Gun Report

Mossberg Model 500 Pump 12 Gauge

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The slight edge of this home defense shotgun being made in the U.S. (other than the Mexico barrel) wasn't enough to overcome some minor operating and functioning problems.

Mossberg Model 500 Pump 12 Gauge

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Receiver Material
Rib Width
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
Trigger Pull Weight Bottom
Trigger Pull Weight Top

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Plenty of cushion and a snug grip in the shoulder were appreciated by our testers.
The extended magazine, complete with swivel for a sling, provided for easy removal of the shotgun barrel.
Some of our test shooters experienced problems in controlling the pump action on fast second and third shots with this small, round forearm.
This standard action was not as smooth as it could have been, although the problem could be overcome with gunsmith work.

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