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Are you happy with your 590A1 ?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by glockguns, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. michael_b

    michael_b BRC #1492

    Sep 3, 2011
    I bought a used 590 8 shot with rifle sights and love it.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2013
  2. michael_b

    michael_b BRC #1492

    Sep 3, 2011
    Took me 1 1/2 hours a couple of weeks ago here -and I thought that was long lol.

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  3. DFin


    Mar 22, 2008
    My 590A1 (20 in. barrel) is reliable and I like it but I think it is too long & too heavy compared to my 500 with 18.5 in barrel & 5 round mag.

    If I was going to get another 590 I would skip the heavy barrel, would get an 18.5 in barrel version and would buy a mag extension. For some reason Mossberg makes the 18.5 in. barrel 590 with only a 5 round mag tube.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2013
  4. glockguns


    Oct 2, 2012
    Understand. I got the 590A1, with 18.5 in. barrel, speedfeed stock and rifle sights. I'm okay with the 5+1 for now (my first shotgun anyway). Didn't seem heavy in the store, but of course it wasn't loaded. I hope to pick it up Tuesday or Wednesday, if everything goes through okay.

    Mine is not in a box, so I'm assuming I should get a manual and a lock with the gun ?
  5. Not necessarily. But try here:

    or here:

    Local sheriff dept in my neck of the woods will give gun locks away for the asking. Not too expensive to buy either ($6-12.00).

    Weight is a little heavier than other shotguns because of the thicker barrel. Are you going to bird hunt with it?

    I like the shorter barrel for HD. It is easier to maneuver around corners and less leverage for an attacker to work with. IMHO that is. I really wanted the 20" barrel with 9+ mag and bayonet lug... why a bayo I have no idea, just sounds cool, i guess. The 18.5, turns out, fits the bill better than I excepted. It is nice and compact for camping too.
  6. Bullman

    Bullman Deranged Deputy

    Oct 11, 2003
    SW Virginia
    I undstand that feeling as well. That is why I got my 500. It was originally one with a 7 shot magazine and I sent it to Vang Comp and had them put a 18 inch barrel and 5 shot tube on it so I can have one available that is shorter and lighter if I want. Right now my 590 with the 20 inch barrel and 8 shot magazine is my work gun. Once I got a rack put in the car I started using it because it was a little dinged up already and I didn't mind it getting a little rack wear on it. If I am going to a school or something and I want a gun that is a little slicker and patterns consistent with different kinds of ammunition I will take the 500.
  7. akgunnut


    Feb 17, 2007
    I have the Mossberg 590 Special Purpose 8+1 model that I've been really pleased with. It's not the A1 because it doesn't have the heavy barrel but does have the ghost ring sights which makes shooting slugs easier. I also bought the Ontario M9 bayonet for it just for kicks!
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2013
  8. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    mine is a special purpose.

    it is a mossberg. it will outlive me.

    iff you are a mossberg person, it is hard to beat a 590.
  9. I have two 590A1's and they have been great. :supergrin:
  10. megawatt

    megawatt Electron maker

    Feb 2, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Very happy with my overbuilt 590A1 "persuader" model. Does a shotgun need heavy barrel and dual extractors? Maybe not but I like that mine does. Its been trouble free 100% in four years so far.

  11. scottz0369


    Dec 16, 2011
    Tomah, WI
    I picked up a blackwater model last year for 3 gun/HD. I like the features (sights, rails for a light, safety position, etc). I bought it because of the reliability I had with the 590a1 while in Iraq,
    I have had problems with feeding shells though. That may be due to a stiff piece (can't recall the name - its in the receiver and retains the shells in the mag tube), or the cheap walmart ammo I'm using.
    Once I get that sorted out, it'll be perfect for my intended use.

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  12. glockguns


    Oct 2, 2012
    Cartridge Stopper/Interrupter ? I've read on several posts that it can come from the factory bent inward, which causes feeding problems. The solution, at least from what I've read, was to remove the piece and bend it out a bit toward the receiver. If you do a search on Cartridge Stopper or Cartridge Interrupter there is a lot of info on it. Not sure if that's your case, but thought I'd mention it here. Here is one post that mentions it.
  13. uaengineer


    Jun 21, 2012
    Bham, AL
    It's an excellent shotgun. I don't care for the ghost rings however, and can shoot slugs fine without them. I don't plan on touching off a slug in the house anyway.
  14. glockguns


    Oct 2, 2012
    Just picked up my 590A1 yesterday. Wow, what a nice gun. It's built like a tank. One thing I did though, is went ahead and ordered the Hogue stock with a 12 LOP. Can't wait to shoot it.
  15. The only 590A1s I have heard complaints about are the Blackwaters. I bought a 6-shot with ghost rings, but have not yet been to the range. I may end up giving my two remaining 870Ps the broom.
  16. owl6roll


    Sep 9, 2004
    I've had 590A1, for 20 years! I've shot the POOOOO out of it! Never a problem with it.
  17. chr_edw

    chr_edw Holster Maker

    Aug 11, 2006
    Broken Arrow
    Love my 18.5" with ghost ring sights. Would do it all over again.
  18. scottz0369


    Dec 16, 2011
    Tomah, WI
    Thanks for the link! I'll try it out tonight.

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  19. F_G


    Jan 11, 2010
    Crown King, AZ
    For inside the house distances, no, rifle sights don't make sense. But, they also are not a hindrance and if you ever have to deploy slugs, they are awesome. I prefer ghost rings which my 870P and 2 Benelli M1S90's have (can you tell I like shotguns?), but my 1100P has rifle sights and I really like those when shooting slugs at 100yds.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
  20. Whazoo


    Oct 11, 2009
    I like the Thunder Ranch 500, short stock & easy rail attachment for a light...I think they are less prone to short-stroking malfs than the 870...