The Mossberg 590A1 is a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun with a 20-inch heavy barrel and a fixed synthetic stock. Its three-inch chamber provides for a nine-shell capacity, but the real draw –aside from its proven military performance – is the inclusion of an aluminum trigger guard and button safety, which are joined by a wealth of other practical features that make this shotgun one worthy of a look or two.
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 590A1 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 were 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 multi-purpose shotguns 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 590A1, 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 590A1 – must-have qualities for any shotgun.
As noted, the Mossberg 590A1 is a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun with 20-inch heavy barrel alongside an overall length of 41 inches. The magazine tube provides for a nine-shell capacity for an overall capacity of 10 with one shell in the chamber. The aircraft-grade aluminum construction of the receiver provides for a light weight of just 7 1/4 pounds, which when combined with the synthetic stock makes for a shotgun that is easily handled by most experienced shooters. Other features include an aluminum trigger guard and ambidextrous thumb safety, ghost ring sights and a parkerized finish for enhanced protection against corrosion.
The Mossberg 590A1 is an excellent choice for:
- Personal and home defense
- Trap shooting
- Skeet shooting
- Much more…