Mossberg’s New Generation of 12 Gauge Sub-Compact, Pump-Action NFA Firearms

Mossberg 500 Compact Cruiser right side

Are you of the mindset who wants something just a bit smaller and more concealable? Perhaps a little smaller than local law will allow? If you are, Mossberg has just announced you next shotgun. Officially classified as an AOW (Any Other Weapon) Mossberg’s new 590A1 and 500 Compact Cruiser are perfectly proportioned.

Mossberg 590A1 Compact Cruiser right side
Mossberg 590A1 Compact Cruiser

Here is the full release from Mossberg: O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc. is pleased to offer new sub-compact NFA firearms, based on its time-proven 12-gauge 590A1 and 500 pump-actions. Classified by the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) as AOWs (Any Other Weapon), the 590A1/500 Compact Cruiser AOWs require a $5 tax stamp for transfer, as well as the required NFA transfer paperwork. Two 12-gauge, 3-inch sub-compact versions are available with all of the standard features of the 590A1/500 platform that millions worldwide have selected for personal defense and in service to our country.

The Compact Cruisers are built on Mossberg’s legendary 500 action, which passed the rigorous testing required to meet or exceed U.S. Armed Services MilSpec 3443 requirements; the only shotgun manufacturer to pass these endurance, accuracy and quality tests. The 590A1/500 AOWs are designed for smooth, reliable operation and feature non-binding twin action bars; positive steel-to-steel lock-up; an anti-jam elevator; and dual extractors. Their lightweight, anodized aluminum receivers provide for added durability and for ease of operation, by right or left-handed shooters, the Compact Cruiser AOWs have Mossberg’s universally-recognized, ambidextrous top-mounted safety.

Mossberg 500 Compact Cruiser right side
Mossberg 500 Compact Cruiser

Both the 590A1 and 500 feature the ATI T3 pistol grip, constructed of reinforced polymer and designed to absorb recoil energy before reaching the shooter’s hand. Less felt recoil reduces shooter discomfort and the time required to get back on target. The T3’s non-slip textured finish provides for a positive grip. Adding to the shooter’s comfort and ease of cycling, the Compact Cruiser AOWs have contoured polymer foregrips with a durable, webbed strap. The foregrip can be folded down, assisting in recoil reduction, or folded up against the magazine tube. Both the stock and foregrip feature a non-reflective black finish.

The 590A1 Compact Cruiser AOW (51664) has a 10.25-inch heavy-walled, cylinder bore barrel with front bead sight; convenient cleanout mag tube with 3+1 capacity; metal trigger guard; metal safety button; and anodized aluminum receiver with Parkerized steel finishes. The 500 Compact Cruiser AOW (51697) features a 7.5-inch cylinder bore barrel with front bead sight; 2+1 capacity; durable anodized finish on receiver; and Parkerized finish on barrel and mag tube. MSRP: $910 – $980.

Mossberg 590A1 and 500 Compact Cruiser AOWs Specifications:

590A1AOW 12 ga 3 inch 3+1 10.25” Heavy-Walled Parkerized Cylinder Bore 19.5 inches Folding Vertical Grip with Strap ATI T3 Pistol Grip, Black 5.3 lbs $980
500AOW 12 ga 3 inch 2+1 7.5” Parkerized Cylinder Bore 17 inches Folding Vertical Grip with Strap ATI T3 Pistol Grip, Black 4.9 lbs $910
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Comments (10)

  1. I sort of Like the Black Aces Mossberg 500 which can use a 10+1 Receiver Fed Magazine and Relatively the Same Size with a 8.5-inch barrel instead of the 7.5-inch barrel…

    1. Yeah. That is a lot for a “Factory Chop Job”. I have seen bangers with 500’s cut at end of mag and home made grips, all stolen and used in drug trade here in Detroits South West. To bad Government and Politicians refuse to believe that only “Law Abiding Citizens” follow the law, and any more restrictive gun laws only impact those Citizens, not Criminals.

  2. That pistol grip angle and low position looks like it would hurt, and those capacities are too small. Much better to buy an inexpensive Mossberg or Maverick factory pistol grip “shotgun”, a Mossberg 14″ barrel kit, and a Raptor birdshead style grip. Cheaper, better configuration, and does not require an NFA tax stamp.

  3. Seems like little more than a novelty. Wanna turn my head? Add a rail attachment to it so I can use it as a Masterkey on my tacticool AR.

  4. $900-1000 for those things? LOL, yeah FU2 Mossberg. Just because they’re tacticool doesn’t me you should double their cost.
    I’m honestly rather insulted that they think anyone would be gullible enough to buy one of those for that price tag.

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more Mr. Carpenter. Not just that, but, just what market share are they going for anyway?

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