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Old January 27th, 2009, 04:55 PM   #1
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I have been in the shotgun market for a while now. I would love to drop $800 on some pimped out tactical shotgun but just canít do it and donít foresee being able to do it in the near future.

Now on to the question, does anyone have experience with the maverick? Is it reliable? Is it customizable with readily available accessories?

Thanks for your help.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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No experience with the Maverick, but I recently bought a Remington 870 Express Tactical.

In looking for a home defense shotgun (I assume that's what you're looking for, since you're posting here... this isn't a hunting or trap shooting forum), I concluded that the two leading choices are the Mossberg 500/590 (which is, I believe, the same basic platform as the Maverick) and the Remington 870.

Both have advantages/disadvantages. Either will serve you well. Use is your friend.

FWIW, I chose the Remington mostly because it was available on the spot and Cabela's had a coupon. The gun I got came with an 18 inch barrel, a mag extension and it cost me only $299.

I added a Streamlight 870-specific mount, a Streamlinght TLR-1 LED light, a sling (debatable value) and I also bought a 28" barrel so I can go trap shooting.

IMHO, stuff like the collapsible Knoxx stocks, pistol grips, sidesaddle shellholders and suchlike are more "tactiFOOL" that "tacticool."

If I can't stop the fight with 6+1 of 00 buck, frankly another five or six rounds mounted on the gun isn't going to save me. If I can't find my way around my house with an 18 inch barrel and a plain stock, I'm probably going to fall down the stairs anyway.

The only accessory I perceive to be of real value a weapon-mounted light. I can't see in the dark, and I don't want to have to go around switching lights on to see what's going bump in the night.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 06:27 PM   #3
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Maverick 88 are compatible with Mossberg 500's because they are made by Mossberg / I have had mine for 19 years and no problems. only mods i have are a synthetic stock and a heat sheild.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 06:39 PM   #4
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By the way, if you really want to pimp out your shotgun, be sure to take a look at what's available for the basic gun you're looking at.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 06:54 PM   #5
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You get what you pay for, and the Maverick is a pretty good deal. The aftermarket products are there, since you are basically shooting a Mossberg 500. But again, if you think its a deal then go for it, if you dont like sell it and get something else...
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Old January 28th, 2009, 06:00 AM   #6
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I picked up a Mossberg Mariner Nickle last year for $175. It was a used police trade in, but was in good shape except for car wear and needing a good cleaning. Look around, you should not have to break the bank for a used defense shotgun. They are getting a little scarce since the election, but they are still out there.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #7
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Nothing wrong with the Maverick shotgun at all. As has been said, it is made by Mossberg and pretty much identical to the Mossberg 500. The safety is in a different location, but other than than basically the same gun. From all I have heard I would not hesitate at all.

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Old February 8th, 2009, 06:54 AM   #8
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I received a Maverick 88 a couple of years ago as a gift. It does the job, but I suggest you put your hands on a couple of different models and makers before you decide. One thing I will gripe about is the horrendous time I have tyring to load rounds. I literally need to turn the gun on its side to find the insert for the mag tube. I can just imagine walking around my house at 3am trying to reload and asking the bad guy to hold off a second so I can reload. Needless to say I will be selling it shortly and going for an 590 or 870 in the very near future. Just my .02 cents.
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