The Mossberg 500 Shotgun
The Mossberg 500 shotgun is one of the most reliable, rugged, and configurable shotguns on the market today. I have had a Mossberg 500 for over 20 years, and it has been a solid gun that has never let me down. I have other shotguns, but my Mossberg is the one I use for almost all of my hunting. I also bought a Mossberg 20 gauge for my son when he was 12, and this year I bought a Mossberg 535 turkey gun with an additional barrel for waterfowl. This gun has a composite stock and Realtree Camo on the entire gun.
I am going on a pheasant hunt in a couple of weeks, and I wanted to put a sling on my shotgun so that I could carry it on my shoulder while I am taking some video of my friend and his 10 year old son, this will be the boy’s first pheasant hunt. The 535 that I got this year came with sling connectors on the barrel screw and the stock, so I wanted that for my 500. It didn’t take long to find the parts to make this conversion, and the parts were delivered quickly, along with a new trigger assembly that I purchased as well.
I purchased the aluminum trigger assembly because I think it looks better, and I thought it would be more durable. The polymer trigger assembly that comes stock with a Mossberg is very durable, and in fact if it ever breaks, it likely won’t prevent operation of the gun. But I’m a bit old fashioned and I wanted the metal trigger guard and assembly. I also wanted to replace the barrel screws on my 535 with sling bolts that would swivel with the natural motion of walking.
Once all of the parts arrived, my goal last night was to replace the barrel screws on all three barrels, and replace the trigger action with the new aluminum one on my 500. All of this was very easy to do; the hardest part was getting the old barrel screws out due to the locking washer inside of the barrel assembly. Before my new parts arrived with a tool to make this easier, I used a very small pair of needle nose pliers to hold the locking washer while I unscrewed the barrel screw.
I was quite satisfied when my work was done, the Mossberg 500 series of shotguns are so easy to work on and modify. It reminded me of my Jeep, which I modified with so many options that it would take a half an hour to describe. The work I did last night on my guns confirmed my love of the Mossberg 500, and now I want to get a tactical gun with a larger magazine tube and many of the tactical options available.
There are so many shotguns on the market today; I know I have four other shotguns besides my three Mossbergs. But if you are looking for a solid, reliable gun for whatever you hunt, I highly recommend a Mossberg, they are very affordable, durable, functional, and easy to modify if you choose to do so.
I am anxious for my upcoming pheasant hunt, and I will have video and pictures to share from that trip. This one will be special because I will be part of a young boy’s first hunt, a day that he will never forget.