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GunGeek
June 12, 2002, 01:10 AM
I am looking to get a Mossberg 590 in mil-spec configuration (Heat Shield). I carried one durring my time in the Marines and I thought it would be nice to have one of my own. My problem is the decision between parkerized or blued.

Is parkerized that much tougher? I was leaning towards it when I thought the initial cost difference was $20, but I am not able to get this configuration except for one I found that is $50 over the blued version. I figure for $50 I could pay to have it reblued a few years down the road. Is it hard/expensize to get a gun reparkerized? I would think it would be much more then blueing. Budget is a big consideration for me right now also. Also the blued is actual configuration in the Corps, though I like the flatter look of parkerized.

Don't bother trying to convince me to get another shotgun. I want this as a reminder of what I carried in the Corps and due to my formilurarity with it.... but don't confuse it for a collectors item, I will be shooting the S**T out of it.

Dave McC
June 12, 2002, 04:16 AM
Go for the blue. If maintained, a blued shotgun can take lots of use without corroding. And, since this is a nostalgia item, it keeps what you recall intact.

cuerno de chivo
June 12, 2002, 09:27 AM
The 590A1 is the mil-spec one. Not the 590.

http://www.mossberg.com/pcatalog/Law.htm

I'd get a Bantam stock and replace the hard rubber recoil pad with a real recoil pad from Pachmayr. The long standard stock and hard rubber pad makes shooting painful.

Ledbetter
June 12, 2002, 11:21 AM
has steel receiver and steel safety (and bayonet lug) and comes Park'd. I ground the toe of the recoil pad off mine so it is less pointy. Mine is model 51660, plain sights, 20" barrel, 8-round magazine.

Regards.

GunGeek
June 12, 2002, 01:08 PM
The 590A1 is the mil-spec one. Not the 590.

I can see how that page could lead you to think the 590A1 was the mill spec but read carefully.

"the U.S. Armed Services established Mil-Spec 3443E, a brutal and unforgiving torture test with 3,000 rounds of full power 12 gauge buckshot. Only one pump action shotgun was heavy duty enough to pass. Mossberg.
Now, twenty years later, the state-of-the-art Mossberg® 590A1™ reigns as king of heavy-duty police/military slide action shotguns."

The 590A1 was built 20 years after the mossberg 590 passed milspec.... trust me I carried a 590 for years.
I did consider getting the A1 version, but heatshield is not an option. I know it's about useless on a civilian gun, but to me it just dosen't seem right without it.

cuerno de chivo
June 12, 2002, 06:39 PM
That heatshield goes on a thin barrel. The 590A1s have a thicker barrel. I was under the impression the 590s now in service were A1s.:o

Ledbetter
June 12, 2002, 07:13 PM
The Mossberg heat shield will fit, but you have to come up with a way to secure it in place as the factory-supplied hardware won't fit. I'm using stainless steel cotter pins for now (longer than the supplied fasteners), after dremeling out the plastic locking tab to accept them.

Gungeek: Did the military 590 have a bayo lug?

GunGeek
June 12, 2002, 07:57 PM
Gungeek: Did the military 590 have a bayo lug?
Yes but it was a running joke, everyone knew a standard M9 bayonet would not fully lock on the lug. We tried many times, no idea why they put it there if it didn't work. I still have a M9 Bayonet and I will double check but I'm not expecting this one to work either, maybe with some dremel work it will lock.

As for if the Marines have gone to the 590A1 now, I was actually under the impression they were moving to the Bernelli M4 Super 90 known as the M1014 Combat Shotgun. No idea if the change has taken affect and they are in full use now. Remember though, I am buying this because it is what I carried when I was in (95-99) It is not being bought as the current gun in use.

Thank you all for your help, I will be buying the blued version :) either I will run in tonight or get it tomorrow at work.

Link to info on the M1014. (http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m0BQY/11_47/78900531/p1/article.jhtml?term=shotgun)

GunGeek
June 13, 2002, 02:24 AM
Went and paid for it, threw some lead down range and boy did it bring back memorys. I'm glad I got it. Now to wait till I actually can bring it home with me :)

Thanks everyone for your advice.

GunGeek
June 16, 2002, 04:05 AM
Oh, tested bayonet lug, actually works. Never did on issue guns. Oh got funny looks from customers too.

Dave McC
June 16, 2002, 08:45 AM
Glad you like, and you're very welcome.

Uh, I hope you didn't shoot it at the range with the bayonet on.

That really can upset some folks(G)....

GunGeek
June 16, 2002, 11:16 AM
That really can upset some folks(G)....
Forget some folks, I'm worried about upseting my bayonet, she can be very fusy at times ;)