A Great Group for a Great Amount of Doves

One of the best groups of the last few days we had the pleasure to be hunting with was the one of Peter Burke and his friends. They came here with their wives to spend a few days hunting and relaxing at La Loma lodge.

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The first day was great. We starated really early in the morning so we could spend many hours at the field enjoying that amazing sport as hunting is. We had breakfast with everything you can imagine and then left directly to the field.

All of our guest used camouflaged clothing, Beretta and semiautomatic shotguns cal 20 Benelli Montefeltro. That morning they did over 250 shots each and in the afternoon more than 500 shots. Even though Mark stand out doing more than 750 shots in just one afternoon, everyone did great.

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Luckely, they saw tons of doves everywhere. I must admit I have never seen so many doves in this field and the group was very happy to see that too. This was the reason why they could do a lot of shooting from different angles depending on what they wanted: high, low, from the front or just behind.

In the afternoon, Federico,  our first-class chef,  prepared some doves in red wine for us to taste before eating the tipical and incredible “Asado” with “Chimichurri” (also well-known as chimichanga). When the Asado came, we were anxious to enjoy that lunch more than ever. Federico is a great cook and he knows best than anybody how to make an excellent Asado for our guests to be full and happy. Fourtunately , the group could not believe how tasty and on point was that meat and chimichurri, of course always accompanied with lots of beers and red wine.

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The second day we went shooting to “campos bajos” (low fields) as we call it. In that place you can shoot tons of doves because they are all concentrated inside sorghum fields since there they have water, and it is also the place where they sleep on.

That day was incredible; doves everywhere coming and going all day long, but the biggest amount was seen in the morning and at 4 pm.

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Mark shot more than 2000 doves in just one day; he is a great hunter, and the ladies went out on a shopping day so the guys were very pleased to know that each one of the girls were entertained while they were doing the same at the field.

A great group for a great amount of doves. I will always remember them, and I hope to see them again soon.

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

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Van Dorn Ready to kill

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.

 

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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.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619279Now, 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.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619178Big 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!

IMG_GR_testimonials1455620389Once 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).

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619647Today, 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.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619507Since 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.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455620102Our 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.

IMG_GR_testimonials1455619456Fortunately, 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.

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

Cordoba Lodges

Pointer Outfitters

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Lets talk about Benelli Montefeltro

January is one of my favorite months for dove hunting. Birds fly in abundance in the area of the hills –the tuna roosts- due to a quite rainy summer. Luckily, the weather was awesome when our guests Gary, John, Dale and Carder came.

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Our daily program is very organized: at 7:30 am every guests are woke up, breakfast is served at 8 and departure is at 8.30 am. We shoot until 12.30 when our star chef Federico awaits us with a tasty tacos of pigeons and, as always, the great Argentine barbecue. After lunch, we hang some hammocks for the nap and at 14:30 we are rested and ready to start shooting again.

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Pigeons are monogamous, that is to say they have a stable partner. Once rigged, the female lays one or two eggs after 12 days. At 4-6 days, the young leave the nest. Pigeons reproduce based on the amount of food, the more food there is, the more number of hatches per year. In Cordoba we have between 3 and 5 reproductions every year. And only in North of Cordoba we can speak of 100,000 pigeons, declared by the authorities as plague.

In the spring and fall it is when they have more reproductive capacity. In the wild they can live about 15 years but in the cities they rarely live more than 5 years.

Pigeons build nests with any material from their own dung, twigs, clips, wires or even other skeletons of dead pigeons.

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Our customers were pleased to use ours new Benelli shotguns montefeltro 20 cal. They are our workhorses and the only weapons that carry on like no other the pressure of Cordoba’s high volume hunting. Million of shells a year!!!

Our customers were surprised by its comfort when shooting over 2000 thousand rounds a day. They Have Been shooting 20 gauge ammunition 7, which is one of the best ammunition for the sport of shooting doves. We also use regular ammunition ½ or 7 and 8 and loads of gunpowder in our cartridges are of 25 grams.

