Mossberg Introduces Retrograde Series of Pump-Action Shotguns

Mossberg 590A1 Retrograde (51665)
Mossberg 590A1 Retrograde (51665)

NORTH HAVEN, CT-( O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., a leading American firearms manufacturer, is announcing the introduction of the Retrograde Series of pump-action shotguns; the 500 Persuader Retrograde and 590A1 Retrograde. Designed to commemorate Mossberg’s 100th anniversary in 2019, the Retrograde Series features the two most iconic police and military pump-action shotguns, built to today’s standards, but with the retro look and feel of a walnut stock and matching corncob forend.

After over 50 years in production, over 12 million sold and the only pump-action shotgun to pass the U.S. military’s MIL-SPEC tests, the Mossberg 500 platform has proven to be one of the most versatile and reliable shotgun designs available. Both the 500 Persuader Retrograde and 590A1 Retrograde are designed for smooth, dependable operation with the combination of non-binding twin action bars; dual extractors; a positive steel-to-steel lock-up; anti-jam elevator; anodized aluminum receiver for added durability; and universally-recognized, ambidextrous top-mounted safety.

Mossberg 500 Persuader Retrograde (50429) – Available with an 18.5-inch (6-Shot) cylinder bore barrel; topped with single front brass bead sight; blued metal finish; and full-length walnut stock and corncob forend. MSRP: $504

Mossberg 590A1 Retrograde (51665) – Built to MIL-SPEC standards, this 9-Shot 590A1 has a 20-inch heavy-walled, cylinder bore barrel complete with a heat shield, bayonet lug and Ghost Ring sights. This retro model also has a Parkerized finish; metal trigger assembly; metal safety button; and wears a full-length walnut stock and corncob forend. MSRP: $902

As the industry’s leading pump-action shotgun manufacturer, look to Mossberg for a gun to meet your needs at home or in the field. For a complete listing of Mossberg shotguns, visit

About O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.MOSSBERG

Founded in 1919, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America, and is the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Celebrating 100 years of innovation, Mossberg leads the industry with over 100 design and utility patents to its credit and stands as the first ISO 9001 Certified long-gun manufacturer. Complete information on commercial, special purpose, law enforcement and military shotguns, rifles and accessories are available at or by calling 1-800-363-5555. Mossberg can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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I Really Like The Retro Guns! I am seriously thinking of buying one!


I own more Remingtons than Mossbergs. I have 4 870’s in 2x 12ga and 2x 20ga. I have 2 Mossbergs, one 500 and one semiauto, both 12 ga. I’m jonesin for the 590 retro. I completely favor the Mossberg 500. I find the rear receiver top safety in the field to be GREAT, more so with a glove to be the easiest to work and be safe with. I always have to look at the Remingtons, as well as everyone else in my family that shoots them. I hate the crossbolt compared to the Mossberg receiver top safety. For cleaning… Read more »


Hey Mossberg. Put a metal trigger guard on the 500 and 590. We shouldn’t have to buy a heavier a1 to get a metal trigger guard and we shouldn’t have to pay 189.00 for one at brownells. You do your customers a disservice by not providing this feature. We’ll be happy to pay an extra fifteen dollars for a metal guard. For all those who love to claim the plastic guard is more durable, check out all the broken ones being sold as parts on ebay. Until you and remington go back to metal, alot of people will just buy… Read more »

Tom Coleman

I have a Mossberg 590A1, heavy wall model which I’m very happy with. It’s built like a tank and is 100% reliable. I’ve never experienced a single problem or failure with it.
As far as the endless debate of 870 vs 500/590, I can only speak from personal experience (50+ years of shooting), and I’ve witnessed multiple problems/failures in the field with 870’s and zero experience with 500/590 failures. The 870’s of the past we’re beautifully made. More recent production, not so hot.

Falcon one

I have owned Both Remington and mossberg shotguns for over 40 years However my preferences the mossberg 500 over the 870 only because when hunting in thick brush and in the mud I found dirt mud and twigs can to jam up the action on the Remington the mossberg’s I have literally dropped in the mud while duck hunting and pumped up a round and fired they are very reliable and very easily maintained

Darrell Holland

Living in a world of compromise good to see Mossberg won’t. Outstanding shotguns made by Mossberg. I own several Mossberg rifles, and shotguns that are old, and reliable. My last was a Mossberg Patriot Vortex package in 30-06 all walnut, and will deer hunt with it this year. I highly recommend all Mossberg products.
Thank you Mossberg!

Roger Schendel

The Reason mossberg is the largest seller of shotguns is simply because they are the cheapest. The U.S. Military goes with the lowest bidder. REMINGTON wouldn’t lower quality standards to meet U.S. Gov’t price.
Look in any Police Car you’ll find a REMINGTON Shotgun.


Remington clearly does make a reliable, functional and sturdy shotgun. So does Mossberg. I’m unclear what standards Mossberg lowered in order to acquire a military contract. You are correct that price is always an important issue in any government contract, and Mossberg probably was less expensive compared to Remington. But it’s also true that Mossberg did meet and/or exceed all military specs for their combat pump shotgun. It isn’t clear if Remington can say the same thing. Although I am not in law-enforcement many of my friends are. They tell me that they have used all sorts and kinds of… Read more »

Doug Cox

Having recently retired from law enforcement after serving 40 years in blue I’ve seen and handled a lot of shotguns. Also as a police firearms training instructor (ret.) , I have a different take. There was a time I would never have served a warrant, busted up a brawl or entered any situation of imminent danger without an 870 in my hands. Sad to say those days gave way to the innovation of Mossberg and even the Winchester Defender as an option for police cruisers. I never cared for how the Winchester felt in my hands and while I still… Read more »


Roger, You are one of those that always leaves me puzzled. You state things as if you have first hand knowledge and intend for all of us to just nod in agreement. Well now, unless you work for Remington and we’re directly or even indirectly involved in the decision making, I would say that you or your company was a bit foolish not to make a more valiant effort to win that government contract. Ask all who of those reading these posts whether our troops deserve an inferior weapon or not…. Or if our government purposely supplies our troops with… Read more »

Defender 1

Heavy walled refers to the thickness of the steel used to make the barrel. The barrel is heavier because when used on a naval vessel these barrels would not get dented if they were to come in contact with a steel door way. The barrel is very stout and definitely what you want in a Combat shotgun

Scott Joseph

Now if Mossberg would just adopt a trigger guard cross block safety we’d be good. Then if you wanted to put a pistol grip and adjustable stock on it you’d still have access to the safety without changing your grip.


I’ve been a gun owner for many years but have never owned a shotgun! (So wrong, I know). For the uninitiated, please explain to me what “heavy walled” means?
I’ve been hoping to save enough to get a Rem 870 Police with walnut stocks, but this may make me reconsider.

Mike K

The more things change………. The more they stay the same!!

Matt in Oklahoma

First the retro ARs now the shotguns. Almost like they worked just fine even though they were made back in the day.

Bart Tarleton

I have owned a 500 Mossberg for 27 years it has a 30 inch full chock. I shoot skeet doves ducks Turkey and deer. Also have a 18 inch barrel for home defence wouldn’t change for anything. Well built long lasting shoots very good. Killed a lot of meals with it. Oh yea I do eat what I kill.