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Introduced in 1961, all model 500s are based on the same basic design. Originally using a single action bar this was changed to dual action bars in 1970, which are (at least in theory) less likely to bind than a single action bar design. A single large locking lug is used to secure the breech. The magazine tube is located below the barrel, and is screwed into the receiver. The slide release is located to the left rear of the trigger guard, and the safety is located on the upper rear of the receiver (often called a "tang safety"). Sights vary from model to model, from simple bead sight to a receiver mounted ghost ring or an integrated base for a telescopic sight. Most models come with the receiver drilled and tapped for the installation of a rear sight or a scope base. The factory scope base is attached to the barrel via a cantilever-type mount, which places the scope over the receiver but keeps it with the barrel if the barrel is removed.
Intended for use in harsh and dirty conditions, such as waterfowl hunting or combat, the Model 500 series is designed to be easy to clean and maintain. All Model 500s feature interchangeable barrels (given a particular gun's magazine capacity ó a barrel designed for a 5-shot tube will not fit a gun with a 7-shot tube), which may be removed without the use of tools, by loosening a screw on the end of the magazine tube, allowing the barrel to be removed. The bolt locks into a locking lug located on the top of the barrel, ensuring a solid bolt-to-barrel connection and not relying on the receiver for any locking strength. The trigger assembly, which includes the trigger, hammer, sear, and trigger body with guard, can be removed by pushing out one retaining pin and pulling downwards on the guard (if a pistol grip is installed, it usually must be removed first as virtually all such grips obstruct the removal of the trigger body). The elevator can be removed by squeezing the sides together, freeing the pivot pins from the receiver. The forend can then be moved to the rear, allowing the bolt and bolt carrier to drop out, and then the forend can be removed by moving it forward. The cartridge stop and interrupter will then fall free, leaving just the ejector and the safety in the receiver, held in by screws. The magazine spring and follower may be removed by unscrewing the tube from the receiver (this may be difficult on some new 500s). This level of field stripping is sufficient to allow all components to be cleaned. (Credit Wikipedia)
This 500A started life as a Persuader, with nothing more than a pistol grip. The Speed Feed pistol grip stock was added which holds 4 rounds of 12 gauge and a side saddle from Tacstar which holds an additional 6 rounds. The 500A has a 20Ē barrel and can hold 7+1 rounds versus the 500 which has an 18.5 inch barrel and holds 5+1 rounds. Also added was the LED Surefire forend light. We went with the brighter version, they have two different versions.
Back years ago, when I did recoveries for Stahlman, I never left home without my Mossberg. Although this is not the same shotgun I used back then, it is still the same set up. The only real difference is that one had a non-LED light, LED lights didnít exist back then.
The shotgun was always my go to gun. They are powerful, intimidating and so simple they never fail. Well at least you hope not.
One of the main reasons for using a shotgun at work was the variety of ammo available for shotguns. Iím sure today with the new laws things have changed, but back then you could use all types of ammo. My favorites were rubber buck shot and bean bags. Now Iím sure many of you are saying ďif Iím pulling the trigger, Iím killing someoneĒ. Well good for you. For me it was a lot easier and more professional to try to incapacitate the subject rather than kill him. Of course only my first round was rubber, after that it was all steel. But I always hoped, that if I did have to fire, it would only take one round and they would survive, with some bruising.
My Mossberg 500A from work was by my side for the arrests of over 200 subjects. Sometimes I knew I didnít need to bring a shotgun so it wasnít there for all of the arrests over my career. At the end of its service it was pretty beat up. But it still functioned perfect every day. Now I look back and wish I had kept it and just had it re-finished, it was almost as if I sold one of my best friends.
I know some people swear by Remingtonís, I just prefer the Mossberg for whatever reason and yes I have owned a Remington 870 before.
I do tend to steer first time buyers to the Mossberg 500 series. They work great for a home defense weapon, with some rulesÖbut I will get into that in a different article. They are easy to use and with practice is a great defensive gun.
Have fun shooting!
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By: Brandon Gonzales