If you are lucky enough to have a deserted island as a bug-out retreat, then we should be friends… no seriously, then the Mossberg Model 500 Just in Case (JIC) Mariner is your perfect bug-out, survival gun. Mossberg picked out the perfect gun to create their Just in Case series of shotgun packages. For over 50 years, the model 500 continues its popularity as a reliable and an adaptable favorite of the United States Military and civilians. Many experienced shooters agree that because of the Mossberg’s reliability, price, ease of use, and adaptability make it an essential gun to have in your collection. The 500 pump-action shotgun isn’t picky either. It will eat up just about anything you want to load it. This 12-gauge pump shotgun has an 18.5-inch barrel perfect for home defense, but it is easily swapped out for a longer barrel for bird hunting. It can hold 2-3/4- or 3-inch shells, six rounds, and 5 rounds respectively.
Supposedly, the Mossberg 500 is the only shotgun that passes the U.S. Army’s MIL-SPEC 3443D test. Which is pretty dang hardcore. It’s been around since 1961 and is currently available in 20 different configurations. Maybe even more.
All Mossberg Model 500 pump-action shotguns have Quiet Carry™ dual-action bars, an ambidextrous safety and are made in the USA. The JIC Mariner has a bead sight and a cylinder bore choke.
The Mariner model features Mossberg’s Marinecote finish, designed specifically for “harsh marine environments.” The JIC comes with a resealable, clear bag, a multitool, and a knife. It is all sealed in an orange tube that it waterproof and airtight. The tube also floats! If you don’t want to bury your Mossberg 500 JIC Mariner, you can also use it when you go hiking, camping, or when you bug-out. The handy strap on the tube allows you to sling it over your shoulder.
You may never need an emergency, cache weapon, but wouldn’t you rather have one … well… just in case? Can we go hang out at your island regardless?
Specifications and Features
- Mossberg model 500 J.I.C. Mariner pump shotgun
- 12 gauge
- 18.5″ barrel
- 6 rounds 2-3/4″ shells
- 5 rounds 3″ shells
- 3″ chamber
- Cylinder bore choke
- Bead sight
- Black synthetic stock & pistol grip
- Marinecote finish
- 28-3/4″ overall length
- 5.5 lbs
- Kit includes waterproof survival kit & orange carrying tube