Mossberg Maverick 88 Security 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun

Part Number: 200013350

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Mixed: 6
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Mossberg Maverick 88 Security 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun
Mossberg Maverick 88 Security 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun


Designed with a fixed choke, cylinder-bore barrel, the Mossberg® Maverick® 88 Security 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun is designed with a 3" chamber that handles factory 2-3/4" and 3" loads. This shotgun features a 6-shot capacity, a front brass bead sight and a cross-bolt safety in front of the trigger. Polymer stock and forearm. Made in USA.


Part Number 200013350
Weight 7. oz


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Brass bead

Cylinder capacity


Product weight

7 lb.





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Pistol Ammo Type

Home Defense



Primary Uses


Fair Market Range $184 - $192
Fair Market Price $188
MSRP $199.99
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User Reviews (100)

Positive: 93 Mixed: 6 Negative: 1
  • 100

    Good shotgun for the money.
    Shot a few boxes out of it and so far so good. Nice and lightweight, and with that the recoil is up there but nonetheless the Maverick 88 is a versatile tool.

    August 28, 2018
    Tim K
  • 20

    Good gun bad quality
    I got this gun 6 months ago for home defense. Decided to take it out to the range to test it out. Shot 6 shells perfect. Shell #7 broke the tip of the berrel!!!! I guess its a good for a few shots. Working with mossberg ...on the warranty more

    August 21, 2018
  • 100

    Awesome gun
    This is the first gun I've ever owned, and the reason I wanted this particular one is its versatility and its value. You can't beat the price of this thing!! You get so much bang for your buck (literally) that's silly not to buy this thing. You can modify it to your hearts desire because there is such a vast aftermarket for it. I took it to the range a few days ago for the first time and ran 75 shells through it without any issues whatsoever. All I've done is add a heat shield as well as a Limb Saver butt pad. After a couple dozen shells, that barrel will burn you!! And your shoulder will by in pain by the time you go to leave. So I definitely recommend those two inexpensive upgrades if you get this gun. Otherwise, I am extremely happy with my purchase. more

    August 13, 2018
  • 100

    Best Bang for your buck
    I bought it 3 yrs ago and have shot all types of loads and brands through it. Never had a problem. Have exterminated many coyotes, snakes and squirrels with it. Accurate and dependable.

    August 12, 2018
  • 100

    Great Shotgun and not just for the price!
    I really like this shotgun. Everything feels nice and solid and it feels great to shoot. I would recommend this gun to anyone. Solid shotgun and not just for the price.

    July 18, 2018
  • 100

    Love my 88
    I bought mine a few months ago and love it! I’ve done some add ons!

    April 28, 2018
  • 100

    More bang for your buck
    Got this gun on sale including taxes for under $200 this was the first shot gun I ever shot and I’m far from disappointed. The gun takes every accessory as a Mossberg 500 & 590, except the fore end.

    April 9, 2018
  • 100

    Maverick 88 is great
    I bought this a few months ago and took it to the range. It shoots nice and kicks hard. I purchased a stock, fiber optic bead sight, a sling, and a heat shield for about $65. It feels very nice and I am sure felt recoil ...will be less and control will be better. Overall a good inexpensive home protection option that is easy to find accessories for. more

    April 9, 2018
  • 100

    Sleep so much better at night
    Brought it home, added a side saddle, a light, and tested out various ammo. Impressed with the power and reliable operation. Not much use for this shotgun except for home defense. With that said I hope I never have a use... for it, but If the need arises I am confident in its ability to get the job done. A great deal for what it is, especially when on sale at Academy. more

    April 9, 2018
  • 100

    Great Shotgun!
    I bought this shotgun about a month ago and have shot a box of shells. Very good action -acceptable recoil. For the money can't be beat.

    February 27, 2018
    Farmer Tony
  • 100

    Best bang for your buck.
    You can't beat the Maverick for reliable home defense at a great price.

    February 23, 2018
    Old Ball Coach
  • 100

    Great Home Defense Weapon
    I added the 6 position stock and fore arm grip, this will greatly reduce kick, I shot 3” triple 00 Buck off my shoulder with these add-ons, still kicks, but not as bad- I love it

    January 28, 2018
    Bubba 357
  • 100

    Great Value, Solid Gun for Home Defense
    I had never shot a 12 gauge and was a little nervous, not knowing if I would enjoy shooting it. I purchased it on sale for $179 about a month ago and finally had a chance to take it to the range a couple of days ago. I 35 clay target shells (1250 fps) through without a hitch. The recoil wasn't bad at first but after the 34th shot, my shoulder started getting sore. I shot one more and the soreness was still there so I called it a day. This gun was very accurate from several different distances. It now resides next to my bed where I hope I never have to use it. But it's nice to know it's there and will do the job, if needed. more

    December 1, 2017
  • 100

    Send IT back.
    Bought one day and took it back for it would not chamber the rounds and very hard to work. But we will see.

