Our shipping and receiving department will be closed for inventory count on Monday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 3rd. Orders will resume shipping on Wednesday, October 4th.

Please make note our warehouse will be closed and we are unable to ship any product, returns, service, or warranty items. Our online web store will be open for business and will take orders in its usual automated way. Orders placed after Friday, September 29th, will be filled when shipments resume Wednesday, October 4th. 

This only occurs about 1 to 2 times a year. We appreciate your patience during this time. Our customer care department will be open Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5pm PST and can be reached at 714-545-3332 for any pricing or general questions.

Thank you for your patience and continued support!

Mesa Tactical’s US-made high quality shotgun accessories include: shotshell carriers, recoil collapsible stocks, pistol grip fixed stocks, picatinny rails and sling attachments. Below is a list of our best sellers. 
Remington 870 (12-GA)
Mossberg 500/590 and Maverick 88
Mossberg 930
Benelli M1/M2
Benelli M4
Benelli SuperNova
Kel-Tec KSG
Accessories

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Starting Wednesday, Dec 13th through Monday, December 25th, enjoy 20% OFF sitewide plus FREE shipping on orders over $25. Use coupon code XMAS17 at checkout.
Mesa Tactical’s innovative, rugged and reliable tactical equipment is the choice for law enforcement, military and the public to meet real world duty and personal protection requirements. Customizing your shotgun has never been easier than with Mesa Tactical’s US made high-quality assortment of tactical shotgun accessories.
Whether for tactical operations, home defense or competition, Mesa Tactical has quality and reliable aftermarket tactical accessories for your shotgun. You can’t go wrong with our popular SureShell® Shotshell Carriers- owners of this platform have the ability to carry more ammunition “at the ready”, while the optional integrated rail system allows for further customization. Shotgun recoil too hard on your shoulder? Consider picking up a recoil reducing stock kit that will optimize recoil felt reduction by up to 70% while the Urbino® Pistol Grip Stock features a 12½ inch length of pull (LoP) for enhanced weapon control.
All Mesa Tactical products are proudly made in the USA and include LIFETIME WARRANTY.
Some of our most popular tactical shotgun accessories include:
Remington 870
Mossberg 500/590 and Maverick 88
Mossberg 930
 
Benelli M1/M2
Benelli M4
Benelli SuperNova
Kel-Tec KSG
Accessories
**Restrictions: Excludes out of stock items and sale items. May not be combined with any other offers.

Starting Thursday, December 7th through Friday, December 8th, enjoy 25% OFF plus FREE shipping on Mesa Tactical’s 94880 SureShell® Polymer Shotshell Carrier and Rail for Mossberg 500. No coupon code required.
Whether used for tactical operations, home defense or competition, owners of this new platform will now have the ability to carry more ammunition “at the ready”, while the integrated rail system allows for further customization. SureShell carriers work well in all climates and environments, and are proven to withstand the daily use and abuse to which arsenal weapons are commonly subjected.
Mesa Tactical’s SureShell® Shotshell Carrier made from durable, impact resistant polymer. This new polymer shotshell carrier system, available in a six shell configuration, features shell holders injection molded from glass filled polymer, secured to the receiver by a lightweight aluminum back plate with brass threaded inserts. The new SureShell Polymer Shotshell Carrier also includes an innovative dual rubber friction system that reliably holds shotshells in place. Models are available with and without integral Picatinny rails for mounting optics.

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  • Made from injection molded-glass filled nylon
  • Lighter weight than aluminum
  • Secures to lightweight aluminum backplates by brass threaded inserts
  • Innovative dual rubber friction retention system reliably holds shotshells in place
  • Mounts via brackets attached to shotgun or via drilled and tapped receiver holes
  • Sureshell® Shotshell Carriers can be attached to Mesa Tactical’s Urbino® Pistol Grip Stock.
  • No gunsmithing required; All necessary hardware included
  • MSRP: $84.00 48 HOUR SALE PRICE: $63.00 

All Mesa Tactical products are designed in Reno, NV and manufactured in Orange County, California, USA. Mesa Tactical has a lifetime warranty and is hand built in the USA using high-grade precision parts.

