Shotgun review: Mossberg 590S . pump shotgun

In the late 1980s, Mossberg launched its first tactical rifle, the 590A1, and has continued to offer black synthetic and semi-automatic pumps for the past 35 years, including its most recent iteration, a traditional 590S pump-action, shoulder-mounted and pistol-grip variant, called the Shockwave. Tactical rifles with extended magazines were primarily concerned with law enforcement and the military to better defend themselves in combat situations. Later, those weapons entered civilian homes for defensive applications. The platform feels more like a business than a waterfowl, upland or mudfowl hunting rifle, many of which they pair with aesthetic beauty. Tactical guns do not. They are more basic. Their only goal is to stop the threat, so above all else, they have to be reliable, which Mossberg pumps have certainly been doing for nearly four decades.

History of the 590 Shotgun Series


The Mossberg 590 series has been a preferred tactical option since its introduction in 1987. The 590A1 was the standard-issue American military pump-action rifle and helped establish Mossberg as a major player in the tactical rifle market. The new 590S is available in a full-size, shoulder-mounted model with a choice of 18.5 or 20-inch barrels, or the smaller Shockwave with Raptor grip, which has 18.5 and 14.4-inch barrels to choose from.

My test pistol, the shoulder-mounted 590S, features a black synthetic finish, a full-length magazine parallel to the barrel, high-visibility ghost ring sights, and upgrades that set it apart from older “riot rifles” like the Ithaca Model 37 or Remington 870 pumps.

The Shockwave “no-stock” version of the 590S can handle 3-inch rounds, just like my test pistol, but the pistol-type rifles provide an incredible amount of recoil. To help mitigate this, Mossberg has made the stock-free pump capable of firing small 1¾-inch rounds, which Federal and Aguila both produce. The shortcut also gives the pistol a 10-round capacity in an 18.5-inch barrel. A strap is also attached to the front end of the Shockwave so shooters can better control the recoil.

Mossberg 590S مواصفات specifications

black gun

  • Action: pump
  • Scale: 12
  • Chamber: 3 inch
  • Barrel Length: 20 inches (tested)
  • Total Length: 41 inches
  • Throttle: Accu-Choke System (cylinder bore throttle included)
  • Stock: M-Lok . Compatible Black Synthetic Black Front End Tip
  • Pull length: 13.87 inches
  • Finish: matte blue
  • Trigger weight: 5 lbs
  • Weight: 7¼ pounds
  • Sights: adjustable ghost ring
  • MSRP: $731

How was the 590s style?

The 590S is threaded to Mossberg’s Accu-Choke system but comes with a cylindrical bore tube only. You are free to use Different choke restrictions if you choose, but for a rifle that shoots slugs or rounds, a cylinder is a reasonable choice and so I stuck with the stock choke. I engrave the 590S using Federal Hi-Power 2¾-inch 00 Buckshot and Aguila 1¾ inch Minishell No. 4 Buck and 2¾ inch Federal Truball Slugs slug from 25 yards on a 10-inch target.

The Best Federal 2¾-inch 00 Buck pattern placed six of the nine .333 caliber pellets within a 10-inch circle. Aguila’s Minishells placed 8 by 11 grains within a 10-inch circle, shaded slightly left of center. Federal Truball slugs made great 1-inch three-shot groups, which also left a bit off target point.

Federal bullet pattern.
The Federal Pattern 2 3/4-inch 00 Buckshot was slightly low for the point of aim. Payton Miller
Augella Minichill style.
Augella minishells placed 8 of the 11 pellets within a 10-inch circle. Payton Miller
Trobal ladder kits are 1 inch in size.
Federal’s Truball delivered 1-inch groups. Payton Miller

The 590S can handle multiple rounds

Target acquisition is easier with ghost ring sights.
Ghost sights make it easy to get your target. Payton Miller

In addition to pattern test loads, I also ran Federal Field and Target 2¾-inch and Remington Premier Duplex Magnum 4×6 3-inch through the rifle. I loaded the magazine, switching between different shells to see if the gun could handle cycling loads of different lengths and different charging weights. Mossberg had no problem firing all the loads. Now, the 3-inch projectile’s recoil intensity was unpleasant, but Mossberg was thoughtful enough to make the rifle capable of firing small 1¾-inch projectiles—the Herat cats. You also get a 13+1 magazine capacity with shorts compared to an 8+1 magazine capacity with 2¾-inch rounds.

I fired several rounds of a low-barrel skeet with target loads to see if the gun would malfunction. I wasn’t interested in breaking clay targets (although the rifle was surprisingly accurate on accelerated clay) as I wanted to know if the rifle would fail when I brought it to my shoulder. you did not. The pump action was too smooth for a new rifle. There was absolutely no hardening, and this should only improve with use.

The 590S is fully loaded, heavy, but well balanced, and the adjustable, protected ghost rings make it easy to get on your target. It was easy to switch the Mossberg tang-mounted safety to the fire and back to the safety. It’s a great feature because you may be required to shoot using your improvised hand to defend yourself in a tight space.

Mossberg’s 590S وظيفة Job

The 590S will shoot 1/3/4
The 590S is capable of shooting a short 1/3/4 inch. Payton Miller

Mossberg engineers redesigned the lift and bolt bracket and added an energy-absorbing bumper so the 590S can handle 1¾-, 2¾- and 3-inch shells regardless of the order in which they are loaded.

The 590S can be had in a shorter 18-inch barrel with a beadlock front sight, but the 20-inch barrel I tested has ghost ring sights and makes target acquisition much quicker.

The 590S features a magazine cleaning tube, which simply means you can unscrew the cap under the muzzle and remove the spring if you ever need to wipe the interior of any accumulated stuff. It is a simple hunting rifle that can be taken down for routine maintenance. Once the front cover is loosened, the barrel slides forward from the magazine tube.

There are several front end tactical light mounting options that are compatible with the M-Lok. And the 590S has an often-overlooked feature in tactical rifles. It comes with a swivel sling in case you need to sling your rifle to free both hands.

590S . value

Many shooters still prefer the pump over a self-defense firearm, claiming reliability and the ease of ramming the projectile quickly when you need to load up quickly. Having the option to load three projectiles of different lengths is a plus and makes the rifle more versatile. The 590S’s minishell capability puts it in a class in itself. The combination of high capacity and low recoil is a real game-changer for the tactical rifle platform, and at under $750, it’s a good value.

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last thoughts

The 590S could be a home-defense or truck shotgun, although the Shockwave variant is probably more suitable for a truck. Its ability to fire multiple projectile lengths, particularly the 1¾-inch shorts, makes it a tactical rifle worth buying. Mossberg also kept the price within reason in the 590S. You are getting a versatile rifle designed to fire any type of shot if it is not a 3-inch shot. Mossberg could charge more for this ability, but they didn’t.

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