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Part 4 – Duck Calls

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In this post, we’re discussing duck calling – what specific duck sounds mean and how you can imitate them using a duck call. Later on, we’ll highlight some of the best duck calls out there, explaining their functionality.

If you’re into bird hunting, we’ve got a cool guide to turkey calling that you might want to check out.

So, ready to talk some ‘duck’? Let’s get started!

Table of Contents

A Quick Guide to Duck Sounds
– Mallard Duck Sounds
– Beyond Quacking: Sounds of Other Duck Species
How to Choose a Duck Call
– Types of Duck Calls
– Duck Call Materials
Best Duck Calls – Review

A Quick Guide to Duck Sounds

Ducks use a wide array of sounds to communicate. These calls range from the basic quack to the complex whistle. For now, let’s dive into different quack sounds, as these are easier to mimic for novices.

Mallard Duck Sounds

Basic Quack

Let’s start with the most familiar sound – a simple quack. It’s a versatile call, often used by female ducks to get attention or signal danger. It’s also commonly heard when ducks are either taking off or landing on water. When doing quacks, make slight shifts in the volume and pitch for each “quack” to sound as natural as possible. Make the definitive “ck” part crisp and clean.

Greeting Call

The duck greeting call is an excellent way to initiate ‘conversation’ with ducks, particularly when you first spot them at a distance. This call is characterized by a series of 5 to 7 rapid, excited quacks delivered in a descending order at a steady, even rhythm, something like “Kanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc.”

Feeding Chuckle

Feed call is a soft, rhythmic sound (can be mimicked by saying “tikkitukkatikka”) that not only signals mealtime but also helps maintain group cohesion. However, many seasoned hunters advise using the feeding call sparingly, more as a tool to add variety to the calls. More common duck feed calls include “kitty, kitty, kitty” heard during the flight or more disjointed and erratic “da-dit da-dit dit dit, da-dit dit” heard when ducks are feeding.

Hail Call, Comeback Call, Pleading Call

The hail often draws divided opinions among professionals. Experts caution against its overuse. But if you do use it, remember not to hail call within 100 yards of the ducks and when the ducks are coming in. The call should be high, hard, and loud. Start with a long, strong “Aaaaaaink…Aaaaaink.., aaaaink, aaainkaink,” gradually tapering off.

Similar to the hail call, the comeback call is your go-to when ducks don’t respond to your greeting or when you want an immediate response, such as in timber. This call has a more urgent tone and faster rhythm, like “Kanckanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc”. Live hens usually only call to others after they have flown over the pond or passed their location, typically giving just one comeback call.

The pleading call, aka begging hail call, is used to capture the attention of stubborn ducks flying 75 to 200 yards above you. It’s as a series of 5 to 6 quacks that are elongated – “Kaaanc, Kanc, Kanc, Kanc,” with the first note usually held a bit longer. This call is essentially a drawn-out, slightly faster variation of the comeback call.

Lonesome Hen

This call isn’t often used by hunters, although it is a highly effective tool, particularly when dealing with call-shy ducks. This call is characterized by widely spaced, irregular, nasal, drawn-out “Quaaaaink” quacks typically made by a female duck seeking companionship.

The lonesome call should be quick, with several seconds of space between each quack. If the quacks are too close together, it may alarm the ducks. Also, remember that the lonesome hen call has a somewhat low and throaty tone.

Beyond Quacking: Sounds of Other Duck Species

While these are the common sounds you’ll hear when hunting mallards, it’s important to remember that wild duck species have their own unique set of calls. Not all communication among ducks involves quacking.

Pintail Sounds

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The pintail hen produces a sound similar to a mallard hen, only softer and more consistent in tone. Typically, she’ll make 3-4 low-pitched monotone quacks.

In contrast, the male pintail, or drake, makes a trilling whistle. To reproduce this call, you must roll your tongue, block the exhaust port at the end of the call with your finger, and do a one-second trill by rolling your tongue.

If you see a small group of pintails, say about six birds, make one short trill, then wait for four or five seconds, and repeat. This approach is especially beneficial later in the season when it becomes crucial to moderate your calling.

If you hunt with someone else, one person can make soft hen pintail quacks while another uses a whistle.

