Mossberg 590 Tactical Review| Everything You Need To Know Before You Buy

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The Mossberg 590 Tactical is the most widely dispersed and utilized tactical shotguns in the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies in the country. The Mossberg 590 Tactical is incredibly versatile with applications in home defense and close-quarters combat (CQB). The Mossberg 590 Tactical is specifically designed for person-to-person use in either warfare or in a self-defense situation. I wouldn’t recommend the Tactical for any kind of hunting because Mossberg has the 500 Hunting shotgun designed for longer ranges with extended barrels and lower ammo capacity. The Tactical models are built with dual extractors, twin action bars, an anti-jam elevator, and a positive steel-to-steel lockup. There are 16 separate 590 Tactical models, each built with the individual in mind. In this blog, we will discuss the 9-Shot, 590 SPX, and the 590 Flex Tactical.

Specs Mossberg 590 9-Shot:

Gauge 12
Capacity 8 + 1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Type Heat Shield
Barrel Length 20″
Sight/Base Ghost Ring
Choke Cylinder Bore
LOP Type Fixed
LOP 13.87″
Barrel Finish Matte Blued
Stock Finish Synthetic (Black)
Weight 7.75
Length 41″

Pros:

  • Ambidextrous safety mounted on top of the shotgun makes it easy to engage/disengage in rapid time
  • Tri-rail forend allows you to customize your shotgun with lights, lasers, and added grips
  • Adjustable stock for customization with the length of pull (LOP)
  • The twin action bars ensure the action is smooth every pull without any added exertion
  • The twin action bars also prevents the metal attached to the pump mechanism doesn’t bing, twist, or break off, like some single-action bars from Remington

Features:

  • 12 Gauge, 20 Gauge, and .410 Bore Models
  • 3″ Chambers in 12/20 Gauge; (2.5″ Chamber in .410)
  • 18.5 or 20″ Barrels with Stand-Offs, Muzzlebrakes
  • Free Gun Lock/10-Year Limited Warranty Included

Why Should I Buy The Mossberg 590 9-Shot Tactical Shotgun?

The dual extractors in the Mossberg 590 Tactical give the shooter more options to load/unload as fast as possible in different positions. The twin action bars prevent any binding of the metal when pumping the shotgun, which increases the durability, smoothness, and longevity of the shotgun. The anti-jam elevator allows the shell to be extracted straight up and out of the barrel without double-feeding or misfeeding a shell. Whether you’re law enforcement or military, knowing your shotgun won’t jam, break, bind, or misfeed is paramount to your confidence. Mossberg ensures the 590 Tactical models will work when you need them and for as long as you need them. This is another reason why so many American’s want the 590 Tactical models for their home-defense shotgun.

Where Can I Buy the Mossberg 590 9-Shot Tactical Shotgun?

Mossberg doesn’t sell their weapons directly to customers due to legal reasons, but 3 separate companies exclusively sell their weapons. The Shootingstore, Gearfire, and Gallary of Guns, exclusively sell Mossberg Shotguns. There are hundreds of stores across the country that sell Mossberg as well, so type your zip code in the Mossberg Dealer Locator and it will show the stores closest to you. Personally, I recommend buying from Palmetto State Armory because they offer a great warranty on all of their products and offer some of the best discounts for active-duty military, veterans, and law enforcement officers (LEO). You can also buy Mossberg from RK Guns if you live in a rural area and are lucky enough to have a Rural King nearby.

 

Mossberg 590 Tactical Tri-Rail 20" 12ga Black Synthetic Stock 50772

 

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Mossberg 590 Special Purpose Tactical (SPX)

The Mossberg 590 SPX is a brand new design that features a tactical adjustable stock, a pistol grip, and an 18.5″ (also comes in 20″) barrel. The SPX model is built with a ghost ring sight, which provides a clear picture of the front fiber optic sight.  The ghost ring with the fiber optic provides rapid target acquisition and the FLEX 6-position stock allows for customization in the length of pull. Fully collapsed, the stock will bring the length of pull to 10.75″ to limit the amount of time it takes to pull your shotgun up to shoot. The cylinder bore is chambered in 3″ to provide the largest shell shot allowed by law. The pistol grip provides much better ergonomics to standard shotguns because you can gain more control of the gun, in conjunction with the highly rigid synthetic stock.

Specs Mossberg 590 SPX:

Gauge 12
Capacity 6 + 1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Length 18.5″
Sight/Base Ghost Ring, Front Fiber Optic
Choke Cylinder Bore
LOP Type Adjustable
LOP 10.75″-14.25″
Barrel Finish Matte Blued
Stock Finish FLEX 6-Pos Adjustable Synthetic, FLEX Pistol Grip (Black)
Weight 7; 5.75
Length 36.37″; 31″

Pros:

  • Shorter barrel reduces the overall weight
  • The front strap allows for even greater control of the shotgun during follow-up shots
  • The Pistol grip can be easily removed for great customization opportunities
  • Provides 7 shots to ensure you hit and disable any threat presented to you
  • As a lefty, I haven’t had to adjust anything on this shotgun to fit my needs
  • The top rail system allows for optics or scopes to be easily attached

Features:

  • Ambidextrous safety lever mounted on top
  • 18.5 or 20″ Barrels with Stand-Offs, Muzzlebrakes
  • Free Gun Lock/10-Year Limited Warranty Included

Why Should I Buy The Mossberg 590 Special Purpose Tactical Shotgun?

