CARRYING IN THE FIELD
I hunted turkeys with one of my oldest guns this spring.
It’s a Mossberg 835, a 3 ½-inch 12-gauge pump with a really bad, splotchy, non-proprietary camo paint job. I bought it at a pawn shop in Helena, Mont. It’s heavy as hell, and its ported barrel—which sends muzzle blast sideways—makes it impossible to hunt in a duck blind or anywhere my partners might be within 20 yards. But it’s killed something like 45 gobblers, all with the same factory choke that it came with. —Andrew Mckean