Starting Thursday, December 7th through Friday, December 8th, enjoy 25% OFF plus FREE shipping on Mesa Tactical’s 94880 SureShell® Polymer Shotshell Carrier and Rail for Mossberg 500. No coupon code required.
Whether used for tactical operations, home defense or competition, owners of this new platform will now have the ability to carry more ammunition “at the ready”, while the integrated rail system allows for further customization. SureShell carriers work well in all climates and environments, and are proven to withstand the daily use and abuse to which arsenal weapons are commonly subjected.
Mesa Tactical’s SureShell® Shotshell Carrier made from durable, impact resistant polymer. This new polymer shotshell carrier system, available in a six shell configuration, features shell holders injection molded from glass filled polymer, secured to the receiver by a lightweight aluminum back plate with brass threaded inserts. The new SureShell Polymer Shotshell Carrier also includes an innovative dual rubber friction system that reliably holds shotshells in place. Models are available with and without integral Picatinny rails for mounting optics.

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  • Made from injection molded-glass filled nylon
  • Lighter weight than aluminum
  • Secures to lightweight aluminum backplates by brass threaded inserts
  • Innovative dual rubber friction retention system reliably holds shotshells in place
  • Mounts via brackets attached to shotgun or via drilled and tapped receiver holes
  • Sureshell® Shotshell Carriers can be attached to Mesa Tactical’s Urbino® Pistol Grip Stock.
  • No gunsmithing required; All necessary hardware included
  • MSRP: $84.00 48 HOUR SALE PRICE: $63.00 

All Mesa Tactical products are designed in Reno, NV and manufactured in Orange County, California, USA. Mesa Tactical has a lifetime warranty and is hand built in the USA using high-grade precision parts.

Starting November 24th through November 27th, enjoy 15% OFF sitewide plus FREE shipping on orders over $25.00. Use coupon code TGIBF17 at checkout. Mesa Tactical’s innovative, rugged and reliable tactical equipment is the choice for law enforcement, military and the public to meet real world duty and personal protection requirements.

Enjoy great savings on aftermarket tactical shotgun accessories with this Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion. Customizing your shotgun has never been easier than with Mesa Tactical’s high-quality assortment of tactical shotgun accessories.
Whether for tactical operations, home defense or competition, Mesa Tactical has quality and reliable aftermarket tactical shotgun accessories for your shotgun. You can’t go wrong with our popular SureShell Shotshell Carriers- owners of this platform have the ability to carry more ammunition “at the ready”, while the optional integrated rail system allows for further customization. If you are trying to introduce the wife to shoot a shotgun, consider picking up a recoil reducing stock kit that will optimize recoil felt reduction by up to 70%. If the shotgun factory stock in too long for your needs, the Urbino Tactical Stock features a 12½ inch length of pull (LoP) for enhanced weapon control.
Gear up while saving time and money.
All Mesa Tactical products are proudly made in the USA and include LIFETIME WARRANTY.
Some of our most popular tactical shotgun accessories include:
Remington 870
Mossberg 500/590 and Maverick 88
Mossberg 930
Benelli M1/M2
Benelli M4
Benelli SuperNova
Kel-Tec KSG
Accessories
**Restrictions: Excludes out of stock items and sale items. May not be combined with any other offers.

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Reward yourself for your hard work!

Mesa Tactical is having a Labor Day Weekend Salebration. Whether for tactical operations, home defense or competition, Mesa Tactical has quality and reliable aftermarket accessories for your shotgun. With the hottest shotshell carriers, collapsible stocks and other accessories, operators can gear up while saving time and money.

Starting September 1st through September 4th enjoy 15% OFF MSRP Pricing Sitewide plus FREE shipping on orders over $25.00. Use coupon code LDAY17 at checkout. Hurry, sale ends Tue, Sept 5th at midnight PST.

