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The Best Mossberg 500 and 590 Upgrades

Confession time: I love shotguns. 

There is just something about delivering what’s best described as a ‘payload of lead’ with each pull of the trigger. 

Plus, the shotgun just so happens to be the most versatile weapon in my armory.

Mossberg 590
Mossberg 590

With a single 12 gauge pump gun, I can hunt deer, birds, and bear. 

I can defend my home or shoot skeet. A shotgun is a do-it-all kind of weapon, as long as it’s at close range. 

One of my favorite modern pump-action shotguns is the Mossberg 590, and the 500 series in general. The Mossberg 500 series and I go back a long, long ways. Over years of use I’ve gathered a few upgrades I know and love. 

The Author Shooting His Mossberg
The Author Shooting His Mossberg. Remember your eye protection, kids!

These are all items I own and have spent significant time with. Only one is what I’d describe as new to me, but we’ll get there soon. 

So let’s get started.

Best Mossberg 500 Upgrades

1. Knoxx Breachersgrip Gen III

In most cases pistol grip only shotguns suck. They are painful to shoot, difficult to control, and filly very niche roles. Very few work well, one being the Knoxx Breachersgrip Gen III from Blackhawk Industries. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Knoxx Breachersgrip works with the 590, the 500, and the Mossberg Shockwave. 

The Shockwave is an odd gun legally. I won’t dive into the legal details, but it must remain over 26 inches to be a non-NFA item. This traditionally means you have to use included the included Shockwave Raptor grip. 

I made a big bet when I got the Blackhawk Knoxx Breachersgrip Gen III. I saw it had an odd extension and was really counting on it resulting in an overall length of 26 inches to keep the Shockwave NFA free. 

The Blackhawk Knoxx Beachersgrip Gen III on the Author's Mossberg
The Blackhawk Knoxx Beachersgrip Gen III on the Author’s Mossberg

(To my ATF agents and forum lawyers I just attached a Mossberg 18.5 inch barrel I had on the gun before installing the grip. I don’t even joke about NFA violations.)

The Breachersgrip is a recoil reducing pistol grip designed for short shotguns used in breaching operations. I just wanted a comfortable upgrade to my mini hand cannon. The Breachersgrip greatly reduces felt recoil and makes PGO shotguns comfortable. 

I have put some nasty rounds through guns with this grip, including those powerful PDX buck and ball slugs. I felt almost nothing. It turned a 12 gauge powerhouse into something closer to a 45 ACP from a 1911. 

Full View of the Author's Mossberg with the Knoxx Breachersgrip
Full View of the Author’s Mossberg with the Knoxx Breachersgrip

It’s a modern and comfortable option for handling a mini 12 gauge. It’s sling ready and a lot more comfortable than I ever imagined. Knoxx and Blackhawk have made what’s likely the only traditional pistol grip that’s actually comfortable. 

Recoil reduction is important for more than keeping your wrists from aching. With this grip I can confidently aim the shotgun, I don’t flinch when I shoot, and I can shoot faster and more efficient with it. 

The Breachersgrip is great for replacing standard Mossberg JIC pistol grips, or those found on cruiser models. Most importantly the Breachersgrip from Knoxx and Blackhawk is one way to tame the Shockwave. 

Check out more of our favorite grips (including recoil reducing ones) in Best Mossberg 500/590 Stocks.

2. Magpul MOE Shotgun Forend

Magpul SGA furniture is fantastic for shotguns, and like most Magpul gear it’s extremely high quality and modular. The Magpul SGA Mossberg 500/590 MOE pump allows you to add stuff only where you need it. 

Best Basic Forend Upgrade
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

You can attach M-LOK or MOE accessories directly to the pump, or you can attach rails to accommodate any accessory that mounts to Picatinny rails. This allows the easy mounting of lights, lasers, and even chainsaw grips. 

The pump doesn’t overlap the receiver so it doesn’t interfere with side saddles if you want one. The pump is textured and ribbed for a sure grip. Also, it looks cool as hell. 

The Author's Magpul MOE Shotgun Pump
The Author’s Magpul MOE Shotgun Pump

To mount it to a short barreled shotgun or firearm you have two options.

Option 1 is to Dremel the pump to fit the short action tube. It’s easy, but takes a bit of time and the necessary tools. 

Option 2 is an adapter from Hogue. This makes the Magpul MOE Shotgun pump compatible with shorter action tubes. 

