If you or somebody you know are considering to purchase a 12 gauge pump that has a proven record, is assembled in the USA and won't break the bank...I have a hint for you. Take a look at Maverick 88 by Mossberg. Without repeating the misinformation posted all over the place, I can tell you that the shotgun is being assembled from the parts made in the USA and Mexico in Eagle Pass, Texas. Actually it's the same facility that makes Mossberg 500 those days. It's not a coincidence BTW. Maverick 88 is in fact a bit less expensive version of this venerable, legendary pump. Before going any farther, here is where Mossberg saves money: - forend assembly is all polymer with the action bars pinned to it (no slide tube assembly), so to replace it, one needs to buy a whole new unit as it's impossible to take it apart. It's however perfectly functional and provides a good gripping area. Interestingly enough, lately even some of the models of Mossberg 500 are being sold with the pinned forend, - top of the receiver is not drilled and tapped - it's just a solid surface and features anti-glare grooves along the top, - safety is a cross bolt type, located in front of the trigger guard and not the tang one, so trigger guard assembly can't be interchanged with Mossberg 500, but all the other parts... sure can. Now...it's just a basic, 12 gauge pump. However...lately Mossberg made Maverick 88 even better value than previously. How? 1. Bolt assembly used to be in the white. It's blued now and the same goes for the shell lifter. 2. Stock used to be smooth, cheapest polymer available. Now it's the standard 500 stock with the checkering in place (LOP is 14"). 3. Recoil pad used to made out of the solid and hard rubber. Now it's ventilated, standard Mossberg 500 pad - rather soft and fully functional. As you can see- Mossberg is still working, trying to give the buyer even more value with Maverick 88 line of shotguns. They come with the 20" barrel and 7+1 capacity (barrel is specific to that model and cannot be swapped for a hunting one. Of course you can have the standard, 18.5 barrel with 5+1 capacity that would take any Mossberg 500, standard barrel. The best of all. You can most likely find one for under $200. I decided to go with the two barrel combo - 18.5" and 28" modified screw in choke for around $260 (US). Now, if you buying the Mossberg 500 combo - the choke is fixed. Here you can replace it with another one. IMO this is the best value on the market right now. Thanks for your time.