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What does "AT" stand for on Mossbergs?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Cosmoline, Jun 16, 2005.

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  1. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

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    I have an old 500AT I'm converting into a trail gun. I'm just wondering what the "AT" stands for. I can't imagine it's "all terrain" like the new AT_ models, since this one is pretty much like all the other 500's and 500A's I've seen and has wood furniture.
     
  2. CaCrusin

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    Mossberg Names

    What you have is a run-of-the-mill Mossberg 500. Mossberg made shotguns for many different companies and assigned different names or letters to differentiate between them. There is a Model 600, a Plainfield (sold by Sears) and a host of others. They are simply made up designations and, other than the 590A1 which is the mil-std shotgun, they don't mean anyting. The Cruiser and Persuader designations indicate either a standard stock or a pistol grip.

    Hope this helps. For more information on Mossbergs see the Mossberg historian at www.vichavlinsales.com. Vic is a great guy and a wealth of knowledge.

    CaCrusin :cool:
     
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    Alliant Techsytems?
     
  4. Cosmoline

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    Thanks!

    (Though I do take issue with the terms "run of the mill" and "Mossberg 500" being used in the same sentence :D )
     
  5. Pistol Toter

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    My model 500 Persuader Cruiser, thats right both words together is a 20" open cylinder bore, parkerized finish, 7 shot 2 3/4" one less with 3" magazine plus one in the pipe makes 8, heat shield on the barrel, pistol grip, and sling lugs. I definitely would not call it run of the mill. I took the pistol grip off and put a full stock on it to make it easier to handle and lite tube sight on it. It is one UGLY gun!! But I would not want to be a burglar and think that there was any posibility the home owner was armed with such a smoke pole. Loaded with 00 buck you could tear up a front door :banghead:
     
  6. CaCrusin

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    The term "run-of-the-mill" is not derogatory. It means that it is the stardard production piece for that company/mill/plant. It is not a custom or special order item with unusual or unique features. It has no bearing on the quality, usability, or value of the product so described. I do apologize for using a phrase that may have become arcane and misunderstood, but I write as I speak and I often use such anachronistic phrases in regular speach. I guess I'm just getting old.

    CaCrusin :cool:
     
  7. Cosmoline

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    I'm just kidding around.
     
  8. Pistol Toter

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    I was not offended. :)
     
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    FWIW, I think the moniker of "The Persuader" is quite possibly one of the greatest names ever for a pump action 12 gauge.
     
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