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mossberg 590A1

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by USMC Vet, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. USMC Vet

    USMC Vet New Member

    Am giving some serious thought to buying a Mossy 590A1. Reports I have heard sound like it's a decent piece. Can't really decide on which model or bbl. length though. Any thoughts on this piece for a HD unit or pros or cons in general ? All input appreciated.
    USMC Vet
  2. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    I would take a hard look at Ohio made Ithaca 37. Not sure what new gun value is but I have seen couple parkerized police types at gun show for $450 which was reasonable for this firearm. The 590A1 is basically a crowbar of a pump gun. The Ithaca despite being all steel is still good handling gun and second action bar isn't really needed.
  3. azgun

    azgun Well-Known Member

    I love my 590a1. It has a forend light and is 8+1 with a 20 inch barrel. It is my home defense weapon
  4. WJR

    WJR Well-Known Member

    I am very pleased with my 590A1. What makes this shotgun best for me is the location of the safety. Perfect since I am a lefty. Otherwise, it is very sturdy, reliable, and well built.

    Also, not sure the comment about the 590A1 being a crowbar of a shotgun. If it is, then the Ithaca must be a brick of a shotgun.

  5. heavyshooter

    heavyshooter Well-Known Member

    It is an excellent gun! I too have a forearm light on mine and stands ready for Home Defense.
  6. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    The nickname for the 590a1 is the 'Battering Ram'.
  7. CaptainChaos

    CaptainChaos Well-Known Member

    Would I be correct in thinking that you've never *shot* an M37? From *my* experience, the only thing that comes close is a Remington 870 Wingmaster.


  8. Black Knight

    Black Knight Well-Known Member

    I took a Mossberg Armorers course last year and if I were in the market for a dedicated HD shotgun the 590A1 would be near the top of my list. I love my 870s but I would not feel slighted with a Mossberg at all. At work we have access to Mossberg 500s and they do nearly everything we need at this time.
  9. JVaughn

    JVaughn Well-Known Member

    I have a 590A1, very pleased with it. Very solid and reliable weapon.
  10. Milamber

    Milamber Well-Known Member

    I have a 590A1 and love it. Even picked up the right bayonet for it. Shoots were you point it. Safety is easy to use and see visually.
  11. Tony617

    Tony617 Well-Known Member

    I have an 18.5" 590A1. I put on a Choate 1 shot extension, a CDM Gear MTR rail and have a Streamlight TLR-1 light on the rail. I also added a LimbSaver recoil pad and I also have a Specter Gear 6 round side saddle on my buttstock.

    I take it to the gun range pretty much every time I go.
  12. WJR

    WJR Well-Known Member


    No I have not shot an Ithaca before. My comment was only based on appearance. Looks like a brick with a barrel attached to it. It may be a great shotgun, but the controls would not suit me as well as my Mossbergs.

  13. MagnumWill

    MagnumWill Well-Known Member

    Got an 18.5" barrel with the speedfeed stock and ghost ring sights, and I installed a Hogue overmolded foregrip (the original Mossberg plastic one just felt kinda cheap). It's a hell of a gun. I especially like the location of the mag release.
  14. MagnumWill

    MagnumWill Well-Known Member

    Got an 18.5" barrel 590A1 with the speedfeed stock and ghost ring sights, and I installed a Hogue overmolded foregrip (the original Mossberg plastic one just felt kinda cheap). It's a hell of a gun. I especially like the location of the mag release.
  15. CaptainChaos

    CaptainChaos Well-Known Member


    Aaaaaaagh! You live in the USA and you've never shot an M37? You really, *really* must try one. They're hard to acquire, over here, but my main gun is an M37. Having said that, I bought a Chiappa 1887 about a year ago and it has eclipsed the Ithaca merely because of the "fun factor".

    But, seriously, go borrow a Ithaca. See what ya think.

    Can't say I share the opinion. I find all the modern guns to ... "busy" for my liking.

    The Chiappa does *look* good but, I have to admit, it handles "strangely". I still love shooting it, though.

    Last week-end, our club - somehow - managed to scrape up ten newbies to introduce to PSG. I was acting as "pupil" while another member instructed the group.

    Since these were newbies, they were not permitted to use our Section.1 (unrestricted) shotguns, so someone had brought along a new Section.2 (three-shot restricted) Winchester SXP.

    The gun was brand new, so it was a little stiff. Even so, the difference in handling surprised me. M37s are a real dream to shoot. The SXP? Not so much. (Though, in its defence, I didn't get to shoot it much and, as I say, it *was* brand new.)

    I have to say the control placement doesn't bother me much. The 1887 is, of course, a totally different gun to the M37 but, if I use something enough, I can get used to anything. Perhaps if I was lefthanded, a tang safety would be more of an attraction.

    Take my advice - go try an Ithaca.

    Have fun.



    P.S. As far as HD goes, in the UK it ain't really an option since we have to keep guns in a locked gun cabinet when not in use. However, for the record, my M&P M37 DSPS *does* slam-fire. :)
  16. bomberbill357

    bomberbill357 Well-Known Member

    Have a Mossberg 590A1 18.5" barrel, speedfeed stock and ghost ring rear. Up to this point I've always had Rem 870s. My friend lent me his Mossberg and it fit so well, worked so well and most importantly shot to point of aim (870 I had to aim 6" over the right shoulder at 25 yds to hit center mass) that I sold my 870 and bought the first 590A1 I saw. Don't have any regrets, and would buy Mossberg over Remington everytime, based on my personal preferances.
  17. MattShlock

    MattShlock Well-Known Member

    I went 18.5" and +2 then a +1 extension. Great arms (if u avoid the Ghost Ring SIghts). The 20" was just too long and has a lotta momentum up front...
  18. Mainsail

    Mainsail Well-Known Member

    A friend with a Remington 870 and me with my 590A1 went out shooting one afternoon. His 870 locked up tight and required a forceful slam to the ground to open the action. This is a reported problem with the 870s.

    My 590A1 ate everything I fed it.

    I sold my 590A1 to fund a FN SLP as I wanted to go semi-auto. If I were to choose another pump, it would be another 590A1.
  19. MarshallDodge

    MarshallDodge Well-Known Member

    Another happy 590A1 customer. :D
  20. ACP

    ACP Well-Known Member

    I too have a 590A1, 18.5" barrel with ghost ring sights and a speed feed stock. With 5 in the tube, 4 in the stock and another 5 in an uncle mike's slip-on butt cuff, I have 14 rounds on board. federal flight control OO buck shoots one hole at 25 yards. great weapon, very smooth, utterly reliable, love the slide release and safety location. I put a surefire fore end on mine, BTW. It's my primary HD weapon.

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