A Closer Look at Mossberg Firearms
Firearms expert, turned author Victor Havlin’s book for Mossberg gun enthusiasts, titled “More Gun for the Money” takes us through the creation and evolution of the popular Mossberg firearm dynasty. All the while helping us shake the dust off a few memories with the phrase “My first gun was a Mossberg.”
This expression really does ring true for many of us—myself included. For me it was a Mossberg 500 pump-action 20 gauge shotgun named Wilhelmina, which translates into “will-it-mean-I-fill-my-tag or not.” She received her name during my inaugural pheasant hunt to South Dakota. After numerous attempts to hit a flushed bird, I quickly realized the problem was my lack of skill shooting wild birds on the fly; thus Wilhelmina was born. The name stuck, and to this day every time I take her out hunting I find myself asking that same question. Although she has a few scuffs and scratches and her age is starting to show, she is still my reliable, trusty friend in the field. I would like to think she is happy over my improved shooting abilities.
Perhaps the reason so many of us have Mossberg memories is the fact Mossberg is really good at putting out quality firearms at affordable prices. Case in point, this year Mossberg is celebrating a historic marker in the company’s long career in producing its most notable gun, the 500 pump-action. It seems only fitting the 10,000,000th model 500, pump-action shotgun to be produced will be proudly displayed at the National Rifle Association Firearm Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
Collectors everywhere will most likely have their eyes fixed on 10 more ’500 pump-action guns in the “10 Millionth” guns series. These elite guns will carry distinctive serial numbers, and will be given out within the firearm industry.
It all began when Swedish emigrant Oscar F. Mossberg arrived in Massachusetts and began tinkering with some of his firearm designs. In 1919, the O.F. Mossberg & Sons firearm company was born. Now, it is the oldest family-owned firearm manufacturer in the United States.
Oscar first found success with his uniquely designed four-shot pistol called the Brownie. He then ventured into the land of long guns to manufacture a hammerless .22 rifle. However, it was World War II that proved to be a pivotal time for this company. Mossberg quickly grew to become a major provider of firearms to our troops with such models as the .22 caliber bolt-action rifles as well as the improved Model 42 M and Model 44US.
Today, the company calls New Haven, Connecticut home and has over 100 designs and patents, which include rifles and shotguns that meet high military requirements. However, it is perhaps the classic affordable models used by shooting sports enthusiasts around the world that keep Mossberg a leader in the firearms industry.
In just a few short years, the Mossberg Firearm Company will be celebrating 100 years as one of this country’s top firearm manufactures. Wilhelmina and I plan to return to the fields of South Dakota to celebrate and to prove she has indeed taught me a few things over the years.
For more information on Mossberg visit them online at www.Mossberg.com. If you are interested in learning more about the National Mossberg Collector’s Club or would like to order a copy of Victor Havlin’s “More Gun for the Money” collector book check out www.mossbergcollectors.org.