Generally, if you want to hunt specifically pintails, opt for larger marsh openings rather than smaller potholes – these ducks love vast ponds. And at least half of your decoy spread should be pintails.

Teal Sounds

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Blue-winged teal hunters often use a hen mallard greeting call but make it higher-pitched by applying more air and tongue pressure and faster-paced. There are also teal-specific calls available that are pre-tuned to a higher pitch.

Green-winged teals make a “peep-peep” call. This call is short but intense in volume. The rhythm can be described as “Peep! Peep-peep! Peep.”

Widgeon Sounds

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Widgeon’s call is a simple two or three-note whistle, which is fairly easy to mimic. Phonetically, the widgeon’s call resembles “woo, whIT, woo,” each sound produced in a breathy manner. Given that widgeons are highly vocal and often travel in larger groups, it can be beneficial to have as many callers as possible using whistles.

Gadwall/Gray Duck Sounds

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Gadwall ducks, particularly the drake, are known for their signature “dink… dink-dink” call. Some duck hunters suggest aggressive calling. The thing is that gray ducks are timid, and if something catches their eye, they take off immediately. Calling help to distract them.

While you can find dedicated gadwall calls on the market, you can also use a hen mallard call. Make 4-5 course notes with a fast rhythm.

Wood Duck Sounds

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The absolute majority of wood ducks ignore calling. However, there are rare instances where a small flock returns to a forested wetland after hearing a wood duck call – a “peet – w-o-o-O-O-I-T” ascending whistle. Sometimes, the wood duck’s high-pitched “creeeeek – creeeeek” in-flight call can catch a flock’s attention. Probably the best wood duck calling strategy is to wait until the birds have landed and then lure them closer with the promise of a company using the whine.

Bluebill, Canvasback, and Redhead Duck Sounds

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To reproduce the low-pitched, breathy guttural growl or rising “bbbuuurrrrrr” sound of the bluebill duck, a sound similar to those emitted by canvasbacks and redhead ducks, you need a make tongue flutter while growling into the call, which creates a sound that can be likened to sharp barks.

How to Choose a Duck Call

Types of Duck Calls

Single-Reed Duck Calls – A single-reed duck call is exactly what it sounds like – a duck call that operates with one reed. This type of call is known for its versatility due to its wide range of sounds. It can produce loud, high-pitched calls perfect for open water or mellow calls suitable for close encounters. The complexity of using a single-reed call lies in controlling the air pressure, which can be quite tricky for beginners.

Double-Reed Duck Calls – As the name suggests, these calls use two reeds. This gives them a unique, raspy tone that closely mimics the natural quack of a duck. Double-reed calls are typically easier to use compared to single-reed calls, making them an excellent choice for beginners. They lack the range and volume of single-reed calls, which can limit their effectiveness in open environments, but they are great tools for hunting puddle ducks.

Cut-Down Duck Calls – Cutdown duck calls feature a special cut-down design on the reed, which produces a sharp, aggressive sound. The cut-out call’s distinctive raspiness, variety of pitches, and high volume make it ideal for long-distance calling. However, mastering a cut-out call requires practice, as the unique design makes it a bit more challenging to handle.

Whistle Duck Calls – Lastly, we have whistle duck calls. Simple yet effective, these calls are designed to imitate the whistle-like sounds that drake mallards, pintail, wigeon, and green-winged teal produce. This type of call is generally easy to use and can be highly effective when used correctly. Whistle calls work best at close range and in situations where subtlety is key.

Duck Call Materials

The main thing you need to know is that the denser the material, the louder the call.

Wooden Duck Calls – More than just aesthetics, wooden duck calls offer a unique sound quality. They tend to produce a softer, mellow tone compared to their counterparts. This makes them ideal for close-range calling or in situations where you need to keep it subtle. However, they might lack the volume needed for long-distance calling.

Polycarbonate Duck Calls – Polycarbonate is a type of plastic that’s both durable and affordable. Polycarbonate calls can produce a decent volume, which makes them versatile for various hunting scenarios. They might not have the softness of wooden calls but make up for it with their robustness and reliability.

Acrylic Duck Calls – Acrylic is a dense material, which allows it to produce loud, sharp sounds that can reach far distances. This makes acrylic calls perfect for open-water hunting scenarios where volume is crucial. While they can be a bit pricier, their durability and sound quality make them a worthy investment for serious duck hunters.

