Mossberg 590 A1 Gun Review

The Mossberg 590 A1 shotgun is based on the Mossberg 500 Shotgun which was first released in the early 70s. The 500 series of Mossberg Shotguns is very popular until today because of its easy to use form and quick reaction.

Performance

The 590 A1 was developed largely due to the request of the military who wanted to have something reliable that can withstand various weather conditions. As a result, the Mossberg 590 A1 is a bit heavier.

Note: before you purchase this shotgun, make sure that your state allows the purchase of this long shotgun. This type of shotgun is for military purpose but can be purchased in some states that don’t provide restrictions.

The common format of Mossberg 590 A1 shotgun is 12-gauge with 18.5 inch barrel. There is also a special edition, 590 A1 shotguns that comes with 14" barrels. This type of shotgun comes with five to eight rounds but the more popular shotgun is the five-round (chamber not included) version. Since it was made for the military who wants to be on rougher conditions, the gun is a little bit on the heavy side. The 18.5-inch version could weight up to 7.5 lbs without bullets.

Features

There are many advantages that can be identified in Mossberg 590 A1. Among them is the quick cycle between shooting. The gun is very responsive as the handle in the barrel fits to the hand. The safety in the shotgun is in a very good position - it's good enough to be reached but not intrusive during the operation. Another small advantage is the ability to switch barrels. If you have an extra 590 A1 barrel with a different size, switching is never a problem (a 20-inch barrel is available). The gun doesn't feel movable but highly interchangeable.

Appeal

The Mossberg 590 A1 is a relatively heavy shotgun that's easy to handle with fast cycles. It might be on the heavy and expensive side but it's a worthy investment for any shotgun enthusiast.

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The Mossberg 590 A1 shotgun is based on the Mossberg 500 Shotgun which was first released in the early 70s. The 500 series of Mossberg Shotguns is very popular until today because of its easy to use form and quick reaction.

Performance Rating: 
9.8
Performance: 

The 590 A1 was developed largely due to the request of the military who wanted to have something reliable that can withstand various weather conditions. As a result, the Mossberg 590 A1 is a bit heavier.

Note: before you purchase this shotgun, make sure that your state allows the purchase of this long shotgun. This type of shotgun is for military purpose but can be purchased in some states that don’t provide restrictions.

The common format of Mossberg 590 A1 shotgun is 12-gauge with 18.5 inch barrel. There is also a special edition, 590 A1 shotguns that comes with 14" barrels. This type of shotgun comes with five to eight rounds but the more popular shotgun is the five-round (chamber not included) version. Since it was made for the military who wants to be on rougher conditions, the gun is a little bit on the heavy side. The 18.5-inch version could weight up to 7.5 lbs without bullets.

Features Rating: 
9.7
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There are many advantages that can be identified in Mossberg 590 A1. Among them is the quick cycle between shooting. The gun is very responsive as the handle in the barrel fits to the hand. The safety in the shotgun is in a very good position - it's good enough to be reached but not intrusive during the operation. Another small advantage is the ability to switch barrels. If you have an extra 590 A1 barrel with a different size, switching is never a problem (a 20-inch barrel is available). The gun doesn't feel movable but highly interchangeable.

Appeal Rating: 
9.9
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The Mossberg 590 A1 is a relatively heavy shotgun that's easy to handle with fast cycles. It might be on the heavy and expensive side but it's a worthy investment for any shotgun enthusiast.

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On the other hand, Mossberg 590 A1 is not a shotgun for everyone. As already indicated, the shotgun is on the heavy side because of the conditions where it was supposed to be used. But the weight of the shotgun actually provides an advantage for some shooters because the weight helps in stability. Some hunters also prefer this type of shotgun for its weight because it can withstand various conditions. Another disadvantage of the shotgun is actually on its aim. The main reason why a 20" barrel version is available is to help shooters have steady and improved aim. You can still compensate disadvantage this without another barrel with a good sight.

Improvements on Mossberg 590 A1 are not really extensive. Aside from the sight improvement, nothing else should be changed in the shotgun. This is especially true when you are buying the shotgun as brand new. On the other hand, you should consider purchasing accessories for the shotgun if you bought it used. But be careful: the 500 and the 590 accessories are not compatible. Always purchase accessories that are specifically made for the A1.

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Mossberg 590-A

Would like to see pictures of this model Mossberg, sounds like a nice home defense weapon to have

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