Here's a picture of my bare bones Maverick. Having had it out to the range a couple of times now, I have to say I like it. It seems just as well put together as my previous two Mossberg 500', and I think the shorter 5+1 Maverick handles better than my 7+1 Persuader did, and it is much easier to get to the slide release on the Maverick than on my Tactical Model 500. No that I think about it, I've never seen a stock 500 5+1 with a regular buttstock on a shelf at the local store where I've bought these 3 shotguns.
From the prices I'm seeing here, I obviously paid a little more for mine, but based on it's performance, I'm very happy with it, and I was able to pick it up from a local mom and pop shop near where I live. The Maverick handles very nice, has been reliable so far, and puts the pellets on target. I think it's a "bargain" at under $300, and based on my experience so far, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good economical shotgun.
"The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles." Col. Jeff Cooper, from The Art of the Rifle
Last edited by Doug S; May 4, 2013 at 06:44 PM.