Some of the Labor Dale Sale products include:

Tactical Shotgun Stocks

  • Urbino Pistol Grip Stock

Telescoping Stock and Adapter Kits

  • Lucy Adapter for 20 GA shotguns
  • Faro Telescoping Stock Adapter for FN SCAR
  • LEO Telescoping Stock Adapter and Conversion Kits
  • High Tube Telescoping Stock Adapters and Conversion Kits
  • Hydraulic Recoil Buffer (Mil Spec)

SureShell Aluminum Shotshell Carriers

  • ‘Merica Collection: Limited Edition SureShell Aluminum Carriers
  • Side Mount Shell Carriers
  • Shell Carriers with Integrated Picatinny Rail
  • Stock Mount Shell Carriers
  • Adapter Mount Shell Carriers

Barrel and Magazine Clamps

Picatinny (NANO STANAG 4694) Rails for Shotguns

  • Receiver Mount Optics Rails
  • Adapter and Clamp Mount Accessory Rails

Sling Attachments for Shotguns

  • Receiver Mount Sling Attachments
  • Magazine Cap Sling Attachments
  • Pocket Sling Attachments for Mesa Tactical Stocks
  • Adapter and Clamp Mount Sling Attachments
  • Others Hook Loops

Gear and Accessories

  • USA Made T-shirts and feature Mesa Tactical’s renown logo, available in black, charcoal and olive drab with multiple logo designs and sizes.
  • AR Stock Wrench Bottle Opener
  • CAR Stock Lock Nut
  • Cheek Risers for Urbino Stocks
  • Limbsaver Buttpad for Urbino Stocks
  • Receiver Extension Tube
  • Push Button Sling Swivel for 1 ¼ inch webbing
  • Trigger Pin Replacement Kit for Remington
  • Crosshair Recoil Buffer Tube

**Restrictions: Excludes out of stock items and sale items. May not be combined with any other offers.

 

 

Now shipping the LEO® Gen II Telescoping Stock adapter and pistol grip system for the Beretta 1301 semi-automatic shotgun, made specifically with law enforcement in mind. The LEO Stock adapter system is designed to allow shooters the ability to fit AR style collapsible stocks and pistol grips onto their shotguns, while allowing use of open or bead sights. The versatile telescoping stock adapter system can be fitted with a standard AR-15 grip and telescoping stock, which enables tactical operators to instantly adjust the length of pull of the telescoping stock in order to accommodate differences in individual body sizes or use of body armor. “We wanted to offer a versatile shotgun stock that law enforcement could count on in the most extreme situations,” said Lucy Espinoza, COO of Mesa Tactical. “We are proud to continually deliver new and innovative additions to our LEO® Telescoping Stock adapter and pistol grip line in order to meet the changing needs and wants of law enforcement professionals or recreational shooters. We remain dedicated to developing the finest products possible.”

With Mesa Tactical’s telescoping stock systems, the shotgun’s factory stock is replaced by an investment cast aluminum adapter, to which standard AR-15 grips and telescoping buttstocks can be reliably attached. While the High-tube stock systems include a built-in Picatinny rail for sights or optics, LEO stock adapters provide a lower stock elevation allowing the use of iron sights or the front bead.  All Mesa Tactical stock adapters incorporate multiple sling attachment methods.

The LEO Gen II Telescoping Stock Adapter for the Beretta 1301 semi-automatic shotgun is the first of Mesa Tactical’s “Generation II” LEO adapters.  The LEO adapter’s second generation has been completely redesigned for increased comfort, superior handling and configuration versatility:

  • The new adapter is slightly shorter and more compact than the earlier LEO adapters.
  • The pistol grip has been angled forward several degrees, similar to the angle of an M1911 pistol grip, to provide more space for the webbing of the operator’s thumb above and behind the grip.
  • The enhanced grip angle allows the use of highly comfortable beavertail AR-15 grips such as the ERGO Grip (which in included the complete LEO Gen II Stock Kits).
  • The LEO Gen II Telescoping Stock Adapter end plate engages the adapter low on the sides instead of at the top, so operators are less likely to come into compact with it under recoil.
  • All LEO Gen II Telescoping Stock Adapters include Mesa Tactical’s innovative (and widely copied) pocket hook loops and sling loops.

