‘Duck Dynasty’ launches its own line of guns

Duck Dynasty guns

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The family-owned business at the center of the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty” has launched its own line of guns.

The gunmaker Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by “Duck Dynasty’s” Robertson clan, to release nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.

Mossberg has begun shipping some of the shotguns to distributors, according to spokeswoman Linda Powell. She declined to name specific retailers that will carry them.

Duck Commander was founded 40 years ago by Phil Robertson, the family patriarch who was recently suspended — and then reinstated — by A&E after making controversial remarks about gay people and African-Americans. He and his sons are featured prominently in four video ads for the new guns on Mossberg’s web site. Phil narrates one of the spots saying, “Do you know what makes me happy ladies and gentlemen? To blow a mallard drake’s head smooth off.”

“Duck Dynasty” is a wildly popular show that profiles the Robertson family business in Louisiana that sells duck calls as well as hunting DVDs and clothing through Wal-Mart, Cabela’s, Target and other retailers. The brand has already been affixed to everything from action figures and door mats to wine, (produced by the Trinchero Family Estates) as well as books about cooking and religion.

A&E, the producer of the show, temporarily suspended Robertson after he made homophobic and racially insensitive comments in an interview with GQ. But A&E lifted its suspension after a few days.

Cracker Barrel also did an about-face after the controversy, first pulling Duck Commander merchandise from its restaurant gift stores following Robertson’s comments, only to put them back a few days later.

Mossberg says the Duck Commander guns will come in a “waterfowl pattern” camouflage design, though not all of them are intended for duck hunting. They also bear the Duck Commander logo, of a duck in flight.

The pistol and one of the rifles have military-style designs with large capacity magazines holding at least 25 rounds. The rifle has some of the features of an assault rifle, but with a relatively low .22 caliber.

Mossberg’s Web site says its .22-caliber pistol is “perfect for small game, plinking, target shooting — or clearing cottonmouths out of your duck blind.”

Mossberg’s Web site says the firearms will all come with an American flag bandana “like the one worn by Willie,” a character on the show.

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3 comments

  • airjackie

    This is good for the A&E and for the Robertson clan to get those gun sales and murders. Not much concern for the murders of 20 babies or even the school shooting along with the hundreds of accidental murders by kids playing with kids. With the Robertson family representing who the majority of Americans are today it seems the US enemies were correct. The US will destroy itself as citizens kill each other as Greed and Ignorance is a bad combination. Smart move for the fake prank and publicity and news coverage. Once looking at Phil’s life of criminal activity, beating his wife, abusing his kids and wow getting Kay pregnant at the age of 14 and yes married her at 15. Wow we are going backward and to a time of ignorance and lawlessness.

    • Chad

      You are an idiot. Your comment is a perfect example of ignorance at its finest. You are the type of person that will say guns kill people. Out of all the school shootings, the individual responsible for the killings had mental issues. Why dont you focus on finding someway to deal with people with mental issues than go around playing the blame game. You are automatically saying since they sell guns they are responsible for murders. Perfect example of an uneducated ignorant person. You want gun laws? Who will follow those laws? The law abiding citizen, and that is it. I feel like comments as ignorant as yours should not even be allowed to be seen.

      • Manalishi

        Chad, it’s not so much that airjackie is an idiot. He’s been in denial since his mother had to start turning tricks at the bus station to keep him out of jail over child support. Democrats are all the same.

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