Mossberg Shockwave| Review 2020

Mossberg Shockwave on the Range

The Mossberg Shockwave is a Mossberg 590 with a shortened barrel and the famous Raptor Bird’s Head style pistol grip, instead of a shoulder stock. The Raptor Grip is made by Shockwave Technologies (hence, the name Shockwave)to offer a close-quarters shorter shotgun for hip-firing. The barrel is shortened to an unprecedented 14.3″ with an overall length of 26.3″. The Shockwave is chambered in either a 12 or 20 gauge with a 3″ chamber to offer more versatility to hunt birds or use this as a home defense shotgun. The Mossberg Shockwave is a pump shotgun with a 6-shell capacity and an ambidextrous safety on top of the receiver for easy access. Released in 2017, the Mossberg Shockwave has taken rewritten the standards for shotguns will shorter barrels.

Specs:

Brand Mossberg
Model Name Model 590 Shockwave FDE
Gauge 12
Chamber 3″
Action Pump Action
Capacity 6
Barrel Length 14.3″ Heavy-Walled
Length 26.37″
Weight 5.3 lbs.
Sights Bead
Stock N/A
Grip Raptor Grip
Trigger Standard
Safety Ambidextrous Tang Safety
MSRP $369.00

Features: 

  • The Shockwave Raptor® bird’s head-style pistol grip is uniquely shaped to provide a firm grip and to minimize felt recoil
  • A feature on all Mossberg pump-action, the ambidextrous top-mounted safety is easily reached and operated by left or right-handed shooters
  • The 590 Shockwave features a convenient clean-out tube magazine cap
  • Strapped forend to keep the shooter’s lead hand clear of the muzzle
  • It is constructed of a durable glass-filled polymer that is as close to indestructible as possible

 

 

Why Should I Buy The Mossberg Shockwave?

The Mossberg Shockwave is a revolutionary shotgun that has changed the way American’s can carry a shotgun. There is no other shotgun that you’ll find on the market that has a 14.3″ barrel and still packs the punch of a standard size 12 gauge shotgun. This shotgun is perfect for plinking and will give you hours of fun and excitement as you learn the capabilities. Personally, I believe this shotgun is perfect to use as a truck gun because it’s small enough to fit on your gun rack and not too big to obstruct your view out the back window. I absolutely love the idea of using this as a home-defense shotgun with the newly added Raptor Grip. The grip provides a significantly reduced recoil and the front strap gives you the confidence that your hand won’t ever slip in front of the muzzle. The front strap is a little course and can provide irritation if you spend a day shooting at the range, but I recommend wearing a glove for those days.

Where Can I Buy The Mossberg Shockwave?

Mossberg can be bought by every major gun store in the world because of its impeccable reputation as the gold standard for shotguns. Buying from Palmetto State Armory is a great choice for Veterans, Active Duty Military, and law enforcement officers. The discount you’ll receive will make it so you don’t pay any taxes on your shotgun and the extended warranty is the best anywhere you’ll look. RK Guns is a great alternative if you live in a rural area with a Rural King store (I think I go for the free popcorn more than anything else). Although buying directly from Mossberg is impossible due to legal matters, they sell their guns through 3 main stores.  Mossberg sells their guns through Gearfire, The Shootingstore, and GallaryofGuns by easily typing in your area code to find the closest Mossberg dealer to your location.

 

Mossberg 590 Shockwave 12ga Shotgun - 50659

 

 

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Should I Register My Warranty With Mossberg?

Yes! I get it’s annoying as hell to register products online, but registering your Mossberg will protect you by updating you on all legal matters. To be clear, you’ll still get your extended warranty with all Mossberg products you buy, even if you don’t register your shotgun. By registering your shotgun with Mossberg, it allows them to update you with all pertinent legal information that comes out every month. This will make sure you’re completely informed on any legal matter that comes up regarding your Shockwave.

How is a Mossberg Shockwave Legal To Own in the U.S.?

