View Full Version : Mossberg 590 A1

July 6, 1999, 03:52 PM
Anybody have any good/bad experiences with this shotgun? I love the fact that it is U.S. military approved, I might want to purchase one. Any and all feed back is welcome!

July 6, 1999, 04:25 PM
does the A1 have the plastic triger guard?


July 7, 1999, 11:43 AM
The 590 A1 has a metal safety, heavy barrel and a metal trigger housing. It is a sweet shotgun. I bought it to replace an older standard blued 590. I have the bead site because I wanted the optional heat shield. If you get the ghost rings then you can't use the shield. I passed on the ghost rings because if I need to shoot long range I will use my AR.

I'm very pleased with this shotgun!!

Michael K - NRA, MCRGO

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July 7, 1999, 04:59 PM
As rugged as an I beam... Tough as hell.
Reasonable patterns... Scary as -CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED- looks...

Great shotgun...
Heavy as an I beam... Big... Ugly. What is not to like?

Every man Dies.
Not Every Man Truely Lives...


July 7, 1999, 05:39 PM
Hans Vang has added the 590A1 to his repertoire. Check out www.vangcomp.com (http://www.vangcomp.com)

July 7, 1999, 08:06 PM
I have had the 590A1 for three years now and would not trade it for anything. I did however send it to Vang Comp and had him do his work to it. Every shotgun class I had there was a period when most everyone wanted to shoot it. This was becauuse with the porting and the Federal Tactical 00 Buck, it was very comfortable to shoot. The only thing that I see that is somewhat of a drawback is one handed shooting. It is a beast to use this way but not impossible. I also have a Remington 870 and it sits well oiled in my safe - good gun but I still perfer the 590A1.
I have shot some five cases of 00 Buck and apx. 3 cases of slug without a hitch and embarrased to say have only cleaned it twice.

4V50 Gary
July 8, 1999, 12:29 AM
I've got a 590 (speedfeed stock, handguard with bayonet mount & speedfeed shell carrying stock) which I think the world of. Brought out the older 870 for self defense though. You see, it's cheaper to lose when the cops come to confiscate it after you shoot someone.

Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt

July 8, 1999, 01:08 AM
Im looking for a shotgun so I have a few questions. Is it a pump shotgun? Also about how much does it cost?

"We should definitely get you out this month." - Bushmaster Customer Service 06/04/99

I still have not recieved my order!

July 8, 1999, 10:45 AM
I believe the 590A1 runs anywhere from $350-400. Most dealers in So. Cal. have them for about $370. It is a pump action, military issue shotgun.

Rich I
July 8, 1999, 12:54 PM
Hey, B. Here's a link to Lytle Creek ala Turners: http://www.turners.com/html/lytle_creek.htm
Also, Turners has the Mossberg 590A1 on sale this week for $279 and a Parkerized version with ghost rings for $379. http://www.turners.com /

I have a 590A1 with a Choate pistol-gripped, somewhat adjustable stock, Side-Saddle shell holder and a Hiviz fiber-optic front sight. The Hiviz sights are really nice and only $17 to $25. With the Side-Saddle, the 590A1 holds 14 + 1 2 3/4" shells.


July 8, 1999, 04:45 PM
yep thar she blows:


July 9, 1999, 07:04 PM
A Butler Creek steel folding stock goes a long ways on this guys - with a Side Saddle... holding 14 rounds of 2 3/4 inch shells... AWESOME fire power...

Every man Dies.
Not Every Man Truely Lives...


July 22, 1999, 08:26 PM
That's a 590, not a 590A1, at Turners. The 590 series has a model number like 50xxx, whereas the 590A1 is 51xxx.

BTW, I just ordered a 590A1 from Vang Comp. Yee Haw! I can't wait. :)

This is probably a frequent topic here, but what do y'all think about putting a shoulder stock with a vertical "pistol grip" on a pump shotgun?