Produced exclusively by Mesa Tactical, the LEO telescoping stock system has been field tested through over 10 years of combat experience by SWAT, Special Forces, federal agencies, and other armed professionals. Lucy Espinoza, Mesa Tactical’s COO, commented that Mesa Tactical is “extremely pleased to be satisfying the strong consumer demand for this product. We are excited to be able to offer yet another reliable, accurate, and durable pistol grip system to the U.S. market.”

The LEO adapter is available in two types of kits, adapter kits or complete stock kits. Mesa Tactical’s upgraded versions include a hydraulic recoil buffer which replaces the standard receiver extension tube normally used with AR-15 style telescoping stock assemblies. The recoil buffer is manufactured for Mesa Tactical by Crosshair Recoil Buffers. The Crosshair buffer is a recoil reducer designed for professional operators who require optimum accuracy and control. Notices will be circulated to customers on the waiting list for the product this week.

LEO Stock Adapter Product Features:

  • Adapts AR-15 style buttstocks and pistol grips for use with Remington 870, Mossberg 500/590 and Beretta 1301 shotguns.
  • Adjustable length-of-pull (LoP) to fit shooter’s stature or for use with body armor and other equipment.
  • Optional Crosshair™ Hydraulic Recoil Bufferreduces felt recoil by up to 70%.
  • Gives the shotgun similar handling characteristics to the AR-15.
  • Collapsible stock makes shotgun easier to stow, transport and deploy.
  • Pistol grip configuration allows increased control and user comfort.
  • Sling attachmentpoints included.
  • Optional SureShell® aluminum carrierscan be added to the M4 Carbine buttstock.
  • No gunsmithing required.
  • MSRP $105-$340.

All Mesa Tactical products are designed in Reno, NV and manufactured in Orange County, California, USA. Mesa Tactical has a lifetime warranty and is hand built in the USA using high-grade precision parts.

Prices and availability

For sales information contact Lucy Espinoza at 714-545-3332, or sales@nullmesatactical.com; or visit our website at www.mesatactical.com.

SKU                 Item                                                                                                     MSRP

91050              LEO Telescoping Stock Adapter for Beretta 1301 (12-GA)                         $105.00

91060              LEO Telescoping Stock Kit for Beretta 1301 (12-GA)                                  $215.00

91070              LEO Telescoping Hydraulic Recoil Stock Kit for Beretta 1301 (12-GA)   $340.00

Please visit the following link for a full list of participating retailers. http://mesatactical.com/dealers/

 

It is so important to remember Independence Day in history and celebrate our freedom. To express our gratitude to all those brave hearts who laid down their lives to safeguard our nation. Mesa Tactical would like to honor the sacrifice of the men and women who have given their lives in service of our fine country. These courageous sacrifices defend our way of life. Starting Saturday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 4th, take advantage of coupon code HAPPY4TH at checkout to receive 15% off sitewide plus FREE shipping on orders over $25. Sale ends Tuesday, July 4th at midnight.

Please note we will be closed on Monday, July 3th-Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.  We will be open on Wednesday, July 5th for normal business hours. Our warehouse and customer service department will be closed and we are unable to ship any product, returns, service, or warranty items. Our online web store will be open for business and will take orders in its usual automated way. Orders placed after Friday the 30th, will be filled when shipments resume Wednesday, the 5th. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

Mesa Tactical’s US-made high quality shotgun accessories include: shotshell carriers, recoil collapsible stocks, pistol grip fixed stocks, picatinny rails and sling attachments. Below is a list of our best sellers. 

