Over on Facebook, Jerry Miculek posted about a young lady getting her new JM Signature Mossberg 930. This sparked much though. Jerry is a great guy and I have had the pleasure of meeting him and talking with him at a SHOT Show “Media Range Day”. He is a Gentlemen to be sure, and one of the very best shooters in the world. He’s putting his stamp on a Mossy 930 should be more than enough to squelch all the Mossberg Haters out there. Mossberg makes some very good, solid, and reliable shotguns. They also make some real stupid crap as well… More on that later.
As I was thinking about this, the idea struck that S&W should buy O.F. Mossberg, lock stock and barrel. You see, S&W has wanted to get into the Shotgun Market for some time and have pretty much foundered in it. When you think S&W, you don’t think Shotguns and vice versa. A couple years ago S&W made a big attempt that flopped… Buying a factory to build Shotguns in Turkey. Well, this pretty much flopped because anyone with even one decent eye could see that these were the very same shotguns that have worn a number of brand names on them. Tri Star, Charles Daly, Interarms and a whole slew of mediocre badges that just didn’t get anyone interested. The store I work at is a full line S&W Dealer and we didn’t even order a single one.
S&W wanted to get into hunting… so they bought Thompson Center. TC is renowned for making serious hunting arms. Boom, S&W is a hunting company now. This is a good thing. I just wish TC’s Custom Shop remained open…but overall I think this was good thing for TC and for S&W. This move worked.
S&W could do the same thing with Mossberg and make it a success… But first, they would have to do a couple of things. 1. The guy that came up with the Chainsaw idea… fire him. 2. The guy that came up with the Road Blocker idea… fire him. If these are the same guy – fire those that Yes-Manned the creator and supported the idea. 3… and this one is very important… the guy that came up with the idea to dress a Lever Action up like an AR – Fire him, then go to his home and shoot his dog and burn his house to the ground and then salt the earth so that nothing grows there. If this is the same guy that came up with the Road Blocker and Chain Saw ideas… give him a blind fold and a cigarette and use those horrid things on him, starting at the knees. Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh. Just drop him off in Iran with an “I HATE ALLAH” T-Shirt. Give him a sporting chance.
In all seriousness though… those guns need to go away and all mention of them be removed from all company documentation. Mossberg should stand for serious use shotguns and that is all. Take those Lever Actions, brand them S&W, remove the tang safety, and make them look more Old Westy than Modern Lever. S&W could bank on that alone.
Kill off all the Mossberg bolt action rifles because they are just dogs and are competing against the TC Venture series when S&W doesn’t need an alternative to it’s own product that kinda sucks. If you have one that you like – good for you. I tried one and found I’d rather shoot Pool. But hey, everyone likes something silly sometimes. But Mossberg needs to get rid of the Silly. It’s embarrassing.
If S&W did this, they would have one hell of a good Tactical and Hunting combination.