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The Mossberg Shockwave

Find out why this shotgun was one of the most talked about new products at this year's 2017 SHOT Show

The Mossberg Shockwave. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV) The Mossberg Shockwave. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)

By: Ed Head

When the United States entered World War I they introduced a new weapon to trench warfare. The combat shotgun was devastatingly effective in the confines of the trenches. It became hated and feared by German soldiers who saw it as beyond the pale of civilized warfare; this in a war that brought us the machine gun, aerial bombing, the armored tank and poison gas. Regardless, the Winchester Model 1897 “Trench Gun” became known for its ability to launch a cloud of buckshot down a trench line. After the war the utility of the combat shotgun was realized by police departments and became known as the “alley sweeper” because it was said to be capable of sweeping an alley clean of bad guys much as the Germans had been swept from the trenches. To this day there is a general belief the combat shotgun is capable of clearing a room with a single shot and need not be aimed, merely pointed in the general direction of trouble and cut loose.

We’ll talk about aiming and shotgun pellet patterns shortly, but first let’s look at a new shotgun from Mossberg introduced this year at the SHOT show in January. The Mossberg Shockwave took the show by storm and was likely the most talked about new product introduction. With an overall length of just a bit over 26 inches, a 14 inch cylinder bore barrel and a Raptor grip the Shockwave looks like it should be a short barreled shotgun as defined by the National Firearms Act. If it was, the buyer would have to go through the tiresome, lengthy and expensive process to obtain permission from the federal government – but wait – the Shockwave is simply a “firearm”, not a short barreled shotgun, and can be purchased over the counter. The Shockwave is a 12 gauge Mossberg 590 shotgun with a capacity of six rounds, one in the chamber and five in the magazine tube. It’s chambered for 2 ¾” and 3” shells. After firing it, I think you would have to be out of your mind to fire 3” magnum shells in this little terror. But I digress.

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