i just bought another one last week, it's the third one i've owned. this one has the 28" barrel and rib on it. they are good entry level or take to the fields or woods and go hunting gun as you won't be worried about scratching it up. i have never had a failure out of mine. if you want a shorter barrel, the Mossberg 500 barrels interchange, as Mossberg makes the Maverick. it is probably one of the best bangs for your buck, for a pump shotgun there is. i wouldn't hesitate for a minute buying another one. i just ordered a 18.5" barrel for mine.