Shock ‘n’ Saw! More Mossberg Shotguns Including New Retrograde Series

The new Retrograde series blends old and new into appealing guns. (Photo: Mossberg)

Gearing up for the new year Mossberg is adding four new guns to the company catalog. They’re expanding their Shockwave series and adding the new Retrograde series.

The newest Retrograde shotguns are throwback designs that combine modern features with traditional furniture. The Shockwave series is Mossberg’s line of non-NFA compact firearms chambered for the full spread of popular shotgun gauges and bores.

Mossberg is launching with two Retrograde models, a 500 Persuader and a 590A1. The Retrograde versions of these guns come standard with hardwood, not synthetic, stocks and forends. The forends are classic Mossberg corn-cob-pattern.

The Retrograde 590A1 stands out the most with ghost ring sights and a full-length heat shield. It has a 9-shot capacity and all the MIL-SPEC improvements including the bayonet lug, parkerized finish and additional steel parts in the fire control group and safety.

The Retrograde Persuader is more of a throwback with a blued finish and a brass bead sight. The suggested retail prices are $504 for the Persuader and $902 for the 590A1. In-store and online pricing is sure to be less.

The Shock ‘n’ Saw (middle) and SPX (bottom) join the Nightstick (top) as the newest additions to the Shockwave series. (Photo: Mossberg)

The new Shockwave couldn’t be any more different and still be a shotgun. Called the Shock ‘n’Saw, this short-barreled gun has a synthetic polymer bird’s head grip and chainsaw forend for overhanded used.

The chainsaw grip attaches to a modular forend with a 6-o’clock Picatinny rail for lights and other accessories with what appear to be M-Lok slots along the sides. It also has a standard brass bead front sight for use without the chainsaw grip.

Mossberg is also announcing the Shockwave SPX. This gun takes things to the next level with a factory-installed side saddle for extra shells with an integral flattop rail for optics. The SPX has standard Shockwave furniture including the synthetic forend with a safety strap and it also gets a heatshield running to the muzzle.

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Both of the new Shockwaves are priced at $560 and both have breacher-cut barrels. All of these new guns are chambered for 12-gauge shells and have cylinder bore barrels.

It’s clear that Mossberg was on to something with their recently-announced Nightstick. Another Shockwave-pattern gun, the Nightstick sports the same style of hardwood furniture as the Retrograde series.

There’s plenty of room in the market for new guns with old trappings, just as much as there’s room for crazy guns that take things way over the top. It so happens that Mossberg makes both and everything in between. Make sure to visit Mossberg.com for more information.

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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.

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • WillisW December 14, 2018, 10:15 pm

    What bayonet does the Mossberg 590A1 use. 9 shots and a poke. Cool!

    • Micah Fedoroff December 18, 2018, 8:53 am

      M7 or M9…

  • CyruS December 14, 2018, 6:09 pm

    I love the Persuader – thats all I need!

  • MTM December 14, 2018, 11:24 am

    Jack and RO may want to do a little work outside, say trim a tree with a “chain saw” and maybe they will get the reference.

  • Michael Christensen December 14, 2018, 10:53 am

    The retrograde looks nice, it reminds me of the old trench guns from WWI.

  • J M Rush December 14, 2018, 6:56 am

    Think chain”SAW” Jack.

  • Jack Hadley December 14, 2018, 4:10 am

    “SAW” in the military actually stands for Squad Automatic Weapon. I have no idea why a shotgun is referred to as a “SAW” certainly isn’t full auto.

    • J M Rush December 14, 2018, 6:54 am

      Think chain”SAW” Jack.

    • AJ December 15, 2018, 9:16 am

      The military uses SAW as an acronym… Whereas the SAW in question is literally used for what it would look like if a shotgun and a chainsaw had a baby… It’s descriptive because of the forward chainsaw grip. Don’t think about it so much.

  • ro December 12, 2018, 12:07 pm

    just a general comment…..in this case I can’t figure out the “saw” reference and especially the handstrap……

    why don’t firearm companies put out more info on their product line….sometimes can’t even find simple things like weight, LOP, trigger type, dimensions or video on use

    is it a liability issue or just under funding the promo/advertising department or thinking if we make it they will buy?

    • Dewey December 15, 2018, 3:29 pm

      Specifications don’t matter to the kind of douchebag that buys a “chainsaw”-grip pump gun.

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