Mossberg 590A1 combat
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By Dan S. Defense
The Mossberg 590 Special Purpose shotgun is a powerful
weapon. It's built by O.F. Mossberg & Sons, a family
owned business that is renowned for quality and
innovation. In fact, the Mossberg is the only pump
shotgun to ever pass all stringent U. S. Military
Mil-Spec 3443 standards. Given the near absurd standards
dictated by this mil-spec, the fact that the Mossberg
590 survived it speaks volumes. The Mossberg 590 comes
in a few different flavors and we will look at the model
In this review we'll look at the specifications of the
Mossberg 590A1, take it for an extended range
session to see how it performs and then summarize the
pros and cons, to allow you to decide if the Mossberg
590A1 may be right for you.
The Mossberg 590A1 is a combat ready pump shotgun. The
590A1 uses 12 GA (Gauge) ammunition and can take both 3"
shells and 2 3/4 shells. The internal magazine holds 9
rounds which are fed with the pump driven action.
The 590A1 comes with a handy M7 bayonet that can second
as a combat knife. The M7 bayonet resides under the
muzzle and connects to a bayonet lug, which is similar
but not identical to lugs found on M-16 or AR-15 rifles.
Since the lug isn't identical, the 590A1 can't take an
AR-15 bayonet. While being a nice addition to the
package, I can't see a scenario in which I'll opt to
install and use the M7 on the 590A1. Still, it is part
of the package and something worth having.
The Mossberg 590A1 is a serious weapon. The first thing
you notice when you pick up the Mossberg 590A1 is its
weight. It feels heavy and firm. it is very well built,
operates smoothly and it has good fit and finish. Since
this model was built for military use in difficult
environments, everything about this shotgun seems to
focus on reliability--the weapons ability to function
despite environment or abuse.
The trade-off for this rock solid design is weight. It
is important to realize that this is a heavy weapon. For
example, I wouldn't want to hold a suspect at gun point
for a long period of time, since the weight plays
against you and it is bound to be seen in the form of
If you intend to carry the Mossberg 590A1 around for
long distances, over harsh terrain, you ought to be sure
you can handle it, since it is about 7.5 pounds unloaded
and 41" long. Having said that, with a sling or a
good backpack, any person of moderate size and fit ought to be able to
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