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Mossberg Maverick 88
It's your apocalypse, come prepared:
|6.75 lb (3 kg).|
|35.25 in - 38.75 in. (895.35mm - 984.25mm).|
|18 in (457.2 mm).|
| 12 gauge|
|1600 ft/s (XX m/s).|
|43-65 yd (40-60 m).|
|5 round tube|
|Front Bead Post. Heat Shield Ghost Ring|
I present to you a Mossberg Maverick 88 Security shotgun modified with a modular stock, heat shield with Ghost Ring sights, and back boring (I won't get into the argument of does backboring really work or not, I believe it does, if you don't, then simply don't have it done). An inexpensive recoil reducing pad just to take the edge off and add grip rounds out the mods.
There are better shotguns on the market I'm told (and depending on what you want in a shotgun I'll agree). By better they mean more modifiable, longer barrel, more rounds, etc. etc. I wouldn't have minded a 20" 8 round, but this one cost me $100 usd. at a sportshop's going out of business sale several years ago. I also ask this of these people; Have you ever carried a full combat LRRP load with a rifle, sidearm, and long gun? That is why I decided on a shotgun that was middle of the road.
The mighty 12 guage has a reputation for kick, and to dispel the rumors, it really depends on what shot you're putting through the tube. Bird shot, squirrel shot, not much of a kick, whereas slugs and double odd buck can put a little punch in your shoulder. Do not however be afraid. A small Asian girl of 5' and 100lbs has fired everything out of this gun, with no trouble. The Mossberg Maverick 88 has an unbelievable absence of kick, with astounding accuracy. Majority pellet on paper spread at 50 ft. Major target decapitation with slug at 40-60 ft. repeatedly. Buck shot spread was able to affect multiple soft targets at 30 ft. Let's not forget, if you spread a good steel shot at a reasonable distance, you're going to negatively affect the day of targets in groups. When dealing with a group of attackers the man who can attack multiple targets at the same time is king.
We've all seen the movies where a lone gunman can shoot someone to apple sauce as well as throwing them back 6 ft. with the mighty 12 gauge, and as cool as it looks, we all (hopefully) know it's not true. What you don't see (enough of) that is true is the ability to cause massive damage to most urban surroundings with a shotgun. You're running away down the street, a good shotgun can turn glass and sometimes even soft environment into shrapnel with enough force to damage a target. And let's not forget one of the best parts of a shotgun, aside from being an effective hot lead hose, you can throw in a slug for those reach out and touch someones head off situations. I recommend equal range time with birdshot, buckshot, and slug practice so you know how and when to load which. I have a 3 round side saddle on the right as you can see in the pictures and I like to keep one of each type in that saddle aside from anything I'm carrying in pouch. FYI: This is a good habit to get into if you tactical carry, or keep a shotgun in your trunk. As someone who has owned a Mossberg 500 persuader the major difference I've found with this rifle is that placement of the safety which is in front of the trigger on the Maverick instead of on the top of the gun. However as someone who grew up firing 10/22's at anything that moved in the mountains (forests, backyard etc.) there is
something familiar about that safety placement.
Mossberg Maverick 88 Security shotguns come with a rifle buttstock or a pistol grip, I suggest the rifle buttstock instead of the pistol grip just for the simple sake of accuracy and comfort. Your shoulder can take more of a beating than your wrist (I don't care how many times a day you might perform *ahem* wrist exercises) and while the pistol grip makes it shorter and more portable the buttstock can also be used as a brain bashing bat if you happen to be in between ammunition stops.
I will mention as a negative factor the forend cannot be changed out as easily as the the Mossberg 500, and the Maverick forend can get slick in rain or snowy conditions. The forend predicament also means you cannot interchange this with a forend w/ flashlight attachment which could be very helpful. My next negative factor is that the gun has 5 rounds, while this is just fine for me, I still would prefer at least 6 even if a tube extension was necessary.
Now for more positives, the gun is inexpensive, I can find them new for $90-$150 usd. all over the internet. the gun is easy to maintain, it's a shotgun. It's durable, this one has been dropped in the mud, snow, and sand, and has still fired reliably. Ammunition is easy to find the 12gauge round has been used for over 120 years, by everyone from hunters to military special forces from every country, and it's not going out any time soon. The power and applications of the round make a 12 gauge shotgun surprisingly versatile weapon. Given the history and of the round and brand of model a Mossberg Maverick 88 is an inexpensive versatile powerhouse. With a little practice anyone (I repeat anyone) can be surgical with a shotgun, I was 7 (with parental supervision, and instruction) when I first fired a shotgun (an old Mossberg 12 gauge bolt action) and I hit my targets even as far back as then. A shotgun is a tool and can be used to hunt for food, as well as defense. Mossberg Maverick shotguns have been around a long time so if yours breaks, there are plenty of parts on the market, or at any gunsmith shop. If you don't want to buy a Mossberg Maverick 88 that's fine, but get yourself a 12 gauge shotgun now.
I give this weapon: Any questions?
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This is good info and i pretty well agree with everything said. I am (sorta) a weapons guy and will add the following to the subject of shotguns:
Do yourself a favor, go to Big 5 or any decent sporting goods store (when they have a sale and they will tell you), drop 300 bucks and get a pump shotgun (such as a Mossberg 590 or my favorite, Remington 870) and 15 boxes of birdshot (25 shells per box) before an outbreak.
Birdshot, in a regular shotgun (not a bird gun, that has a choked barrel meaning it is pinched to lesson the spread of shot over larger distances, like 100 yards or so max) will still only have a spread of about 18 inches at 20 paces and will turn a zombie head into a spray of oatmeal, assuming their heads are kinda soft.
If you are concerned their heads are not too soft and/or want to increase your range, buy some boxes of #4 buckshot. These are pea sized 22 cal lead balls, about 20 or so per round - don't be tempted to get slugs or larger buckshot, you want a nice spread with the 20 balls, each of which will cause lethal damage in the right body part - brains! and will reach out and splatter melons to about 75 paces with ease.
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