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Mossberg 590A1 12GA 9RD
by John K Date Added: Saturday 20 October, 2012
Placed my order, gun arrived at FFL dealer 11 days later. Transaction couldn't have been smoother. Unfortunately, my "instant check" came back DELAYED, so I'll have to wait another 3 days before I can take her home. I'm told this is typical, something to do with a new computerized system on the Fed's end.

So I can't give any functional reports yet, but I'll update as soon as possible. Here's my out-of-box impression:

Bud's price for this gun was fantastic - nobody else even came close (or had it available, for that matter). So, I was somewhat concerned about what may actually be in the box. Factory second? Refurb? Blem? Not this time - the gun was exactly as advertised, brand new, without any dings, scratches, or fitment issues. Just a little spotty on the receiver, nothing that won't wipe away.

Beautiful shotgun, the picture doesn't do it justice. No "black gun" wannabe here, just a sturdy conventional shotty with a longer mag tube. I expected it to a bit muzzle-heavy from the reviews, but unloaded I found the balance and overall weight just fine. I'm sure that will change with a full mag, but I don't expect to have any problems adjusting. Snapped it up to my cheek, and it felt like the buttstock was customized just for me. Now that I've seen just how easy it points, I wish I had opted for the ghost-ring. Oh well, the barrel changes out easily. This will be a mutli-purpose weapon.

For a new gun, the action was surprisingly smooth and precise. As I racked it a few times, everyone in the store was paying attention. Yup. I can't wait to cycle a few boxes through it. The tang safety (with these stocks) is a godsend, and the slide release is exactly where you want it to be - for a right-handed shooter, at least. Ergonomically, this gun fits my 5' 10" frame like a glove. Well done, Mossy!

I expect to fire this jewel a lot, and pass down to family when I'm done. At this price, I'd say this is one of the best values currently on the market. You won't be disappointed with this gun - or with Bud's.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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