Mossberg 590A vs. 590A1

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by VitSports6, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    Hi all.
    I have the opportunity to purchase a Mossberg 590A1 model 52682 which is a 6 shot 18 1/2" heavy barreled shotgun with a speed feed stock, I have had my eye on a Mossberg 590A model 50645 that is a 9 shot regular 20" barreled shotgun.
    Here is the rub, I don't hunt, So I wouldn't be using either shotgun for anything but targets or home defense.
    What I am wondering is the 590A1 is going to be about $60 more then the 590A Is it worth spending the extra money in your opinion? Money is somewhat an issue, I can afford either one, But do I NEED the 590A1?
    FWIW, The 590A is a retail sell and the 590A1 is a private.
    This will be my first shotgun purchase, I have handled a few of the Mossberg 500/590's and I like the fit and feel of them, I prefer the Parkerized finish more than the Blued, But I can live with either.
    Thanks for any thoughts and or suggestions.
     
  2. DarinCraft

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    oh, well thats the million dollar question. Is the extra 4 round worth the length too? Or the weight? Personally for HD I would go with the shortest possible, but then again the A1 is what 2" longer and has 4 more rounds? Thats a good compromise to me. It all boils down to preference and the obvious what you can afford, some people $60 is a lot of money and others it's pocket change.
     

  3. VitSports6

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    The A1 was 1.5" shorter and only carried 6 shots +4 in the stock, I said to hell with it, I bought the 590A1 :cool: The people at the retail shop wouldn't budge on the price so it ended up being $25 more for the A1 and I got a Black Voodoo Scabbard with it.
    Thanks for the thoughts.
     
  4. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Sweet, now lets see some pics. We love gun porn.:D
     
  5. VitSports6

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    I'm working on it, I'm trying to keep a low profile at the moment :D
     
  6. VitSports6

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    A couple quickies...

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    Now I need to buy some ammo!
     
  7. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Nice looking gun, I like.
     
  8. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    Here is my 590-A1. 18-1/2" barrel, the capacity is 5+1.
     

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  9. deathkricket

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    Here's one of my 590's like the one you were looking at buying its the 8+1, the second one is one of my 500's built with all 590 internals and trigger system sporting a 18" barrel with a ported 28" barrel to swap for longer shots.
     

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  10. VitSports6

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    Very nice guy's :cool:
    I have been reading around, I may look into a +1 or +2 Choate magazine extension and shorten it to barrel length and make a new endcap for it, But we shall see.
    I kind of like the way the speed feed stock works, It may take a little getting use to how to remove the shells without rocketing them across the room.
    I gave it a good cleaning, WalMart(I know) had 100 2.75" shot shells for $24.00 so I grabbed a box for some practice, I can't wait to get it out and punch some tickets.
     
  11. DarinCraft

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    Vitsports,
    I was looking at that voodoo scabbard. Is there enough room inside for a gun with a fore-end mounted light like mine?
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  12. VitSports6

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    Not with the one I have, Its a tight fit as is.

    EDIT...
    Is it mounted below or slightly off to the side? If its below, There is a slight chance, I can check with my light tonight if you wish.
     
  13. DarinCraft

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    Mine is the dedicated surefire fore end. The light is below the mag tube. So top to bottom is where I need the room.
    Like this[​IMG]
     
  14. VitSports6

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    Not going to fit, Sorry :(
    The opening is only 4"
    I rubber banded my surefire to the end of my shot gun and I couldn't even get the end in.
     
  15. falseharmonix

    falseharmonix New Member

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    VitSports,

    Sorry to jump in so late, but I have a 18.5" bbl on my 590A1 and used a forend from ATI.

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    It fits just fine, and with a 1" picatinny light mount it holds my SureFire G2. You'll need to pop out the retainers on the forend (you'll see when you get it).

    LINK from ATI
     
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  16. VitSports6

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    Thank you sir, DarinCraft was curious if his with the surefire fore end would fit the scabbard or not, Unfortunately it wont, I'm not looking for a fore end, But do appreciate the information.
    I am done purchasing gun related items for a little bit.
     
  17. CHLChris

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    Hey, TXNorton, that 52682 you bought is the only A1 with the 3-dot sights (versus simple bead and those ghost ring sights). What do you think?

    Have you taken it out for its paces yet?
     
  18. VitSports6

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    I don't know if this is directed to me or not, But I haven't had a chance to shoot mine, I did like the 3 dot sights over the ghost rings.
    I do need to get out to shoot, I was hoping this weekend, But it appears we have another foot of snow on the way...
     
  19. CHLChris

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    VitSport: Yes, I meant you, the original poster. Once I hit Reply my memory blanked on your name.

    I'm just trying to choose between the 3-dots, which allows for a lower cheek weld, or the ghost rings, which requires a little higher cheek weld. I'm not think greatest accuracy...I'm thinking critical situation. Which would be easier to acquire (or ignore)?
     
  20. VitSports6

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    Hard to say, I didn't like how tall the ghost rings were, I do seem to like the 3 dot over the bead though.
    I dont see why one couldn't add some of that fancy glow in the dark paint to the 3 dot, But I don't know how it holds up either.