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Mossberg Law Enforcement: Firearms designed for police officers

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 05:01 PM

Mossberg law enforcement firearms are manufactured according to MilSpec requirements, stringent standards developed by the U.S. Armed Forces, making them attractive guns for law enforcement use.

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All Mossbert LE guns are also built to ISO 9001 standards, according to the Mossberg website. In addition, the 590A1, 500, and 590 pump-action firearms passed testing for 12-gauge police shotguns put forth by the National Institute of Justice, another high industry standard.

Mossberg law enforcement firearms come in a variety of styles, sizes, and capabilities. Some models, for example, feature a center mass laser that produces a spreader pattern to approximate the spread of a shotgun at any range, the Mossberg website said. Still others feature the FLEX system of accessories to enhance stock, fore-end, and recoil.

The classic Mossberg 500 model has been used by law enforcement since 1961. “The first time I sat behind the wheel of a squad car, a Model 500 pump was mounted next to me between the bucket seats. The woodstock’s chips and dents bore evidence of hard use,” recalled Steve Tracy in an article for Police Marksman.

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The pump-action 500 is known for its “simple operation, rugged reliability, and low cost,” Tracy added.

Over the years, Mossberg has made adaptations and advancements to its 500 line to fit current law enforcement needs. The Tactical Tri-Rail model is an AR-15-style firearm that is easy to operate, according to Tracy. “Upon grasping the shotgun, your shooting hand wraps around the pistol grip and it’s not overwhelming in circumference,” he wrote.

The Tactical Tri-Rail is designed to be versatile. “The right side of the stock sports a side saddle that holds five extra shells. The mount can be unscrewed and repositioned on the other side if desired for left-handed officers,” Tracy said.

Another Mossberg firearm ideal for law enforcement is the 715T, which was praised for its accuracy by Lindsey J. Bertomen in a review of the product for Police One. Bertomen sees the AR-15-style rifle as ideal for police officer training. “This is the perfect rifle to use for practicing team movement and building entry using live fire,” he said. “If an officer wants to train moving and shooting, engaging at oblique angles and burning up ammo in the shoot house, this is the tool.”

Yet another law enforcement firearm is Mossberg’s MVP Patrol series, which features a user-adjustable trigger system and bolt design that feeds from standard AR-style magazines, a unique feature for bolt-action rifles. The FLEX models of the MVP series have a tool-less locking system for ease of changeability, according to the company’s law enforcement catalog.

Mossberg law enforcement guns can be tested and evaluated by police officers before being purchased. The company provides a template request letter that can be filled out by a law enforcement unit. The form must be printed out on department letterhead to ensure authenticity. By testing and evaluating firearms, Mossberg ensures that law enforcement get the right type of gun and accessories for their particular needs.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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