Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun-The Mossberg® 500® offers hunters a rugged, highly functional Pump-Action Shotgun at a value price. Military and law enforcement have accepted the Mossberg 500 pump shotgun for its simplistic design and reliability. Dual action bars prevent binding and twisting while cycling the action. A single, large locking lug locks the bolt into the barrel extension, ensuring a solid steel bolt-to-barrel connection that does not rely on the receiver for any strength. The corrosion resistant aluminum alloy receiver has a durable anodized finish, and the steel barrel is blued. Dual extractors take a solid hold on the shell’s rim for reliable extraction. The tang safety is quickly reached with the thumb of either hand, making it naturally ambidextrous. The trigger assembly drops out easily for cleaning and maintenance with the removal of only 1 pin. The twin bead vent rib provides quick sight and target acquisition. The Mossberg 500 in .410 comes with a fixed, full choke, and a 3″ chamber that functions with both 3″ and 2-1/2″ shells. Made in USA.
- Rugged, and highly functional
- Ultra reliable dual action bars
- Solid bolt-to-barrel connection
- Corrosion resistant alloy receiver
- Blued, steel barrel with vent rib
- Fixed, full choke
- Tang safety
MOSSBERG 500 REVIEW: IS IT WORTH IT?
In today’s review of the Mossberg 500, we’ll be checking out the only pump action shotgun to earn the designation of Mil-Spec. We’ll look at specs for the 500 from Mossberg as well as providing some extra resources to help you decide if it’s right for you.
MOSSBERG 500 BACKGROUND
The Mossberg 500 is a pump action shotgun that was first introduced back in 1960! The 500 has sure been around a while… but not as long as the Remington 870 pump action shotgun for which the Mossberg 500 was introduced as competition. The Remington 870 was introduced 10 years earlier in 1950. Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun
Both the 870 and the 500 have been American staples – they are both the leaders in pump action shotgun sales. Although the Remington 870 is known to be the most popular pump action shotgun with 3 million sold by the 1980s, Mossberg caught up in sales at a later date.
The Mossberg 500 isn’t a “copy” of the 870, but it was sure introduced to compete with it. At first, the Mossberg 500 had reliability issues with its original single action bar design but the 500 now has twin action bars as of the expiration of Remington’s patent on the design.
MOSSBERG 500 – OUR TAKE
Full disclosure: I’ve always been a fan of the Remington 870. The 870 has always been a bit more refined and smoother to me. However, with Remington’s quickly deteriorating quality control, the Mossberg 500 might just be the choice for you!
Yes, I’m talking a lot about the Remington 870 in a Mossberg 500 review… that’s because it is difficult to address one without comparing it to the other. Their differences are the pros and cons of each.
It is fairly obvious that the Mossberg 500 is a bit more “clunky” than the Remington 870 and it has fewer options for upgrades. However, it is built like a tank and it just….well…works!
If you’re looking for a reliable pump action shotgun in a standard configuration, then the Mossberg 500 is for you. If you want something a bit more refined and are looking for more upgrades (especially an extended magazine or a pistol grip), then you might want to check out the Remington 870. Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun
When you rack the action of a Mossberg 500, you’ll notice that it is a bit “clunky.” There’s clearly more moving parts in the action. Also, the Mossberg 500 is a bit sharper on the edges/less polished.
Don’t worry, though… the action of the Mossberg 500 will smoothen up a bit with use.
Differences of the Mossberg 500:
The Mossberg 500 has a unique shell lifter. This open bottom design allows the lifter to tuck up and around the bolt when the action is closed. This allows the easy loading of shells without pushing the lifter out of the way and it also allows the shooter to use new mini-shells with a small adapter. The adapter won’t fit in a Remington 870 because the lifter is solid.
The Mossberg 500 has its safety on the rear top of the receiver. This is a great place for the safety when using a standard shotgun stock. It is easy to access with your thumb and it makes it easy to see the condition of the shotgun. However, if you’re going to use a pistol grip, it is downright awkward to use.
The barrel is held in place with a barrel nut at the end of the magazine tube. This is a strong design but it prevents you from using an extended magazine tube. The capacity at which you buy your Mossberg 500 is the capacity it will stay.
The action release button is behind the trigger guard. This location makes it very easy to open the action to eject a live shell. Remington’s action release button is in front of the trigger guard and requires that you reposition your firing hand grip to access it. Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun
Mossberg 500 Reliability:
Although slightly less refined, this shotgun works! It is beefy but that is part of why it is so reliable. Remington 870s have had numerous problems with simple operations like shell extraction or ejection… the Mossberg 500? It runs and runs and runs.