Remington 870 (12-GA)

92230 LEO Telescoping Hydraulic Recoil Stock Kit for Rem 870 (12-GA and 20-GA)

91250 LEO Telescoping Stock Adapter for Rem 870 (12-GA and 20-GA)

90210 SureShell Aluminum Carrier for Remington (6-Shell, 12-GA)

91630 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Saddle Rail for Rem 870 (6-Shell, 12-GA, 5 in)

91550 Urbino Pistol Grip Stock for Rem 870/1100/11-87 (Riser, Limbsaver, 12-GA, Black)

92130 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Saddle Rail for Rem 870 w/ Mag Clamp (6-Shell, 12-GA, 20 in)

90630 High-tube Telescoping Stock Adapter and Rail Kit for Rem 870 (12-GA, 9½ in rail)

90600 SureShell Aluminum Carrier for Rem 870 (4-Shell, 12-GA) (Right Side)

90810 Magazine Clamp w/ Rail for Remington (12-GA)

92370 Picatinny Rail for Remington (5 in)

92130 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Saddle Rail for Rem 870 w/ Mag Clamp (6-Shell, 12-GA, 20 in)

Remington 870 (20-GA)

93250 SureShell Aluminum Carrier for Remington (6-Shell, 20-GA)

93890 Lucy™ Adapter For 20 GA Shotguns (Rem 870)

Mossberg 500/590 and Maverick 88

93170 LEO Telescoping Stock Adapter for Moss 500 (12-GA)

93220 LEO Telescoping Hydraulic Recoil Stock Kit for Moss 500 (12-GA)

90390 SureShell Aluminum Carrier for Moss 500 (6-Shell, 12-GA)

93630 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Rail for Moss 500 (6-Shell, 12-GA, 4½ in)

90770 Picatinny Rail for Moss 500 (Standard Profile, 4½ in)

94750 SureShell Polymer Carrier for Moss 500/590 and Mav 88 (6-Shell, 12-GA) (NEW)

Mossberg 930

94710 Urbino Pistol Grip Stock for Moss 930 (Riser, Limbsaver, 12-GA, Black)

93030 SureShell Aluminum Carrier for Moss 930 (6-Shell, 12-GA)

Benelli M1/M2

91510 Urbino Pistol Grip Stock for Ben M1/M2 (Riser, Limbsaver, 12-GA, Black)

91220 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Rail for Ben M2 Tactical (6-Shell, 12-GA, 4½ in)

Benelli M4

91470 Urbino Pistol Grip Stock for Ben M4 (Riser, Limbsaver, 12-GA, Black)

90880 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Rail for Ben M4 (6-Shell, 12-GA, 5½ in)

90890 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Rail for Ben M4 (8-Shell, 12-GA, 5½ in)

94930 SureShell Polymer Carrier and Rail for Ben M4 (6-Shell, 12-GA, 5 ½ in) (NEW)

Benelli SuperNova

92440 Urbino Pistol Grip Stock for SuperNova (Riser, Limbsaver, 12-GA, Black)

92010 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Rail for Ben SuperNova (6-Shell, 12-GA, 5½ in)

94920 SureShell Polymer Carrier and Rail for Ben SuperNova (6-Shell, 12-GA, 5 ½ in) (NEW)

Beretta 1301

Kel-Tec KSG

93000 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Rail for Kel-Tec KSG (12-Shell, 12-GA, Both Sides)

94500 Picatinny Rail for Kel-Tec KSG (12-GA, 13 in, 18 in Barrel)

Accessories

92190 Crosshair Hydraulic Buffer (Mil-spec)

**Restrictions: Excludes out of stock items and sale items. May not be combined with any other offers.

 

Memorial Day is a day for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s Armed Forces. To express our gratitude to all those brave hearts who laid down their lives to safeguard our nation. Mesa Tactical would like to honor the sacrifice of the men and women who have given their lives in service of our fine country. These courageous sacrifices defend our way of life. For their Memorial Day Appreciation Sale, starting Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29th, take advantage of coupon code FREEDOM to receive 15% off storewide PLUS free shipping on orders over $25. Orders over $250.00 will receive a FREE Mesa Tactical sticker pack and US made patch. Sale ends Friday, May 29th at midnight.Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

Thank you to all the veterans and those serving!