We are known to satisfy the special requests of each hunter who chooses our company.

We have a wide variety of shotguns: Let us talk about the Benelli Montefeltro.

Benelli’s Montefeltro shotgun features a slim, graceful forend, which, combined with an anodized, lightweight receiver, keeps the weight minimal and the swing quick.

It has an Ultra-reliable Inertia Driven® system. An Inertia-Driven® System shotgun is clean, reliable, and adjustment-free.We have them avialable in 12- and 20-gauge, we do not have any with Left hand configurations. We like it a lot the Low-profile rib.

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Notes about this shotgun

The bolt-lock lever performs 3 important functions: 1) It locks the bolt back on an empty chamber. 2) It releases a shell from the magazine. 3) It indicates a cocked hammer, making it obvious by both sight and feel. The bolt-lock lever is conveniently located on the front of the trigger guard.

Chamber pressure is contained by the massive, 2-lug rotary locking head, which locks into the steel barrel extension.

The trigger guard and safety are ergonomically designed, blending style and function.

Our Mercedes Benz vans help our customers to move to the shooting area with the best comfort and relaxation when starting the activity .

We also have great activities for non-shooters. For example, you can organize a day trip to Cordoba or a horse riding in the picturesque hills of Cordoba, or you can even take a shooting lesson.IMG_GR_testimonials1454078393

Our customers decided to stay in our lodge Plaza Real Lodge and to enjoy the spacious private suite rooms, the fire pit and also the pool in these wonderful days of summer, where our manager Silvia and Juan were waiting for them with delicious welcome drinks and an outstanding dinner with the guests.

Thanks to all of you. We hope to see you soon!

Martin Andrada

Head Guide

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Thank you and your team for an excellent time of fellowship and shooting. Special thanks to Sylvia and David for taking us shopping.

Can you send me information on the child sponsorship program I read about in your table book?

Thanks again Pablo

Dale Williams

Beretta A400 Xcel: the Fastest, Lowest-Recoil Clay Buster

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The A400 Xcel is a 12-gauge competition shotgun that is faster-cycling, softer-shooting and better balanced than anything else on the market.
Built on the revolutionary A400 action, it delivers follow-up shots 36% faster than any other brand, while its advanced recoil-reducing systems make it absolutely pleasant to shoot, even on demanding all-day competitions. Its sleek lines and superior ergonomics are designed with one goal in mind: letting the A400 naturally follow your eye to the target. This is why it has quickly become a favorite among serious competitive shooters the world over.

Built on Today’s Most Advanced Semi-Automatic Action
The A400 action is the culmination of Beretta’s centuries-old experience and passion for shotguns. It feeds reliably all types of shells from 2 ¾” to 3,” with loads ranging from target-light to hard hitting–making it also suited for the occasional upland or waterfowl hunt. Also, it features the unique Blink technology, a gas-operating system that is capable of delivering two shots in less than half a second, while also integrating an easy-maintenance self-cleaning piston. Furthermore, the action has sleek lines and a low profile, meaning that the vertical distance between the dominant eye and the supporting hand is reduced to a minimum. The result? A gun that follows your swing like an extension of your body and eyesight–and many more broken clays.

Extremely Low-Recoil
There are no two ways about it: felt recoil is only a liability and the less of it, the better. TheExtremely-Low-Recoil A400 Xcel incorporates several recoil-reducing systems operating simultaneously to make recoil virtually negligible (70% overall reduction). One is a hydraulic shock absorber that softens the rearward energy from the action’s moving parts, which minimizes felt recoil while reducing wear within the receiver. Another is a Micro-Core buttpad that all but neutralizes the recoil generated by the power of the cartridge. Also, the A400 is designed to recoil parallel to the comb, meaning no thump to the cheek and minimal muzzle rise.

