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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.
We here at Keepshooting.com believe in the Mossberg brand. As such we have chosen to become an official Mossberg stocking dealer, which means a couple of different things. It means we have committed to stocking approximately 30 of Mossberg’s finest rifles and shotguns. Not only that, but we will have exclusive opportunities to check out new products as they are released. Finally, our commitment means that we will be getting these firearms at excellent prices and will, as always, pass those savings on to you. Many of those firearms are currently on sale in our web store – the Mossberg ATR is just the next in a long line of fine Mossberg products.
Typical of most modern hunting rifles, the Mossberg ATR is a bolt-action rifle. With this type of action, the bolt is operated manually by the shooter between each discharge. Using a small handle connected to the bolt, the shooter will unlock the bolt and retract it, which will consequently eject a spent cartridge case. Provided that there are additional cartridges in the magazine, pushing the bolt forward and locking it down will reload the chamber and ready the rifle for firing. Pretty simple stuff when you consider some of the more involved actions found in modern automatic and semi-automatic rifles.
The Mossberg ATR rifle has an overall length of 42 inches and, as noted, a 22-inch fluted barrel (1:10 inch twist). The fluted barrel and lightweight receiver boast a matte blued finish and do wonders bringing down the total weight of the rifle – a very manageable seven pounds. The Mossberg ATR also ships with a black synthetic stock and a length of pull that measures 13 1/2 inches. As for sights, the ATR comes equipped with Weaver-style scope mount bases, which make mounting optics very simple. As noted, the ATR is chambered for the .30-06 Springfield cartridge, one of the world’s most popular hunting cartridges.
One final appealing feature found on the Mossberg ATR is Mossberg’s adjustable “Lightning Bolt Action” trigger system. Introduced in 2009, the LBA trigger system is a feature now included on all Mossberg bolt-action rifles. In order to provide shooters with a trigger that translates to both high performance and high accuracy, Mossberg created a user-adjusted trigger system that allows the shooter to adjust the trigger pull anywhere between two to five pounds. Essentially, the LBA trigger system offers the pull of a two-stage trigger in a single-stage trigger.