Source: Gun World- Home Defender Magazine (Story and Photos By Terrill Hoffman)

Source: Gun World- Home Defender Magazine (Story and Photos By Terrill Hoffman)

Homeowner’s INSURANCE

 The Mossberg 500 and Mesa Tactical Combine for a Solid “Policy”

Let’s clear the air a bit and separate fact from fiction. The feats of this thunderous firearm are touted beyond the realm of reality. Doors are blown off the hinges, intruders cut in half and felons flee at the mere sound of the slide being racked. After all, all you need do is point it down the hallway, pull the trigger and any adversary will be instantly vaporized.

Consider this as nothing more than fodder for “B” grade action films.

Why not set the fiction aside and discover the real benefits of the shotgun for the homeowner? Pure power is the mainstay of the shotgun and most references will suggest the 12 gauge models. Out of the three most common sizes available – .410 bore, 20 and 12 gauges – it is the one with the greatest power, but for smaller frame men and women the reduced recoil of the 20 gauge has its merits.

FEED ‘EM

Shotgun ammunition is standardly referred to as “shells” instead of cartridges and the homeowner has the choice of birdshot, buckshot or slugs.

All three will take care of an intruder at very close range, but buckshot is normally considered the best choice.

Birdshot loses power very quickly as ranges expand and while it will surely maim, it may not put your adversary down for the count.

Slugs will take down just about anything on two or four legs, but over-penetration becomes a concern. Slugs also reduce the number of projectiles back to one and contrary to belief, you can miss with a shotgun.

At 30 feet, the #OO buckshot would only have a spread of a little over four inches.

At 30 feet, the #OO buckshot would only have a spread of a little over four inches.

I may not be the “end-all” shotgun expert, but my choice has always been to select various buckshot loads for home defense. The typical 2 ¾ inch #00 (“doubleaught”) buckshot load will have nine pellets; each with a diameter of 0.33 inches. Longer shells are available but at the distances found in most homes, the advantage of an increase in power is overridden by the increase in recoil.

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Shells are loaded from the bottom and ejected out of the right side.

ACTIONS

The action type and barrel length of the shotgun will also play a major role in your selection.

Single shot, bolt action and double barrel shotguns all have the same drawback of very limited shell capacity. Yes, all of these will work — but why put yourself at the disadvantage of having to reload in the middle of a home invasion?

Pump action and semi-auto shotguns offer greater capacity and most offer the advantage of interchangeable barrels. The barrels on most hunting shotguns are too long to maneuver easily through the confines of a home and being able to convert to a shorter barrel is a plus.

The Mossberg 500 with an 18 1/2-inch barrel makes a good home defense weapon just as it is.

The Mossberg 500 with an 18 1/2-inch barrel makes a good home defense weapon just as it is.

PUMP IT

There are some outstanding semi-auto shotguns on the market, but at the same time, some of these may be a bit more ammo sensitive than your typical pump action. Even though a good quality “semi” may be an excellent choice, I have always felt a little more comfortable with the reliability of a pump action.

When it comes to choosing which model of shotgun, there are two major players in the field: Remington 870 and Mossberg 500. Both companies offer newer models, but these have been on the market for over 50 years. More than 10,000,000 of each shotgun have been produced and this speaks volumes for their reputation for dependability — make ten million of anything and you have the process down pat.

As to which one would I choose — it is a case of Ford vs. Chevy. New baseline examples of each shotgun can be purchased for under $350 from several mainline outdoor stores and a good used example can normally be bought for about $100 cheaper.

If needed, new “extra” barrels can be purchased between $100-200, which allows these shotguns to pull double duty as both hunting and defensive weapons. At those prices, there is very little reason not to have one of both (or at least that was the excuse I gave my wife).

