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Mossberg 590A1 combat
shotgun review
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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 590A1.

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 muzzle movement.

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 handle it.
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