Skip to comments.Mossberg 500 - pro or con (Vanity)
Posted on 01/20/2011 4:54:50 PM PST by onona
My son is graduating from The Citadel this coming May.
I was thinking about giving him a Mossberg 500 as a graduation present.
Thoughts ? Other recommendations ? Comments ?
If you have not already, consider getting him a Lifetime Membership in the Alumni Association (formerly Association of Citadel Men), trust me he will appreciate it. He will get a nice plaque on Graduation day, and lifetime quarterly color Alumni News update.
Is the Mossie choice due to budget considerations?
I own a Moss 500 Tac.
I love it.
If you have the bucks get him a Benelli. If not, go American, Mossberg or Remington.
You can't go wrong with any of them.
Mossie’s a good weapon. Don’t put a grip stock on it.
You are a great parent!
The interchangeable barrels are a nice feature. There’s even a black powder configuration.
actually, the mossberg 590, is a bit more robust.
Good gun, I have a Mossberg 835 myself. But I think the 930, which is more expensive, has more features on it. I don’t think the 500 will lead you wrong though
Is that the pistol grip ? I thought that was kind of cool....
I have a Winchester Defender 12ga. Eight round mag., half inch over reg. Don’t know if they’re being sold anymore though.
It’s tres cool!
For a budget shotgun it’s pretty darn nice.
I’ve had one for 5 years and love it.
Thats what I was thinking of, the 590. Glad somebody said it.
Pro, if an 870 isn’t available.
I’ll have to look more closely at the mossberg line, thanks.
The Moss 500 is a great, inexpensive home defense weapon. God forbid he ever needs it, it will be ready.
If the shotgun is for heavy shooting (hunting/range/etc). something a little more solid, like a Remington may be better.
Agree with the comment about you being a great parent.
Thanks for the tip. Will check it out.
First you should know what you want to do with it. i.e. trap etc.
Mixed reviews. Back when I got a Mossberg 500 Camper Combo, pistol grip and 18 1/2 inch barrel, the trigger guard and assembly was housed in plastic. That eventually chipped and made cycling the pump and feeding shells unreliable.
I might buy one if they corrected that heinous design flaw, but not otherwise.
Consider a 930 SPX. Semi auto is preferred.
Yeah, I’m sure it’s gonna be general use / hunting. Will check out the Rem line too.
I certainly would not turn down a 500. They are quite dependable for the money. The Navy uses them.
If I didn’t already have shotguns, I would buy one.
Get him a MEC loader next Christmas. :)
Congratulations on his graduation from The Citadel, btw. He's already a better man than most of us.
I have a Mossberg 500 Persuader. My only reason for purchasing it was because I’m a lefty (safety). If that isn’t a consideration, the Remington 870 Tactical would be my choice.
As a matter of fact, there's an 870 on sale at Davidson's, item # 5077, for only $310.00.
I could be persuaded to by one.
Depends on what you’re hunting ;o) I had a Saiga and enjoyed it for the price.
The Mossberg `Maverick’ safety is on the trigger guard, like Remington, so you can put an ATI top-folding stock on it.
Saiga 12 converted with a pistol grip and 20 round drum should do the trick.
Awesome link tip !! Thanks
I’ll take a Saiga anything...
The 835 I have is more of a bug out/sporty gun. They only sell long barrels for it. They are overbored, they are a 12 gauge but the entire length of the barrel is a 10 gauge. I am corrected constantly by people who don’t own one (Ticking me off to no end) that they are backbored and only the back part is a 10 gauge. They are wrong and never actually went to Mossberg’s website. They can’t shoot slugs through with smooth overbored barrels can shoot more powerful 3 1/2” shells.
The 590 is like the 500, but sleeker, sexyer, and you can add a magazine extention. You’re stuck with 5+1 with a 500, but how many would you need in a home invasion scenario?
If you go Saiga and want to get him something special, check out Marc Krebs of Krebs Customs. He pimps them out really nice.
I think a .45 handgun is more appropriate..........
Up side fully loaded, down side empty.
If you want a pistol grip: Knoxx Stocks Breacher grip. His girl/wife will love it.
Considering I’m going to surprise him AND his mother, I better stick to a ‘sporting’ gun.
I’ll still need a place to sleep :) Too funny though.
That is wild !!
This stuff’s come a long way from my Ithaca model 66 single shot !
Here are my preferences (JMHO dont’cha know):
Centerfire Bolt Rifles: Winchester
Semi-Auto Centerfire Rifles: Remington
Rimfire Rifles: Marlin
Revolvers: Smith & Wesson
Semi-Auto Centerfire Pistols: Colt
Rimfire handguns: Ruger
Pump Shotguns: Remington
Semi-Auto Shotguns: Browning
Twice-Barreled Shotguns: Browning
Whoa....what IS that ? Very Cool
From my limited knowledge of the Citadel, it is basically a military based school with many of its graduates going on to military careers.
Historically, the proper firearm presented to a military officer is a .45...........
I'm prejudiced I guess, a good friend of mine gave his son a .45 upon his graduation from West Point................
He's your son so it's your call.........
That’s Beretta’s current hunting gun, 3.5” chamber, totally weatherproof, stainless and man-made materials throughout, advertised as self-cleaning which is close to truth, and a heavy spring and bleedoff valve so it can shoot the heaviest goose loads one day and the lightest target loads the next, which no other semiauto can really do. The $1000 - 1500 prices you see on Gunbroker.com are little more than cost of production, the thing is a loss-leader product. Beretta makes its money on fancy over/under skeet and sporting-clay guns costing substantially more than that.
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