New guns and gear to be had in the ‘15 hunting season

December 2, 2015
Joy Boudreaux
December 2, 2015
December 2, 2015
Joy Boudreaux
December 2, 2015

Hunting season is a time hunters around the South enjoy.

Of course, it’s in-part because of the ability to hunt down prize game, but it’s also because it’s a time for new toys. And let’s face it – all hunters love new toys.

Ducks Unlimited released a list of new gizmos and gadgets this week that will surely be great Christmas gifts for hunters this Christmas. Here are some of the top hot-bed items.

Waterfowling Guns

1. Remington Rolls Out New V3 Autoloader

Remington expanded its shotgun line this year with the release of the brand-new V3 Field Sport autoloader. Available in a 12-gauge waterfowling model chambered for 3-inch shells, the 7 1/4-pound V3 incorporates the best components of the Versa Max gas cycling system and offers a few innovations. Chief among these are two return springs housed in the action, which simplifies maintenance by eliminating the long, grit-collecting recoil spring common to many autoloaders.

Dual self-cleaning gas pistons in front of the receiver further reduce maintenance and enhance the gun’s balance and handling. The V3 is engineered to handle everything from 2 3/4-inch target shells to heavy 3-inch magnum loads. The lightweight, soft-shooting V3 is available in three finishes: walnut, black, and Mossy Oak Blades camouflage. As a proud partner of Ducks Unlimited, Remington helps support DU’s conservation efforts.

2. Browning Micro Midas 20 Brings Cynergy to Women, Youth

New to Browning’s line of shotguns for youth and other small-framed shooters is the Cynergy Micro Midas 20-gauge over/under. Though scaled down for smaller shooters, the gun offers the same high-quality features as other Cynergy models, including matte-blued barrels, an engraved silver nitride–finished receiver, Invector-Plus choke tubes, an Inflex Technology recoil pad, and a Reverse Striker mechanical trigger. The Cynergy Micro Midas 20 weighs just over 6 pounds and comes with a 13-inch length-of-pull stock as well as a low-profile receiver for easy pointing and handling. It’s available with 24- or 26-inch barrels and is chambered for 3-inch shotshells.

3. Benelli Introduces Innovative 828U Over/Under

Benelli has broken with tradition to manufacture its first over/under double gun. The 828U is an innovative departure from conventional doubles. Its lightweight aluminum receiver features a free-floating steel plate that slides forward to completely seal both chambers when you close the gun, directing recoil away from the receiver and hinge, and preventing the kind of wear and tear that can loosen the joint between the barrel and breech face on double guns. Another innovation can be found in the gun’s top lever, which not only opens the action but also resets the trigger. Interchangeable shims allow you to adjust cast and drop. Available in 12-gauge with 26- or 28-inch Crio barrels, the 828U comes with five Crio choke tubes and is chambered for 3-inch shells.

4. Beretta A400 Xtreme Gets Realtree MAX-5 Makeover

Beretta’s A400 Xtreme Unico autoloader is now available in Realtree MAX-5 camo. Under this handsome new finish is the same sturdy waterfowling gun built to withstand the elements and ward off rust and corrosion. The A400 Xtreme controls felt recoil via two Kick-Off hydraulic dampeners built into the stock. Kick-Off Mega, a third hydraulic reducer, is designed to minimize muzzle rise. A MicroCore shock-absorbing recoil pad dampens the remaining recoil, which is already diminished by the gun’s gas-operated autoloading system. A400 Xtreme 12-gauge guns are chambered for 3 1/2-inch shotshells and are available with 26-, 28-, or 30-inch barrels.

5. Weatherby Introduces Orion Over/Under

Weatherby has been steadily adding shotgun excellence to its long-standing reputation for magnum rifles. This year the company augments its strong line of pump and autoloader waterfowling guns with a new 12-gauge over/under. With its gloss-finished walnut stock and blued barrels, the Orion has the handsome looks of a classic upland bird gun. Several features, however, make it equally useful in the duck blind. These include 3-inch chambers and a Pachmayr Decelerator butt pad that will help absorb the recoil of stout waterfowl loads. The Orion is available in 26- and 28-inch models and comes with chrome-lined

6. Syren Answers Call for Women’s Shotguns

A division of Caesar Guerini and Fabarm, Syren USA is dedicated to making over/under and autoloading shotguns designed specifically for women. The Syren XLR5 Waterfowler is one of the company’s newest offerings. A gas-operated 12-gauge autoloader in Realtree MAX-5 camouflage, the XLR5 weighs just a tad over 7 pounds and features a stock tailored to fit women. •

The fruits of a successful weekend hunt are shown in this picture from a Louisiana hunt. Ducks Unlimited gives readers hot new gear options for the 2015 season, showcasing some of the new guns that are available on the market.FILE