As many gun owner’s know, the National Firearms Act (NFA) has had many issues with the idea of a shotgun with a barrel as short as 14″. The reason the ATF has an issue with short barrel shotguns, is they’re essentially handguns with the power of a standard-sized shotgun (18-22″ barrel). In the case of the Mossberg Shockwave, the ATF ruled that it falls under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), but not under the restrictions of the NFA. Since the shoulder stock was removed, it’s not classified as a firearm under the NFA, which means the Shockwave is legal to own in the United States. For a Full explanation on the ruling, read the full letter from the ATF, here.

What is The Raptor Grip by Shockwave technologies?

The Birds Eye Raptor Grip is designed to replace the shoulder stock of the shotgun, in order to make it in compliance with the NFA. The Raptor Grip provides a very unorthodox and unique grip angle. Shockwave boasts that the grip reduces felt recoil by 90%, has a no-slip grip texture, and is made of a glass-reinforced polymer that would need to be smashed with a hydraulic machine to break. I was a little nervous to try and hip-fire a shotgun while holding onto this grip, but it’s only 9 oz (0.5lbs) and significantly reduces the overall weight of the shotgun. If you want to add a Raptor Grip to your shotgun, You’ll need a 3/16″ hex wrench to install the grip, but all the mounting hardware is included. Another reason to buy a Raptor grip is they’re owned and operated by a combat veteran. Anytime I can get a new concept revolving around a gun and support a fellow vet is a win-win.

Mossberg Shockwave- 20 Gauge

The Shockwave has been recently chambered in 20 Gauge to offer an even softer felt recoil than the 12 Gauge will provide. Normally, people use a 20 Gauge for hunting birds, squirrels, rabbits, and muskrat. There are not any real differences in this gun from the 12 gauge, except a 20 gauge will always shoot a smaller shell. One thing to remember is a 20 gauge will always be yellow to make sure hunters don’t load the wrong ammo. I like the 20 gauge a little more than the 12 gauge because the felt recoil is a little less and I can be more accurate with it.

Specs:

Model Name Model 590 Shockwave
Gauge 20
Chamber 3″
Action Pump Action
Capacity 6
Barrel Length 14.3″ Heavy-Walled
Length 26.37″
Weight 5.3 lbs.
Sights Bead
Stock N/A
Grip Raptor Grip
Trigger Standard
Safety Ambidextrous Tang Safety
MSRP $379.00

 

Mossberg 590 Shockwave 20 Gauge Shotgun 50657

 

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Mossberg 590 Shockwave Vs. Mossberg 590 Tactical

To avoid any confusion on the difference between a 590 Shockwave and 590 Tactical, the Shockwave is shorter and comes with the Raptor grip. Any type of tactical rifle comes with Picatinny rails and the option to change the synthetic grip to a pistol grip for better ergonomics. The Shockwave is a full 13″ shorter than the Mossberg 590, but doesn’t provide the level of accuracy at range. The biggest difference between the Shockwave doesn’t have a stock to establish 2-points of contact for better accuracy. However, what it lacks in stability, it makes up in its ability to pull up and fire much quicker than any other shotgun in the world.

 

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Mossberg 590 Tactical
Gauge 12/20 12/20/.410
Weight 5.3 lbs 7 lbs
Overall Length 26.37″ 39.5″
Barrel Length 14.3″ 18.5″
Safety Ambidextrous Ambidextrous
Grip Raptor Birds Eye Synthetic, Pistol grip kit included
Stock N/A Synthetic
Action Pump-Action Pump-Action
Sights Bead Bead
Capacity 6 6+1
Chamber 3″ 3″
MSRP $369 (12 GA) $379 (20 GA) $469.00

 

 

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

 

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Conclusion

The Mossberg 590 Shockwave is the most revolutionary self-defense shotgun on the market with its almost unbelievable shorter frame and barrel. the Shockwave had to be approved by the ATF due to its small size and the same power as any other 12 gauge shotgun. The 590 Shockwave got its name from collaborating with the Veteran owned and operated business of Shockwave Technologies. Shockwave Technologies created a revolutionary grip concept that replaced the original stock on the Mossberg 590 for enhanced mobility and less felt recoil (90% less!). The Shockwave barrel is more than 4″ shorter than the original Mossberg 590 and weighs almost 2 lbs lighter. I highly recommend giving the Shockwave a chance as a self-defense shotgun because it’s much easier to pull from the ground to your hip for quick firing capabilities.

 

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