Magpul MOE Shotgun Pump with Rails
Magpul MOE Shotgun Pump with Rails

And don’t forget some M-LOK Rails to mount your favorite accessories. 

3. Magpul M-LOK Vertical Grip

If you are rocking a Magpul forend, a Magpul M-LOK vertical grip is the perfect addition. Why, you may ask? Because with a vert grip you are a lot less likely to short stroke the shotgun. 

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

You get a really solid grip and a stable platform. If you want to be really effective with 12 gauge shotguns you need to learn to mitigate recoil. The best method I’ve found is the push-pull method, pushing forward with the firing hand and pulling rearward with the pump hand.

It’s a lot easier to pull on a vertical grip without worrying about your hand slipping. Since the M-LOK grip mounts directly to the Magpul pump it’s not going to slide off the pump either.

Magpul M-LOK Vertical Grip on the Author's Mossberg
Magpul M-LOK Vertical Grip on the Author’s Mossberg

On Mossberg 500/590s with pistol grips a vert grips adds a lot of control to the gun. It makes it easier to aim, and helps prevent getting an eye full of shotgun. If you start running a shotgun hard and fast the likelihood of your hand slipping is real and those barrels are short. 

If your hand goes in front of the barrel near the time you pull the trigger… Well, it won’t be pleasant. 

4. XS Big Dot Front Sight

Night sights can make a big difference in your low light shooting performance. If you’re like me and still rely on the boomstick for home defense you want to see your sights, no matter what. 

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The XS Big Dot front sight is a combination day and night sight that replaces your teeny tiny bead. It’s a massive, high visibility front sight that’s easy to see regardless of the time of day. 

At night it glows bright and you’ll have no issue getting that rock-solid front sight focus. The XS Big Dot is a must have even if you rock an optic. It stands high enough to co-witness with my chosen optic and optic rail. 

XS Big Dot Front Sight in the Dark
XS Big Dot Front Sight in the Dark

By itself, it’s an outstanding sight. The fact that it co-witnesses with my red dot is just icing on the cake. It’s not limited to tactical applications either. This would be great for hunters since a lot of hunting takes place in low light conditions. 

The Author's Own Mossberg 590 and XS Big Dot Front Sight
The Author’s Own Mossberg 590 and XS Big Dot Front Sight

5. Ergo Tactical Stock Adapter

The Mossberg 500’s aftermarket is quite large, but it’s nowhere near as large as the AR-15’s. Some of the best stocks and pistol grips I’ve ever used came from ARs, and the ability to adapt them to my favorite pump shotgun was a godsend. 

The Ergo stock adapter is just that. This small and affordable little piece of gear allows me to easily add my chosen AR 15 pistol grip, buffer tube and stock to my Mossberg 500 and 590. This was one of my all-time favorite buys. I love being able to toss my Magpul AR grip and carbine stock on my shotgun. 

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

It attaches in about a minute and you instantly have access to a multitude of system options, including the ability to add a brace to a Mossberg Shockwave. It’s also affordable, which is always nice. 

Stock, Grip, and Stock Adapter
Stock, Grip, and Stock Adapter

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6. LaserLyte Center Mass Laser

Lasers are a great addition for most defensive guns. They offer defensive shooters just one more option when it comes to aiming their gun. The main issue a lot of shooters run into is having trouble finding the dot. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

With the LaserLyte Center Mass laser, you aren’t left looking for the dot. The Center Mass target throws a 9 dot laser in a circular pattern. This mass of lasers is perfect for a shotgun because it’s designed for close quarters shooting.

LaserLyte Center Mass Laser Pattern
LaserLyte Center Mass Laser Pattern

It’s not directly dialed into an actual shotgun pattern. I’m not trying to make the claim that each dot will be directly where a pellet lands. Instead, it gives you a rough idea of your spread will be at particular ranges. 

Closer Look at the LaserLyte Center Mass Laser's Pattern
A Closer Look at the LaserLyte Center Mass Laser’s Pattern

The pattern grows 1 inch per yard and with modern shotgun ammunition that’s actually a bit wider than what a realistic pattern will result in. It does give you a massive, easy to see laser pattern that’s perfect for home defense. 

The Author's LaserLyte Center Mass Laser
The Author’s LaserLyte Center Mass Laser

This particular center mass laser uses a pressure pad for its on and off switch. It’s perfect when mounted to a M-LOK shotgun pump. When combined with rock-solid sights this laser is just one more aiming option for close quarters combat. 

