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Today has been disappointing across the board. As of now, I am under the impression that I did not get all the paperwork for my MSU application completed in time. I have held off the range trip I planned today, because I have been waiting all week to hear back from the MSU recruiter.
So what I had planned to do today was to take my Mossberg Shockwave to the range and pattern it. Also, I wanted to get a better feel for the recoil now that I have tricked it out a bit for easier handling. First I'll show you a video of someone ELSE pattering their Shockwave, then I'll show you how and why I tricked mine out.
First, Shockwave patterning in general
Grouping better than I expected with a 14" barrel.
The video is not mine, and the ammo used is different than I have in inventory; I'm still using #00, but a different manufacturer
So I guess that will do until I get a chance to go do it myself
What did I do to MY Shockwave
First, let me note that the purpose for this weapon in my case is home defense. So that demands a few requirements:
- I needed a flashlight attached to the gun
- I need to maintain grip control of the gun
- I need groggy, just out of sleep-mode, hip shooting accuracy with the gun.
So keeping that in mind, we'll look at the gun as compared to the stock model first
There was one modification to the gun when I bought it, which was the sidesaddle shell rack; I didn't even want it, but all the Mossbergs at the gun store had them, and I didn't feel like driving around to look for more. Now that I actually have it, I like it.
First requirement - Flashlight
You have to know what you are shooting at. Period.
What I ordered was a flashlight and a mount that fit under the tube cap.
The flashlight can zoom in or out by pulling on the end. I keep it at the full in position, which spreads the light out.
Since this is for home defense, it's all the light I need, and testing the light on my friends, it is still pretty blinding at this configuration. I chose a red lens to spare my own eyes. it is less of a transition form just awoken eyes to lighting up the area.
The light does not interfere with racking the slide; the mount can be applied to either side, but I find it easier to turn it on and off from this side.
The mount itself never gets a full grip, and it wobbles very slightly. This is not a problem as far as the gun light goes.
- The flashlight:
VASTFIRE Adjustable Focus Red Coyote Hunt Light 80 Yard Rabbits AMD Small Game Predator Varmint Flashlight Kit with Picatinny Rail Mount
- The mount:
GG&G Moss Show Flashlight Mount Gun Stock Accessories
What's the difference between pink and purple? The grip!
I had a friend I used to call Miss Purple from this joke LOL.
There are a couple of problems with this gun:
- First, it is within the range of possibility to move the cocking hand in front of the barrel. Oops, I guess you didn't need that hand anyway. Mossberg has addressed that problem by adding a strp to the pump.
- Second, the nuts that hold that strap in place can cut your hand after a lot of shooting, from what I understand. I don't know, because I have wrapped these nuts with a little electric tape.
- Third, there is more recoil to this gun than other shotguns. I had no problem with birdshot through it, but I have not fired buckshot as of yet. So I added a recoil strap to the grip.
LINK HERE - Demonstrated Concepts Recoil Strap
- Finally, I added a gripping surface to the birdshead grip the gun employs. I have heard people claim this grip is more comfortable than a pistol grip for shooting a short barreled shotgun (or, FIREARM as the ATF has classified this gun ;>)
LINK HERE - Mossberg 500, 590 Shockwave Raptor Shotgun Grip Wrap
Rapid Target Acquisition
This is NOT a gun you should aim at eye level unless you have good arm strength and know how to handle it. There is a technique for doing so in which you pull back with the rear hand and push forward on the pump grip while doing so. However, since I will be using the gun for self-defense in situations I may expect to be tired and confused and just coming out of sleep, I want EASY MODE. Hence, I added a laser sight for the gun.
- My pictures don't do this light justice. I chose green due to better daytime visibility. In addition, it contrasts well with the red light. I had to install a rail mount to add the laser sight.
- Green Laser Sight System by Ozark Armament - 5mw 532nm High Powered Tactical Green Laser with Picatinny Rail Mount Barrel Mount Pressure Switch and On/Off Switch for Rifles and Shotguns
- This was mich easier to mount than I thought it would be - I didn't even use the Locktight I bought. You might have to rummage around to find the right flathead to use to remove the screws, though.
Mossberg 500/590 Series Shotgun Picatinny Rail Mount
- As a final step in getting this set up, I used a boresight laser to align the laser with the barrel.
P2M in-Chamber Laser Bore Sight, Red, 12-Gauge
- However, sights go beyond lasersFor bright daytime use, (even though the laser sight goes well beyond 50 yards in daylight), I added a TruGlo forward sight.
While it doesn't show up in the dark at all, the brighter the ambient light, the better this frontsight works. I practiced some snap aims, and tested them with the laser, and I tend to aim high when doing this. Must keep practicing!
This snaps on, but it can be a pain in the ass. Just be patient.
And one last item
I bought a one-point sling. It can hook up to the cord on the recoil strap, so it carries well. It does interfere with a carry pistol on that side. You could still do it, I just don't like the feel.
I don't keep it on the Shockwave, but I've got it if I need a sling.
As always, thanks for reading!
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