Gun Review: Mossberg 500 12 Gauge
When I buy a new gun, it has to fulfill a specific purpose that is not yet fulfilled by a gun I already own. This is purely for cost reasons since I’m not exactly made out of money; otherwise I’m pretty sure I’d have several, overflowing gun safes. Previously, the only shotgun I owned was an antique double barreled 12-gauge that I inherited, but it’s so beat up and rusty I’m still afraid to shoot it. I needed something reliable to be my home defense cannon and something else with a longer barrel for bird hunting and skeet shooting. So . . .
Rather than purchase two different shotguns to fulfill these roles, I elected to go with a one shotgun and two barrels. I admit part of this decision was based on cost, but a larger part of it was because I wanted a shotgun that would be as truly versatile and multi-purpose as I could ask for.
I’ve been skeet and trap shooting, bird hunting and blasting pumpkins apart for as long as I can remember. I’ve handled and fired nearly every kind of shotgun there is under the sun: pump actions, semi-autos, double barrels and breech loaders from several manufacturers. Based on these experiences, I knew I wanted a 12-gauge pump action, and something that was of good reputation with aftermarket parts and accessories widely available. As you may have guessed, things narrowed down to a Mossberg 500 and a Remington 870.
I agonized for a month, religiously on the lookout for sales in local sporting goods stores and online, patiently waiting for the right deal. Finally, one of the stores had a sale going on for a Mossberg 500 Field Combo, with an 18.5-inch and a 28-inch vented rib barrel, for a price I simply couldn’t pass up. It was a good thing I got it when I did, since I was told by the manager behind the counter that I’d picked up the last one in stock. Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun
I’m not here to start another fight in the undying Mossberg vs. Remington war. I’ve had many opportunities to shoot and familiarize myself with the two pieces of Americana throughout my life, and I respect them both. But considering the immense popularity they both hold and the fact that my uncle privileged me with handling his own 870 Express next to my 500 this past fall, it’s going to be impossible for me to write a review without mentioning at least some of the differences between the two. Moving on….
Opening the Box
I took the Mossberg 500 Field Combo home in its factory cardboard box, which I honestly found to be rather cheap. Couldn’t Mossberg at least pack their guns with Styrofoam sheets or some form of padding? Regardless, I was quickly filled with joy when opening the box revealed the shotgun, both barrels, a safety lock, a magazine stopper (unfortunately it’s illegal to hunt with more than three shells loaded at a time in some states), and the manual.
The first thing I noticed pulling the 500 out of the box was how light it was. This gun weighs just over seven pounds, which immediately made me think about how it would handle on the range. I was already eying the rubber recoil pad at the butt of the gun, figuring I’d appreciate it when the time came to shoot the next day.Typical of most Mossbergs, this 500 has an aluminum alloy receiver, contrasting heavily with the steel of an 870.
This is the area where many Mossy and Remmy fans draw the line. Both hold their share of pros and cons; while the alloy frame supposedly isn’t as durable, but more resistant to rust, the steel is supposed to be more durable, but more prone to rusting.
Even though all 500s have interchangeable barrels, given they have the same magazine capacity, without this kit I would have had to buy one of the barrels separate. By going with the Field Combo, I basically got a barrel for free. That said, both of the barrels have a smooth, blued finish. The vented rib barrel in particular is double beaded and choked, which for me is a must with any shotgun I’m going to be using for hunting and clay shooting.
A notable feature of this 500 is something that not all 500’s come equipped with: a silver trigger made out of a stainless protection that Mossberg calls marinecoat. Mossberg makes a 500/590 variant called the Mariner where nearly everything on the outside except the pump, trigger guard and stock is made out of this material.
One reason I ended up choosing the Mossberg 500 is because I’ve always preferred the location of the operator controls over the 870. I know, I know, a lot of people are going to tell me the 870 or whatever else is better, but I respect everyone’s gun preferences and hope they’ll respect mine as well. To me, the controls on the 500 are right where I naturally want them to be.
The safety on the 500, being placed atop the rear of the receiver, is naturally ambidextrous. I don’t know about you, but I find this to be significantly more convenient than the trigger guard safeties you’ll find on the 870’s and other shotguns. When holding the gun with either hand, I can easily flick the safety on and off. Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun