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Mossberg Reviews: What Gun Owners Say about Mossberg

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Since 1919, Mossberg has produced firearms for sporting, self-defense, and law enforcement purposes, and the company’s pistols, shotguns, and rifles are respected in the industries they serve. In Mossberg reviews, many gun owners praise the manufacturer’s models for their reliability and value.

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The New Haven, Connecticut, company focuses on providing “well-built shooting systems...at an affordable price,” according to its website.

One of Mossberg’s most respected shotguns is the 500. More than 10 million Mossberg 500s have been manufactured over the last 50 years, according to the company.

“Just about every shooter owns, has owned, or will someday own a Mossberg Model 500 shotgun,” Chris Dumm wrote in a review for The Truth About Guns.“The venerable ‘Mossy’ is a pump-action shotgun that feeds from a five-round tubular magazine. Its barrels are easily removed by unscrewing a captive knurled screw from the end of the magazine tube.”

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Rather than replace the 500 with another model, Mossberg has made adaptations through the years. The latest of these, the Mossberg FLEX 500, is described by Dumm as “the most modular shotgun system ever made.” The FLEX 500 “uses rugged and simple quick-release fittings to swap out buttstocks, fore-ends, and recoil pads. This allows the shooter to use a single receiver as the core component for many different shotguns,” Dumm wrote. He added that the FLEX doesn’t fix the 500 but rather improves upon its reliability and versatility.

“If you’re on a budget and your goose gun spends most of the year as your home defense shotgun, the easily-configured buttstocks and fore-ends make a lot of sense for just a little extra money,” Dumm noted.

Value is a major plus for Mossberg guns. “Value means something that works well and costs less than it’s worth,” according to a review of Mossberg firearms in Christian Gun Owner. “I’ll just keep blasting away with my $200 Mossberg, as will thousands of other shooters who have discovered this attractive, durable, and dependable pump shotgun.”

While the Mossberg 500 is described as a “fun, worry-free gun,” the reviewer in Christian Gun Owner also noted the model is built according to military specifications to “emphasize generous tolerance, durability, and dependability.”

As was mentioned before, Mossberg’s knack for adapting classic models makes a shotgun like the 500 timeless. “Mossberg makes a wide range of accessories, including barrels that allow you to turn your gun into anything you want it to be,” Christian Gun Owner said.

When comparing the Mossberg 500 with the Remington 870 to determine the better home defense shotgun, Ryan Ross of Wide Open Spaces detailed some interesting characteristics. He found the 500 easier to operate both right- and left-handed. When it came to the shotgun’s safety, Ross again gave a slight advantage to the 500. “I think the Mossberg 500’s safety is superior to the Remington 870’s, because it’s visible on the top of the receiver,” Ross noted. “The Mossberg has a thumb-operated switch above the grip. This set up is ambidextrous. A bright red color indicates the safety is off and it’s right in front of the shooter’s dominant eye.”

Brad Fitzpatrick of Guns & Ammo concurred with this assessment of the 500. He noted that law enforcement seeks out Mossberg firearms for their dependability, which is something homeowners will also appreciate. “Pump-action shotguns are favored by police and military for two primary reasons: They are fast and reliable,” he said. The “robust design, variety of options, and 50-plus year history of excellence” make the 500 line a natural choice for home defense and law enforcement.

“There are plenty of defensive shotguns in the world,” Fitzpatrick concluded, “but in my mind, the Mossberg 500 is still the best.”

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

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