For security out on the water, the Mossberg 500 Special Purpose Mariner 12 Gauge w/20" Barrel Shotgun is the gun for you. This pump action, 9-shot shotgun delivers the stopping power you want for self defense along with a tough Marinecote finish that stands up to tough Marine conditions. This rugged gun comes ready for action with a 3'' chamber, cylinder bore chokes, 7 + 1 capacity for 3'' shells and 8 + 1 capacity for 2-3/4'' shells, and a synthetic black stock. The Mariner also features an anti-jam elevator, dual extractors for reliable feeding, and positive shot shell extraction and ejection.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lumpstyle Moss 500 Home Def.
Bought this for my wife for home defense. Love it!!! Wonderful shotgun for an amazing price. Looks very intimidating with the 20" barrel and has a great round capacity. Construction semms very sturdy as does the overall action of the gun. This bad boy stays right by the bed at night. The only downside is that there is an installed swivle attatchment for a sling on the buttstock but nothing included on the barrel... minor inconvenience.
April 22, 2011
This gun would be great for anything you want to use it for. I would not buy a handgun for home defense myself. A shotgun is so much better for that, and you can use this shotgun for anything. This is the gun you've been looking for.
Almost anything you can think of as "tactical" is made for the mossberg 500/590 series. Pistol grips by themselves range from $9-$30 or mossberg sells a blued model 500 with a factory installed pistol grip thats also cheaper than this model. Cruiser model I believe. If a self defense situation requires more than a couple 12ga shells to resolve you're having a REALLY bad day.
You can shoot a slug through the barrel of this gun, but bird shot would be better. If you want to shoot slugs through it, buy a rifled barrel to put on it. Do not shoot slugs through the barrel that is on this gun!
This is not a fact answer, this is personal. I wouldn't use this gun for dove hunting. I would get a bigger gun with a longer barrel. Maybe this helps, and maybe it doesn't, but I would not shoot doves with this gun.
This particular shotgun is a cylinder bore defense shotgun and does not contain screw in chokes. Chokes are preferred for wing shooting. More Mossberg pump shotguns have been sold in the World than any other brand of shotgun, especially Remington. The Mossberg are easier to field strip to clean, have simpler mechanisms are are less expensive.
WIth it's short (20") barrel and extended magazine tube, this is a home defence shotgun and would not be my choice for dove hunting. Look at a Mossberg Model 500 field shotgun with a 26" or 28" barrel that would allow you to swing and lead better on soaring doves, and a standard magazine tube that can be "plugged" to reduce shell capacity in accordance with Federal and State migratory bird hunting regulations.