    October 29, 2017
  • 100

    Great Customer Serevice
    Bought this based on previous experience with the 500 and 590 series.... Unfortunately, I got one with problems. It would not cycle rounds and the slide was extremely hard to cycle. Mossberg sent free parts, but problem ...persisted. Sent to Eagle Pass. It arrived on a Thursday afternoon and Mossberg emailed Friday morning it was being shipped back with parts replaced, weapon inspected and test fired. Works great. Life has its' little speed bumps, but Mossberg service was outstanding. My adult son now has this one as I prefer the 500. Mossberg stands behind their produce more

    September 20, 2017
    Joe G
  • 100

    Good Shotgun!
    I bought mine Maverick 88 Security Model about 5 months ago. Its been a nice gun to shoot. No problems what so ever. Its a economic Mossberg thats worth the money! I just put a Hogue tamer pistol grip and planning on more upgrades in the near future. Not planning to hunt with this one. Its my home defence weapon. more

    September 1, 2017
  • 100

    Dependable and Great Shotgun
    You can't go wrong with the Maverick 88 Shotgun. I've had the 28" version for over 10 years and have yet to have a problem with it. I mainly use it for skeet/target shooting and every now and then maybe hu...nt with it. I'm very seriously considering getting the home defense model. Like I said and not joking. It is a dependable weapon. I'd trust my life with it. more

    June 28, 2017
  • 100

    Great gun
    Great gun smoth action has no kick to it love the gun

    June 21, 2017
    Zach Sharron
  • 100

    Best Bang for your Buck (pun intended)
    This is probably the best deal out there currently on the firearms market in general. I bought my 5+1 security model with the 18" barrel when it was on sale for $179.99 and have absolutely fallen in love with this s...hotgun. Having used the Mossberg 500 in the U.S. Army, I was pleasantly surprised to see how this less expensive Maverick 88 was almost identical aside from the safety and trigger group as well as the pump assembly. Otherwise everything else is completely interchangeable with Mossberg 500 parts. I chose this variant over the 8 shot security model sold at other places because there are A LOT more different barrel options for the 5+1 security model. While this is my primary home defense firearm, I plan on purchasing a rifled slug barrel with a cantilever scope-mount to use it for hog and deer hunting in the future. So far I've modified only with sling swivels (which it does not come with) and replaced the rear stock with a ATI collapsible pistol-grip stock along with a side-saddle shell holder. The ATI stock I added in order to shorten the length of the shotgun for better maneuverability inside the tight confines of a home. I just REALLY wish Mossberg would sell these in a bullpup configuration. (There is a 3rd party bullpup kit I may get in the future). I should note that I have run so far over 500 shells through it to include various birdshot loads, Spartan 00 buckshot, and Federal slugs through it and so far it has not had a single malfunction thanks in part to the double extractors that it inherits from the Mossberg 500 series. It also will take 3" shells but I prefer standard 2 3/4" shells. Recoil is as you would expect from a 12 gauge....stout. However with a proper stance it's easy even for a short guy like me to keep the shotgun on target doing rapid fire pump action. The pump action itself feels fairly smooth but demands that you rack it with authority so you don't short-shuck the shotgun and get a misfeed. That being said, I have yet to short-shuck it which I was very happy about. You also don't need to baby it as its very rugged. Even if some part were to break, the replacement parts are fairly inexpensive, but such an event is fairly rare with these shotguns. From my understanding the parts are manufactured in Mexico to a high standard while it is assembled with good quality control here in Texas. The main reason however why I chose this shotgun over others in the price range was because of it's interchangeable parts with the Mossberg 500's, it's solid reputation, and because it's at least partly made here in America. There are also tons of 3rd party accessories that you can buy for it and many modifications that can be done to it. To me the Maverick 88 shotgun is by far the best value in a firearm on the market today hands down as well as a true jack-of-all trades firearm that can do many tasks. Also btw, if you are sensitive to recoil, I recommend that you look at their 20 gauge models which are still plenty powerful for most home defense and hunting needs. more

    May 25, 2017
  • 100

    Won't be disapponted
    I bought this shotgun today for $190, took it home and fired 30 shells of 2 3/4 birdshot through it with no issues whatsoever. Going back for the pdx1 12 defenders tomorrow. Great quality gun at a great price, no complai...nts. more

    March 7, 2017
  • 100

    I love this gun ran six boxes of shells no problem I'm going to try heavier loads next

    February 24, 2017
  • 100

    "Excellent Performer!"
    "I see no fault in this shotgun (my 1st shotgun purchase BTW). Thus far has it performed very well and definitely gets the thumbs up from me!"

