Review: Mossberg 930 12 Gauge Autoloader “A Big Shock”

Mossberg 930 accessories

The Made in the United States Mossberg 930 have been around for approximately six years now. Mossberg often stated that “RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE, THIS IS THE BEST VALUE IN 3″ AUTOLOADERS ON THE MARKET TODAY.” The tested, 2011 Model, is the 930 “Multi-purpose Field” having an American black pine stock along with a blued, 26-inch gun barrel. The original specifications are the following.

  • Mossberg 930 Multi-purpose Field
  • Item#: 85120
  • Gauge: 12 Gauge
  • Barrel: 3-inch chamber, ported barrel
  • Shell capacity: 5 (4 + 1)
  • Barrel: 26″ Wide Ventilated Rib
  • Sights: Front Single Bead
  • Chokes: “Accu-Set” IC, Mod., Full
  • Overall length: 46 1/2 in
  • Length of pull: 14 in
  • DAC: 1-1/4 in
  • DAH: 2 in
  • Published weight: 7-3/4 lbs
  • Warranty: Two Years
  • MSRP: $597.00


Mossberg 930 is packed with added value functions, and I mean packed. The receiver is drawn on for any base. The barrel is factory ported. There exists a bending sign in front of the trigger guard with a sweet, venting recoil pad. The tang safety is designed to be used by left-handed and right-handed people with equal ease. Studs are set up to ensure you are set for sling use, if preferred, right out from the box. The tested design is one of more than some configs currently provided by Mossberg from the 930 standard series.

This is an inexpensive firearm, offering for fewer than fifty percent the cost of several gases operated autoloaders nowadays. Various amazing features come with this gun that will surprise your ones you remove it from the box. It being inexpensive is not a surprise from as it is expected from a Mossberg.

Most of the modern-day autoloaders need shooting in and depend on a few self-burnishing of the action to operate efficiently and effectively. Much less with this Mossberg, it turned out to be glass smooth right out from the box and performed flawlessly with everything from inexpensive, one-ounce payload promotional shells on up.

One of my pet peeves is an unbelievably heavy trigger available on several manufacturing autoloaders. A significant and enjoyable shock here; since the 930’s trigger broke crisply and continuously merely below 5 lbs. 6 and 7 pounds. Causes are regrettably commonplace nowadays, creating a visit to the gunsmith nearly imperative. That was not the situation here since the Mossberg’s trigger has been much more than satisfactory as delivered.

I pretty much anticipate a couple of minimal cosmetic defects in affordable guns. What’s impressive with this Mossberg is the fact that there have been none of them. The recoil pad, for example, was correctly surface without fine wood. Am sure, all of them “ought to be,” however most are not. The safety was apparently a piece of cake to take on / off. Once again, all of them ought to be, yet a lot of shotguns have rigid or perhaps troublesome safeties.

The tested firearm tops the scale right at 8 lbs. around the nose. The blend of considerable pounds, as well as gas action, creates an exceptionally smooth shooting gun. With 1240 frames per second 1-1/8 ounce focus on loads, there exists no recoil worthy of talking about. This is the kind of weapon you will like to shoot all day long without feeling it the next morning. This gun is likewise accessible like a combination set, Mossberg #85125 that provides a 24 inch utterly rifled barrel for just an additional $63 of the store price. Being, the model as tested includes a street price of only $460 or thereabouts. That is lower than you will spend on an additional barrel alone from many other brands. Using Mossberg will give you the complete gun.

Surprisingly, I read users manuals, and I was happy to see some integrity from Mossberg. The manual states, so far as chokes, that “lead, steel, and other non-toxic shot patterns will vary substantially based on shell length, shot size, the brand of ammunition, and the individual barrel. The shooter is urged to conduct pattern tests before field use.” This is always the case, in fact, it is relaxing to get a manufacturer publish these specifics. Asking your friend what choke you need to use is usually a waste of time. If you need to understand what is most effective, there is indeed no replacement for patterning your shotgun using the shells you would like to work with at the ranges you intend on shooting. Well done to Mossberg for publishing useful facts inside their manuals.

A few areas which I may attempt to decide on, only when reluctant. The 930’s barrel is ported. Porting inside a particular shotgun features no benefit so far as I am concerned, and it is of minimal worth in shotguns. However, ported barrels are usually provided through the 930 line. I reckon there are just enough individuals that consider it as a “useful no expense feature” of sorts. Thus Mossberg chose to cause them to become all a proven way. The bending indicator situated in front of the trigger guard acts no useful purpose. In a jerk for you to get a few cost out from the gun both tang safety is the plastic material. If this were Italian, it might be referred to as techno-polymer; however, it could be enhanced to some metallic security at minimal cost. (Following this release of this review, I was informed by the people at Mossberg that plastic tang safety wasn’t an expense concern, but turned out to be much better than the metallic components that they had attempted.)

I was all amazed at the Mossberg 930 and impressed, at least somewhat shocked that the gas operated autoloader could be are available 2011 which is this inexpensive and also this great. In a number of ways, this $597 store Mossberg is far more flexible and much more appealing compared to an 11-87 Sportsman Field 12 gauge that weighs in at a little more, does not have the tapped receiver, sells at $845, and it is provided with just one choke tube rather than the 3 that is included with the Mossberg. The Mossberg also offers far better shell management, instead of being forced to pattern all the shells with the action the tubular magazine is swiftly unloaded merely by depressing the bolt release.

We questioned ourselves what we should do with the firearm and came up empty. It indeed is soft shooting enough. However, many recoil delicate shooters are pleasing enough to have an afternoon around the skeet or dove field, and when you purchase one of the many combination configs you get a double scattergun or rifled slug gun at a discount price.

The empty hulls all finished up within a constant stack, with about 7 feet disposition distance, and the more we shot the 930, the more significant our goal is to shoot it. This pine model is a lot easier on the eyes than most shotguns nowadays, and if you need shim changes most of the synthetic-stocked models provide that too.

So far as Mossberg calls this the “Best Value in 3-inch Autoloaders Today,” they got it correct so far as I am concerned. The graceful action and sharp trigger with the 930 places much higher priced autoloaders to waste. With regards to the cost or overall performance ration, it’s not feasible to not define the Mossberg 930 as a screamingly great deal and an exceptionally qualified autoloader. That Mossberg can do this in 2011 having the USA made the product with excellent covering handling, a tapped receiver, an accommodation for a sling, an American black walnut stock, some three choke tubes, and also a nicely installed recoil pad for a street value below $500 is completely topping with this value-packed cake. This is a big shock and an incredibly great one. The Mossberg 930 Field is a champion. Great job to Mossberg for what is the industry top rated, most excellent in class product.

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