The U.S. military still authorizes three shotguns, including the pump-action Mossberg 590A1. This powerhouse 12 gauge is also a popular choice for law enforcement officers, particularly because of the durability enhancements that the military required to bring the 590 to the 590A1, including a heavier-walled barrel and aluminum alloy parts.
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I recently got my hands on a Mossberg 590A1 Special Purpose with a Kryptek Typhon camo finish, and after testing it on the range, I have 10 reasons why you should consider trying it out.
- The shotgun has a thumb-operated safety located on the tang, meaning officers can operate it quickly with either hand.
- The shotgun’s durable base finishes (black hardcoat anodizing and manganese phosphating) means the 590A1 will stand up to the rough treatment.
- The 590A1’s triggerguard is large enough for glove use.
- The polymer furniture is durable, and the grooved forend provides excellent traction.
- The sights on the 590A1, with a ghost-ring rear sight and a front ramp with a blaze orange stripe, work well in reduced lighting.
- The tolerances of the 590A1 are generous enough that dirt and a lack of cleaning should have no effect on its reliability.
- With the 590A1’s magazine tube’s design, the spring and follower can be removed easily for cleaning and a magazine extension can be added.
- The heavy barrel and aluminum alloy safety and triggerguard add to the 590A1’s long-term durability.
- Kryptek Typhon camouflage works great in breaking up the lines of the Mossberg in reduced light.
- A shotgun covered in Kryptek Typhon is extremely stylish and cool looking while being very durable.
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