Mossberg recently joined forces with the wildly popular real-TV show Duck Dynasty.Â Adding to their very popular line of shotguns, Mossberg will now offer a Duck Commander Series.
The Series includes 11 pump-action and auto-loading waterfowl shotguns that will feature the Duck Commander logo, Realtree Max-5 camouflage, TRUGLO fiber optic sights with a variety of stock, barrel and finish options.Â The Duck Commander line will also include two .22LR semi-auto rifles – a plastic gun that looks like an AR-15, and the Mossberg 702 Plinkster semi-auto rifle.Â In addition, there will be a .22LR semi-auto pistol (also on an AR-looking shell).Â Every firearm will come with an American flag bandana.
The newly updated Mossberg SA-20 Field/Tactical autoloader is a 20 gauge shotgun with a 20″ barrel, synthetic stock and a variety of features that might make it a good home defense gun for you. Â With the updated version shown at the 2013 SHOT Show, IÂ immediatelyÂ saw the gun’s home defense potential for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is reduced recoil.
The semi-auto action tends to absorb some of the recoil in the mechanical process of moving the bolt, extracting a spent shell and chambering a new one. Â Combine that with the lower recoil of a 20 gauge compared to a 12 gauge, and one can see how this gun will likely be more tolerable to someone who is more recoil sensitive. Â I’ve never had a problem training people of all sizes to shoot a 12 gauge, but a semi-auto 20 is simply easier for some people to control.
Introduced at the 2012 SHOT Show, the Mosberg 464 SPX is a tactical, lever action rifle chambered in .30-30. Â This lever gun is black (of course) and comes standard with a tri-rail and AR-style, adjustable buttstock. Â Yes, it can be had with a flash hider.
Mossberg is also introducing a .22 LR version of the 464 tactical lever gun. Â This model can be purchased with a muzzle break to help tame the wild recoiling rimfire.
Michael Bane mentioned the tactical .30-30 on his podcast a week or two ago. Â I thought it could be very cool or a train wreck. Â I’ll let you decide for yourself. Â MSRP starts at $497 and goes up from there.
I’m a big fan of the lever action rifle as a home defense gun. Â The .30-30 cartridge is more than adequate to stop a determined home invader. Â Plus, in the aftermath, it is much harder for an attorney representing the “poor victim” to show you were a bloodthirsty killer by pointing to a walnut stocked lever action your daddy gave you. Â I just don’t know if the 464 SPX is quite what I am thinking for self defense, but what the heck. Â Different strokes for different folks. Â If you like it, buy one and don’t worry about what anyone else might think.
Mossberg continues to sell the 464 SPX rifles. It would seem that they are a better seller than some people gave it credit for.
The MSRP has increased to $552 from the original $497. I suppose that is to be expected.
One thing Mossberg did do was the company added a zombie version of the rifle. The 464 ZMB is much the same gun, but with a splash of green for good measure. I do not have a photo of it to post. However, when I get one, I will add it to this page. The zombie version of the rifle has a suggested list price of $581.
Mossberg was showing its new value-priced Maverick bolt-action rifles at the 2010 SHOT Show. Â The Maverick rifles will be available in long and short actions, starting with .270 and .30-06, and .243 and .308 respectively.
The Maverick rifles have black synthetic stocks and can be had with the adjustable length of pull system.Â The rifles come standard with Weaver-type mounts for easy installation of a scope.
The Mavericks will have a standard trigger, not the adjustable â€œLightning Bolt Actionâ€ system that Mossberg is putting on many of its rifles and shotguns. Â While the LBA trigger is definitely a nicer trigger, there is nothing wrong with the standard trigger provided out of the box from Mossberg.