Category Archives: Hunting & shooting

Mossberg partners with Duck Commander on new line of shotguns

Commander MossbergNorth Haven, CT – O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, has entered into a long-term agreement with the Robertson family and the hugely-popular Duck Commander franchise.

Best-known as the stars of the top-rated reality TV series “Duck Dynasty,” the Robertson clan lead by family patriarch, Phil, has expanded their Louisiana-based call-making company into a national phenomenon and A&E Television Networks™ most-watched series.

Terms of the multi-year agreement will include focus on the family’s passion of waterfowl hunting, promotion of the shooting sports and family values as well as a series of Mossberg Duck Commander firearms.

The now multi-million dollar Duck Commander enterprise was founded by Phil and is led by his son, Willie, and includes family membersUncle Si, Jase, Jep (all known for their long-flowing beards), and Alan. All share in the passion for hunting and time-honored Southern traditions.

“Mossberg is extremely proud to partner with Duck Commander to further promote hunting, shooting sports and family values,” commented Iver Mossberg, CEO. “The Robertson’s widespread appeal and ability to cross over into the mainstream has bridged millions to the traditions of hunting and sharing time in the field with family.”

“The Duck Commander franchise was built on hard work, family values and our great American heritage.  As an iconic, hard-working American product, made by a family-owned company, Mossberg is a perfect partnership for our team,” said Willie Robertson, CEO, Duck Commander.

Mossberg will work with the Robertsons to develop a line of branded Duck Commander guns across multiple categories including pump-action and autoloading waterfowl shotguns. For more information on Mossberg firearms and future Duck Commander offerings, please visit our web site at or follow us on

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10 millionth Mossberg pump-action shotgun comes off the line; 52 years in the making

By Andy Walgamott, on April 30th, 2013


Since the first model came off the line on August, 21, 1961, the Mossberg 500 Pump-Action shotgun has received accolades from sportsmen and women, law enforcement and military personnel alike for its reliability, versatility and affordability; and notably for its distinctive ambidextrous top-mounted safety. Now this true American classic has reached an astonishing milestone of 10,000,000 produced; and in an unprecedented 52 years making the 500 Pump-Action the fastest-selling shotgun in history!

Lead design engineer, Carl Benson, and his team at O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. began work on a slide-action shotgun to replace the unique design of the 200 Series which had been in production since 1955. Though the Model 200 had set a new standard for innovation, Benson knew that Mossberg needed a more traditional-looking pump shotgun to compete with the “big three” at the time. The result was the 500 Shooting System, a 12-gauge pump-action base gun with interchangeable barrels. Features of those early Model 500 shotguns included the top-of-the-receiver safety; disconnecting trigger; damascened bolts; single slide-bar; solid steel-to-steel lock-up of the bolt to the barrel; and anodized aluminum receiver for lighter weight and better balance.  This original design remained virtually unchanged for 30-plus years. Sixteen and 20-gauge versions were added to the 500 line-up in 1963 and the .410 bore became available in 1965. Over the years, numerous configurations designed for Law Enforcement, Military and Conservation groups were introduced as well as special purpose configurations. Youth models made their first appearance in 1983. In total, over 10 million Model 500 pump-action shotguns have been produced.

To commemorate this historic benchmark, Mossberg will donate the heavily-embellished 10 Millionth 500 with serial #U500000 to the NRA National Firearms Museum in recognition of the National Rifle Association’s unwavering defense of the Second Amendment. Mossberg has also produced ten additional “10 Millionth” commemorative shotguns with the unique serialization of U500001 through U500010 for the fundraising efforts of deserving industry partners. Serial #U500004 was given to NRA-ILA for their auction at the upcoming 2013 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Houston, Texas.

These milestone-commemorative Mossberg 500 shotguns feature a matte-silver finished receiver with gold inlay; traditionally-styled, high-gloss Fancy Walnut stock and forend with fine checkering on the pistol grip and wrapping around the underside of the forend; and classic red recoil pad with white Pachmayrline spacer.  Distinctive jeweled bolt and elevator; gold trigger; 28-inch ported, vent rib barrel; and complementing high polished blue metal finish on exposed metalwork complete these classic pump-actions.

When the first model 500 came off the line in 1961, no one realized that a true American classic had been born.  Now 52 years later, with the support of sportsmen and women, law enforcement and military around the world, the Mossberg 500 pump-action continues to be “the only 12 gauge pump with the feature that every shooter wants” – an ambidextrous top-mounted safety.

Celebrate this benchmark with us by sharing your 500 pump-action memories on the official Mossberg Facebook page at

New Franchi Instinct SL over & under is “above & beyond”

September is not that far off for hunters, and one can safely bet that California Sportsman’s Brian Lull is already chomping at the bit to get back out there for some wingshooting.

The magnet for this is a Franchi 20-gauge over-and-under shotgun, the Instinct SL, with which we opened the 2012 grouse season rather successfully. He likes the gun so much he bought it, which says everything there is to say about a firearm.

When you find a “keeper,” keep it.

That stack barrel impressed me too, and I am presently shopping for a similar model, which may shock my friends, who know I’m a devoted side-by-side, double-trigger aficionado.

Why write about a shotgun for bird hunting now, in the dead of winter, when the season is months away? Because right now is the time for someone to be buying a new gun. Set aside some of that IRS refund. Give yourself a reward, and a bit of a head start. Getting a new gun now gives someone plenty of time to work out any kinks, and get used to the trigger, how it patterns with different choke tubes, and how it shoulders.

A ‘marvelous arm’: The Franchi Instinct SL in 20-gauge is a marvelous shotgun that can tackle anything from quail to ducks, as Lull found out this past fall. After a deer-hunting sojourn to Montana, he was rather busy bringing law and order to anything he could shoot with the Franchi, and that covers a lot of ground.

Fitted with 26-inch vent rib barrels (28-inchers are also available) the Instinct SL now in Lull’s possession came with three extended choke tubes in full, modified and improved cylinder that may be screwed in by hand and tightened with a wrench.

Additional chokes are available in cylinder, improved modified, skeet 1, skeet 2 and extra full. The front ends of the chokes project from the muzzles about an inch.

My own 20-gauge shotgun is a Stoeger S/S with fixed chokes in full and modified, and double triggers. It’s killed some fat grouse and will doubtless see more action. I also tried out a rather pricey test gun, also an O/U, from Fabrica Armi Isidoro Rizzini, but have my sights set on a Franchi O/U and I’m getting that gun as soon as possible, for the reasons stated earlier.

Even if you plunk down money on a new pump or semi-auto, the months between now and hunting season can be put to very good use. Trips to the range, a round of clays, some spring turkey hunting; it all contributes to long-term success, which translates to meat in the cooler and many fine meals.

Weighing 5.3 pounds, the Franchi Instinct SL is marketed by Benelli USA. That’s the same outfit responsible for bringing Stoeger shotguns into the country, so by setting aside some cash for a Franchi, I’ll be “keeping it in the family,” as it were.

One of these days, hopefully far over the horizon, I’m going to slow down a bit on my writing chores and devote more time to hunting grouse. I have a marvelous vintage Beretta S/S 12-gauge with fixed modified and full chokes in the gun safe, and a Stoeger .410 with fixed full chokes on both barrels that is a proven grouse gun, but you can never have enough good shotguns. CS

By Dave Workman
Editor’s note: The author is a veteran West Coast gun writer and reviewer.