Mossberg Just got a used moss 500 w/ pistol grip

Discussion in 'Mossberg' started by CrazyIvan, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. CrazyIvan

    CrazyIvan G&G Enthusiast

    Won an auction on GunBroker yesterday. They received my local FFL dealer's info, and I have paid them for the weapon. They are shipping it out today.

    This will be my first shotgun.

    It is used, and seems to have lost a lot of the finish. Any recommendations on refinishing it? I would prefer to do it myself.


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  2. CopperniX

    CopperniX G&G Hall Monitor Staff Member

    It looks like a nice firearm just dont pull a stupid and aim it real close to your face. also to make it look better id probably replace the wood pump.

  3. CrazyIvan

    CrazyIvan G&G Enthusiast

    I thought the wood kind of gave it character. But, I definitely thought a composite pump would look pretty cool too.

    As far as the aim...hah, yea. I wouldn't put it anywhere near my face without a shoulder stock on it.
  4. CopperniX

    CopperniX G&G Hall Monitor Staff Member

    i shot a friends Moss 500 with a pistol grip just like that and one kid decided to aim it all nice and neat and caught it right in the mouth.
  5. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

    Was the gun injured?
  6. gandog56

    gandog56 G&G Evangelist

    2 tone shotgun? Trying to decide if I LIKE that look.
  7. CopperniX

    CopperniX G&G Hall Monitor Staff Member

    haha no samuel the gun wasnt injured but he got alittle bloody and everyone got a good laugh.
  8. waterdog

    waterdog G&G Enthusiast

    put a stock on it.
  9. Dutch

    Dutch G&G Evangelist

    I would get a stock for it.

    This might be a dumb question, is the receiver aluminum?
  10. CrazyIvan

    CrazyIvan G&G Enthusiast

    Stainless steel receiver housing, I believe.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2010
  11. thoricuncle

    thoricuncle G&G Newbie

    Looks like it has been sawed off (marking says 28" barrel, but it sure looks shorter).

    I would also agree to put a stock on it. Pistol grip with a 500 is a pain since the safety is located on the tang.

    Has the receiver had the finish polished off? I don't think that is a problem, but you might have issues with rust as I believe it is a steel receiver.

    As far as the barrel, replacements for the 500 are dirt cheap and would probably be cheaper than trying to refinish it.

    Only other recommendation is to go shoot it. 500's are great guns and a lot of fun.
  12. Dutch

    Dutch G&G Evangelist


    Cool, that has got to simplify putting a finish on it if you so choose. There are some really neat, hard and durable, finishes out there now. I haven't checked box-o-truth lately, those guys might have some easy do-it-yourself options posted. Otherwise the standard blue or park jobs aren't incredibly difficult, just depends what you want it to look like.

    Edit: Sorry no paragraph formatting, it is removing new line / carriage returns on me again.

    Edit2: see, now they stick on the edit. Weird.
  13. CrazyIvan

    CrazyIvan G&G Enthusiast

    Thanks guys...

    I'm actually planning on making this one of my SHTF guns, so I don't really care what it looks like.

    I don't mind if the barrel is sawn off. I was thinking of getting a wooden stock for it, and sawing that off, forming it to a nice handle with a small chisel and sand paper as well. I will, of course, keep the gun the minimum overall length required by law here in Colorado.

    As far as finish, like I said, I am not too concerned with the look. I just want something durable. Heck, I would strip it down and spray paint it, if I knew that would last. heh. But, I'd like to do something that will stay on there for a while. A nice home bluing kit or something. Maybe I will replace the barrel, just to make it easy on myself, and go from there.
  14. cheapsandwich

    cheapsandwich G&G Newbie

    A tip on sawing it down. I doubt all federal agents know how to correctly use a tape measure, which is why I think mossberg gives a 1/2 inch on their barrels.
    Might wanna give it an extra inch. just my .02
  15. CrazyIvan

    CrazyIvan G&G Enthusiast

    Hah. I was thinking the same thing. Give it an extra 1/2" - 1" or so... :)
  16. Dutch

    Dutch G&G Evangelist


    Ruby Ridge proved that the feds can't measure a barrel (Randy was found not guilty on all counts remember) and that they are willing to murder you and your family over 1/2 (1/4 ?)inch. I would leave a little buffer as well.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2010
  17. Mandy

    Mandy FREE CITIZEN Forum Contributor

    I believe that all Mossberg receivers are aluminum, I learned this the first time when I noticed that the inside of the receiver of my mossy 590 is nicked where the shell hits the top of the receiver when loaded by the elevator, both my mossys are nicked in the same place, later I think I read somewhere that all Mossberg receivers are aluminum, you can see the nick on the pic below on the left top part of the inside of the receiver.

    I would clear coat the aluminum receiver after a good polish of the outer surface with something like Mothers Polish and lots of elbow grease to make it shine, the bbl can be refinished with some DIY blueing from Brownells or similar vendor.

    Put a folding stock and front pistolgrip from ATI and you'll be set, it would look like this but shorter, it's best of both worlds, small package pistol grip configuration and a shoulder stock when needed. Mine is 20" and has 8+1 capacity in 2 3/4 shells, I also have 2 bandoleers just in case lol

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