Best Duck Calls – Review

PRIMOS High Roller Duck Call

  • Type: Duck Whistle
  • Material: Polycarbonate

This one is also designed for hunters who want a wide range of sounds in their arsenal. For pintail calling, hold the call between the thumb and middle finger, with the exhaust hole up and covering each side port. Blow sharp blasts of air through the call ending sharply. To sound like several pintails or vary pitch, cover and uncover side ports. To call teals, hold a lanyard ring and blow saying “peep, peep” at an irregular rapid pace without covering the ports. To mimic widgeon, blow three short blasts sounding like “We, WEE, Hoo” – on “We”, cover the side ports, uncover on “WEE”, and cover again on “Hoo”. For a mallard drake call, close the side ports and blow the sound “Zzz” into.

HAYDELS Big Barrelled Mallard Call

  • Type: Cutdown Duck Call
  • Material: Acrylic

This acrylic cutdown mallard call is designed for loud, aggressive calling, such as doing a comeback call. It’s perfect for open water scenarios where you need your call to reach far distances.

PRIMOS Easy Mallard Duck Call

  • Type: Single Reed Duck Call
  • Material: Plastic

Though single-reed, this Primos duck call incorporates a very thin reed and, thus, requires little air pressure, which makes it easy to blow – perfect for beginners. It’s capable of producing the full range of mallard hen calls.

DUCK COMMANDER Classic Commander

  • Type: Double-Reed Duck Call
  • Material: Wood

This Duck Commander call is designed to replicate the sound of a mallard hen, which makes it handy when also hunting blue-winged teals, gadwalls, and pintails. Thanks to an all-wood design, it produces warm, soft quacks, and a double-reed style makes it beginner-friendly.

PRIMOS Feedin’ Mallard Duck Call

  • Type: Shaker-Style Duck Call
  • Material: Plastic/Rubber

This call is unique in that it can mimic the feed chatter of a flock of mallards feeding in the water, adding a layer of background noise behind the main calling. This enhances the overall effect of calling and makes the spread sound more enticing to passing ducks. The special tuning hole in the bell of this call helps to alter the sound and rhythm to mimic realistic duck chatter.

Pay attention that the rubber portion of the call might require some extra care during extremely cold weather, as it can become rigid in low temperatures, affecting the quality of the sound. So keep the call inside your coat until ducks get closer to ensure it works optimally in cold conditions.

HAYDELS Diver Duck Call

  • Type: Reed Duck Call
  • Material: Plastic

The call is designed to mimic the distinctive sounds of diver ducks, including canvasbacks, redheads, and bluebills. It creates the “Brrr” sound and features a removable plug for volume control.

HAYDELS Duck Big Blue Wing Teal Call

  • Type: Double-Reed Duck Call
  • Material: Polycarbonate

This duck call is designed for calling blue-winged teal. It features double mylar reeds and produces very screechy duck quacks. The call is very loud and can work from a long distance, making it perfect for big-water hunts or cutting through nasty winds.

PRIMOS Original Wench Duck Call

  • Type: Wench Duck Call
  • Material: Polycarbonate

The PRIMOS Original Wench Duck Call features a patented tuning hole for varied pitch and sound. On the sounding board, you’ll see the “Tone Ridges” and “Tuning Ditches”. These special features prevent the reeds from sticking or freezing and allow the call to make raspy highs and lows, enabling hunters to fine-tune their calling strategy based on the situation and the behavior of the ducks they are trying to attract.

Also, read:

Mastering the Art of Using Game Calls: Part 1 – Deer Calls
Mastering the Art of Using Game Calls: Part 2 – Elk Calls

FAQs

What are some popular duck call brands?

Some well-known duck call brands include Duck Commander, RNT Calls, Echo Calls, Rolling Thunder, Buck Gardner, Primos, and Haydels.

How do I choose the right duck call?

When choosing a duck call, consider factors such as the type of ducks you’re hunting, your skill level, the call material, and the sound the call produces. It’s always a good idea to try out different calls to see which one works best for you.

Can I use the same duck call for all types of ducks?

