The Mossberg 500 is one of the most iconic shotguns, and one of the reasons it has stood the test of time is an extremely simple design that lends to easy cleaning and maintenance. Here I’ll show you the disassembly steps for my Mossberg M500 Persuader. Any differences between this and a standard model Mossberg I’ll note as well.
Disassembly of the Mossberg 500 is very straightforward, and can be done with only a single punch, in most cases. However, I have the Blackhawk Knoxx pistol grip adjustable stock installed. If your pistol grip or pistol grip stock covers the base of the trigger guard, you’ll need the appropriate tools to remove it. The traditional stock can be left in place, making takedown simple. Continue reading
There’s a lot of information out there about 12ga. shotguns, and much has been written on the Mossberg 500 shotgun in particular. While there are a lot of options out there for anyone in the market for a 12ga. shotgun, it’s almost inevitable that everyone has considered the M500 at some point.
I picked up one a number of years ago at a local gun store. It was a pre-owned model in excellent condition, and was available at what I considered to be a deal, at just over $200. This hilights one of the main talking points of the Mossberg 500; it is one of the more affordable pump-action shotguns. Continue reading
I’ve read a bit on this subject, and despite the good information out there, there’s a lot of bad info out as well. Even more, anecdotes that should be put to death somehow keep circulating (mostly by fans of John Wayne movies).
However, Breach Bang Clear had a great take on this in their ‘The Truth about Stopping Power” article.
Some cherry picked info from their article (which the Mad Duo specifically said to not do) includes: Velocity is one of the most important factors to both kinetic energy and penetration. Additionally, penetration is one of the most important elements to delivering sufficient trauma to stop a threat. Continue reading
Aero Precision recently released a new receiver set. Their M5 receivers are designed for use in .308 ARs or compatible chamberings. With their reputation for quality, I’m excited to see new builds featuring the Aero Precision M5 receivers. Continue reading
I’ve found that almost everything in live can be summed up in the phrase “balance is the key”. Well, everything that doesn’t fit there goes with “it’s all in the wrist”. But for a lot of things, it’s a matter of balance. This can be a matter of avoiding “too much of a good thing” as much as it can be a cost/benefit analysis.
Unfortunately, a lot of times in matters of defensive carry or shooting sports, people leave all semblance of balance behind and go straight to one extreme or the other. For example, I recall seeing a video where an individual displayed his ‘defensive’ emergency gear. He showed off a rifle, 6 loaded magazines, and body armor, which he carried “because you never know when you’ll get in a gunfight.” A spare gas tank, food rations, etc. He advocated everyone carry a rifle and ammo with them, since it’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. This reasoning can justify ANYTHING. Sure, I’d rather have a gas mask and not need it, than need one and not have it. Same goes for a translator that speaks Farsi, an anti-tank rocket, a fake foreign passport, a backup laptop, and replacement spark plugs and spark plug wires. Continue reading
Today as I was chatting with a new concealed carry permit holder, he asked if I carried one in the chamber. I said that I did, and explained a bit about why I do.
First off, I carry a gun because I don’t know what might happen. I’ll probably never need it, but someday I might, and it’s no burden to carry just in case. Given the unknown nature of a defensive shooting, you may or may not have time once a threat appears. It’s certainly possible that a shooter makes himself known, threatens patrons in an establishment, and you have time to draw, chamber a round, and engage the threat (i.e Vet in the internet cafe). It’s also just as plausible that you’re confronted directly by a robber or carjacker, and you may have to draw and immediately engage a threat (i.e. male at a gas station when attendant taken hostage). Since I don’t know what scenario may happen, it seems wise to me to be as prepared as possible. Continue reading
The Blue Force Gear PLATEminus is an ultralight plate carrier from BFG in the MOLLEminus gear line. Blue Force Gear has been making slings for years, but they’ve also become known for gear made from their ULTRAcomp material, a Hypalon-like laminate that makes for extremely thin, tough, lightweight pouches and kit. Their first plate carrier in this style is the PLATEminus, which features laser-cut ULTRAcomp front and rear panels designed to fit ESAPI plates front and back.
In terms of construction, each panel is made of two layers of material, with the top layer being cut to accommodate MOLLE pouches. Since the squares are cut evenly, MOLLE pouches can be mounted vertically or horizontally. The lower layer covers the plate front, while a durable, partially elastic material completes the plate pocket. Each piece extends up to form the shoulder straps, which velcro together and are adjustable for carrier height. The same piece extends downward and folds under to form the cover for the plate pocket. With a single, uncut piece of ULTRAcomp running from the shoulder straps to wrap underneath the plate, there are no seams or stitches to bear any load. The material itself is extremely strong, and, despite the thin construction, the PLATEminus does not seem susceptible to wear even with a fully loaded setup. Continue reading
Arson Machine Co., located in Oregon, recently launched a new website and their initial product lineup is a variety of light mounts for different rifle handguards. Arson Machine is dedicated to producing quality product locally with companies they can personally source from, and their first designs look solid.
Their light mount design uses an offset ring and fits 1 inch flashlights such as SureFire G2 or 6P, as well as other similar size lights. Their website lists a SureFire M600 Scout Light adapter as well, though they don’t have photos of that setup. The mounts are listed as holding a light at the 10:30 or 1:30 positions, but the ring can be flipped for use in 7:30 or 4:30 clock positions.
Arson Machine has a number of mount variants for the light, including KeyMod, M-LOK, and MOE handguard. They also have a Beretta CX4 mount, and show a Troy TRX Extreme compatible mount on their FaceBook page. In addition to the different base options for the light mount, Arson has tested their mounts with a variety of handguards, and offers advice with each variant (like a caution on using flat M-LOK handguards, or possible issues with the FORTIS KeyMod handguard). It’s nice to see someone fully testing their product and delivering accurate reports on compatibility. Continue reading
Young Manufacturing, one of the premier manufacturers of match grade AR15 bolt carrier groups, announced that they’ll be making .308 bolt carriers as well. The photo on their Facebook page shows a stripped carrier with a gas key installed.
At first glance, the new .308 carrier shows off a couple of the features found in other YM bolt carriers. These feature the angular lines up front, and I’d expect these to have the same increased contact area for improved stability in the receiver. Continue reading
I’ve heard this before in relation to defensive shootings, but it recently came up again in reference to the Ferguson, MO shooting. There are those that would suggest that an individual ‘Shoot to Wound’, that is, shoot the threat in the leg, shoot the gun out of their hand, or another equally ridiculous assertion. There are a couple of problems with this, which I’ll try to address below.
1.) One of the first things usually brought up in response to the aforementioned suggestion is how difficult it is to make a shot like that. Currently, police officers are taught and practice to shoot ‘center mass’, that is, the center of whatever it is they are aiming at. Practically, this gives them (or any shooter, on any threat or inanimate target) the largest margin of error while still hitting the target. Despite this, police officers can and do miss, which puts bullets downrange that will end up in something other than their intended target. Given that, even shooting for center mass, it’s possible to miss an strike an innocent bystander, arguing that officers should be aiming for an arm, shoulder, or leg is ridiculous. Continue reading