7. Meopta Meosight III

The Meopta Meosight III is my go to miniature red dot optic for my guns. I have two of them so far and will likely have another in the future. They are a great miniature red dot, and mini red dots are perfect for shotguns. 

at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Miniature red dots give you a lower profile, lighter weight option for close quarters shooting. Since the shotgun is the king of close quarters they are quite compatible. The Mossberg series of shotguns are almost always tapped and drilled for a scope mount. 

Installing a scope mount is easy and there are plenty out there. I went with a simple Monstrum Tactical model. The Meopta Meosight III attaches via a QD mount and is pretty simple to use. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

It has two modes, a manual adjustment and an automatic adjustment. 

In automatic mode, it automatically adjusts to the external light conditions becoming brighter and dimmer when necessary. 

The manual mode allows you to easily cycle through 8 different brightness settings. The optic uses a single button for all its controls. This does mean if you miss your favorite manual setting you have to go through all of them again. 

The Author's Meopta Meosight III
The Author’s Meopta Meosight III

Two of my favorite features of this optic aren’t even related to its optical performance, but its logistical performance. First, the battery is changed via the side. There is no need to dismount the optic to swap batteries. Second, adjustments are easy to make, but secure. You can lock the adjustment tabs down with a small flat head screwdriver. This makes it so nothing moves, even on the fiercest recoiling of guns. 

The optic is small, lightweight, but offers a bright, but clear dot. It also co-witnesses perfectly with my XS Big Dot front sight. 

The View Using the Meopta Meosight III
The View Using the Meopta Meosight III

I mention close quarters all the time, but this is a great tool on a Mossberg used for skeet shooting or hunting. Skeet shooting is slowly being infiltrated by miniature red dots. Burris is even producing something they call the speed bead that uses a miniature red dot for sport shooting. 

8. Blue Force Gear Vickers Sling

When it comes to sling selection for any weapon, I’m pretty damned biased. I like my Vickers Blue Force Gear slings. I own a standard issue, an AK limited edition, a Vickers One sling, and even one of the rare Vickers Medic slings. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The two-point Vicker Tactical sling from Blue Force Gear is my all time favorite sling. What makes it interesting is the rapid adjustment tab. A quick pull rearward or forward of this tab tightens and loosens the sling. 

This allows it to be tightened down when climbing, crawling or running and then bam, instantly loosened for shooting and maneuvering. The quick adjustment tab allows for easy adjustment and control over your weapon. 

The Author Using the Blue Force Gear Vickers Sling
The Author Using the Blue Force Gear Vickers Sling

While it traditionally found on a carbine there is nothing stopping it from being an excellent Mossberg 500 sling. This is another tool that’s not isolated to tactical use. It’s perfect for hunting. 

I love it for climbing a tree stand. I can tighten the sling around my back and work my way up without the gun banging and clanging as I climb. 

9. Opsol Mini Clip

The Opsol Mini Clip is one of the coolest little gadgets you can add to a Mossberg 500 series shotgun. 

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Opsol mini clip is a drop in, drop out upgrade that allows you to reliably use those Aguila mini shells

at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Those mini shells don’t always run super reliably in shotguns, but this adapter makes them run like a dream in the Mossberg 500. In a standard 5 shot tube, you can load 9 rounds of the Aguila mini shells. 

Aguila Mini Shell Loaded into Mossberg 590
Aguila Mini Shell Loaded into Mossberg 590

This is the best 15 bucks I’ve ever spent on a shotgun, especially for those shooting Mossberg Shockwaves. 

Opsol Mini Clip and Aguila Mini Shells
Opsol Mini Clip and Aguila Mini Shells

10. Hornady RAPiD Safe Shotgun Safe

Okay, so this isn’t an upgrade, but it is my personal choice for securing my self-defense shotgun. It’s a really cool system that’s quick and modern.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

You have three different options for opening this safe. The first is your traditional key and lock option, which is great in case the power goes out and batteries die. 

The second method is through a 4 or 6 digit combination. The combination keys are 1 through 4 and are illuminated. 

The third is my favorite, the RFID keys. The RFID keys are little round chips that are outfitted with adhesive to mount to almost anything. They can attach to your phone, to a keychain, or whatever you want. 

The Author's Mossberg 590 Safely Secured in His Hornady RAPiD Safe Shotgun Safe
The Author’s Mossberg 590 Safely Secured in His Hornady RAPiD Safe Shotgun Safe

There is also an included wristband that has a built-in RFID chip. The idea is you wear the wristband while sleeping and if something goes bump in the night you have the key automatically on hand. 

