Mossberg is really excited about the Turkey Thug line they unveiled at SHOT Show 2011.
The show itself is something I’ll probably choose to pass on. I watched an episode online this morning and as someone who is neither a thug nor a turkey hunter I have determined that I am blatantly uninterested. (Also note: there are no cute guys.) I will stick with Justified and Spartacus.
Mossberg’s shotguns though? Those I care about. I realized upon googling “Turkey Thug” that I am not the only one with this sentiment: the search results are mostly articles and blogs about Mossberg joining up with this show. All that aside, let’s take a look at their guns:
The first model I have here is a 535 with a 13″ length of pull, a 20″ barrel, 5+1 capacity and a normal adjustable fiber optic sight. Note that the 535s are light guns weighing in at only 6.75 lbs.
Then they have the same thing available, but with a scope. I guess it makes sense for hunting, but I’m a skeet shooter and that just seems weird.
The next firearm is an 835, also with a scope but this time without the pistol grip. I think if you need a scope you need a pistol grip but I have no logical explanation why. It just seems that way. The 835 has a 14.5″ length of pull and weighs a good half a pound more and is longer (not in barrel length, but in its entirety.)
Okay, now this one is cool. This is a good ol’ fashioned 500 with no scope, just a set of fiber optic sights as shotguns should have, a set of full chokes, a 14.5″ length of pull and a 24″ ported barrel. What’s funny to me is that this gun’s MSRP is a good $200 less than the others and it’s the one I’m the most excited about. It’s simple and therefore effective and I’m a sucker for standard black finish. If I could get this with the 535’s 13″ LOP and a pistol grip I would want one pretty badly.
At the end of it all I’m just not a hunter and I should probably go buy one of their Blackwater guns instead.