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Old 12-28-2013, 9:13 PM
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Default New Tactical Shotgun?

I'm thinking about a tactical 12 gauge with the ability to mount a light. I saw a 870 Tactical and a Mossberg 590 with a 9 round capacity that looked interesting. The Mossberg was a LE model apparently. I haven't looked at shotguns in years, so I need some advice.

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Old 12-28-2013, 9:25 PM
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Just last week, I went with the 590A1 compact with ghost rings. I'm sure you will be happy with whichever you decide on.
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Old 12-28-2013, 9:30 PM
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Both are good...take your pick, really.

Many will tell you that the newer 870's are lacking in quality compared to the older models. Many people also don't like the new Express Tactical models with the new extended one-piece magazine tubes. It disallows the ability to interchange different barrels which is one of the things that the 870 is known for.

If you are looking at the Mossberg 590s then make sure you are looking at the 590A1 version. These will feature a metal safety, trigger guard, and heavy-wall barrel. There are essentially two versions, the 18.5" model with a 5+1 capacity and the 20" model with the 8+1 capacity. You can easily add a +1 or +2 extension to the 18.5" model and get some extra capacity with the shorter barrel length if you so desire.

You might also wanna consider the differences in where the controls are on both guns. The Mossberg has a top mounted safety that is naturally ambidextrous. The slide release is also on the rear left corner of the trigger guard and is accessible by both left and right handed shooters with barely any shift in the shooting grip.

The safety on the 870 is on the trigger guard behind the trigger. The slide release is on the front left-hand side of the trigger guard and requires you to slide your firing hand forward to manipulate it.

Here's a pic of of my 870 and 590A1 18.5" model. I've added a Vang Comp +1 extension to it which also has an integral sling plate.

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Old 12-28-2013, 9:32 PM
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You can get the 590 from Mossberg w/the tri rail forearm.

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Old 12-28-2013, 10:43 PM
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Thanks for the information and the pics Brandon.
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