Is the Mossberg Maverick 88 Shotgun a Good Value?

By CTD Blogger published on in Firearms, Reviews, Shotguns

Black Mossberg Maverick 88, barrel pointed to the left on a pale gray/pink background.The Mossberg 500 series is one of the most popular pump-action shotguns of all time. The Maverick’s popularity is largely based on it extraordinary value compared to other offerings in the market segment. The Maverick 88 is made in Eagle Pass, Maverick County in the great state of Texas. It was developed and manufactured to compete with imported, low-priced slide-action shotguns in the late ’80s.

Blue barrel Mossberg Maverick 88, pionted to the right on a white/gray backgroundThis particular sample, an 88 Security Model, was purchased to be used as a new gun owner’s home defense weapon back in the mid ’90s. It has fired many rounds over its 15-year lifespan and has served as the owner’s bird gun, primary defense gun and even as a competition shotgun on occasion. A simple buttstock cuff and light with clamp are the only modifications.

Black Mossberg Maverick 88 pointed to the left on light gray backgroundThere is nothing fancy about a 12 gauge slide-action shotgun set up for defensive purposes. The Maverick 88 is no different. With a 6-shot capacity and barrel availability, the only practical difference in this model from its big brother, the Mossberg 500A, is the Maverick’s crossbolt safety. The sight is a gold bead and the stock and forearm are black synthetic. You’ll find the crossbolt safety and the action lock lever intuitive and easy to manipulate. Loading the magazine or through the ejection port is equally easy and instinctive. The 18.5-inch barrel patterns as you would expect from a cylinder bore.

Black Mossberg Maverick 88, pointed down and to the right on a light gray backgroundMaverick 88 – Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Versatile
  • Crossbolt safety

Maverick 88 – Cons

  • Forend is not easily replaceable
  • Fixed capacity


Blue Mossberg Maverick 88 pointed to the right on a light gray background
The Maverick forearm incorporates twin action bars. You can clearly see the Maverick 88′s captive barrel bolt shared with the Mossberg 500. This bolt makes interchangeable barrels a snap, although it limits the magazine capacity to factory levels. The bolt features dual extractors and the trigger guard assembly is polymer.

The Maverick 88 Security is a terrific value to anyone looking for a first shotgun or an inexpensive defensive arm. The Maverick 88 Field is an equally exceptional value for those looking for a bird or slug gun.

Ever fired a Mossberg Maverick 88? How did it compare to your expectations? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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