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I've been shooting for many decades now. My shooting “career” started when my father held a .22 rifle to my shoulder when I was 4 years old. He was a hunter and shooter and all of my brothers and I followed his example. The tradition in our family was that we learned from our father and in my case my older brothers. We shot one or another rifles or shotguns until our 12th birthday when we were given our own gun, usually a .22 rifle.
Guns have always been a family affair for me, so it was easy for me to understand the family affair that the Mossberg family has been involved in for almost a century.
I bought my first Mossberg, a no frills 20 gauge 500 in the late 1960s. I used that gun for hunting birds, rabbits and squirrels. It never failed me and accounted for lots of game over the years. I still have that gun.
Over the years I've acquired a number of guns, some of most of the popular brands, single shots, pumps and self-loaders. That 20 gauge 500 was set aside and only saw action again when my father-in-law needed a gun to control the varmints that were threatening to destroy his garden. It became his “garage gun” for many years and served all his needs.
When Mossberg introduced the first 3.5” chambered gun for waterfowl and later for turkeys, I had to have one. The 835 has become legendary and is one of the most popular guns in the fields, swamps and goose pits all over the U.S. It's earned its place in the history of the shotgun.
Then I saw a great looking single shot shotgun called the SSi-ONE by Mossberg. It had all of the features that I'd always wanted in a single shot. It was hammerless, had a built in scope base and did I mention that it looked great? It also had several rifle barrels available that were easy to install. I had to have one.
The old 20 gauge 500 had been a good serviceable gun and the 835 was a goose and turkey killer but this SSi-ONE was a work of art. Fit an finish were comparable to any gun I owned. I really began to look at Mossberg again and this time not just for good serviceable guns but also for the innovations that seemed to be coming on a pretty regular basis.
Fast forward a few more years and I'd added the 3.5” chambered 535 pum gun and the 3.5” sefl-loading 935 to my working guns, along with a very slick 3” self-loading 930 and the latest version of the 20 gauge 500. Each of these guns is unique in its own way but there is one very common theme and that's the very high quality of all of them. The bores on the 930 and 500 in particular are excellent. They are shiny, slick, concentric, they shoot to point of aim and the functioning has been flawless.
I hunt upland birds, doves, ducks, geese and I shoot sporting clays. I also use a shotgun for deer and I shoot in still target matches from about March until November of each year. I shoot thousands of shotshells each year in both practice and in competion and many of them are 3” full power loads. Frankly, I shoot more full power loads than many guns are designed to handle. I've shot more than one gun apart, literally.
For the past 12 months, I've been giving the 930 and 500 a real workout. I've put hundreds of rounds through both of those guns without one hiccup. The actions have “slicked-up” just a bit and operate a more smoothly as would be expected and patterns have improved. Other than those positive developments, no other changes have been noted.
I'm so pleased and confident in those guns that I plan to shoot them at the World Championship Still Target Shoot this October. That means that I'll be shooting 2 stock, off-the-shelf Mossberg shotguns against some of the best custom made shotguns available today. I'll also be in competition with some of the best shooters in that sport as well.
Time will tell how I fare in the competition but I have supreme confidence in how the Mossbergs will hold up and the patterns they'll throw.
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