Mossberg just unveiled their 590M, a new take on their most famous pump-action shotgun. The updated design feeds from detachable box magazines with an impressive capacity.
People often recommend pump shotguns for self-defense because they’re affordable, simple and effective. However, short shotguns used for protection don’t hold a lot of ammo and are slow to reload one shell at a time.
The 590M doesn’t have these problems. Feeding on 5-, 10-, 15- or even 20-round magazines, this shotgun offers drum mag volumes of ammo in a tidy, compact package.
Mossberg is releasing two versions of the 590M, a base model and an upgraded Tri-Rail version. The standard model is a straightforward 590 converted to use box magazines. It has a standard stock and forend and a simple bead front sight.
The 590M Tri-Rail is the practical-tactical version with a railed forend for lights and other accessories, raised ghost ring sights and a long heatshield to cover the barrel.
The guns have dual push-button magazine releases in front of the trigger guard. This makes them essentially ambidextrous, just like standard 590s. All the other 590 features are there too including twin action bars for smooth cycling, drilled and tapped receivers for optics, heavy barrel and improved receiver components.
- 12 Gauge
- 10+1 capacity (included magazine)
- 2.75-inch chamber
- Cylinder bore (590M) or Accu-Choke (590M Tri-Rail)
- Heavy barrel
- Bead (590M) or ghost ring sight (590M Tri-Rail)
- Matte blue finish
- Synthetic stock and forend
- 7.75 pounds unloaded
- 14-inch length of pull
- 39.5 inches overall length
Mossberg isn’t the first company to produce a magazine-fed pump action, but this week shows that they have done it the best.
First off, the magazine catch system is great. With 30 seconds of practice, you can snap the mags into the gun reliably and easily. The cutouts on the magazine along with a notch in front make it actually difficult to do incorrectly.
This is not an overgrown and retooled AR or AK magazine copied by Mossberg. The magazine and magwell show ingenuity and attention to detail. Mossberg developed the double stack magazines from ground up and they work great.
Secondly, the magazine release is a button, almost in the same spot it would be on an AR. This makes transitioning to the 590M from a familiar rifle platform simple and easy.
Mossberg has never been shy about innovation. And even though they weren’t first to bring box mag-fed shotgun to the market, their magazine system shows that they’re not following in anyone’s footsteps.
The shotguns are priced in-line with other premium and specialized Mossberg shotguns. The base model 590M has a $721 MSRP while the Tri-Rail model runs a little more at $801. Mags aren’t cheap, ranging from $100 to about $140 but you get what you pay for.
Real-world prices might be lower, but if you see one in stock buy it fast. I predict your local gun shop is going to have a hard time keeping these on shelves. Get one while the getting is good!
For more information about these and other Mossberg products visit mossberg.com.