Review: Mossberg Flex Shotgun

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The Mossberg Flex cranks the classic Model 500 shotgun platform up a notch with the versatile TLS (tool-less locking system).
The Mossberg Flex cranks the classic Model 500 shotgun platform up a notch with the versatile TLS (tool-less locking system).

Mossberg Flex Review: The Ultimate Adaptable Shotgun

The new Mossberg Flex continues the long tradition of the popular Model 500 shotguns, but with a twist. The stock, forend, and recoil pad of the Mossberg Flex can be changed in than a couple minutes with no tools.

This is true for any of the 12-gauge models in the Mossberg Flex series: the Flex 500 All-Purpose, Flex 590 Tactical, Flex 500 Tactical and Flex 500 Hunting.

Mossberg Flex Review: The TLS is the Key

The TLS (tool-less locking system) is what makes the Mossberg Flex exceptional.
The TLS (tool-less locking system) is what makes the Mossberg Flex exceptional.

The TLS (tool-less locking system) is what makes this system work. It was tested by the military, and they heaped abuse on the shotgun and the TLS system.

It works like this: A zinc coupling and socket locks the stock to the action. The bolt is
pulled up, turned and the stock comes off.

The forestock comes off and attached by way of a spring latch. Changing the recoil pads is as easy as pushing a button.

Mossberg Flex Review: Transform the Shotgun

The Mossberg Flex can be transformed from an all-around utility shotgun, to a turkey gun, a waterfowling gun, a slug shooter for deer or as a tactical shotgun for home defense.

Barrels offered range from a 28-inch ventilated rib to a short and stout breaching barrel for tactical uses.

There are three sizes of recoil pads and a wide variety of stocks and forends are available in black, Realtree and Mossy Oak camouflage.

The Mossberg Flex versions available range in price from approximately $600 to $750 depending on numerous add-ons.


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