Once the combo or RFID key is entered the safe jumps opened. And I mean jumps! You have instant access to your gun and you’re ready to bump back. It does offer limited security to your gun, and shouldn’t be used for long term storage. 

One other downside is you can’t mount an optic and store your shotgun. While the trigger is exposed, the design of the safe makes it so the weapon must be stored with the action opened. This means it’s nice and safe. 

Open Hornady RAPiD Safe Shotgun Safe
Open Hornady RAPiD Safe Shotgun Safe

I still lock my shotgun up in an actual safe when I leave home. Small safes are easily stolen. This safe will keep kids, nosy guests, and other casual folk’s hands off my shotgun, though. 

Check out more of our favorite safes for long guns and pistols in Best Gun Safes.

Mossberg 500 Forever

The Mossberg 500 platform is well proven, dependable and as evidenced above almost endlessly upgradeable. You can tune and customize a Mossberg 500 almost as much as you can an AR-15. 

These are my favorite upgrades, but I want to know yours. For more more general upgrades like lights…check out our Best Home Defense Shotgun Upgrades.

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42 Leave a Reply

  • Kyle VanZant

    What kind of fat slob of a coward hunts a bear? It serves 0 purpose other than trophy hunting. So brave, hunting a bear with a gun. Small balls syndrome.

    May 15, 2021 11:31 pm
    • Monkeywrench

      Tell that to my two daughters, both of whom hunt and carry concealed. Small balls syndrome indeed, you must be talking about yourself when it comes to that department.

      May 16, 2021 1:00 pm
    • Lee Hayward Roberson

      bear taste good

      May 20, 2021 12:30 pm
  • Mike Murphree

    I like a new product out there for the Mossbergs, the Tactaload Flash 5 stock that stores and feeds 5 shells inside the stock. Quick access, protects the shells from gunk, and adds rounds without a side saddle or external mount. They also advertise them for the Remington 870.

    February 13, 2021 7:57 am
  • Tom

    So the center mass (or any other laser from Laserlyte) is no longer available. Any recommendation for a substitute?

    December 27, 2020 8:26 pm
  • Jan Eriksen

    I'm trying to find the best shot that will take slug shells. What is most recommended?

    October 27, 2020 12:26 am
  • End User

    You know where I can find install manual or video I have the gen 3 and a 500

    September 14, 2020 3:22 pm
  • David M. Ward

    I want a fore end for a Mossberg 500 with the tactical strap already attached. Any recommendations?

    August 17, 2020 7:16 pm
    • Sonny Dryer

      Me too

      September 8, 2020 3:29 pm
    • Jaguar Gutierrez

      RAPTOR F1

      November 24, 2020 10:07 pm
  • Jeff Cook

    Hey, can you recommend a light for the 590 A1 and what about shell holder for the sling anf those that mount or fit on the weapon itself?

    August 3, 2020 12:09 pm
  • Bill G

    I prefer the Mossberg Compact Cruiser. I would like to see a review of this AOW, The stamp is only $5, and it took 10 months to get it, but it is the perfect bedside security device!

    July 14, 2020 4:40 pm
  • shifty

    Really wish you had given better options for the buttstock. Just listing one pistol grip is a bit lazy. Most people don't want just the pistol grip, as most people don't want to use the crappy shockwave.

    May 27, 2020 8:21 pm
  • Colby Goodwin

    To the writer, can you tell me when you added the bleachers grip did it keep it over 26 inches therefore making it legal. Non nfa item?

    April 9, 2020 2:03 pm
  • Chris Ware

    More detail on how you had to modify the Magpul MOE Shotgun Forend? Also, the link to the Hogue adapter? Thanks.

    April 6, 2020 6:54 am
  • Ethan

    Hate to break it to ya mr. (I take the NFA seriously) but if you put a magpul ar stock on your shockwave you have created an illegal unregistered nfa weapon.

    September 20, 2019 4:40 pm
    • Hurrr

      Precisely why he only mentioned adding a brace to the shockwave. Actually reading the article helps.

      October 13, 2019 12:32 pm
      • Xaun Loc

        Don't count on a brace being legal on a shockwave.

        I am not saying it isn't -- but I will say that it is doubtful.