While some duck calls can be used for multiple species, others are designed to mimic the specific calls of certain types of ducks. Always check the product description to ensure the call you choose is suitable for the ducks you plan to hunt.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/how-to-use-duck-calls/ by Timothy Chandler at blog.gritrsports.com

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Our Top Picks for Home Defense

Buckshot, particularly 00 buck, is widely recommended for its effectiveness in stopping a threat. However, the choice of ammunition can also depend on your living situation. For instance, individuals in apartment buildings or homes with thin walls might consider lighter loads or specific defense rounds designed to reduce the risk of over-penetration.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/best-home-defense-shotguns/ by Gritr Sports at blog.gritrsports.com

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Beginner’s Arsenal: Best Guns for Novice Shooters

Stepping into the world of firearms is no small decision. You’re not just picking out a tool; you’re selecting a companion for your safety, your sport, and in some cases, your survival. We’re here to break down for you what makes a solid beginner gun as well as recommend the best starter models.Here’s a quick summary:
  • 9mm pistols are the best for EDC, vehicle security, and home protection. The best starter pistols are Glock 17 or Sig P320.
  • An AR-15 rifle chambered for 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem cartridge, like the S&W M&P15 Sport III, is a great option for home protection and target shooting. Rifles are generally easier to shoot accurately and generate less felt recoil.
  • Ruger 10/22 chambered for the .22LR low-power rimfire cartridge is a great way to start your shooting journey if you want a rifle that is soft-kicking and quiet and has more classic ergonomics.
  • Shotguns in the Mossberg 500 or 590 series are great for beginner shotgun hunters or those looking for a home defense gun that doesn’t require good marksmanship.

Ideal Beginner Gun – What Should It Be?

Pistols: If you’ve found yourself here, chances are you’re on the fence about which type of firearm fits your future needs best. Handguns, especially semi-auto pistols, are prime picks for everyday carry and situations requiring agility, like home defense, vehicle defense, and close-quarter battle (CQB). That said, handguns do have their limitations. Their shorter barrels limit the effective range and make accurate aiming a tad more challenging due to the short sight radius. Additionally, handguns designed for more powerful rounds like .45 ACP, .357 Mag, and 10mm can be challenging to manage because of their recoil.

Rifles: Rifles offer a significant step up in power and accuracy, with effective ranges extending to 300-600 yards and beyond, thanks to longer barrels that help with bullet stabilization and building up pressure. They’re generally easier to shoot accurately and manageably. For home defense, rifles with barrels around 16-18 inches are spot on. And if you’re thinking about hunting or precision shooting, you need to go longer.

AR-pistols and short-barreled rifles (SBR) offer a middle ground, mixing the maneuverability of handguns with the power of rifles, though legal hurdles can complicate ownership.

Shotguns: They are kings of versatility, useful in a range of activities from home defense to hunting various types of game. Planning on hunting? Make sure you’ve got your shot pattern right, so you don’t ruin your game. As for home protection and target shooting, accuracy isn’t as critical with shotguns, making them a solid choice for beginners.

Best Guns for Beginner Gun Owners

At this point, you might now have a better grasp of what suits your needs best. Next up, we’re going to provide recommendations for the best starter guns ideal for beginner shooters.

Best Beginner Pistols: Glock 17 or Sig P320

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There’s always a heated debate between two camps over which brand is truly the best. However, it’s clear that both Glock and Sig Sauer produce pistols that are reliable, durable, and highly customizable.

The Glock 17 (or G17) and the Sig Sauer P320 are full-size pistols, each offering significant advantages for beginners. Full-size pistols are easier to control because the mass of the pistol absorbs a good bit of the recoil. They are easier to be accurate with thanks to longer slides, not to mention both models offer 17 rounds of capacity with a standard magazine. A longer barrel means more power and better accuracy over greater distances. Plus, both the G17 and the SIG P320 are chambered in 9mm Luger – the most balanced and versatile cartridge out there.

Curious about choosing the right beginner handgun? Check out our guide on Choosing the Best Defense Handgun for a Beginner. It dives deeper into pistol frame sizes and other essential factors.

