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The author's .410 bore Mossberg shotgun with brown wood-grained stock on a gray mottled background.


Mossberg’s Rugged and Reliable Shotgun

The Mossberg pump action shotguns are smooth, reliable and rugged, easy break down and pack a punch with .410 bore ammo. With a short riot gun barrel of 18 to 20 inches the home defense type shotgun barrel makes for a fast handling and effective problem solvers. In fact, the author has used a Mossberg 500 longer than any other shotgun. Read the post to learn more about the Mossberg and what makes them such a great choice.

Picture shows a black, pistol-grip pump-action shotgun with Christmas gift tag attached that reads, "To you From Cheaper Than Dirt."


On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, My Trule Love Gave to Me—A Mossberg 500 Cruiser Pump-Action Shotgun

For one gun that can do almost anything, the pump-action shotgun comes extremely close. If you are looking for a gun that is incredibly reliable, easy to use and will go from hunting to home defense than turn to the most popular shotgun in America—the Mossberg 500. Mossberg has been producing the model 500 shotgun for 50 years and is currently celebrating over 10 million units produced. Remaining affordable throughout the years, the Mossberg 500 is a top-notch shotgun that is reliable and shoots like a beast.


How Does Buckshot Perform at 50 Yards?

Brass Fetcher Ballistic Testing recently conducted an eye-opening ballistic gelatin test of buckshot at 50 yards distance. The rounds were shot from a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun with 20″ barrel length and full choke. This video shows the results.

If you buy only one gun, buy a Mossberg 500.


Mossberg 500 Cruiser JIC Pump-Action Shotgun

Maybe you are brand new to the gun world, jonesing for a new gun, preparing for the apocalypse, want to start hunting, or need something for home protection. Perhaps you checked all the boxes above. Would you be surprised to hear that one gun will do all of that? One gun does truly rule most—the 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. Even if you haven’t jumped on the shotgun bandwagon yet, let the Mossberg 500 JIC convince you. If you were to only purchase one gun, especially for a survival or emergency situation, the Mossberg 500 JIC is the smarter choice.


A First Shotgun

It’s hard enough today to get kids away from the Xbox, the iPad, the computer, or even the lowly television set. The last thing you want to do is to discourage them further by making their shooting or hunting an unpleasant experience. I am fortunate in that I have a large number of friends and acquaintances whose children also shoot. I will never forget the first shotgun I ever fired. It was a Beretta Companion, a single shot 20 gauge that folded entirely in half and weighed next to nothing. That gun kicked like a mule!

Mossberg 500 Lisa Methany and Turkey


Mossberg Model 500 — 10 Million Strong and Growing

In just a few short years, the Mossberg Firearm Company will be celebrating 100 years as one of this country’s top firearm manufactures. Wilhelmina and I plan to return to the fields of South Dakota to celebrate and to prove she has indeed taught me a few things over the years.

IAC Hawk Model 982


Shotguns: The Best Home Defense Tool Ever Made

One of the best, low-cost options for a security shotgun to cross my path has been the Interstate Arms Hawk Model 981R and Model 982. As the old saying goes, “You can’t step into the ring with Ali just because you say you can box.” I decided to take a closer look at the Model 982 and see just how close and reliable it really is.