Since the first model came off the line on August, 21, 1961, the Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun has been chosen by sportsmen, law enforcement officers, and military personnel for its reliability, versatility, and affordability. Now, this true American classic has reached an astonishing milestone of 10,000,000 units produced in an unprecedented 52 years, making it the fastest-selling shotgun in history.
In 1961, Mossberg’s lead design engineer, Carl Benson, began work on a slide-action shotgun to replace the unique design of the 200 Series, which had been in production since 1955. Though the Model 200 had set a new standard for innovation, Benson knew Mossberg needed a more traditional-looking pump shotgun to compete with the “big three” at the time. The result was the Model 500. The original design remained virtually unchanged for more than 30 years.
To commemorate this historic benchmark, Mossberg will donate the heavily embellished 10 millionth 500, with serial #U500000, to the NRA National Firearms Museum in recognition of the National Rifle Association’s unwavering defense of the Second Amendment. Mossberg has also produced 10 additional “10 Millionth” commemorative shotguns, with the unique serialization of U500001 through U500010, for the fundraising efforts of deserving industry partners. Each commemorative gun will have matte-silver finished receivers with gold inlay, a walnut stock, a jeweled bolt and elevator, and a gold trigger.