January was a strong month for all of us at Pointer, and having our amazing friends Erik, Cody, Steven and Shannon from Texas with us was a cool experience that helped to make it all amazing.
This group had flown from Huston on the great and comfortable United Airlines #819 from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Gate E20 to Ministro Pistarini International Airport (SAEZ / EZE), Terminal A (there is another great connection with Copa through Panama or you can even make it through Santiago, in Chile).
United is a major American airline headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It is the world’s largest airline when measured by number of destinations served. It is also a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s first and largest global airline alliance. Regional service is operated by independent carriers under the brand name United Express.
Now, our clients are already in Argentina, staying at the Plaza Real Lodge in Villa del Totoral, in the province of Córdoba, and getting ready to start the day.
After having a great and good tasting breakfast at 7.30 am, we leave in our Mercedes- Benz Sprinter van to the field located 25 minutes away from the lodge.
As we get to the field, our whole field staff is waiting for us to welcome our guests on their first time in Argentina. The entire group is completely shocked about the great number of birds on Tuna Roost. Luckily, doves are really active in the afternoons.
Big E is a great guy that promises that he will shoot over 1000 birds every day. When you see Big E for the first time you might mistake him for a bodyguard; he is huge! With him, we have Cody and his amazing and unique hair cut. Actually, I think I had never seen something like that before so… Good for you Cody! You have a very original and handsome look. Then there is Shannon. He is the spirit, like the life of the party. He is always joking and laughing. We had so much fun with him; and we also have Steve, who is quieter, but when he takes a drink, he gets talkative and ironic, but with a great sense of humor.
We must admit that we felt like, with 20 hunters in the field, these guys just melted our shotguns. They have been shooting all the birds in the sky. We can bet it is not going to be their last time!
Once we are at the field, our guests want to try our new Beretta 400 shotguns, as those are a new thing from Beretta. We also have machines like CAL 20 BENELLI MONTEFELTRO, CAL 20 BENELLI M1 and CAL 12 BERETTA A300, very good taken when dove hunting since our clients were amazed for its comfortable way of working after shooting over two thousand shots each day.
By now, they have been shooting 20 gauges ammunition 7, which is one of the best supplies for this dove hunting sport (we also regularly use 7 and ½ or 8 supplies, and the powder charges in our cartridges is 25 grams).
Today, we would like to talk about the Beretta A400 and let you know more about the specifications of this amazing shotgun. Its action is truly revolutionary in the history of the semiautomatic shotgun. Thanks to the proprietary Blink technology, it shoots 36% faster than any other system, meaning that your follow-up shots will always be faster than any high-flying duck, goose or clay target. It is low-profile and light weight (while being super-durable), giving you superior natural pointability. It has built-in rails, so that you can easily equip it with the optics of your choice for turkey season. And its reliable feeding of any type of 12-gauge shell—lead or steel, mild 2 ¾” to hard-hitting 3 ½” magnums—gives the A400 the versatility of a do-it-all shotgun.
Something else that will not fail to impress you about the A400 Xtreme Unico Camo is its finish. The camo pattern is flawless and covers even the corners and recesses that would be left out in a lesser shotgun. But what’s even more impressive about this shotgun is that, thanks to Aqua technology, the steel parts of the A400 Xtreme are highly resistant to corrosion, water and salt-spray, which make this shotgun a champion of durability even in the most extreme hunting conditions.
Since it’s summer here in Argentina, we are having three amazing and sunny days next to our chef Federico, one of our cooks and chefs at the field, who is always very aware of the needs of our clients and now is making us taste some Pigeons in Red Wine, Asado (barbecue) and, as usual, Malbec wine.
As mentioned, we enjoyed Trapiche Origen Malbec and Don David Malbec during the days of this group in Córdoba because we always like offering our guests some of the best wines from Trapiche.
Trapiche Winery, set amidst vineyards and located in Maipú, Mendoza, at the foot of the Andes, this Florentine style building from 1912 is an icon of Mendoza’s wine architecture. A blend of past and present, Trapiche winery provides the ideal location for a dialog between tradition and cutting edge technology in the production of premium wines.
Now, let’s talk about Trapiche origenes Malbec. It has this intense red color with some violet hues. You can smell red berries, plum, cherry and chocolate all concentrated. It feels like a juicy mouth with a bit of cinnamon, vanilla and toasted bread with plum jam.
Our dear friend Shannon has a particular taste, the Bloody Mary. While the origin of this popular brunch cocktail is debatable, the Bloody Mary’s staying power leaves no question. A classic bloody Mary is made with vodka, tomato juice, lemon, spices and seasonings. Its creation is often credited to barman Fernand Petiot, who supposedly invented the combination of vodka and tomato juice at Harry’s Bar in Paris in 1921 and refined the recipe in New York in the 1930s, adding lemon, Worcestershire sauce and black and cayenne pepper. This is a vodka-soaked nutritional breakfast and hangover cure all in one. What else can you ask for?
Without further words, let me tell you that, by the end of the day, Erik Van Dorn had made a record using 3 Beretta 400 (which worked perfectly), and shot 3061 doves in 4 Hours and 35 minutes, which was the 90% of that afternoon. He had shot 8621 doves in a couple of days! Amazing! Great shot! (86% was his percentage). We will send you a report in the next few days.
Fortunately, the weather was on our side.
The whole Pointer Outfitters staff is waiting to give you the best experience of Córdoba, Argentina.
We hope to see you next time.