The Mossberg 590M Shockwave Gets a Magazine
The Mossberg 590 Shockwave has reinvigorated the entire shotgun world. Something about a non-NFA 12 gauge with a 14-inch barrel and that Raptor Shockwave grip that gets the imagination flowing. I’m a big fan of the Shockwave and have modded out mine to a costly degree. One upgrade I haven’t found is the ability to make the Shockwave take a magazine. Well, after the 590M premiered at SHOT Show 2018, it makes sense Mossberg would combine the two and give us a mag fed Shockwave.
The 590M Shockwave has been announced, and the gun will ship with a 10 round magazine. Of course, you can use 5, 10, 15, and 20 round magazines with this kit. The gun is sporting a slightly longer 15-inch barrel than the standard Shockwave and weighs 6.55 pounds.
What I Like
The firepower! 10 rounds of 12 gauge is a mighty powerful round, and the more I have, the happier I am. As a big shotgun fan, I love the idea of a shoving as many shots as possible in a shotgun. The ability to swap magazines for an instant reload also appeals to the reptile part of my brain. It’s fast and more intuitive than reloading a shotgun magazine tube. It takes less training to learn than feeding the tube.
The 590M system works like a champ. I’ve run it over and over and never had issues with failure to feed, double feeds, etc. Mossberg has done their work in making sure this system works. The magazines are insanely sturdy, and the double stack system isn’t even hard to load.
What I Don’t Like
Weight and bulk. The Mossberg Shockwave works well because it is a light little firearm. It’s superbly maneuverable and easy to use in tight and close quarters. A magazine that holds 10, 15 or even 20 rounds of 12 gauge is a beast. It sticks out nearly as much as the gun’s length. Of course, extra rounds means extra firepower, but it also means lots of extra weight. The Shockwave starts to get a bit heavy with a full 10 round mag. The gun does come with one ten round magazine.
In a shoulder-fired weapon, the weight isn’t so bad, but I imagine things are going to get a little hefty with that many 12 gauge rounds. However, as a range toy, there isn’t going to be too many issues with weight and bulk. However, trying to change the magazine on the fly will be close to impossible while trying to hold the weapon upright and on target. I imagine using this will be a little clumsy.
What the Future Holds
So far it just appears that the 12 gauge variant will be getting a magazine. Although there are 20 gauge and 410 options of the Mossberg Shockwave, there are only 12 gauge versions of the 590M system. I think a 410 magazine fed pump action could be a blast, but I’m doubtful we’ll see that anytime soon.
Outside of these not a shotgun shotguns, magazines fed shotguns are gaining ground. Both Remington and Mossberg are now producing magazine fed guns so it’ll be interesting to see what follows. My hopes is a mag fed 930, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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