From My Cold Dead Hands: Mossberg 500 JIC Patriot

Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun sitting on top of a carry tube decorated with the American flag.

In the 2008 presidential election, after President Obama defeated Senator John McCain, AR-15 rifles were fetching upwards of $3,000. Do you know a guy who bought one because Obama threatened to take them away? I did.

Patriot: “a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.”

I know people who were not gun owners previously who scoured gun shows and the Internet for the right deal on what everyone was afraid would soon be deemed an “assault rifle” and forthrightly banned. I’m pretty sure those overpriced ARs still lay in their original box tucked back in some closet. I’m not going to fault these people, but I sure am shaking my head at them. These people are much like the person who stores their inherited granddaddy’s shotgun in the back of the closet without so much as a second thought. Same with the person I know who was robbed and therefore decided to buy a $250 pump-action Maverick just in case they would have to defend their home. That Maverick still sits on a closet shelf, never shot. To them, the reason why they are allowed to own that particular beautiful wood-stocked shotgun or cheap reliable workhorse does not really matter.

Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun sitting on top of a carry tube decorated with the American flag.
Each Mossberg 500 JIC Patriot has a unique serial number starting with “NRA.”

There are gun owners and then there are gun people. Gun people don’t just own their firearms—they shoot them, they clean them, and like many hobbyists, spend plenty of time acquiring new ones and taking great care of old ones.

To most of us gun people, what gives us this right to own guns is just as important as gun ownership itself. It’s not enough for us to keep a shotgun in case we ever need to defend ourselves and the lives of our families, but our core belief centers on the fundamental right we have to arm ourselves. That is why we join the NRA, put stickers on our cars and tend to be single-issue voters. We aren’t just gun owners—we are proud gun owners. I cannot think of anything much more patriotic than purchasing a gun that clearly states that no-compromise support of the Second Amendment you and I feel.

That is why I wholeheartedly support Mossberg’s decision to release the Mossberg 500 JIC (Just in Case) Patriot—a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun dedicated to making a statement supporting the Second Amendment and National Rifle Association. On the right side of the shotgun’s receiver is the classic NRA logo. The shotgun’s carry tube is wrapped in a full-color American flag. Each Mossberg 500 JIC Patriot has a unique serial number starting with “NRA.” Mossberg promises they will donate a portion of the proceeds from each sale of the Patriot to the NRA with a guaranteed minimum donation amount from Mossberg.

close-up of the NRA logo on a Mossberg Model 500 pump-action shotgun
On the shotgun’s port side of the receiver is the classic NRA logo.

With over 10 million Mossberg model 500s sold since 1961, it proves itself as one of the most reliable firearms American’s trust. It is beyond a classic firearm—it’s iconic—and an essential addition to any gun collection. Currently available in over 20 different configurations, all Mossberg 500 pump-action shotguns—including the Patriot—have Quiet Carry dual-action bars, an ambidextrous safety and are made in the U.S.A. The JIC Patriot has a bead sight, cylinder bore, 18.5-inch barrel, holds six rounds and features a matte black synthetic stock.

Mossberg 500 JIC Patriot
Action Pump action
Barrel Length 18.5 inches
Caliber 12 gauge
Overall Length 28.75 inches
Weight Unloaded 5.5 pounds
Sights Bead
Stock or Grip Synthetic pistol grip, matte black
Capacity 6

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Comments (4)

  1. Dean,
    Thank you for clarifying that. It would have been nice of them to state that in the caption, because I am sure I am not the only Navy Veteran who was confused.

  2. I was disappointed when I read the article in The Shooter’s Log of Cheaper Than and saw in the accompanying picture of the right side of the shotgun that it said “On the shotgun’s port side of the receiver is the classic NRA logo.” The right side which the picture shows is starboard NOT port.

    1. Correct, this is a shotgun not a ship. The ejection “port” side. Port and starboard are nautical terms. Great looking 500 though, I’d be proud to add one to my small collection.

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