Mossberg Expanding Shockwave Series with the New Nightstick and More

Meet the new Mossberg Nightstick. (Photo: Mossberg)

Mossberg has a new Model 590, and they’re going to sell a lot of them. The new 12-gauge is called the “Nightstick” and it’s a successor to the Shockwave, now with traditional wood furniture.

The Nightstick is part of a larger expansion of the Shockwave family or compact, non-NFA firearms shotgunners can’t get enough of.

The Just In Case model comes with a waterproof carry tube. (Photo: Mossberg)

Mossberg now offers the Shockwave in both 12- and 20-gauge options and even .410 bore. They’ve also added a Shockwave JIC – Just In Case – that comes with a slung waterproof carry tube. It has a stainless steel Cerakote finish and black grip and forend for a two-tone look.

Of course the Nightstick really steals the show. The wood furniture looks right at home against the matte blued finish. Like the other models it has a 6-round capacity and a 14-inch, heavy-walled, cylinder-bore barrel. It uses a classic and simple brass bead front sight. The only real modification is that the forend has been updated with a safety strap.

The Nightstick has a $539 MSRP and vendors are listing it around $450 or less. While it runs a little more than plain-Jane models, Mossberg will probably get away with it just for the “it” factor.

Other recent models include 20-gauge and .410-bore options and 12-gauge in flat dark earth. (Photo: Mossberg)

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The Shockwave JIC sports the highest price tag with a $647 MSRP. The 20-gauge and .410 bore run $455, the same as the original 12-gauge model. These typically retail for less than $400. The new FDE model runs about $50 more.

All of the Shockwaves weigh around 5 pounds, give or take. The Nightstick and other 12-gauge models come in at a few ounces over 5 pounds while the 20-gauge and .410 bore weigh a few ounces under.

The light weight makes these guns easy to handle even in tight quarters. And at just over 26 inches long, they’re quick to point, too. Recoil is surprisingly not bad and these of course work with low-recoil shells and even mini shells reliably with an adapter.

These Mossbergs really do represent a new class of firearms, and the dust hasn’t settled on whether they’re practical or novelty. But it can’t be denied that they’re small, light, easy to transport, and, with some practice, effective downrange.

It’s not surprising that Mossberg is adding model after model to their Shockwave series.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Jesus Lozano January 29, 2021, 11:09 am

    Do I get it delivered to my address the Nightsick if I order it ?

  • archangel November 2, 2018, 9:33 pm

    I never even considered one of those pistol grip shotguns because 12 Gauge kicks to hard for a gun like that.
    Now, perhaps it might be better in 20, I don’t know but might consider it if I ever get the chance to try one.

  • Peter Brown November 2, 2018, 4:25 pm

    No doubt about it, these are cool shotguns and I’d like to have one (or two) but what’s left of my arms would fall off when these shotguns were fired. Yeah, maybe .410. I’d have to handle a .410 for some time before making a decision. My hat is off to Mossberg. I own a 590 that I like 100%. With that long tube you think it’s the shotgun that you load on Sunday and fire until Saturday.

  • Frank November 2, 2018, 9:56 am

    Yeah, Wood I ? I think not. Unless you lived in the desert because of moistere.

  • Super J November 2, 2018, 8:05 am

    Remington upped thier game with some of the variations on thier shockwave clone and offered the wood variant first. Mossberg had to respond. I’ve been patiently waiting for this one. I plan to get this new “Nightstick” variant.

  • Mike in a Truck November 2, 2018, 6:58 am

    Some my scoff at these types of shotguns.Im not one of them.I have a 20ga shockwave in a shotlocker mounted to the concrete block wall in the basement.Theres one- a 20ga Tac14 mounted to the wall just inside the sliding patio doors.My little dachshund is fearless to the point of stupidity. He just had to screw with a large boar raccoon that strolled across the property last August.A load of 20ga buckshot settled things.

    • 1776 Patriot November 2, 2018, 9:56 am

      Yeah, I have a stupid poodle-ish dog with the same gung ho mindset. It’s part of the reason I carry when I let him out to do his business at night. Sheesh, 73 years old and I’m a doggy bodyguard!

    • AJ November 3, 2018, 11:33 am

      See, I definitely think the 20 gauge model has a practical use. Specifically, I think it would be a great defensive piece indoors.

      Choked out, I think it may be a great close quarters outdoor lead slinger too.. especially when you have that muzzle up from the hip before an attacker can think about breathing. The short barrel would help mitigate over penetration and allow the pellets too slow down significantly before entering someone else’s house.

      Recoil with a 20 is almost not existent as well, so it opens the door to younger and older shooters.

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