As regular readers of MadOgre know, I like to Armchair Quarterback a Gun Company every once in awhile. No company will ever be immune to my examination. I’m in the mood to take a closer look at Mossberg. The reason being, is that I think Mossberg is a great gun company and I really like some of the guns they make. The 590A1 is a gun I used as my Patrol gun a long time ago and it was truly dependable. The 500 platform has been a workhorse pump action shotgun, second only to the iconic Remington 870. In fact, that’s been a big “Ford vs Chevy” debate for many years now when it comes to shotguns. Now Mossberg has a fantastic semi-auto tactical gun, the 930 SPX which I have been running for awhile now and it’s been serving me flawlessly. In fact, it’s so good that it’s made me reconsider my whole outlook on a semi-auto shotgun. Congratulations, Mossberg… You have done very well. Now let’s take a look at your new line up. You have some interesting guns. Your Blackwater Series looks like a good line up. The 590A1 looks like it’s set up “just right”. The XS sights and the rail on the top. A+ on that one. Having used the 590 series guns extensively, let me tell you what it’s all about in one word. “Rugged”. Continue reading Armchair Quarterback: Mossberg.→
I have to agree, the single most important gun in US History… This is it.
What is really impressive about these guns is the pressure they operate at. Not only that, but the number of shots they can shoot before they lose velocity. They used bone for the gaskets. The performance has not been matched with modern materials in modern air rifles. Those air-rifles were truly amazing.
I found this on Facebook from one of my Foreign Friends. It’s a 12 gauge slug of an unusual design. It’s a Sabot type, but looks like it would be stable out of a smooth bore. The slug is aluminum but can be made of steel for greater penetration.
The BATFE needs to make some amends here. There is much to be accountable for. The BATFE has broken the faith and committed a massive violation of trust. I think the BATFE has outlived their usefulness. Gun Dealers have been villainized by these guys, and it turns out that they have committed the much greater sin.
One of the best tactical shotguns out there is also the most over looked. The tactical shotgun market has become very crowded as of late. Everyone that does shotguns is now doing Tactical versions… and this is a beautiful thing.
The downside to the crowded market is that most attention is only paid to the newest, latest and greatest. Which is fine… save for the old standby workhorses that get ignored too often.
The movie “Knight and Day”: One of the more interesting selections of guns for a cheesy action comedy. The Tom Cruise character”Roy” is packing a SIG P250. The first time I’ve seen that gun in a movie. He’s got a light and laser combo on the gun, which is cool, but not something people normally back concealed. Especially when later he pulls out a Glock 19. I’m not sure if a SIG P250 is the ideal weapon for firing from the hood of a Lincoln… but I think the Glock would have been a better choice. Perhaps. I’m not sure. I’ve never had to engage threats while riding on the hood of a Lincoln.
One of The Horde has asked for a Top 5 1911 list. This is difficult, because saying 1911 is like saying Pickup Truck. There are different types, classes of truck. Class wasn’t specified. So this is going to be an overall pick, cross classes.
1. Springfield TRP
2. SIG 1911 TacOps
3. Dan Wesson V-Bob
4. STI Ranger II
5. Springfield 1911 GI
Three of the five selections are full sized, 5” guns. The other two are Commander length guns. There are no three inch guns on my list for a reason. The smaller sized guns get more finicky in terms of reliability and for me, that’s a huge disqualification. The full size and the Commander length guns are where it’s at.
If I was going to pick a few more, the other guns on my list would be the guns in the Colt CCO type configuration with a Commander length barrel and slide on an Officer’s length frame. Such as the SIG C3 and RCS. Both would make the list for sure. Also, if I had another spot, I’d have to put an STI Tactical 4.15, which would also be the only double stacked 1911 on this list, and the only one in 9mm.
If I was going to pick something on the more Budge Minded level, the options are fewer, but some stand out. The pistols from ATI have a strong showing with tolerances on par with guns that cost 3 times as much. The newish Remington R1 is a nice pistol, if you can find one. The Para GI Expert is a very similar gun at a similar price point, and it’s a good one. Then there are the guns from Taurus which are solid values and surprisingly good shooters.
Notice I am not talking about the Semi-Custom Production guns from makers such as Wilson Combat, Les Baer, and Ed Brown. They are certainly good, but the cost level is puts them far and away above the reach of a lot of shooters, without a drastic or tangible increase in returns for the money.