Mossberg 930 Semi Automatic Shotgun Review

December 9, 2009 by

Basics
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.

Reliability
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.

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Accessories
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.

Conclusion
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.

What You Need to Know About Riflescopes

November 5, 2009 by

A riflescope shows a bullet’s point of impact and makes far-off targets and surrounding objects appear closer than they are. A riflescope is recommended for safer, more precise shooting in the field and on the range.

 

Diagram of a riflescope

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Coated Optics

Coatings on lens surfaces reduce light loss and glare due to reflection for a brighter, higher-contrast image while reducing eyestrain. Bushnell riflescopes (one of my favorites) are coated with a microscopic film of magnesium fluoride. More coatings lead to better light transmission.

 

Types of Coating

Coated – A single layer on at least one lens surface.

Fully Coated – A single layer on all air-to-glass surfaces.

Multi-Coated – Multiple layers on at least one lens surface.

Fully Multi-Coated – Multiple layers on all air-to-glass surfaces.

 

Exit Pupil

The size of the column of light that leaves the eyepiece of a scope. The larger the exit pupil, the brighter the image. To establish the size, divide the objective lens diameter by the power (a 4×32 model has an exit pupil of 8mm).

 

Eye Relief

The distance a scope can be held away from the eye and still present the full field-of-view. Bushnell riflescopes provide an extra margin of comfort and recoil safety with extended eye relief and soft neoprene eyepiece guards.

 

Field-of-View (F.O.V.)

The side-to-side measurement of the circular viewing field or subject area. It is defined by the width in feet or meters of the area visible at 100 yards or meters. A wide field-of-view makes it easier to spot game and track moving targets. Generally, the higher the magnification, the narrower the field-of-view. Read the rest of this entry »

The Glock 19

October 29, 2009 by

A Brief History
The G19 was Glock’s second pistol model, created in the late 1980s in reaction to the American market’s need for a compact version of the 9mm G17. Glock’s path was to reduce barrel and grip length slightly to aid in concealment, while keeping the magazine interface and as many internal parts as possible identical to the G17. This would allow law enforcement to issue both pistols (G17 for uniformed officers, G19 for detectives or off-duty) without needing to maintain two disconnected inventories of spare parts. It was a rewarding system, one which Glock continued to put into practice until the arrival of the “slim line” G36 in 2000. The “compacts” (G19 in 9mm and G23 in .40SW) remain the company’s hottest models, and are used extensively by law enforcement. The G19 frame size is generally viewed as having the best size-utility of all Glock’s models small enough to conceal easily, but large enough to provide a fine grip, sight radius and accuracy.

I bought my first Glock 19 in 1989 after the range master at the Sheriff’s Office Range suggested that my Smith & Wesson Model 39 9mm may have been getting a little long in the tooth. He suggested the G19 as a replacement concealed carry weapon. It made scene since I was already use to the flat laying Smith and the caliber was the same. I discovered the G19 was even more concealable and it had twice the magazine capacity.  After market Glock accessories, Glock parts & Glock barrels were easily available as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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