Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Praxis: The remarkable Mossberg 500
Mossberg Persuader Riot Gun. I keep one of these handy about the house, loaded with flechette rounds and buckshot.
Early in my life, I had the unexpected occasion to entrust my continued ability to exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide on a 12 gauge pump shotgun. As it happened, that shotgun had a single slide bar action. On the evening of the excitement, when I recognized that someone was shooting 9mm in my direction, I racked the slide and twisted the inadequate single slide bar out of alignment in my feverish haste, putting the shotgun out of action. It was the last time in my life I did so. Fortunately I also carried an M1911 .45, so my oxygen-CO2 exchange was able to continue.
Shortly thereafter, talking to Red, the venerable owner of The Long Rifle gun store in Columbus, Ohio, I was introduced to the double slide bars of the Mossberg 500. I've never used another shotgun for serious social work.
One of the things about the Mossberg 500 which attracted my attention was the ease with which barrels could be swapped out according to the task at hand. With Matt coming back home in a few months, I wanted to gift him a shotgun which could multi-task.
Thus, at the gun show last Saturday, I picked up a used Mossberg 500AG 12 GA ribbed turkey gun in excellent condition fitted with the old C-Lect choke system. C-lect chokes are adjusted by turning a knob on the end to make it a full, modified, or improved choke. It looks something like this one below (without the rat dog).
I traded about $135 worth of stuff for it.
My thought was to refinish the stock to a bit more subdued scheme and refinish the action and barrel in a more rust-resistant finish. Then, I will pick up a deer slug barrel and a cylinder bore riot barrel, as below and redo them in the same style.
I even thought I would get the riot barrel fitted with a door breacher attachment.
Fortunately I have a good friend who is, among other things, a top-notch gunsmith (I can hear him groan as he reads this) who can install it without running afoul of the ridiculous ATF regulations.
Thus, with one firearm, Matthew can have a weapon that is capable of taking turkeys, birds on the wing, rabbits, deer, two-legged pack wolves and doors. It will take me a while to find some good used barrels of the proper type chambered for both 2.75" and 3", but hey, that's why God made gun shows.