    January 5, 2017
  • 100

    Good Quality Excellent Value for Home Denfense
    I had been looking for a good home defense/varmint gun; something with decent quality, functionality, but nothing too fancy or expensive. My dad's 70's model Ithaca semi-auto 12 gauge is a great gun, but just t...oo pretty for frequent use and has too much barrel for home defense gun. I knew I wanted the pump action and a shorter barrel. I was shopping at Academy in Waco, TX. when I saw the Mossberg line. The Mossberg 590A1 Mariner is an awesome weapon, but a bit on the spendy side for what I'll use it for. The Mossberg Maverick 88 Security with 18.5" barrel on sale for $179, on the other hand, was a tremendous find! What you see is what you get; simple, clean, easy to maintain. I took out the plug so I can get 5+1 in the mag. I've put a dozen or so shells through it so far. It's fun to shoot. Recoil (shooting relatively light game loads) is what you'd expect from a shotgun, but it isn't overwhelming. It seems louder than dad's Ithaca, maybe due to the shorter barrel? It might be a good idea to start using earplugs... Since the Maverick 88 is a bare bones gun, I did purchase some add ons: sling swivels, a mounting bracket for an LED flashlight, and a 25 shell bandolier. I wove a sling out of black 550 paracord. The LED light, extra ammo capacity, and the paracord sling and swivels give it a tactical feel without going over the top. If you want a reliable, inexpensive gun, that is a good platform for upgrades the Mossberg Maverick 88 is the one for you. more

    November 24, 2016
  • 100

    Great investment!
    It's a cheap alternative the the Moss 500 but don't let the price fool you! This was a wise invest and the confidence that it will always work when I want it to never worries me. I recommend it to those on a bu...dget and still want a well manufactured weapon from a reliable company. more

    November 14, 2016
    Toma Sol
  • 100

    Excellent Shotgun!
    I own several firearms but did not have a shotgun in my collection. I am a recreational/range shooter. I researched quite a bit across the internet w/ articles, videos, etc... to find a high quality, low price shotgun ($...200 or less) for primary home defense that would be fun to get out and shoot. I basically came down to deciding between this and the Pardner pump. I was quite impressed when I got this out on my in-laws outdoor range and fired about 50 shells through it, including some 1 oz slugs. I shot roughly 12 slugs through it at 75+ yards and every single one nailed the target (with a heck of a recoil, might I add). I also ran some birdshot and 00 buck through it with no issues at all. This thing has some serious kick to it, but is a very well made shotgun and at the price, I don't see how it can really be beat. From all of the reviews I read and viewed, the biggest difference between this and it's big brother, the Mossberg 500, is the safety location and forend disassembly. Both were not a big deal for me, so the $189 price tag at Academy was a no brainer. If you are reading this review and are on the fence about whether or not you should grab this gun, let me tell you that it will be a great decision. You will not be disappointed one bit with the quality of this firearm! more

    November 11, 2016
  • 100

    Outstanding value and overall quality
    I bought this about three months ago. Took it to shoot the first chance I had. Ran a hundred rounds through it with out a single FTF. Ordered a flashlight mount and sidesaddle for it that night. Absolutely perfect home d...efense shottie! more

    October 22, 2016
  • 100

    Can't ask for a better deal
    If you're looking for a gun that draws attention and looks like a million bucks, this is not the gun for you. If you're looking for a gun that will get the job done and feels like a well worn in leather recline...r out of the box, than look no further. The six shot capacity gives you more than enough confidence to handle any situation that requires it's use. The only and I mean only "negative" thing is that the safety is a little stiff (my wife struggles with it, but she is still able to handle it). more

    October 25, 2016
  • 100

    Awesome buy!
    I just picked one up this morning at the Hickory, NC location. I have to say that straight out of the box that it is worth every penny. Sturdy, lightweight, adequate capacity, and no bs design. I've been going to ac...ademy sports for several years and never regret it. Best prices over anywhere else. The selection of everything outdoors and shooting sport wise is unmatched. Ammo selection and availability is impeccable. Staff is also very knowledgeable and professional. I recommend this shotgun for anyone looking for a great deal. I always leave happy. more

    October 17, 2016
  • 100

    Great gun for a great price
    best bang for your buck, very reliable and handles well. easy to take apart and clean. great close range firearm perfect for home defense.

