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Servo77
March 24, 2009, 10:23 AM
What is your opinion of the Mossberg 590A1 (mil-spec)? Anyone have any experience. I like the control layout of the mOssberg better than remington. I just want something a little more "substantial" than a standard 500.

colostomyclown
March 24, 2009, 10:26 AM
Nice, but if all you can find is the standard 500 and 590, have at it. It's more than adequate and will last forever.

hogdogs
March 24, 2009, 10:27 AM
It has a metal safety button and aluminum trigger group housing... Those being the main difference and possibly all A-1's also have thick barrel but I ain't sure on that... Substance is not a factor for me on a regular 500... Tuff enuff for me and I have been described as being able to break a steel ball with a rubber hammer:o
Brent

USMCGrunt
March 24, 2009, 03:14 PM
The main difference between a 590A1 and the 500 is the magazine tube is designed differently, the barrel is heavier, and the trigger guard and safety button are metal rather than plastic. I've got both a 590 and older 500 and really the only "real" problem is the plastic safety that I've had break on my old 500. I've since replaced it with a metal version and have had no more trouble. For you Remington folks that will decry that plastic button as a fault, remember Remington brought us the J-lock!:p But seriously though, you can go with either one, replace the plastic saety button on the 500 and you aren't going to have any problems with it.

Creature
March 24, 2009, 03:16 PM
I love my 590A1....

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Icopy1
March 25, 2009, 01:54 PM
The 590A1 is worth the extra money in my opinion. Go for it.

inSight-NEO
March 25, 2009, 06:37 PM
Since the 590A1 has been explained via earlier posts, I will just add this. If, like me, you find that the 590A1 is just too hard to come by, you might consider buying the standard 590 and "upgrading" various items yourself, as needed.

For instance, I purchased a metal safety and am waiting on a heavy-walled barrel to arrive. Also, once available (through a certain reseller), I will be ordering the metal trigger guard/assembly. Hence, this gun will essentially be a 590A1 at that point.

Yes, it set me back about $100-150 vs just buying the 590A1 outright. But, considering how difficult such weapons are becoming to find, for me at least, the additional expense was worth it. Of course, this may not be the case for you.