posted on Mar, 21 2009 @ 10:30 AM
I have an old 500 Mariner setup with tactical folder, and no plug in the tube. I carried a 590 milspec in Mogi, finally bought my own about a year
ago, and I totally agree with the other poster that owns one... Heat shield is a MUST for a rapid fire situation. I can do without the bayonet lug,
but I digress.
I also recommend keeping that barrel as short as legal in your state. 18" is usually a good bet. If this is for close encounters, you'll thank
me... keeps weight and bulk down, and you don't really need too much in the way of accuracy anyway at the intended range. I alternate duplex rounds
with pumpkin balls for home defense applications. The two sizes of shot offer a great spread pattern, and nobody's hiding behind my drywall from a
slug! They make such pretty holes.
I'd stay away from any flashlights, laser sights, etc. You're just showing your enemy exactly where you are in the dark. In a dark situation in
CQ, I would go with a sidearm, hold the light with the other hand away from your "kill zone". Believe me... The FIRST place an armed enemy will
fire in the dark is straight for that light.
Congrats on the 500... You'll love it for it's rugged durability, as well as longevity.