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July 22, 1999, 09:28 PM
Ewok,A pistol grip on a Mossberg requires a rather large shift of your hand to reach the safety and work it. I'd try the grip on someone else's gun first.

Also, has any one used the 590 A1 6 shot?

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July 23, 1999, 10:01 AM

This is off-topic and I don't mean to be a smart alec, but I would like to point out that there is no "e" in "truly."

Also, I think that the line is (and I could be wrong on this):

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.


For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. Sun Tzu

July 24, 1999, 03:26 AM
i have a 590A1, 18.5" bbl 5+1 cap with ghostring sights, i added a Scattergun Tech. +1 extention with the side sling adaptor to make room for a SureFire 623F light, now i just gotta find one locally.

so, now my 590A1 holds 5+1+1, still lighter and shorter than the 20" version and now the mag tube will end flush with the light. just have to order a spare front sight blade to send to PT for a tritium insert.

July 24, 1999, 01:57 PM


Kodiac should be spelled with a K too...

Get over it.

Every man Dies.
Not Every Man Truely Lives...


July 7, 2007, 09:09 PM
is it available nickel plated ?

July 7, 2007, 09:14 PM
is it available nickel plated ?

There is the Mossberg 590 and 500 Mariner models. The Mossberg 590 Mariner is not the A1 version.

July 7, 2007, 09:19 PM
back from the dead, or maybe just nearly 8 years ago!

July 7, 2007, 09:21 PM
The Mossberg 590 Mariner is not the A1 version.

thanks RevolverLover..btw do you know what the difference is ?

July 7, 2007, 09:24 PM
btw do you know what the difference is ?

The A1 version has a heavier walled barrel, aluminum safety, and aluminum trigger guard.

July 7, 2007, 09:26 PM
thank you again..I appreciate it

July 7, 2007, 09:53 PM
I'm not sure if mine is a 590 or 590A1...it has the parked finish and bayonet lug...I'll have to get it out tomorrow and look!

July 8, 2007, 10:28 PM
What's the recoil like on the 590A1? Keeping in mind that I'm a pretty big guy, do you think I'd have trouble learning to shoot with it? I've never fired a gun before.

July 8, 2007, 10:45 PM
What's the recoil like on the 590A1? Keeping in mind that I'm a pretty big guy, do you think I'd have trouble learning to shoot with it? I've never fired a gun before.

I don't have a problem with recoil. The amount of recoil varies from person to person. It all depends on proper mounting the shotgun, shotgun fit, and what type of shells you are using.

Dave McC
July 9, 2007, 07:48 AM
12 gauge shotguns with full power loads fired by new shooters can hurt. Get a lesson or two before your purchase.

And, 7/8 oz loads are perfect for familiarization. Save the heavy loads for later.

July 18, 2007, 10:09 PM
Besides the obviously thicker barrel, the 590A1 has "590A1" stamped on the side. The 9 shot version is an awesome all round self defense weapon. My one choice of all shotguns hands down. I am saving up for another or two.......... :)

July 25, 2007, 08:22 AM
What's the recoil like on the 590A1?I can fire mine all day long. A friend of mine almost dropped it while screaming, "it hurts" like a 4-year-old girl. We asked if he was shooting slugs. He was shooting birdshot. We laughed until we cried. Therefore, recoil is subjective.

July 29, 2007, 12:26 PM
Had a Winchester 1300 Defender which always cycled very nicely, but I never got over the feeling that it was a bit fragile. Funny but that is how it felt to me.

Then I picked up a 590A1. Felt like I was driving an Abrams tank. Robust but surprisingly smooth!

Sold the 1300 and bought a 590A1.

I had to break in the magazine follower after I bought mine...it got stuck a few times at the last round, but it smoothed out just fine.

I didn't care much for the Darth Vader, all black tacti-look scaring the neighbors or whatever, so I bought a set of standard wood stocks and slapped them on. It's quite the "sleeper" now. Kinda like pulling up in an old 1970's Ford LTD station wagon...that has a fire breathing 460 engine under the hood.