Mossberg 500 Thunder Ranch. You Need a Breaching Barrel Because . . . ?

thefirearmblog.com reveals that Mossberg has introduced the $460 Mossberg 500 Thunder Ranch, a shotgun that sports the Thunder Ranch logo on the side. (Bet you didn’t see that one coming.) Whereas we might be a bit cynical about this weapon, our gun blogging colleague likes the cut of the Mossie’s ballistic jib: “Unlike many other special editions guns, a lot of thought appears to have gone into this shotgun. It features a shortened stock with a 12.75″ length of pull (LOP) for maneuverability in a self defense situation. It includes a tri-rail on the fore-end for mounting accessories. The barrel is Mossberg’s 18.5″ Stand Off (breaching) barrel.” Clint “No Geegaws on my Gun” Smith signed up for that? I’m shocked. Shocked I tell you.