    October 13, 2016
  • 100

    88 Lover
    My first shotgun and I love it! It definitely lived up to the hype.

    May 17, 2016
    9 Mil
  • 100

    best $200 I've ever spent
    Great gun, great price. A+++ I love it and would recommend this gun to everyone for home defense, hunting or anything you like. 1000%

    May 11, 2016
  • 100

    best for home defense
    bought this for my first lineup of defense for my home. took it to the range and tested out this bad boy. cant ask for more for the best bang for buck. this shotty can be by my side when my life is on the line. has a lit...te kick but very manageable. more

    May 5, 2016
    from cali to texas
  • 100

    Solid reliable cheap
    Bought this three years ago. Accuracy is not a real point with shotguns - not a rifled pipe so if you expect much accuracy with slugs beyond 80 yards you will be disappointed. What it can do is cycle through hundreds of ...rounds of slugs, OO or bird shot without needing much love in return. Clean it now and then after every thirty rounds is about right and oil the mechanisms once every month or two and it should last you for years. more

    May 6, 2016
  • 100

    best bang for the buck
    ive bought this shotgun and its great, gun home defense weapon for the price

    April 23, 2016
  • 100

    Mossberg shotgun
    I've had my Maverick for a few years and it is perfect for my home defense needs. With the shortened barrel and pistol grip in lieu of the shoulder stock, it is very maneuverable in tight quarters such as found in t...he average home or other building. more

    April 18, 2016
  • 100

    Home Defense
    Good quality firearm without breaking the bank. Available in either the 12 or 20 gauge and 18in or 28in barrel, the moss berg maverick is a great gun and the price is nice too.

    April 4, 2016
  • 100

    All around awesome firearm!
    I bought this 12 last february and been using it as much as possible. It's handled over a few hundred shell, and never had a problem with loading and firing at all! Amazing and well worth the money even though it is... a cheap price. Mossberg made an excellent product more

    March 12, 2016
    James Langford
  • 100

    Dependable shotgun
    I've had the gun a couple of months took to range no issues. Very dependable gun especially for the price. I will go back and purchase the 28 inch barrel for hunting.

    February 3, 2016
  • 100

    Good gun
    Got this shotgun for a gift I put it together took it squirrel hunting it's awesome

    December 15, 2015
  • 100

    great shotgun for good price just pick one today
    great shotgun for good price just pick one today Great shotgun

    November 20, 2015
  • 100

    perfect for the purpose
    Trusted brand, when you need a reliable defense weapon for your home. Paid $229 from a usually competitive priced gun store. OOPs. Should have researched more. Academy has best price

    November 1, 2015
    High Tide
  • 100

    Muti Use
    The Maverick 88, 12ga. is one of the best all purpose shotguns for the price. You can get the 18.5bbl.,or 20bbl,with choke, 24inch rifled slug bbl. and a standard 26 or 28 inch bbl. with choke's. For $206 that'...s with tax, is a great buy, and a great shotgun. Handles 3in. or 2 3/4in. without problem, runs great, multipurpose. 5star.. more

    October 25, 2015
  • 100

    Home Defense Security
    I bought this 12 gauge as a home defense weapon. It is very comparable to the Mossberg 500 Series if you are looking for a less expensive shotgun. The price was phenomenal especially since I picked it up from Academy there weekly sale. I would highly recommend this firearm as a home defense weapon. more

    October 22, 2015
  • 100

    best home defense for the money
    shoots great easy to use and clean perfect for home defense super reliable

    October 23, 2015
  • 100

    Simple Reliable Home Defense Weapon
    I have a 9mm for ccw but this will give just a bit more peace of mind at home. Simple, reliable and great for beginners. Interchangeable with a lot of Mossberg 500 parts and accessories. Can not beat the value at this more

    July 5, 2015
  • 80

    Maverick 88
    Great Shotgun Unfortunately I didn't buy from Academy, and ended up paying $300, for a $189.00 weapon. But it does work great I have no complaints. Obviously do Homework before buying from anyone else.

    July 5, 2015
  • 100

    Best bang for the buck! Perfect for home security and you get Mossberg's reputation on quality!

    June 30, 2015
  • 100

    Incredible Value
    This year I got this excellent scattergun for Father's Day. Couldn't be happier. Tons of accessories out there for it too. Awesome.

    June 23, 2015
  • 100

    Great shooting shotgun
    Comfortable grip and lightweight. It's easy to clean and accurate.