The 590 Special Purpose Tactical Shotgun is meant for LEO, military forces, or competition shooters in the 3-Gun shooting competition held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). I would never recommend this for hunting because hunting shotguns have a 26″-32″ barrel for reaching out and touching birds up to 50 yards. With an 18.5″ barrel, you won’t be able to shoot accurately more than 30 yards with buckshot or birdshot. This 12 gauge shotgun is meant to defend your life and shoot rapidly with precision and power in mind.

Where Can I Buy the Mossberg 590 SPX?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gallery of Guns
  3. the Shooting Store
  4. Gearfire
  5. Locate a Dealer

 

 

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What is FLEX Technology From Mossberg?

One of the most revolutionary and creative designs belongs to Mossberg with its FLEX Tool-less Locking System (TLS). The whole point of the FLEX TLS is to give shooters the ultimate customization ability for their guns. It’s a series of 3 (patent-pending) connectors that allow shooters to adjust or swap out the stock, forend, and recoil pad without any tools. FLEX TLS gives each individual shooter the ability to customize their gun for an endless amount of shooting applications. For example, if you want a light, laser, and optic for SWAT or military use, you can simply change the standard forend to the FLEX Tri-Rail. The FLEX TLS can swap out stocks for an overall shorter shotgun/rifle and you can change the recoil pad to your desired length. The FLEX TLS can be used in conjunction with almost every Mossberg created to enhance your capabilities and ensure your 100% comfortable with every aspect of your gun.

 

MOSSBERG FLEX TACTICAL TRI-RAIL FOREND

Mossberg has the FLEX TLS incorporated fully into both the 500 and 590 models, but you don’t have to have one of those models to take advantage of the system. FLEX was designed to be purpose-driven and guide each shooter to find the best combination of parts for their style or purpose of shooting. I can’t recommend a better system to customize your shotgun than the FLEX TLS. The fact that you don’t need ANY tools and takes minutes to install makes a world of difference for those who value time.

Mossberg FLEX Tactical Tri-Rail Forend - Black Synthetic 95213

 

 

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Mossberg 6-Position Tactical Stock

The 6-Position FLEX Stock will fit any 12/20 gauge tactical series shotgun with no additional tools and installs within a few minutes. This pistol grip and stock will instantly improve the ergonomics of the gun by providing a tighter grip and adjustable LOP for specific purposes. It even comes with a hook for a sling attachment to avoid carrying your shotgun for long periods of time. This specific attachment is compatible with the FLEX 22 Models due to the specifications of that model.

 

Mossberg Flex 6-Position Tactical Stock, Black Synthetic - 95219

 

 

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Mossberg Flex 590 Tactical Shotgun

The Mossberg FLEX 590 Tactical is my favorite of the tactical shotgun because of the incorporated FLEX technology and the 9-shell capacity. The 590 FLEX Tactical Shotgun sets itself apart by its ability to be customized for dozens of applications. This shotgun is already equipped with the FLEX TLS for quick and easy installation of everything from optics, scopes, lights, and lasers. The FLEX model is lighter, but it’s also about 5-7″ longer than most other tactical models. The reason for this is to enhance the capabilities and allow shooters to collapse the stock if they want the length shortened.

Specs:

Gauge 12
Capacity 8+1
Chamber 3″
Barrel Length 20″
Sight/Base Bead
Choke Cylinder Bore
LOP Type Adjustable
LOP 11″ – 14.5″
Barrel Finish Matte Blued
Stock Finish FLEX 6-Pos Adjustable Synthetic (Black)
Weight 7 lbs
Length 41″

Pros:

  • Easily customizable
  • 20″ barrel provides a longer range for a bigger area to clear
  • 9-shell capacity is more than enough to get the job done
  • Tri-Rail system provides a lightweight and stable platform for a multitude of attachments

Features:

  • Ambidextrous safety lever mounted on top
  • 20″ Barrels with Stand-Offs, Muzzlebrakes
  • Free Gun Lock/10-Year Limited Warranty Included

Why Should I Buy The Mossberg 590 Special Purpose Tactical Shotgun?

The 590 FLEX Tactical Shotgun is perfect for a 3-Gun shooting competition held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). This shotgun is the jack of all trades when it comes to self-defense and military CQB operations. If you’re in the market for a Tactical shotgun and want to be able to customize the shotgun to fit your exact needs, this is the gun for you. I’m a little biased because this is the tactical shotgun that I own for my personal defense in case I have to defend my family. I can tell you that this shotgun is smooth, accurate, has a low felt recoil, and works great with a light and a red-dot sight attachment.

Where Can I Buy the Mossberg Flex 590 Tactical Shotgun?

  1. Palmetto State Armory
  2. Gallery of Guns
  3. the Shooting Store
  4. Gearfire
  5. Locate a Dealer

 

 

Mossberg FLEX 590 Tactical 12ga 20" Adjustable Stock Shotgun 51672

 

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Conclusion

The Mossberg 590 Tactical Shotgun is built to be durable, smooth, and dependable while providing many different platforms to choose from. The Mossberg 590 Tactical is designed to be a purpose-driven combat shotgun with dozens of customizable considerations. The FLEX TLS system provides each shooter the opportunity to configure their shotgun with lights, lasers, optics, or scopes without extra tools. If you’re a 3-Gun Competitor and are looking for the most accurate and dependable lightweight shotgun to trust, Mossberg will help you bring home gold. With dozens of stores to buy from, you can shop around for the best prices to ensure you get the best deals on the market today.

 

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