Welcome to the newest feature on—our “Gun of the Month.” Each month our editorial staff gets together and discusses the world of firearms and what gets us genuinely excited. More times than not, you’ll see a new firearm as our selection, but being new is not a prerequisite for being our “Gun of the Month.”

The Gun

Mossberg 590 Shockwave 12 Gauge

Why We Picked the 590 Shockwave

It’s hard to beat a short-barreled shotgun in close quarters, and now you can get something similar without all the NFA hassle. Thanks to its Shockwave Raptor bird’s-head grip, this particular Mossberg 590 is allowed to have a shorter 14-inch barrel without being classified as an NFA firearm per the BATFE.

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How this came about is a little confusing (the picture will become clearer when you read lawman Tim Stetzer’s analysis in the August/September issue of Athlon Outdoors’ Tactical Weapons magazine), but suffice it to say that this 12 gauge is easier to own than previous shorties. It comes with a 5+1 capacity of 2.75-inch shells, as well as a tang-mounted safety.

Remington recently unveiled its own 870 version. However, this model holds one more shell. The Mossberg’s pump also has a nifty strap to prevent your support hand from sliding in front of the muzzle. It’s a very solid package.

The MSRP on the Shockwave comes in at $455. For even more info on the 590 Shockwave, please visit

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