Archive for December, 2009

TAPCO T6 Stock for Mossberg 500 Shotgun

December 22, 2009

There is no better home defense weapon than the Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun with the 18 inch barrel. Designed to make the weapon more ergonomic and compact, the TAPCO T6 Shotgun System provides the shooter with a six-position adjustable stock and a SAW-Style pistol grip. For added comfort, the T6 Stock also comes standard with TAPCO’s rubber buttpad. Constructed of high-strength composite, the stock is rugged enough for years of use and comes with a lifetime warranty. Works well with Mossberg 500.

Installation is a quick seven step process:

  1. Remove the old stock from the shotgun by removing the buttpad and then removing the stock screw.
  2. Line up the Tapco stock adaptor to the shotgun. Screw in the adaptor screw and washer
  3. Install the 6 position stock tube and T6 stock body into the stock adaptor. Applied pressure may be needed in order to seat the stock completely into the stock adaptor.
  4. Secure the stock tube using the 2 stock tub screws and the 2 stock tub nuts. (If installing with the sling nut use in place of one of these nuts)
  5. Install the pistol grip by lining up the hole in the grip with the hole on the side of the stock adaptor using the pistol grip screw.
  6. Fit the buttpad around the end of the stock body.
  7. Perform a safety check to ensure all parts are tightened and secure.

Mossberg 500

December 20, 2009


The Mossberg 500 is a shotgun manufactured by O.F. Mossberg & Sons. Rather than a single model, the 500 is really a series of widely varying hammerless, pump action repeaters, all of which share the same basic receiver and action, but differ in bore size, bar Contents, Barrel length, choke options, magazine capacity, and “furniture” (stock and forearm) materials. Other model numbers included in the 500 series are the 590, 505, and 535.

Basic features

Introduced in 1961, all model 500s are based on the same basic design. Originally using a single action bar this was changed to dual action bars in 1970, which are (at least in theory) less likely to bind than a single action bar design. A single large locking lug is used to secure the breech. The magazine tube is located below the barrel, and is screwed into the receiver. The slide release is located to the left rear of the trigger guard, and the safety is located on the upper rear of the receiver (often called a “tang safety”). Sights vary from model to model, from simple bead sight to a receiver mounted ghost ring or an integrated base for a telescopic sight. Most models come with the receiver drilled and tapped for the installation of a rear sight or a scope base. The factory scope base is attached to the barrel via a cantilever-type mount, which places the scope over the receiver but keeps it with the barrel if the barrel is removed. (more…)

Six Critical Steps to Gun Cleaning

December 15, 2009


Step 1. Always make sure the gun is unloaded and pointed in a safe direction, check it twice!

Step 2. Carefully take your gun apart, making sure you to keep track of all the pieces and parts. Please refer to your owner’s manual for detailed instructions on how to disassemble particular weapon. For most over/under shotguns, when the action is closed, you remove the forestock (wooden part where your front hand goes underneath the barrel) by pulling down on the lever on the forestock. With the forestock off, you open the action of the gun and pull up and forward on the barrels (be careful not to let the barrels fall off the gun and to the ground, the repair can be expensive). You now have three distinct pieces, the receiver (stock and trigger assembly), the barrels, and the forestock

Step 3. Clean your weapon with a solvent (such as Hoppe’s #9). Inside the barrels use a bore brush or a rod (such as Outers) with a patch with solvent applied to the patch. (preferable pushing from the breach to the front of barrels (the same direction the shot/slug travels). Then use a clean dry patch and push that patch through the barrels. Continue this alternating process using clean patches (first with solvent and then without) until the patches no longer come out dirty. Use a toothbrush with solvent to clean other metal parts of gun to remove accumulated residue/deposits/”gunk”. (more…)

Mossberg 930 Semi Automatic Shotgun Review

December 9, 2009

The Mossberg 930 is gas operated, which means that some of the hot gases from the burning gun powder are used to push a piston that operates the action, ejecting the spent shell and chambering a fresh one.  This gas action reduces the recoil felt by the shooter, making this shotgun a good choice for the recoil sensitive.  In testing, the recoil from the Mossberg 930 is a bit harder than the Remington 11-87. Like other Mossberg shotguns, such as the Mossberg 500, this shotgun has an ambidextrous safety that is located on the rear of the receiver.  The Mossberg 930 comes in a variety of models suitable for home defense, hunting, trapshooting, etc.  The 930 is available in the usual gauges, but I’m only concerned with 12 gauge.  One thing I’ve noticed is that the Mossberg 930 seems to eject spent shells a few yards further than my Remington 11-87.  This doesn’t really matter to me, as I use a shell catcher, but I found it to be fascinating.

Build Quality
The Mossberg 930 is well known for its low price, which is achieved without sacrificing quality or safety.  On thing that I dislike is the aluminum receiver, as I prefer steel, however I can’t truthfully say that the choice of metals has made any noticeable difference for me. I also wish that the safety were made of metal, rather than plastic; however I have not experienced any durability issues with the safety.  Given the fact that one could practically buy two of the Mossberg 930 for the price of a single Remington 11-87, the aluminum receiver and plastic safety seem quite forgivable.

I have had no issues with the Mossberg 930 failing to feed, failing to fire, or otherwise malfunctioning.  That said, keeping any gas operated shotgun well cleaned is essential to reliable operation.  Since I keep my shotguns well cleaned and lubricated, I don’t anticipate problems.  At the same time, prefer pump action shotguns for home defense, as the pump action is inherently more reliable.



The Mossberg 930 is quite popular, due in no small part to its low price. There is a wide variety of accessories available for the 930, in stores and online. Barrels can be purchased for just about every shot gunning discipline imaginable, including trapshooting, hunting, and home defense. Scopes, laser sights, ghost ring sights, pistol grips, stocks, and more are available too. There is even the 930 SPX model, which comes with pretty much all the tactical accessories one would want, right from the factory.

Those looking for an inexpensive yet good quality semi auto shotgun may want to consider the Mossberg 930.  I prefer my Remington 11-87; however the Mossberg 930’s price just can’t be beaten.