        The ATF recently said that the length of a brace does NOT count towards the OAL on AR pistols and similar "firearms" -- on an AR pistol, only the buffer tube length counts, not the added length of the brace (regardless of extended or collapsed position). The "logic" was that a brace is an ACCESSORY not an essential part of the firearm so it doesn't count towards OAL.

        I have not seen anything addressing the idea of using a brace on a non-NFA shotgun based "firearm" but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they would apply the same "logic"

        December 22, 2019 9:02 pm
    • Rafi Merced

      For real? How? New to firearms

      November 11, 2019 6:29 pm
  • cmblake6

    Now, if I could just find some of these things for my 20 ga Shockwave.

    March 31, 2019 10:16 am
  • Pete in Alaska

    Many of these aftermarket adds are useful but there is a game changer here that’s missing from the list. The Bullpup Unlimited, Bullpup aftermarket stock.. Turn that 500 or 870 Remington into an even more serviceable firearm with even greater potential.
    Take a look!

    March 27, 2019 5:33 pm
    • Derek DiMarsico

      Does it work for the 590?

      February 29, 2020 3:06 pm
  • Adrian

    Don’t waste your time with the Knoxx, it’s as robust as a plastic cup. Mine had some gear shift up against it in the back of the Jeep, the guide rails broke. I never knew the plactic rails were the only thing holding the grip on. That piece should be made of aluminum or other metal.

    March 12, 2019 7:06 pm
  • William R. Buchanan

    I am also a M500 fanboy. I have two, a 20" Tac Gun with rifle sights and an 18" HD Gun with the XS big Bead and a Streamlight mounted on the underside of the Magpul Fore end.

    Both guns have Magpul furniture and are equipped with the larger Remington Recoil Pads. The Tac Gun has had the Vang Comp Treatment to the barrel and it makes all the difference in the world. The gun patterns 00 Buck into 3" at 15 yards and 7" at 25 yds, not to mention the smoother recoil and no tendency to raise the muzzle during recoil. This makes the gun a joy to shoot lots of ammo thru like in a class scenario.

    Both guns also have a Brownell's Steel Safety with the raised center which makes for more reliable safety deployment either on or off.

    Both guns have Velcro Side saddles from Brown Coat Tactical as well as side mounted slings using Magpul parts with MY own 1.5" wide nylon slings. I don't keep the Sling on the HD Gun for obvious reasons.

    Mossbergs run so much easier than 870's and have less issues., and that's why I use them.

    Would post pics of both guns if allowed.


    December 11, 2018 6:38 pm
  • Susan

    I won a Mossberg 500 Chainsaw 12ga several years ago at a Friends of NRA banquet. Left it in the box until last week when I saw this article. Ordered the Magpul M-Lok forend and the SGA stock. My barrel is that weird breacher barrel and it’s stamped 500. I put the forend on with the 500 anti-roll piece at the castle nut. The forend would not work smoothly and jammed up a lot. Finally took it off and put on the one for the 590. Works correctly and smoothly. Cleaned and oiled/greased appropriately (gun has been sitting for 5 years). Any ideas why the 590 anti-roll piece worked? I can’t stand this barrel and would prefer one without the ugly breacher brake. Anyone know if I can put a differen barrel on? TIA

    November 4, 2018 1:06 pm
    • Card

      Your Mossberg Chainsaw is actually closer to a 590a1 pattern shotgun than a 500-pattern. Any Mossberg 590a1 barrels built for a 5-shot mag tube will work. Be careful, though, because new 590a1 barrels are built to a longer, 6-shot mag tube and will not fit on your shotgun. These particular barrels will work (I've included factory part numbers for clarification) 16025P standard heavy-wall barrel, 16017P choaked heavy-wall barrel, 18925P Ghost Ring Sight heavy-wall barrel [you will want the rear GRS for this one as well]. Hope this helps. If you need more help, Mossberg customer service is actually not half-bad and can assist you with ordering spare barrels.

      December 10, 2018 2:39 pm
  • Cody

    I have a 590 12 gauge. Will the Magpul forend and m-lok vertical grip fit? Some say yes. Some say no. I don't know and don't want to waste my money

    September 23, 2018 7:21 pm
  • Ryan

    What is the Hogue adapter you talk about in option 2 of the Magpul MOE forend solution to having a shorter action tube? I see they make the larger action tube but also make a larger castle nut which is much cheaper than buying the action tube but am not sure if it will work. I'd rather not dremel out my new forend to make this work.

