-inch model is available in Mossy Oak's new Shadow Grass Blades camouflage pattern as well as black synthetic.   

3. Chiappa Firearms Creates Rare Triple-Barrel Shotgun

If unique is what you seek, Chiappa Firearms has just the gun for you. The new Triple Crown three-barreled shotgun features a side-by-side configuration with a third barrel perched on top, providing a single sight plane. The Triple Crown is available in 12-gauge with 3-inch chambering and Rem-Choke choke tubes. This is a single-trigger shotgun; the barrels fire in a clockwise sequence with each pull of the trigger. The Triple Crown field model features 28-inch barrels and weighs in at 8 1/2 pounds.

4. CZ-USA 612 Wildfowl Magnum Has Rugged Design

Made specifically for duck, goose, and turkey hunting, CZ-USA's 612 Wildfowl Magnum is a sturdy 12-gauge chambered for 3 1/2-inch shells. This pump gun features a 26-inch vent-rib barrel and is adaptable for interchangeable choke tubes. Modified and extra-full chokes are provided with this package.

5. Mossberg Redesigns 835 Ulti-Mag and 535 ATS Waterfowl

Mossberg has been making firearms since 1919, so the company is hardly a stranger to duck hunters. This year, its 835 Ulti-Mag and 535 ATS waterfowl shotguns have been engineered with a special stock design incorporating Mathews Harmonic Damper technology. In addition, a redesigned thermoplastic recoil pad has been added to further soften recoil. The Mathews Damper is housed in the stock, which comes with interchangeable and raised combs.

6. Remington Introduces New Versa Max Sportsman

While offering the same performance features and autoloading system as the original Versa Max, Remington's new Sportsman version comes with fewer bells and whistles—and a lower price. Don't look for an adjustable comb, length-of-pull kit, or molded grips. The Sportsman doesn't have them. But like the premium model, it still handles all loads—from 2 3/4-inch trap loads to 3 1/2-inch magnums. The Sportsman features self-cleaning pistons, a rotating bolt head, the Versa Port operating system, and the multiport gas system. This gun is available with a 26- or 28-inch barrel in black, Mossy Oak, and Real Tree finishes. As a proud partner of Ducks Unlimited, Remington helps support DU's conservation efforts.

7. Stoeger Introduces Longfowler Double Guns

If you're a waterfowler who enjoys shooting a side-by-side or over/under, Stoeger has you covered. The company's Longfowler SxS is a 12-gauge side-by-side that features a single trigger, extractors, and 30-inch barrels. The Longfowler O/U has similar features, in an over/under design. Longfowlers feature matte-finished walnut stocks. The barrels are choked improved- cylinder and modified.

8. Weatherby PA-08 Pump Now Available in 20-Gauge

Smaller-framed shooters or those introducing youngsters to hunting may want to check out Weatherby's new 20-gauge pump-action shotgun. The PA-08 features a black synthetic-molded stock, chrome-lined barrel, and lengthened forcing cone. This shotgun is chambered for 3-inch ammunition and comes with improved-cylinder, modified, and full chokes.

9. Winchester Super X Pump Waterfowl Hunter Gets New Finish

Winchester's Super X Pump Waterfowl Hunter sports a fresh look with the addition of the Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camouflage finish. The Super X Waterfowl Hunter 12-gauge is available with either a 3 1/2- or 3-inch chamber and with a 26- or 28-inch barrel. Other features include the Invector-Plus choke tube system, Truglo long-bead fiber-optic front sight, textured gripping surfaces, hard chrome chamber and bore, and crossbolt safety. As a proud partner of Ducks Unlimited, Winchester helps support DU's conservation efforts.

10. Benelli Offers M2 20-Gauge for Lefties

Southpaws seeking a lighter autoloader may want to take a look at Benelli's new M2 20-gauge Left Hander. This M2 is chambered for 3-inch loads and features a 26-inch barrel with interchangeable choke tubes in cylinder, improved-cylinder, modified, improved-modified, and full. The package includes shims that allow you to adjust both drop and cast. Youngsters and those of smaller stature will find this gun's 5.8-pound weight an attractive asset. 

11. Charles Daly Introduces Left-Handed Semiautos and Pumps

Charles Daly is now offering a wide variety of shotguns built for lefties. The lineup includes the Model 600 and Model 635 Master-Mag semiautos and the Model 300 and Model 335 Master-Mag pumps. Receivers are lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and barrels are available in 26- and 28-inch dimensions. Stock options include black synthetic, camouflage, or walnut.

12. TriStar Viper G2 Takes Left Turn

Here's another one for the southpaws in the duck blind—TriStar's Viper G2 Left Hander. This shotgun is available in 12-gauge only and is chambered for 3-inch loads. The G2 features a 28-inch barrel, fiber-optic front sight, and improved-cylinder, modified, and full choke tubes. This shotgun is offered in black synthetic and Realtree MAX-4 camouflage.