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As the title reads, Mossberg took a little bit more time than Remington even though Mossberg released the 12g Shockwave first, but they now offer the Shockwave in 20g. Personally, between the two options I would have preferred the 20g flavor and now that its available (FB page says shipping to distributors this week), I reckon its going on "The List". Figured I'd announce it to fellow members.

I prefer Mossberg over Remington in general mostly due to the tang safety and I personally believe that a tang safety is superior on a platform such as this.

I won't bother with a picture, because it looks identical to the 12g version. But here is a link to Mossberg's website. 590 Shockwave - 6 Shot 20 Gauge | O.F. Mossberg & Sons
 

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That 20 ga will probably make my ever expanding bucket list of guns!
 

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I have the 12 and the recoil is not at all as bad as you might think. I have shot everything from buck shot to bird shot with no problems. If you want bad recoil try the Bond arms 410. That sucker will darn near take your hand off.
 

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I just picked up my 12ga last night with 2 boxes of mini shells and an adapter. I have talon grips on order.

Personally I like the versatility of the 12ga better, but that 20ga is going to be sweet and sell like crazy.
 

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My father has the 12g, I've shot it and yes its not too bad.

I'm just a 20g guy in general unless its turkey season (12g or 10g). I told him yesterday that they are now offering the 20g version since he too likes 20g the most (wonder where I got it from...). Sounds like he'll probably beat me to one and I'll get to try it out some day. He has a 20g loading press so he or I can concoct whatever we want to stuff it with, though I look at it more as a play thing than a truly practical HD weapon (but knowing most members don't share my opinion, I posted it in the defensive long gun forum).
 

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Posted this on another forum on which I participate.

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Wallll ... I'd taken a fairly dim view of the Shockwave, even said so on another forum, thinking it was mostly a novelty gimmick. Was unaware that my brother-in-law had the hots for one. After experiencing the Shockwave, it has to be said that it has its place. It is a beast and quite heavy besides. I thought it had a steel receiver until Bo pointed out that it is the regular ol' aluminum alloy Mossberg shotgun receiver. The barrel's thick, especially around the chamber. The gun's a chunk. Bo showed it to me back when I was out in August. I speculated that the grip would not be conducive to control as it felt both too large in diameter (even for me) and had a slick-feeling surface. Shooting it did not show the grip to be deficient, even with sweaty hands.

I don't do a lot of hip-shooting, but once I quit shooting the thing to the left I found that I could rain on a piece of "ringing steel" that we were using as a target with ease. Required shifting the feet to reorient oneself to the target. Bo already had the knack.

Patterned effectively out to the 15 yards or so that it was being used. A load of buckshot would remain within a torso at that distance. Quite tight the patterns were at closer ranges on targets such as tumble weeds and the dirt on the ground at various distances in front of us. Bo did a bit of weed-grubbing with it out in front of where we were standing and it's a first rate tool for crab grass extraction.

One-handed "pistol-ing" just had to be tried. The piece just begged for it. I'd determined to do it and inquired if Bo had tried it. He said that he had. "Anything you can do I can do better" from "Annie Get Your Gun" comes to mind. In the event, it was do-able, recoil was "manageable", and so could be useful at short ranges in emergency situations, if practiced. I only saw my videoed efforts on the tiny screen of Bo's camera (phone?) and without my reading glasses so didn't see much. It didn't have the slightest dab of muzzle flip, but only recoiled straight back. This was due to the stock configuration though I didn't realize it until seeing the video. Pretty silly-looking I was to be sure.

It is a hand-full but not nearly as rough a customer as one might think, as long as one minds his grip and his control of the thing. The weight offers a real assist in control. It's a kind of firearm that we've all seen before that would bite you in some manner with its recoil only if you became sloppy in your shooting technique. A handy nylon safety strap is fitted to the fore end. This could be viewed as a sort of "seat belt" in case things got away from the shooter. I don't think it came into play for me and it was unobtrusive otherwise. I've heard that the American Dental Association is lobbying to have the strap deleted. They are looking out for their dentist members who would appreciate the extra dental reconstruction work that is being missed because of the fore end strap.

It certainly would be maneuverable within the confines of a vehicle, more so than most any firearm capable of delivering similar power and "thump." One's ears might never be the same if he touched off a round from the driver's seat, but the prospective car-jacker wouldn't ever be the same either, to a much more severe extent.

We had a laugh, speculating that we could take over lawless New York City, control crowds in Little Rock to Memphis I-40 traffic jams, and be just generally bad-to-the-bone while stalking the concourse at the San Angelo coliseum at all-night gun shows (which is where I'll be this weekend).
 

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I'm back-and-forth on the 12 gauge vs. 20 gauge Mossy Shockwave. The one thing that moves me closer to the 20 gauge is that the receiver is lighter & thinner than the 12. The absence of Aguila (and now Federal) short-shells in 20 gauge doesn't concern me much. Yes, the increase in capacity is interesting, yet if 6 rounds won't solve my problem I've found myself in a very, VERY tough spot. :yup:
 

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Late to the party, but

My 20 ga Shockwave
Laser helps learn how to point the Shockwave so its handy even though just a light might be sufficient.
I've shot a pistol grip 12 GA before, did not like; this 20 GA with birds head grip however, recoil not too bad.
From a few yards away, used laser, all 20 #3 buck on target.
Could this thing be any handier .... I doubt it. :sly:
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