The Mossberg 590 Retrograde 12 Guage is equipped with a heat shield around the barrel, which gives it an aggressive appearance and proves to be rather useful when firing a large number of rounds downrange. The Retrograde aspect is represented by the shotgun’s classic wood furnishings and matte blued finish. This smoothbore cuts a striking silhouette, and its appearance is unmistakably that of a defensive shotgun, although one free of rails and MOLLE. The 590 Retrograde is old-school cool, yet it can compete with shotguns wrapped in polymer and inches of rail. The shotgun weighs 7.25 pounds, making it lighter than many tactical shotguns. The trigger group is also polymer rather than metal. Even with a full payload of 8 rounds of 2 3/4 inch buckshot in the tube, the 590 Retrograde seems rather light and well balanced. The controls of the 590 are well-known for being exceptionally ergonomic. The safety is located on the tang, making it easy to engage and disengage with your thumb without breaking your firing hold. The pump release is likewise simply accessible and reachable. The pump is smooth and simple to reach and rack. The 590 Retrograde has a pull length of 13.87 inches. The wood furniture is polished American walnut with a rough finish for a firm grip. The pump is shaped like a corncob, allowing your forward hand to dig into it. The pistol grip on the stock is checkered and pleasant. The stock features a built-in sling point, as does the magazine tube cap, making slinging a breeze.
- Walnut Stock and Corncob Forend
- Heat Shield
- Clean-out Magazine Tube
- Drilled and tapped receiver
- Standard pump-action features include dual extractors, steel-to-steel lockup, top-mounted ambidextrous safety, twin action bars, and an anti-jam elevator