A few years back, Mossberg expanded their line of dependable shotties. The gunmaker wanted to earn a rep for more than reasonable and reliable pumps and auto-loaders. They introduced a range of affordable over/unders for field and sport shooting, christening them their Silver Reserve line. They expanded the lineup, adding side-by-sides a few years later. Now they’re refreshing the brand with their new Silver Reserve II Series. Their website doesn’t have pics of the new guns yet and they didn’t see fit to include one with their press release, so that’s one of their older Silver Reserve guns above. And while we’d like nothing more than to review one of these – or any other Mossberg gun for that matter – TTAG seems to be on their no-fly list. But we live by Peter Quincy Taggart’s motto – we never give up and we never surrender. So by Grabthar’s hammer, we’ll keep harassing the Nutmeg State gunmaker until they send us a gun or two to review. Press release after the jump into hyperspace . . .
North Haven, CT – In 2005, Mossberg International™ introduced the family of Silver Reserve over-and-under shotguns to fill a void recognized in the shooting sports and in the field – that of an affordable break-action gun. A series of side-by-side offerings joined the line-up in 2008. Now Mossberg is pleased to announce the next generation of these classically-styled and handsomely-crafted shotguns – the Silver Reserve II Series with the features that hunters and shooters expect from high-quality double guns. The new Silver Reserve II series includes 18 well-appointed break-actions in your choice of 12, 20 and 28-gauge and .410 bore in Field, Bantam™ Field and two-gauge Field Combo O/U models; similarly-appointed Side-by-Sides in 12, 20 and 28-gauge; and competition-ready 12-gauge Sporting and Super Sport O/U platforms.
All Silver Reserve II shotguns feature rich black walnut stocks with handsome satin finish and fine-line checkered forends and grips; complementing blued barrels; and polished silver-finished receivers with wrap-around classic scroll engraving. But these doubles offer more than good looks; this all-new series combines aesthetics, craftsmanship and design features. Chrome-plated chambers and bores, robust dual-locking lugs and convenient tang-mounted safety/barrel selectors are standard features; and finding a model to meet your needs is easy with a variety of chambers, barrel lengths and stock options available.
Silver Reserve II Field Over-and-Under – Ideal for the wingshooter or small game hunter, the Field versions feature vent rib barrels with single front bead; our Field flush choke tube set (Cylinder, Improved Cylinder, Modified, Improved Modified and Full chokes included with 12, 20 and 28 gauges; .410 bore has Fixed Modified and Fixed Full chokes); shell extractors; and 28-inch (12 gauge, 3-inch chamber) or 26-inch (20 and 28 gauge and .410 bore) barrel lengths. The 12-gauge Field version is also available with optional shell ejectors. The Bantam Field is a 20-gauge version, designed for the smaller-stature or younger shooter with a 13-inch length of pull (one inch shorter than standard Field). For the hunter who may want more versatility, two-gauge Field Combo versions are offered – 12/20 gauge and 20/28 gauge combinations with 26-inch barrel lengths. These all-purpose Combo Sets include second barrel, forend and choke tube set. Suggested retail prices from $693 – $1,042.
Silver Reserve II Sporting Over-and-Under – Designed for shooters who want an edge over their competition, the 12-gauge Sport and Super Sport models feature quick-swinging 28-inch barrels to longer-reaching 30 or 32-inch trap-style barrels. All sporting models have ported barrels to lessen recoil and choice of extra-wide ribs – 10mm (Sport) and higher-profile 12mm (Super Sport) with dual bead sights (fiber optic front bead) for faster target-acquisition. These competition-ready shotguns come with our Sport Set of five extended choke tubes featuring silver finishes and checkered knurled grips (Skeet, Improved Cylinder, Modified, Improved Modified and Full chokes). Shell ejectors are standard with select Sport models featuring shell extractors. Super Sport models offer a choice of adjustable (height, slope and cast) or fixed high-comb stocks; higher-profile, extra-wide 12mm ribs; and optional 30 or 32-inch barrel lengths. Suggested retail prices from $851 – $1,145.
Silver Reserve II Field Side-By-Side – These traditional double guns are available in 12, 20 and 28-gauge with shell extractors standard on all models. The 26-inch vent rib barrels come with our set of five flush Field choke tubes (Cylinder, Improved Cylinder, Modified, Improved Modified and Full chokes) and feature single front bead sight. Suggested retail price: $1,005.
Whether you choose a Silver Reserve II Over-and-Under or Side-by-Side shotgun for your hunting and shooting needs, you will discover the perfect combination of style and function at a price that won’t break the bank! For a complete listing of available models or to purchase a Silver Reserve II break-action shotgun, visit your local Mossberg dealer today.