Now, comparing the G17 to the P320, you’ll find each has unique advantages and trade-offs. Glocks are the workhorses of the pistol world – rugged, reliable, and with rather simplistic aesthetics, all at an affordable price range. They’re known to handle thousands of rounds without a hiccup and can take a good amount of abuse. Another advantage is the vast aftermarket for parts, upgrades, and customizations. Here’s an example. Glocks are known for their mediocre trigger feel out of the box. So when you get the basics down and figure out what you’d like to improve, there are plenty of aftermarket options available to you.

If the Glock’s aesthetic and ergonomics don’t appeal to you, the Sig P320 might be more to your liking. Right out of the box, it’s a solid full-size pistol with an appealing design and reliable performance. Like the Glock, the P320 boasts strong aftermarket support. Plus, it offers a modular design that lets you easily switch frame sizes to suit your preference.

Both the G17 and P320 are DAO (Double Action Only) pistols, meaning they have internal safeties and no external safeties to fuss with. This design choice means there’s nothing to forget to disengage in a tense moment or slow you down. Still, if you’re set on having a manual safety, Sig Sauer also provides the M17, a military version of the P320 with that feature.

Why We Love the Glock 17:

  • Reliability and Durability: Known for being able to handle thousands of rounds without any issues, making it a reliable choice for both beginners and seasoned shooters.
  • Simplicity and Affordability: With its no-frills design and affordable price range, it’s an accessible firearm for those new to shooting.
  • Customization Options: A vast aftermarket allows for numerous upgrades and customizations, catering to the user’s preferences over time.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Why We Love the Sig Sauer P320:

  • Modular Design: Allows for easy transition between frame sizes, making it versatile for different hand sizes and shooting preferences.
  • Out-of-the-Box Performance: Delivers reliable performance and an appealing design, providing a solid starting point for any beginner.
  • Aftermarket Support: Like the Glock, enjoys strong aftermarket support for parts and customizations, enhancing its longevity and adaptability.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Other Options:

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SIG P320 Starter Pack

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SIG SAUER P320

Specifications:

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P320 OWB Holster

Holosun 507K

9mm Cleaning Kit

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Best Beginner AR-15: Smith & Wesson M&P Sport III

When you’re starting out in the gun world, you’re probably looking for something that won’t break the bank but still has all the right stuff to get you going. That’s where the third-gen M&P15 Sport from Smith & Wesson shines. Priced comfortably under $1,000 — actually, you can grab one for around $650 to $700 — it’s a solid pick without feeling like you’re cutting corners.

Sure, there are other rifles like the PSA M4 Carbine from Palmetto State Armory that come in even cheaper, under $500. But the M&P15 Sport III has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. For starters, it’s got a mid-length gas system. This is key for a 16-inch barrel since it not only makes the rifle last longer but also gives you a smoother shooting experience. Plus, the 1:8 twist rate is versatile enough to handle loads as light as 55gr M193 bullets and as heavy as 90gr, making it great for experimenting with different types of ammo.

This AR-15 rifle also boasts a 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, which means you can attach all sorts of accessories. Plus, it’s got a full-length pic rail on top for when you want to add optics — especially handy since it doesn’t come with iron sights. And with a 6-position collapsible stock, you can adjust it to just the right fit. Sure, you might find cheaper models out there, but the M&P15 Sport III’s blend of softer recoil, versatility, and must-have features like the M-LOK handguard and adjustable stock makes it an awesome choice for anyone just getting into shooting.

Why We Love the S&W M&P15 Sport III

  • Affordably Priced: At under $1,000, often between $650 to $700, it’s a high-value option for beginners.
  • Mid-Length Gas System: Enhances durability and provides a smoother shooting experience.
  • Versatile 1:8 Twist Rate: Suitable for a wide range of ammunition, from light 55gr M193 bullets to heavier 90gr rounds.
  • Other Features: 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, full-length Picatinnyicatinny rail, 6-position collapsible stock.

