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Old 01-06-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default Differences berween a civilian 500 and a military 500?

Ill be picking up a new 500 persuader in matte finish tomorrow and I want to know what is the difference between it and the military model.

If there are any?

My Veteran friend said they mostly used Mossbergs over there to breach doors and shoot locks. Also vouched on how reliable they were.


The 500 I ordered


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The 500's I saw in the service had an 8 round tube, shorter barrel, and synthetic stock. Beyond that, they were identical to the civilian version.
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I bought a 590a1 as close to military specs as I could. 8 plus 1, heavier barrel and also got it in marine coat.
Your going to like your mossberg. Just be patient, The action won't be as smooth as glass out of the box but it gets better with time.
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Thanks for the quick reply guys, I look forward to this gun.
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My mossy 500 jammed shells fairly regular when I first got it. Then I popped of the barrel polished the feed ramp ( I guess it's still that on a shotgun ) no more jams. Smooth as silk.
I'm just assuming that's what you meant by the action smoothing out.
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I never did a thing to my 500 except clean it when I finally figured out how to break it down. After having it for 5 years before bothering to figure it out, it was surprisingly clean.
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Do shotguns have a break in period? Wonder how many shells it would require...
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Personally, I consider a pump to be awkward in nature, so I've never considered its smoothness.
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They typically use 590's. Steel safety, longer tubes. Bayonet lugs. umm Ghost Ring sights? opposed to the bead sight. They are identical tot he "civilian" models. As far as I know.

Read the wikipedia article about 500's. There is a a section where they compare 500's to 590A1 (the military model)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mossberg_500#Model_500_vs._Model_590_vs._Model_590 A1
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Do shotguns have a break in period? Wonder how many shells it would require...
Same as any gun, couple hundred rounds to get her worn in.
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