Mossberg rounds out its 590 Shockwave line with a model chambered for the highly manageable and potent .410.
- Like other 590 Shockwaves, the .410 bore is not NFA regulated.
- The smoothbore has a 14-inch barrel and is 26.37 inches in overall length.
- It’s outfitted with a Shockwave Raptor pistol grip.
- The new 590 can chamber 2 1/2- and 3-inch shells and in both cases has a 6-round capacity.
- Presently the 590 Shockwave .410 has an MSRP of $455.
If gun owners were polled on the best home-defense firearm it’s a fair bet the tried-and-true pump-action shotgun would end up near the top. The design ticks like a clock and delivers a devastating payload in close quarters. It’s definitely not what a felonious meathead wants to stare down when he creeps through the backdoor.
Even with a laundry list of pluses, there are some obvious drawbacks to most shotguns — chief among them size. And going small with a scattergun has in most cases been a quandary, since short-barreled shotguns are NFA regulated and Uncle Sam demands a tax stamp and a pound of paperwork to own one. But this changed in a big way about a year ago.
The introduction of the Mossberg 590 Shockwave ushered in a new era of small shotguns that do not require jumping through the Federal Government’s hoops to obtain. Given its factory-installed bird’s head grip, and an overall length of 26.37 inches, the 14-inch barreled smoothbore is classified as a firearm and not a SBS. In turn, it is not controlled by the NFA.
The company today rounded out its selection of 590 Shockwaves, adding a .410 bore to its 12- and 20-gauge options. This has a lot of potential, given the platform should prove ideal chewing through the light recoiling, but highly potent ammunition, making it a wiz-bang home-defense or truck gun. And in addition to shooters who desire a more manageable gauge, the new chambering could also open the doors for those who shied away from the larger bores guns due to weaker hands or infirmity.
Given the resurgent interest in the .410 as a defensive option, the new 590 Shockwave should have plenty to graze on, given it’s capable of chambering 2 ½- and 3-inch shells. In either case, it arms shooters with ample firepower with a 6-shell capacity.
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For those familiar with the line, the new 590 Shockwave should prove familiar. It has a 14-inch heavy-walled, cylinder bore barrel with single bead sight; and sling swivel studs. The Shockwave Raptor pistol grip, constructed of durable polymer, has an enhanced textured finish and “bird’s head” shaped-profile, allowing for greater control while lessening felt recoil. The cob-styled, synthetic forend is strapped for safety, greater control and smoother operation. The grip and forend feature a black finish and exposed metalwork has a complementing matte blue finish.
Presently the MSRP on the 590 Shockwave .410 bore is $455.
590 Shockwave .410 Specs
Gage: .410, 3 inch
Finish: Matte Blue
Sight: Front Bead
Choke: Cylinder Bore
Overall Length: 26.37
Forend: Cob with Strap
Grip: Shockwave Raptor Grip
Weight: 4.25 unloaded