Other Options:

  • PSA 16″ M4 Carbine
  • Aero Precision Aero AC-15M
  • IWI Zion-15

AR-15 Starter Pack

S&W M&P15 sport 3

S&W M&P15 Sport III

Specifications:

SIG SAUER ROMEO5XDR Gen II Red Dot Sight with Juliet 5

Red Dot Combo

MAGPUL AR/M4 PMAG 30 GEN M3 5.56x45 Magazine With Window

30rd Magazine

UTG AR15 Cleaning Kit

AR Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner .22 Rifle: Ruger 10/22

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If you’re looking for a classic semi-auto rifle that’s perfect for beginners, the Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat. This rifle is a legend, making it an awesome choice for teaching both kids and adults the ropes of shooting sports. The Ruger 10/22 fires the .22LR round, which is super cheap and has almost no kick, plus it’s really quiet. However, keep in mind, that the .22LR is a low-power cartridge, and its effective range tops out at about 150 yards. While it might not be your go-to for self-defense, especially compared to rounds like the .223 Rem or 9mm, it’s still not something you’d want to be on the receiving end of.

With the .22LR, you’re all set to join rimfire competitions, go after small game, or just have fun plinking in the backyard. Ruger offers a bunch of different 10/22 models so you can find one that’s just right for you. Whether it’s the 10/22 Carbine with its classic looks and versatility, the 10/22 Target for hitting bulls-eyes, or the 10/22 Tactical for competition use, Ruger’s got you covered.

All in all, the Ruger 10/22 is a solid, well-balanced rifle that packs reliable performance and up-to-date features into a classic design.

Why We Love the Ruger 10/22

  • Perfect for Beginners: With minimal recoil (.22LR round) and a quiet operation, it’s an ideal firearm for teaching new shooters the basics.
  • Versatility in Use: Whether you’re interested in rimfire competitions, small game hunting, or backyard plinking, the 10/22 serves all purposes well.
  • Affordability of Ammunition: The cost-effectiveness of .22LR rounds means you can shoot more for less, perfect for extensive practice sessions without breaking the bank.
  • Variety of Models Available: Ruger offers multiple versions of the 10/22 to fit every shooter’s need, from the classic Carbine to the precision-focused Target model, and the competition-ready Tactical version.
  • Unmatched Durability and Performance: Known for its reliability and solid construction, the Ruger 10/22 ensures a long-lasting shooting experience with consistent performance.

Other Options:

Ruger 10/22 .22 LR Rifle Starter Pack

RUGER 10/22 Takedown 22 LR

RUGER 10/22 Takedown

Specifications:

PROMAG Ruger 10/22 22 LR 55rd drum mag

55rd Drum Mag

VORTEX Crossfire II 2-7x32mm rimfire scope

Rimfire Scope

universal gun cleaning kit

Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner Shotgun: Mossberg 500/590

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Talking about shotguns and not bringing up the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 series is nearly impossible. They’re both standout choices for newbies and honestly, picking between them often boils down to which brand you vibe with more rather than a clear winner in performance. Lately, though, a lot of shooters are leaning towards the Mossberg, saying it’s more consistent in quality. Plus, Mossberg 500/590 shotguns sport a couple of user-friendly features like the more convenient location of the safety and slide release as well as a skeletonized always-up shell lifter that allows you to load shells and clear malfunctions easier.

The Mossberg 500 and 590 shotgun series are loved for their straightforward, pump-action design. It means they’re easy to use thanks to fewer moving parts, weigh less compared to semi-autos, and are pretty darn durable. Both series come decked out with features that make life easier, like ambidextrous safeties and anti-jam elevators.

When it comes down to what you’ll use it for, the Mossberg 500 is your go-to for hunting. It comes in a bunch of camo options plus wood and black synthetic stocks, and its lightweight build and longer barrel make aiming and control easier.

If you’re gearing up for home defense or tactical purposes, the Mossberg 590 is where it’s at. It’s decked out for customization, built to take whatever comes its way, and boasts a higher shell capacity. And if a compact, easy-to-maneuver shotgun for tight spots is what you need, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is legendary. Though it might take some getting used to, it’s surprisingly manageable once you get the hang of it.

Why We Love the Mossberg 500 and 590 Series

  • Consistent Quality: Many shooters express a preference for Mossberg over other brands for its consistent quality across models.
  • User-Friendly Features: The conveniently located safety and slide release, coupled with a skeletonized always-up shell lifter, make the Mossberg series exceptionally easy to load and clear.
  • Pump-Action Design: This design ensures fewer moving parts, lighter weight, and remarkable durability in both the 500 and 590 series.
  • Versatility for Hunting and Tactical Use: The Mossberg 500 is ideal for hunting, available in various camo, wood, and black synthetic stocks. In contrast, the Mossberg 590 suits home defense or tactical scenarios, boasting customization options and a higher shell capacity.

