The Mossberg firearms that spun out of our deal to become an official Mossberg stocking dealer just keep coming with the Mossberg 500 JIC shotgun. Like I said, the Mossberg 500 JIC is not only a shotgun, but an insurance policy as well. Sure, most insurance policies come with a hefty price tag, but it is generally a good idea to cover your “you know what” – just in case, which is exactly the idea behind this product. Whatever happens, consider yourself prepared.
I thought about the best way to tell you about this amazing product, and I have decided give you a description beginning with the outer shell and working in. Upon receipt of the Mossberg 500 JIC shotgun, you will notice that everything is packed neatly within a large green tube. Though it may appear as nothing more than a piece of packaging, this tube is actually a selling point. As noted, this shotgun – package and all – is an insurance policy in its own right. It is what you want in a survival scenario, and the tube is definitely a part of that. It is really quite simple. The synthetic carrying tube is a waterproof, airtight package for your shotgun, survival kit and any other items you see fit. Mossberg claims that these tubes include a synthetic seal that has been factory tested and will hold up at depths up to 40 feet and pressures of at least 17psi. I would probably believe a company that has achieved ISO 9001 certification. Anyway, the tube has an integrated nylon shoulder strap, which makes transport easy and is, best of all, extremely buoyant.
Next up is Mossberg’s “Survival Kit in a Can.” This aluminum can is very reminiscent of a sardine can, but rather than a plethora of stinky headless fish, it is literally packed with a great deal of items that would be useful in any survival scenario. Contents include: one compass, two fire starter cubes, 9.9 feet of multi-use cord, one survival/first aid information packet, 3 feet of multi-use wire, four waterproof matches, 101 feet of fishing line/sewing thread, one bouillon soup packet, one tea bag, one sugar packet, one matchbook, two antiseptic swabs, one razor blade, three twist ties, 12 inches of duct tape, one signal mirror, one Ziploc® bag, two adhesive bandages, two nails, two safety pins, two fish hooks, one signal whistle, one piece of chewing gum, one sewing needle, one piece of energy candy, one piece of note paper and one pencil. Talk about a mouthful!
Finally, we get to the meat and potatoes of the package – the Mossberg 500 JIC shotgun. Hailing from the world-famous 500 series, the Mossberg 500 JIC is a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun that features an 18.5-inch barrel and a synthetic pistol grip and forend. The lack of a stock cuts down the overall length to a very manageable 28.75 inches and a weight of just 5.5 pounds. If safety is a concern, you will be delighted to find that the 500 JIC includes a receiver-mounted safety that is easily reached by both left- and right-handed shooters. Chambered for both 2.75- and 3-inch shotshells, the magazine tube has a 6-round capacity that is more than enough to get the job done. Additionally, the shotgun features bead sights that make targeting a breeze.
Every emergency plan should include a provision for defending oneself, one’s family and one’s belongings. Perhaps one of the best means for achieving this is a powerful, reliable and easy-to-use shotgun. Like all shotguns from the Mossberg 500 series, the Mossberg 500 JIC shotgun provides all that and much more at an affordable price. It is the ultimate insurance plan.