    August 23, 2018 1:32 pm
  • DeadIdahoSky


    Just wanted to say that I read this entire page. It really helped me decide on the best way to set up my 590. I am using the Blackhawk Gen 2 stock, but was struggling with a forend solution. I shoot Long guns on my left side, and pistols on my right, but have an old injury that prevents me from getting a solid grip on the forend of my 590. After reading this, it looks like the Magpul forend and MLok Foregrip is going to solve my issue.

    Great in-depth read sir!

    July 16, 2018 2:10 pm
  • Justme

    I have the shockwave. I switched out the safety for one that is more "upright" I kept the birds head grip and went with the "tape" that gives me a postitive grip. I went with the rapid safe myself. The only drawback is what can be mounted on the receiver. As I am a fan of side saddles I went with the cloth ones attached with Velcro. I have two of them velcoed to the door of the rapid safe. I can grab one and slap it on the gun in a milasecond. I do have the opsol mini clip (for practice only as I am a big believer in 00 buck or slugs). At this juncture I am looking around for sighting options.

    June 23, 2018 1:54 pm
  • Wayen

    Look up the local fire-arm regulations and fedral possesion laws, BEFORE you go "modifying" any fire arm.
    Unless you just plan on keeping it in the gun cabinet or under the bed, to show your buddies what a bad-ass you think you are., when they come over for a BBQ.
    Adding a "breacher", or full stock to the Shokwave, will make "shouldered" weapon.
    For that to be leagal, the barrel must be more than 18".
    The Shock wave is only legal, in and of itself, as layed out in federal perameters as a "speacialty fire-arm", NOT a short barrel shotgun, NOT a pistol grip shotgun, not a pistol, nor does it require a federal tax stamp. Fore grip fine. accessory rail on top for light / laser / sight / ammo, fine.
    The designed length of pull / barrel length / and specific grip, in conjunction make it legal to own. AGAIN, per ORIGINAL MANUFACTURERS DESIGN FROM FACTORY.
    Look it up.

    May 2, 2018 10:39 am
  • Wayen

    You do realize, if you modify it from "factory configuration", it is no longer a legal fire-arm, right?

    For the 14" barrel configuration to be legal, it must have the FACTORY INSTALLED Raptor bird-head grip.

    May 2, 2018 10:29 am
    • David

      Travis points out in the article that he switched out the barrel before switching the grip/stock - to quote him:

      "To my ATF agents and forum lawyers, I just attached a Mossberg 18.5 inch barrel I had on the gun before installing the grip. I don’t even joke about NFA violations."

      This gives it the OAL required for it to be a legal firearm.

      May 2, 2018 12:50 pm
      • Devon

        Will a standard 18.5 inch barrel fit on the shockwave? I have been trying to find an answer to this all day. My impression was that the shockwave has a 5 shot tube that is slightly shorter in length than the standard 5 shot tube Mossberg makes, therefore the "lug" ring at the front of the barrel that slips over the tube will not be in the same position. Can anyone verify this?

        May 2, 2018 11:23 pm
        • David

          Sorry, I don't know. If you can't find an answer you might just want to call Mossberg directly, anytime I've had a firearm question that I couldn't answer with Google I just call the company and ask - very positive experience so far with Winchester, Ruger, and Sako.

          May 3, 2018 9:17 am
        • Johnbob2x4

          You’re correct, the 18.5 inch on the 500 has a +1 tube over the shockwave creating a longer space between the lug; which also prevents you from chopping the 500 under 16”.

          May 8, 2018 2:25 pm
        • Rick

          I do know that an 18.5 inch barrel from a 500 will NOT fit on a Shockwave. They mount differently.

          August 11, 2018 8:23 pm
    • TravisP

      Negative, as long as it retains the OAL of 26 inches it;s legal. I do have an ATF letter clarifying this.

      May 18, 2018 10:27 am
    • Brian Majewski

      You can now add a brace to the shockwave and still be legal. Brownells sells them (SB Tactical) for 160. I believe you get paperwork as well from the company when you purchase the brace confirming its completely legal.

      June 25, 2018 3:47 pm
      • Brian Majewski

        June 25, 2018 3:47 pm
  • Tim

    So im trying to find out what the final result of the breachers grip on the shockwave was. Is it legal to install with the 14" barrell? Thanks great article.

    March 27, 2018 3:52 pm
  • And

    So the best forend grip for the mossberg is the one that comes standard on Remington's Tac-14?

    January 4, 2018 7:00 pm
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