Durable, Easy and Quick to Clean
The A400 Xcel’s cold-hammer forged barrel is made of nickel-chromium-molybdenum steel (Beretta’s “Steelium”), a proprietary formula engineered for consistency, toughness Easy-and-Quick-to-Cleanand durability. The bore is chrome-plated to facilitate cleaning and minimize wear and corrosion. And the new Optimabore HP choke tubes are particularly easy to remove–even after several thousands of rounds. Lastly, the new, improved gas piston makes assembly and disassembly a matter of seconds. All these are reasons why when your competitors see you approaching with the A400 Xcel’s telltale bright-blue receiver, they will know you have the absolute best–and they will know who the winner is.
For a complete list of features, please visit the Hotspots Tab.

A400_XCEL_GP_3QT_R_BOTTOMIf you are a die-hard trap or sporting-clays competition shooter, check out the A400 Xcel Parallel Target, a version of the X400 Xcel optimized for these two disciplines.

Pointer invites you to prove this amazing innovative gun.

You should be the next one!

Pablo Aguiló.
Pointer Outfitters.

Traveling outside of the U.S. – Temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or ammunition abroad for hunting purposes

What is the process for a traveler temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or descargaammunition abroad for hunting or sports-related purposes?

Current export regulations issued by the Department of State require travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the United States. CBP is aware of issues that travelers are having with the implementation of this regulation and is working to ensure that no traveler attempting to legally take their firearm out of the country experiences significant delays or incurs additional cost. Because of these issues, we are temporarily suspending implementation of the regulation as we work with our government partners to modify the AES system to make it more user-friendly for individual travelers. In the interim, CBP will continue to follow their long standing practice of issuing and certifying a Certificate of Registration (CBP Form 4457). During this time, when a traveler contacts CBP to register their firearm for export and reentry, CBP will:

  • Complete a CBP Form 4457 to ensure a problem-free return to the U.S., and Provide a fact sheet about the regulation and how to comply in the interim.

If you need to complete a form 4457in the course of your travel, please give yourself enough time to do so, 2-3 hours is a good estimate. You also have the option of registering in advance at a CBP Port of Entry. Once the CBP 4457 is completed, it can be used repeatedly for that particular firearm.

CBP advises travelers to become familiar with the import requirements of the foreign country(s) that they may be traveling through or visiting. Those countries may have more restrictive laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms within their countries. For many countries that do allow the temporary importation of firearms, the CBP Form 4457 is required for entry of a U.S. owned firearm into their country. (Canada does not require it, but it does facilitate the temporary importation. Be sure to become familiar with Canada’s import requirements.)

Please note, if you are taking ammunition, and there is a possibility you will not use it all and would like to re-import it, your 4457 should reflect the kind of ammunition you are departing with.

Upon returning to the United States, the traveler will make a regular declaration regarding the personal effects and goods that they are carrying and ensure that they declare any firearms and ammunition. To satisfy the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives requirements for the re-importation of a firearm please refer to 27 CFR 478.115(a). The ATF regulations allow for the use of the CF 4457 upon re-importation, and does not require an approved import permit (ATF-6), provided that CBP is satisfied that the firearm was previously exported from the United States and is now being returned. To establish such proof, a bill of sale, receipt, copy of ATF Form 4473, household effects inventory, packing list, or registration on Customs Forms 4457 or 4455 may be used, if the registration form is completed prior to departure from the U.S. For military personnel, a properly executed Department of Defense Form 12521 signed by either the serviceman’s commanding officer or an authorized Customs officer may be used. The acceptability of such proof is within the purview of the Customs officials at the port of entry.