The Remington 870 and the Mossberg 500 are able to change barrels rather easily.

The Remington 870 and the Mossberg 500 are able to change barrels rather easily.

After owning a Remington 870 for several years, I purchased a Mossberg 500 for the sole purpose of using it as a closet gun for those dire times. The 870 has a beautiful walnut stock and it just didn’t seem right to take the chance of banging it around. Plus, since I was going to dedicate a shotgun to the sole purpose of home defense, I wanted to make a few modifications to enhance its performance.

MOSSBERG 500

“Intimidating” is all you can say about the transformed 500.

“Intimidating” is all you can say about the transformed 500.

The Mossberg 500 I purchased several years ago came with an 18-inch barrel. I later bought a longer barrel just in case I ever wanted to hunt with it. It didn’t take me long to remove the standard butt stock and install the pistol grip. Yes, I too have watched a few of those action movies.

The pistol grip made this shotgun short, handy and it looked just down right “mean!” I even fired it several times before I realized I am not the Terminator and quickly reinstalled the basic stock. Even with a two-handed grip, it was just short of brutal and the couple of times I tried it single-handed were plain comical.

However, even with the fullsized butt stock and an 18 1/2-inch barrel, the overall length is only 37 1/2 inches. This size, combined with a weight of just less than seven pounds, makes it rather handy, even transitioning through the hallways of my home.

Having the safety located along the top rear of the action makes it easy to switch from safe to fire. The bolt/slide release is behind the trigger guard, allowing activation with the middle finger without breaking your grip. The twin action bars on the slide prevents binding even when I intentionally try to twist the slide.

 

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The safety on the Mossberg is located at the top rear of the receiver.

Overall, this shotgun may look a little plain, but it works 100% of the time, and reliability is an absolute must with any defensive firearm.

MESA TACTICAL

I use the phrase “with a few modifications” and when you are talking about the 870 or 500, the emphasis is on “few.”

Actually, none of them involve changing the way the shotguns functions. The models are close to perfection and you don’t want to do anything that may change that.

However, after reviewing various products produced by Mesa Tactical, I did notice two modifications that I felt would enhance the basic pump shotgun. Mesa Tactical has been in this game for some time and their designs are not only easy to install, but just about foolproof.

The first modification was the addition of a Sureshell Shotshell Carrier with an integrated Rail Carrier handguard. This device adds the ability to carry an additional six shot shells along the left side of the action. The standard Mossberg has a capacity of 5+1 (five in the magazine tube and one in the chamber) which should be more than ample for 99.9% of the problems you will encounter. But the shell carrier does offer a convenient method of carrying extra ammunition. It even gives you the opportunity to carry a few slug rounds just in case you do need extra penetration.

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93570 SURESHELL® CARRIER AND RAIL FOR MOSS 500 W/ PIC RAIL CLAMP (6-SHELL, 12-GA, 20 IN)

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SureShell Aluminum Shotshell Carriers with Rail combine a shell carrier with a MIL-STD-1913 (NATO STANAG 4694) Picatinny rail that accepts optical, sights, lasers or accessories.

However, for my purposes, the greatest advantage of this unit is it enables you to mount the optic of your choice and a tactical weapon’s light. It adds a full-length Picatinny rail along the top of the barrel, as well as a section of rail at the end of the magazine tube.

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These shotshell carrier/rail systems mount by using the drilled and tapped holes on top of the shotgun’s receiver.

Installation is rather simple and only a two-step process. You begin by mounting a clamp around the front of the magazine tube. Then, the top rail/shell carrier is screwed to this clamp and the drilled and tapped holes supplied by the factory on the top of the receiver. There is only one minor warning: If your shotgun is old enough, it may not come drilled and tapped by the factory. In this case, you will have to do this yourself or have your local gunsmith handle it. This is a very simple job for a gunsmith and should be at minimal cost.

