What about the 590 Tactical? http://www.mossberg.com/product/590-7-shot-50778/
OR the 590A1? The 590 Tactical is 18.5 instead of 20. You lose a round. But I much prefer that shorter barrel. Better yet. The 590A1 basic model (Which was built for the MArine Corps IIRC.) is also 18.5 comes with a heavy walled barrel and park. If you add ghost rings to the 590A1 it's another $100 for a total of $444.
The 500 Tactical you want runs $348 https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/pro ... B++8SH+SYN And the 590A1 runs $444 https://catalog.ngoabuyersclub.com/prod ... 507745-673
So for less than $100 ($96 actually) you get a heavy walled barrel, ghost rings and park. The weight is also the same. I think I'd go with the 590A1. Again, you lose a round though. Instead of 8 shots it's 7. But I'm much more interested in the shorter barrel, park finish, ghost rings (those have to cost to have installed), and the heavy walled barrel. All of which are worth well over $96. And there's no weight penalty.
I think the 590A1's were built with multiple deployments in mind for the military. Like a shotgun that's gonna last for a couple decades. And can suffer some abuse. Not that that's necessary in a home defense gun. But even the ghost rings and park finish make it worth it. I mean even if you put ghost rings on the 500 tactical it's gonna cost you more than a hundred bucks right? Then all you need is a sling and a flashlight mount.
Thanks for posting this NT2C. Made me take a serious look at their shotguns. And now I think I want one. lol. I was sold on SA shotguns for some time now. But just have never been able to afford a tactical model. The 590A1 sounds so robust. I might just bite the bullet and venture back into pump action anyway.
EDIT - Well my hypothesis has been shot to hell. I went to buy one. And the 590A1 I reference above is sold out everywhere. I guess you'll have to wait until they come back in stock. I ran thru 6 listing on gun.deals and all were sold out. I'll do some more digging. But this sucks. My apologies. If it does come back in stock or if I can find it someplace. I still thinks it's a way better deal than the 500 tactical. I haven't looked at the 590A! without ghost rings either. That may be an option.
Here's one for $534. That makes it $186. Still a better deal IMHO. If you added all the barrel, park and ghost ring sights to a 500 Tactical. https://www.gunbroker.com/item/785592265
I'm going to put an email into Mossberg and see if they know when more of those 590A1's are shipping.
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