Safety Instructions

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Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. This short note is intended to make them even safer by emphasizing the basics of safe gun handling and storage and by reminding you that you are the key to firearms safety.BAJA_EMAILS_1024004

  • Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction. Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot. This is particularly important when loading or unloading a firearm. In the event of an accidental discharge, no injury can occur as long as the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction.
  • Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually In Use. Unload your gun as soon as you are finished. A loaded gun has no place in or near a car, truck or building. Unload your gun immediately when you have finished shooting, well before you bring it into a car, camp or home.
  • Don’t Rely On Your Gun’s “Safety”. The “safety” on any gun is a mechanical device, which, like any such device, can become inoperable at the worst possible time. You should never handle a gun carelessly and assume that the gun won’t fire just because the “safety is on.”
  • Be Sure Of Your Target And What’s Beyond It. Don’t shoot unless you know exactly what your shot is going to strike. Be sure that your bullet will not injure anyone or anything beyond your target. Firing at a movement or a noise without being absolutely certain of what you are shooting at constitutes disregard for the safety of others.
  • Use Correct Ammunition. Using improper or incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun and cause serious personal injury. It only takes one cartridge of improper caliber or gauge to wreck your gun, and only a second to check each one as you load it. Be absolutely certain that the ammunition you are using matches the specifications that are contained within the gun’s instruction manual and the manufacturer’s markings on the firearm. Be aware not to use smaller ammunition in the gun you are using, this could cause a big accident.
  • If Your Gun Fails To Fire When The Trigger Is Pulled, Handle With Care! Occasionally, a cartridge may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If this occurs, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your face away from the breech. Then, carefully open the action, unload the firearm and dispose of the cartridge in a safe way.
  • Always Wear Eye And Ear Protection When Shooting. All shooters should wear protective shooting glasses and some form of hearing protectors while shooting. Exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing, and adequate vision protection is essential. Shooting glasses guard against twigs, falling shot, clay target chips and the rare ruptured case or firearm malfunction.
  • Be Sure The Barrel Is Clear Of Obstructions Before Shooting. Before you load your firearm, open the action and be certain that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine. Be sure the barrel is clear of any obstruction. Even a small bit of mud, snow, excess lubricating oil or grease in the bore can cause dangerously increased pressures, causing the barrel to bulge or even burst on firing, which can cause injury to the shooter and bystanders.
  • Don’t Alter Or Modify Your Gun, And Have Guns Serviced Regularly. Firearms are complicated mechanisms that are designed by experts to function properly in their original condition. Any alteration or change made to a firearm after manufacture can make the gun dangerous and will usually void any factory warranties.
  • Learn The Mechanical And Handling Characteristics Of The Firearm You Are Using. Not all firearms are the same. The method of carrying and handling firearms varies in accordance with the mechanical characteristics of each gun. Since guns can be so different, never handle any firearm without first having thoroughly familiarized yourself with the particular type of firearm you are using, the safe gun handling rules for loading, unloading, carrying and handling that firearm, and the rules of safe gun handling in general.

We wish you good and safe huntings!

POINTER WINGSHOOTING

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BERETTA: A400 XCEL

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The A400 Xcel is a 12-gauge competition shotgun that is faster-cycling, softer-shooting and better balanced than anything else on the market. Built on the revolutionary A400 action, it delivers follow-up shots 36% faster than any other brand, while its advanced recoil-reducing systems make it absolutely pleasant to shoot, even on demanding all-day competitions.

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The A400 Xcel incorporates several recoil-reducing systems operating simultaneously to make recoil virtually negligible (70% overall reduction). One is a hydraulic shock absorber that softens the rearward energy from the action’s moving parts, which minimizes felt recoil while reducing wear within the receiver. Another is a Micro-Core buttpad that all but neutralizes the recoil generated by the power of the cartridge.

The 400’s barrel is made from Beretta’s new steel alloy ‘Steelium’ for which they claim great properties. If it is any better than the existing chrome moly they employ then it must be very good indeed. The new barrel is made with a new profile too by a new process combining cold hammer forging and deep drilling.

It definitely looks like a pretty good semi-auto shotgun for an intense dove shooting weekend in Cordoba, Argentina. What do you think? Have you tried this shotgun before? I know I want to!

Josh Graham

POINTER WINGSHOOTING

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