My friend bought one of these and dropped it off yesterday so I could try it out. If you have been living under a rock and hadn’t heard of this shotgun iw ill let the maker blurb get you up to speed-

A Compact, Pistol-Grip Self-Defense Shotgun That’s Also NFA-Exempt. Mossberg’s 590 Shockwave pump action sports a 14″ barrel and a unique “bird’s head” pistol grip instead of a full buttstock, making it compact and highly maneuverable – ideal for a personal defense shotgun.

If you have heard of this you likely heard about the Father and Son combo that had a little tussle with another unhinged fellow resulting in a shotgun blast to the face.

The Shockwave doesn’t have a stock so aiming it like a shotgun is pretty tricky. I found that it was best to kind of shoot from a point shooting type of stance. The target was 15 yards away.

This is from one round of buck from the 2 inch shells.

The below target is from another round of buck and two rounds of slug.

Far upper left and upper right holes are from the wad.

Shooting from around 25 yards resulted in less than useful accuracy and patterning. Combined with in exact aiming, makes this shotgun a up close and personal affair. Which is fine because that is what it is meant for.

The above 2 inch shells are a god send for this gun, I have shot pistol gripped shotguns in the past using normal loads and it is not fun at all unless you are the kind of person that likes sprained wrists. These come in buck, slugs and regular shot. A drop in piece goes into the shotgun to allow smooth reliable cycling of the shorter ammo. Without it the gun will chamber and cycle up to 3 inch shells. I can’t imagine what it would feel like firing a 3inch 00 load or slug with this thing and have no desire to find out.


  1. Wild, wild west says:

    Supposedly the newer versions don’t need the little adapter for the 2″ mini shells.

    I popped off a 3″ magnum in mine, once. Once, ya follow?


  2. James says:

    Moss 500 with Knoxx stock/very little kick/3″ shells all day/just saying.


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