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Any bad press on the Mossberg 590A1?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by bushmaster1313, Oct 31, 2010.

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  1. bushmaster1313

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    One poster said he read equal amounts of good and bad about the Mossberg 590A1

    I have only heard good, and except for the aestheticly displeasing rattle of the pump handle in the locked position, I am aware of no downside.

    Personally, I am considering purchasing the 18.5 inch 590A1 and adding a set of wood stocks.
    Unfortunately it is very hard to find a used one on Gunbroker--but it is an indication that people are not unloadng their 590A1's

    Anyone know anything bad about the 590A1?
     
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  2. Youngster

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    Coming from an Ithaca 37 and 870 background I find the feel of the Mossberg pump assembly to be very wobbly, crunchy and cheap feeling, and cheap touches seem to be found throughout the gun.

    Still, I wouldn't bet against them if it came to reliability or durability, just not my cup of tea.
     
  3. bushmaster1313

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    BTW
    When Honda came out with the Accord they over engineered the flip up coin pocket to give the new car buyer a sense of quality.

    The rattle in the Mossberg pump handle gives a great gun a cheap feel.
    Especially to someone who has ever racked a Model 12.:)
     
  4. TreeDoc

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    Pump forearm may be cleaned up a little by tighting retaining bolt, wouldn't let that rattle sway me from buying that shotgun. I lean towards the 870 myself, but have owned a few mossys. They are rugged and very reliable and only get better the more they're shot. Being raised on the 870 and 37, I could never get used to the tang safety on top of the mossberg.
     
  5. Dave McCracken

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    Good gun, though the triggers I've tried seem a bit gritty and heavy.

    Don't let some bad press stop you from owning one.
     
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    I own one...It's a hands down awesome shotgun...I own an 870 as well...If you like it buy it...you can't go wrong...lots of options and extras for it are available...
     
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    They are reliable weapons. That said, I agree with others about them feeling cheap. The worst part being the heavy and gritty pump action. I like a pump that is smooth. They are a little heavy too. I like the 870 better but it's a Ford vs Chevy kind of thing.
     
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    Excellent gun...my M590A1 came with the 20" barrel which is a bit long and makes it a bit more difficult to manuever during room clearing. It's over-built...like a tank, which makes it rather heavy. But the heft helps with felt-recoil. I also prefer the tang-mounted switch safety over the button safety on trigger guards found on Remington's.

    I love my 590A1.
     
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    All the good comments is what I have heard.

    Not sure why the other poster says he heard bad pres
     
  10. Bernie Lomax

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    I just recently bought one. It's a 18" model with ghost ring sights.

    Mossberg has been having QC problems lately with their barrels. Sometimes the front sight is on crooked. In fact, I got one like that. It's also as heavy as a boat anchor. Also, Mossberg had to extend the barrel out on the shorter version to make it street legal, but the didn't also extend out the tube, which is stupid. If you have to have a barrel that's at least 18", then you might as well extend your capacity along with it.

    Other than that, it's a good gun, considering the money you pay. Just make sure your sight's on straight.
     
  11. /k/anadian

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    Might 590A1's action is smoother than most 870s. I can work it with a single finger. Trigger is clean 5lbs, has very little travel and overtravel. Doesn't rattle too much.

    There's nothing cheap about the gun, it has not plastic parts, all the metal parts are machined, and the finish is very tough. My buddy has the exact same model, 590A1, #51663, and his is a mirror image of mine in every way.

    Tips: Run a few thousand or so bulk cheap shells to figure out that this is the most reliable pump with any brand of shotgun ammo, regardless of conditions. Clean it after, and enjoy the smoothest, toughest shotgun on the market.

    And yes, I've compared this to 870 Expresses, only Wingmasters/Police equal the 590A1.
     
  12. Bernie Lomax

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    I agree. One thing you can't accuse this gun of is feeling "cheap."

    For me the choice was between the 590A1 or the 870 Express tactical. The 590A1 won hands down, and was $10 less OTD than the 870 Express to boot.

    If I had had the money for an 870 police, I might've gotten that instead. But the 590A1 kicks ass all over Remington's "Express" line.
     
  13. Tranquillity308

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    I have a regular 590 model, but I love it. It's definitely built like a tank, and it really impressed my family to boot. I've never shot another type of shotgun (I'm pretty new to firearms), but I'm really satisfied with my Mossberg.
     
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