The Mossberg 500 is one of the most popular and famous pump actions ever made. Today, it’s the second highest selling shotgun in the United States with over ten million units sold over the course of its history. Many people prefer the Mossberg 500 over the Remington 870 due to its easier to reach controls and ambidextrous safety on the rear of the receiver. Furthermore, the Mossberg 500 and its variants the 590 and 590A1 were adopted by the United States military and were the only pump action shotguns to pass their torture tests back in the late 1980s, which says a lot about their durability.
Mossberg was founded by OF Mossbeg, who was a Swedish immigrant and started his firearms company in 1919. The 500 was developed later in the early 1960s, and it is today widely regarded as one of the best shotguns ever made. The design borrowed elements from the Remington Model 31.
Today the Mossberg 500 is popular with civilians for home defense and hunting just as much as it is with law enforcement and the military.