Maverick Arms Model 88 31044
Used Price: $166.29
New Price: $249.44
How would you like to rate Maverick Arms Model 88 31044?
Similar to the feedback shared by others, my impression is that this is a very solid firearm. Very much like my Mossberg 500. There are differences that have been thoroughly discussed and easily found on YouTube, but I don’t detect any less quality. For me, the different safety mechanism stands out. I prefer the Mossy’s tang safety over the Maverick’s crossbolt safety in front of the trigger guard, primarily because it is much easier to see during typical handling of the gun. Easier to perform a visual verification to ensure the safety is engaged when it should be. I’ve only run 2 & 3/4 Federal Power Shok sabots through it. Shoots straight, cycled cleanly, no failures. Recoil is pronounced. It’s a 12 gauge slug gun so that’s not unexpected, but it is heavy. My only basis for comparison is my wood stock smooth bore 500 with Remington sluggers. The Maverick kicks harder, according to my shoulder. I installed a Limbsaver airtech recoil pad that is essentially identical in thickness and profile to the original, but can’t yet comment on any reduction in felt recoil. I bought this as a dedicated deer hunting gun with the expectation that I’d not be reaching out much past 75 yards. However, the iron sights aren’t great. I’ll be installing a saddle mount with a rail and a red dot. In hindsight, for my intended purpose I would have spent the additional $ for a Mossberg 500 with the integrated scope mount for the ease of installing the optic and my preference for the Mossy’s safety. In the end though, it’s a sound and solid gun and overall I recommend it without hesitation for it’s quality and value. ...more
barrel intechangeability/price effectiveness
The Maverick will be the best choice simply because of the readily available accessories such as 500 barrels which are cross compatible with the Maverick. You will probably be able to find all these accessories/barrels used for a lower price as well.