Top 5 Mossberg Tactical Shotgun Models

The Mossberg 590 Tactical is the most widely dispersed and utilized tactical shotgun in the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies in the country.

Mossberg tactical shotguns are incredibly versatile with applications in home defense and close-quarters combat (CQB).

The Mossberg 590, Mossberg 930 Tactical, and Maverick 88 shotguns are specifically designed for person-to-person use in either warfare or in a self-defense situation.

Top 5 Mossberg Tactical Shotgun Models
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All Mossberg tactical shotgun models are built with dual extractors, twin action bars, an anti-jam elevator, and a positive steel-to-steel lockup.

Mossberg 590 Mariner (9 Shot)

The dual extractors in the Mossberg 590 Mariner 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 in law enforcement or the military, knowing your shotgun won’t jam, break, bind, or misfeed is paramount to your confidence. Mossberg ensures the 590 Mariner will work when you need it to.


Prices accurate at time of writing

Mossberg 590 Special Purpose Tactical (SPX)

The Mossberg 590 SPX 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.

MOSSBERG 590 12 Gauge 18.5in Black

at Kentucky Gun Co
Prices accurate at time of writing

*Fun Fact – The Mossberg 590 is the only shotgun to ever pass the U.S. Army’s MIL-S-3443G test which requires a shotgun to fire 3,000 rounds of 12-gauge buckshot without a single failure.

Mossberg 590 Torture Test

Mossberg Flex 590 Tactical Shotgun

The Mossberg FLEX 590 Tactical is a favorite Mossberg 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.


Prices accurate at time of writing

What is the Mossberg Flex System

One of the most revolutionary and creative designs belongs to Mossberg with its FLEX Toolless 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 you’re 100% comfortable with every aspect of your gun.

Mossberg 930 Tactical

The Mossberg 930 Tactical shotgun should probably be rated higher on the list, but I’ve learned in my time in the military that not everyone can handle an autoloading shotgun.

If you’re a soldier or SWAT team member, this shotgun is everything you’ll ever need in a CQB operation. However, the average civilian with minimal experience should work on their fundamentals with pump-action first. The ghost ring with white paint on the front sight sets up your target as clear as day (even during night operations).

The only reason this shotgun isn’t number 1 on the list is the felt recoil is more in this shotgun than it is in the 590M and the Shockwave 590M. That said, the 930 Tactical is what I use for home defense.

MOSSBERG 930 Tactical 12 Gauge 18.5in Black 8rd

at Kentucky Gun Co
Prices accurate at time of writing

A Mossberg tactical shotgun loaded with Federal Premium Vital Shok and a full choke will decimate anyone that comes through the door intent on harming you and your family. That ammo paired with my Mossberg 930 Tactical and JM 940 Pro will print all 9 pellets in the head of a Kill Zone Target at 15 to 20 yards, thanks to the flite control wad.

Mossberg Maverick 88 Tactical Shotgun

If an autoloader is not your thing, then we have an option for you. The Maverick 88 pump shotgun.

The Maverick 88 is great for an introductory shotgun, a home-defense shotgun, or a truck gun. It’s durable, dependable, and shoots true every time.

It has the same features as the Mossberg autoloading shotguns with dual extractors, twin action bars, positive steel-to-steel lockup, and even the anti-jam elevator.

Mossberg describes the Maverick 88 model as the working man’s shotgun because it can handle being bumped, scraped, dropped, and beaten up through everyday wear and tear.


Prices accurate at time of writing


The Mossberg Tactical Shotgun is built to be durable, smooth, and dependable while providing many different platforms to choose from.

They are designed to be purpose-driven combat shotguns 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.

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