Holding Class: Basics of Using Mossberg 500 & 590 Shotguns
By Chris Eger
Over 10 million Mossberg 500/590 series shotguns and their Maverick 88/Revelation 310 half-brothers have been produced since 1960 and the reliable design is effective and easy to use. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Firearm giant Mossberg recently released a series of basic instructional videos on their Model 500 and 590 pump-action shotguns including loading and unloading.
In the first video, Jeremy Stafford walks you through the common gun part nomenclature associated with the Mossberg 500/590. Stafford is a pro, being a Marine Vet and editor for Guns & Ammo among other qualifications on a lengthy CV, so he knows what he is talking about. As a side, the Maverick 88 and Western Auto’s former Revelation 310-branded series of budget scatterguns use the same action and overall design.
Remember, you have to start with the basics.
Next up, Stafford covers how to safely load and unload a Mossberg 500/590. Spoiler alert: if you unload one by working the pump-action, you are doing it incorrectly.
As noted by Mossberg, “After over 50 years and over 10 million and counting–and the only pump action to be declared MilSpec–the Mossberg 500 has proven to be one of the most versatile and reliable shotgun platforms available, offering a model to fit everySource: Guns.com