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.
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.
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.