O.F. Mossberg & Sons
I would argue that the Mossberg 500 Series platform is the best pump shotgun on the planet. I have used and shot them so much over the years that I can operate the gun in my sleep, and have had them in no less than six varieties.
Until now the problem for us die hard Mossberg fans out here was having to deal with aftermarket parts if we want to trick out the guns. Replacement stocks do work fine, sometimes, when you buy them from the right company and not some copy from China, but they bring down the value of the gun should you want to sell it later (I always end up losing the original stock).
Now you can finally buy a Mossberg 500 platform with stock rails. It is called the Tri-Rail system and to me it seems like the right balance of comfort and function. The first gun in the video is a model 590A1, which is the infantry shotgun of the US Armed Forces as well as the shotgun of many specialty units. This is my favorite of the Model 500 varieties because it comes with ghost ring sights, a bayonet lug and a speed feed stock that hold 4 more rounds in addition to the 8+1 in the gun.
The bottom rail on the Tri-Rail appears to be molded in, and there are two side rails that you can remove for comfort if you are not using them. The “Blackwater” model that Tom Taylor from Mossberg is demonstrating also has a receiver rail. As a basic tactical platform it has everything you need, and it is all factory original, so the gun will retain its value.
The “Chainsaw,” which is the second gun in the video, is a revolutionary new product from the engineers at Mossberg. I’d like to give it a full review and beat it up a bit, but it sure looks cool, and it could be really useful in a SWAT-type of application where you are using the shotgun for breaching and as a combat weapon immediately after. With a laser system the two handed waist position could be extremely effective with this new attachment. If it is durable and can take a hammering I expect this to take off in the law enforcement market.
Mossberg is known for making products that give you the most bang for your buck. In this economy that is a big deal and the savings that these tactical additions to the Mossberg line will save you on aftermarket parts are considerable. Plus you get a gun that is factory original, so everything fits and works with no tinkering. I am eager to get my hands on one or several of these new Mossbergs. Expect a full review soon.