HUGE kudos to Mossberg for making this an offering from the factory! If you read the article about the legality of this firearm on Mossberg’s site (link above), then you know how creative the Shockwave and Mossberg teams are.
Typically, in order to have a shotgun with a barrel this short, it would have to be registered as an NFA firearm, a $200 tax would have to be paid, and about 9 months would have to be waited until you could take possession – yuck! By making this model, Mossberg has provided a “shotgun” with a very short barrel and it’s just a regular firearm (not NFA like silencers and machine guns).
Why would you want a short barrel? It is MUCH easier to store and handle (especially in confined spaces).
NOTE: You’ll catch me calling this a shotgun even though it legally isn’t considered a shotgun. For our purposes, the Shockwave is nothing more than a Mossberg 500 shotgun with a Shockwave grip and a short barrel.
So, what do we think about he Shockwave shotgun by Mossberg? It’s kinda’ cool, but a bit awkward to shoot. Looking for a reliable self defense firearm for close quarters (or a great snake gun to keep in the ranch truck)? This just may be for you – but, only if you’re big enough to handle it and shoot it.
First about the Mossberg 500 action generally, it’s a bit rough and clunky but super reliable. Its biggest competition is the Remington 870 which is a much smoother action but with Remington’s quality control problems the last few years, the Mossberg 500 is the more reliable choice. The downside to it is rougher edges and a rougher action (that does smooth out after a bit).