AFTER DARK

Over the years, the majority of the times I have felt the need for a defensive shotgun, it’s been after dark. I have also discovered that trying to hand-hold a flashlight and a shotgun at the same time is not the optimal situation. Mounting the light to the weapon is a better solution and allows you to concentrate on the situation instead of worrying about dropping the light.

Darkness is also the reason that I have chosen to mount a red dot sight to my shotgun. Trying to pick up the front sight in low light is next to impossible. As I have mentioned before, you can miss with a shotgun even at very close range. More than once I have watched a competitor miss a balloon at only 15 yards during a Cowboy Action Match.

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After testing the Mossberg with my chosen load, I discovered that at 30 feet, the shot pattern was only a hair over four inches. The hallways in my home are 36 inches wide and even a large man has a center mass area of only 12 to 14 inches. That leaves plenty of room to miss in the heat of the moment. Being able to aim a shotgun is vital.

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Borrowed from the AR-15, the M4 collapsible stock is a good addition to the Mossberg 500.

The second modification I made to the Mossberg 500 was, once again, changing out the butt stock. Mesa Tactical has a conversion kit to replace the factory butt stock with an “M4” AR pattern telescoping stock. This kit allows a quick length-of-pull adjustment to fit the needs of the individual user.

No one is ever going to say there is no “kick” to a 12-gauge shotgun, but the felt recoil is magnified if the weapon is not adjusted to fit the shooter. When I ordered the kit, I made sure it was the model that also includes the Mesa Tactical Crosshair Recoil Buffer. This spring-loaded shock absorber replaces the typical receiver extension tube found on the AR and greatly reduces the felt recoil of even the heaviest loads.

The reduction in felt recoil due to the Mesa Tactical Crosshair Recoil Buffer was substantial.

The reduction in felt recoil due to the Mesa Tactical Crosshair Recoil Buffer was substantial.

Mesa Tactical claims a 70% reduction in felt recoil, and although I can’t measure it precisely, I can attest to the fact that it works. Besides the butt stock, the unit also adds a Hogue pistol grip to your shotgun and we regain the “mean” look. Some may say the “mean” aspect is foolish, but it does add to our mental image of the weapon. Anything that helps us feel more protected does have a value.

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LEO® aluminum adapter kits include everything necessary to retrofit Remington or Mossberg pump shotguns with most AR-15 style stocks and pistol grips. Adapter kits allow customers to add their own AR-15 stock assemblies as desired.

Installation is as simple as removing the original butt stock and replacing it with the stock adapter found in the kit. Then, the Crosshair Recoil Buffer is threaded the same as the receiver extension tube on an AR-15. The standard M4 patterned butt stock is then slipped over the buffer. The pistol grip can then be attached to the adapter with the single screw found on any AR. Since the pistol grip and stock are both standard AR parts, you can switch to any manufacturer you may prefer.

INSURANCE

OK, I’ll admit it: I’m a pansy. Shooting light “skeet” target loads is one thing, but shooting heavy buckshot loads is not what I call fun. The Mossberg 500 has become my “serious” shotgun that sits peacefully, waiting for the time it may be needed. Mossberg provided a 100%-reliable weapon and Mesa Tactical adapted it to my individual needs. The addition of the tactical light and red dot has made it functional even after the sun goes down, and this shotgun is now just an extension of my homeowner’s insurance policy. Now I pray I never need it.

Mossberg 500/590 and Maverick 88

93170 LEO Telescoping Stock Adapter for Moss 500 (12-GA)

93220 LEO Telescoping Hydraulic Recoil Stock Kit for Moss 500 (12-GA)

90390 SureShell Aluminum Carrier for Moss 500 (6-Shell, 12-GA)

93630 SureShell Aluminum Carrier and Rail for Moss 500 (6-Shell, 12-GA, 4½ in)

94750 SureShell Polymer Carrier for Moss 500/590 and Mav 88 (6-Shell, 12-GA) (NEW)

Clearance Items for Mossberg 500/590