Mossberg 500SP Cruiser (20-Inch) – 12-Gauge, Pump-Action Shotgun from the Mossberg 500 Series
Mossberg 500SP Cruiser (20-Inch)
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Description / Mossberg 500SP Cruiser (20-Inch)
O.F. Mossberg & Sons, more commonly known as Mossberg, is an American arms manufacturer that was founded in 1919 by Swedish-born Oscar Frederick Mossberg alongside his two sons. Mossberg came to the United States in 1886, where he worked in a bicycle factory owned by Iver Johnson. Though the company was founded on the Mossberg Brownie – a four-barreled handgun chambered in .22 LR – it is now known the world over for producing exceptional rifles and shotguns.
As one may guess based on its name, the Mossberg 500SP Cruiser is a shotgun that traces its lineage all the way back to 1961 when the Mossberg 500 series made its debut. The Mossberg 500 Series is a series of shotguns that represents a range of varying hammerless, pump-action shotguns, all of which feature the same receiver. Variations are generally found in the barrel length, bore size, choke options, capacity, sights and stock/fore-end materials. The 500 Series has always been marketed as a multi-purpose series designed for use in less-than-favorable conditions. As such, all Mossberg 500s feature interchangeable barrels, which provides for a number of different configurations that can quickly turn a 500 into a field gun, a slug gun, a defensive gun or a sport gun. Additionally, they are all easily disassembled to allow for easy cleaning and simple maintenance. The versatility of the line has even earned it a spot with military forces the world over – often as the Model 590A1, which typically features an aluminum trigger guard and safety as well as a heavy barrel.
One of the greatest selling points for the Mossberg 500 Series, which includes the Mossberg 500SP Cruiser, is the fact that they all boast MIL-SPEC performance. The Mossberg 500 Series is the only shotgun that has passed the United States Military's MIL-SPEC 3443G standards, which just serves to illustrate the superior performance and reliability associated with the Mossberg 500SP Cruiser – must-have qualities for any shotgun.
As noted, the Mossberg 500SP Cruiser is a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun with a 20-inch barrel alongside an overall length of 30 1/4 inches. The magazine tube provides for a seven-shell capacity for an overall capacity of eight with one shell in the chamber. The aircraft-grade aluminum construction of the receiver provides for a light weight of just six pounds, which when combined with the comfortable pistol grip makes for a shotgun that is easily handled by most experienced shooters. Other features include an ambidextrous thumb safety, a bead front sight, a blued finish for enhanced protection against corrosion and a factory-installed heat shield to vent the extreme temperature characteristic of a recently-fired shotgun.
The Mossberg 500SP Cruiser is an excellent choice for:
- Personal and home defense
- Trap shooting
- Skeet shooting
- Much more…