Mossberg 500

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Mossberg 500 is a series of pump action shotguns manufactured by O.F. Mossberg & Sons. The 500 series comprises widely varying models of hammerless repeaters, all of which share the same basic receiver and action, but differ in bore size, barrel length, choke options, magazine capacity, stock and forearm materials. Model numbers included in the 500 series are the 500, 505, 510, 535, and 590. The Revelation 310 and the New Haven 600 were also variations of the 500 series produced by Mossberg under different names. Introduced in 1960, all model 500s are based on the same basic concept designed by Carl Benson. Originally using a single action bar that was known to bind and even break, this was changed to dual action bars in 1970, following the expiration of Remington's patent on the double action bar design. A single large locking lug is used to secure the breech. The magazine tube is located below the barrel, and is screwed into the receiver. The slide release is located to the left rear of the trigger guard, and the safety is located on the upper rear of the receiver (often called a "tang safety").

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43.5" Fully Rifled/45.5" Vent Rib







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Mossberg 500 Features

The Mossberg 500 is a series of pump action shotguns whose design is nearly as modular as the AR15.  This versatility allows the 500 to be built into a wide variety of setups to offer the best tool for the job whether it’s deer or bird hunting, pest control, competition, trap & skeet, home defense or as a truck gun.  Many military and police units along with hunters and homeowners have employed the Mossberg 500 for a non-finite list of tasks.

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Mossberg 500 Capacity

The Mossberg 500 can be found chambered for 12 gauge, 20 gauge and .410 bore and feeds from a fixed tube magazine.  Due to the modularity and variety of the platform, the capacities of the magazine tubes can range from 4 to 8 rounds when loaded with 2-¾” shells and one round less in the same tube with 3” shells.  Unlike the newer 590 series shotgun, the Mosberg 500 cannot be set up with magazine tube extensions.
Most Mossberg 500 shotguns weigh 6 to 7 pounds depending on the parts that make up the complete gun and their length varies for the same reason.  Overall lengths can be as short as 26.5 inches for the compact home defense guns while the deer guns with 20 inch barrels measure 40 inches long, and the trap guns with the 28 and 32 inch barrels can easily exceed 4 feet in length.

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Mossberg 500 Ergonomics

The Mossberg 500 can be built and rebuilt with a limitless variety of grips, handguards and stocks, however the controls remain the same.  The safety is located on the top of the receiver near the stock, and the pump release lever is located just left of the back of the trigger guard.  Typical off-the-shelf 500 series shotguns have a Monte-Carlo style stock with a half-pistol grip and have a wide forend or a low-profile, ribbed forend depending on the model you buy.

Mossberg 500 Fit & Finish

The Mossberg 500 uses an alloy receiver that is very resistant to deformation.  Unlike other shotguns, almost nothing on the 500 is welded so if a part happens to break, a skilled gunsmith can easily change out any part of this shotgun in under 15 minutes.  Wood stocks and handguards are often made from American Walnut while the plastic stocks are made of a high-strength composite.

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Mossberg 500 Concealability

Some models of the Mossberg 500, known as the “Cruiser” model, exchange the stock for a pistol grip and the longer barrel for a short 18.5 inch one giving it an overall length of 26.5 inches.  While this keeps it too long to conceal in your pants, it does allow the shotgun to easily be stored in a vehicle or on the top shelf of a closet for easy access.  

How much is a Mossberg 500 worth?

In 2024 a new or used Mossberg 500 value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Mossberg 500 and most shotguns. The Price for a Mossberg 500 has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2024 compared to 2023.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Mossberg 500 Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $258.48 $338.01 $397.66
Excellent $238.60 $318.13 $357.89
Very Good $218.71 $318.13 $357.89
Good $198.83 $298.25 $338.01
Fair $139.18 $258.48 $318.13
Poor $99.42 $198.83 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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