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Mossberg’s rifles and shotguns remain largely the same as what they exhibited last year, with some evolutionary (as opposed to ‘revolutionary’) design improvements. Some of them, like the threaded muzzles on this bottom MVP rifle, are awesome. Flash hiders and muzzle brakes are fine, but the suppressor market is what Mossy is really gunning for. And that is simply awesome.

Other Mossberg features, like the  interchangeable ‘FLEX’ AR-style buttstock on the middle MVP rifle, are slightly silly. Really: why would you take an uber-accurate bolt action like an MVP and curse it with a slightly wobbly stock with absolutely NO cheek weld? This is just a marketing gimmick, and it probably costs the tackdriving MVP at least 2 MOA of practical accuracy.

Others, like multiple Picatinny rail sections on pump-action shotgun slides (not shown), are thoroughly bad ideas. Vertigrips on pumps are a waste of space, and Picatinny rail turns a shotgun slide into a cheese grater. Ask me how I learned this.

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  1. Dang. I’m really disappointed they didn’t come out with their steampunk 464 SPX tacticool lever action in a pistol caliber.

  2. I flayed my support hand open right in front of Iain Harrison last summer, but that wasn’t enough to completely teach me. Some part of my subconscious decided that I needed to repeat the experience with a Benelli M4 short-barreled shotgun in Kentucky a few months later.

    Sometimes you only learn the hard way.

  3. The middle one I believe uses the Mossberg Flex system so you can switch around stocks easily. Have to try one to see how stable it is. Personally I love the bottom one.


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