Other Options:

Considering a shotgun for home protection? Read our guide on the Best Home Defense Shotguns.

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Starter Pack

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave 12Ga 14.3in

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave

Specifications:

Mossberg 590 light mount

Forend Light

Side Saddle, 9 Shell

Side Saddle

Shotgun Sling

Shotgun Sling

FAQs

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The fit of a gun is determined by how well your hand can grip it, your ability to reach the trigger comfortably, and how natural it feels when aiming. The right gun should feel like an extension of your hand; it shouldn’t feel too heavy or awkward.

Yes, it is highly recommended to take a firearm safety course, even if it’s not legally required in your area. These courses provide essential information about safe handling, storing, and operating firearms. They also often cover local gun laws, which is crucial knowledge for any gun owner.

The 9mm Luger is a popular choice due to its balance of recoil, size, and power. It’s manageable for most new shooters, widely available, and is used in a variety of handgun sizes. This caliber allows beginners to practice effectively without being overwhelmed by recoil. 5.56/.223 as well as .22LR are good rifle calibers.

It’s advisable to clean your gun after every use to ensure it operates correctly and safely. If you’re not using your gun frequently, a thorough cleaning and inspection every few months is recommended. Regular maintenance prevents the buildup of residues and corrosion, prolonging the life of your firearm.

Yes, you can purchase a gun online, for example, on gritrsports.com, but it must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, usually a gun store, where you can pick it up. You’ll need to complete the necessary background checks and paperwork at the FFL, just as if you were buying a gun in a store.

This depends on your comfort level and the intended use of the firearm. Some people prefer the added precaution of the manual safety, especially if they are new to handling guns or if there are children in the home. Others prefer firearms without manual safeties for simpler operation.

Safe gun storage is essential for preventing accidents and unauthorized access. Options include gun safes, lockboxes, and safety locks that prevent the gun from being fired. It’s also advisable to store ammunition separately from the firearm.

The cost of a reliable beginner firearm varies widely, typically ranging from $400 to $800. While it might be tempting to go for a cheaper option, investing in a good-quality firearm from a reputable manufacturer ensures reliability, safety, and a better shooting experience.

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Tennessee Teen Catches Four Foot Gator

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In a bizarre turn of events, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Rick Roberts found himself embroiled in an unexpected encounter when he received a peculiar phone call one evening. The caller, Tower Wyrick, relayed a seemingly incredulous tale: his younger brother, Justin, had reportedly hooked an alligator from a lake north of Knoxville. Roberts, initially skeptical, soon found himself racing to the scene, only to discover that the improbable story was indeed true.

A Surprising Discovery

Arriving at Norris Lake, Roberts was greeted by the astonishing sight of 16-year-old Justin Wyrick holding a four-foot-long alligator pinned to the ground. Despite his initial disbelief, Roberts soon realized that this was no prank. The young angler had managed to subdue the reptile, which appeared lethargic due to the cold weather.

An Unlikely Catch

According to the Wyrick brothers, they had been bass fishing from the shores of Norris Lake when Justin unexpectedly hooked the alligator using a swimbait. What ensued was a remarkable 30-minute battle as Justin fought to reel in his unusual catch, eventually triumphing as he landed the reptile on the bank.

Swift Action

Roberts wasted no time in alerting fellow wildlife officer Jason Lankford to the scene. Together, they carefully secured the alligator, which was identified as an exotic species likely released into the lake illegally. With the assistance of another game warden, the reptile was safely transported to a nearby zoo for temporary housing until a suitable relocation plan could be devised.

Legal Ramifications

The presence of an alligator in Tennessee highlights the complexities of wildlife management and underscores the importance of enforcing regulations governing exotic species. In Tennessee, alligators are classified as Class 1 wildlife and can only be possessed with the appropriate permits due to their potential danger to humans.

The curious case of Justin Wyrick’s alligator catch serves as a testament to the unpredictability of nature and the remarkable encounters that await those who venture into the great outdoors. As wildlife officials work to ensure the well-being of both humans and animals alike, this extraordinary tale will undoubtedly be remembered as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of wildlife in the face of human intervention.

What do you think of this wild story about a gator catch? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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