    June 25, 2015
  • 100

    Solid shotgun for the price !!!
    Absolutely love this shotgun actually I loved it so much I went and bought the 28 inch barrel version also now I have two great shotguns for under 400 bucks

    June 21, 2015
    Big J The Mechanic
  • 100

    Wanna have some fun?
    I have an 870...18.5" barrel. I first shot this model when my son and I went to a range. I fell in love and got one for Christmas. Thank you Lynda Tomorrow is first chance to go have some fun. I'll probably kee...p the 870 at home w/00 for non invitees. more

    April 7, 2015
  • 100

    great shotgun
    Good shotgun. Great price. Easy to handle. Definitely recommend it.

    October 14, 2014
  • 80

    Great shotgun for the price
    I purchased this shotgun about 3 years ago and it is still as reliable as ever. American parts assembled in Mexico. Don't listen to those who will tell you it's "Made in China". Really great gun for t...he price. The Mossberg 500 or Rem 870 still do feel more solid though... more

    October 10, 2014
  • 100

    Best value
    Simply a no-frills Mossberg 500. Add a light and shell holder and you've got an excellent home defense weapon without spending a fortune. Better yet, get 2 as this gun excels at tight brush feral pig hunting. Check ...out their "field" models as well. more

    October 3, 2014
  • 100

    Real great features
    Bought a month a go. Really happy with the way it handles and is light weight. Also got the interchangeable barrel with scope to go with it. You can use for Home self defense or Hunting.

    September 29, 2014
  • 100

    Great BANG for the buck.
    I bought my 500 from Academy two years ago. I have taken it target shooting and found it is a great shotgun. Well balanced, though a bit heavy. It makes a great home defense piece as well. And for the money you can not g...o wrong. more

    October 1, 2014
    Coach Dan
  • 100

    Amazing shotgun
    I bought this over a year ago and have put over 500 rounds through it. I was skeptical at first because of the price, but after purchasing the gun I took it to the farm and put 2 boxes through it and I was not gentle bec...ause most pieces are made in Mexico and assembled in Texas. It shot great and to this day I have never had a problem with it, in fact I have bought two more and made them a Turkey gun and a Duck gun, since the 500 accessories fit the 88. The main difference between the 88 and 500 is the safety, the maverick has the trigger safety and the 500 has a thumb. I would recommend this product to anyone especially if they want a affordable and reliable home defense weapon. more

    September 24, 2014
  • 100

    Great Firearm
    I bought this 12 gauge as my first home defense weapon. This gun is easy to handle but does pack a punch or kick as compared to longer barrels. The price is phenomenal and I would recommend this firearm highly.

    August 31, 2014
  • 100

    Hands down the best starter shotgun on the market
    Great thing about this shotgun is the fact that almost every Mossberg 500 accessory fits this gun. On top of that it is a workhorse of a weapon. I have put nearly 600+ rounds through mine and not one single hiccup. Very ...reliable and keeps coming back for more. For budget minded home security, this is the one for you. more

    August 22, 2014
    TJ Mc
  • 100

    beautiful one of my faves very reliable I love it !!!!!!

    July 27, 2014
  • 100

    Perfect Home Defense Firearm
    Purchased this gun for home defense, and immediately hit the range to break it in. Put 150 rounds down the barrel without as much as a hiccup. For being as light as it is the recoil is very manageable. With the 18.5"...; barrel and a total length just under 40" it's absolutely perfect for home defense. Can't beat it at this price point. Maverick is Mossberg's economy line, and this is essentially a 500 aside from the safety placement. There are also a TON of accessories and tactical parts available for this weapon. If it'll fit a Mossberg 500 it'll fit the Maverick 88. More than satisfied with this purchase, and would gladly pay more for this gun if I had to. more

    July 19, 2014
  • 80

    Bang Bang Bang for your buck
    Need a Home Defense gun? Can't beat it. It's not something you take duck hunting or showing off at the range, it stays in the house and does it's job, protect your family. Lots of Mods available!

    July 13, 2014
  • 100

    Home defense Mossberg
    I bought this shotgun for home defense. It has an 18.5" barrel which makes it easy to maneuver in close quarters such as a house. I was offered the Harrington and Richardson, which has all the dimensions of this one.... I ultimately chose this one due to it being assembled in America. It is essentially a Mossberg 500, and many of the parts are interchangeable. There are also plenty of tactical accessories available for this gun if you are looking for a gun with options. more

    July 8, 2014
  • 100

    Everything I needed
    This mossy is everything you'd expect. Perfect. Had a friend purchase one as we'll.

    June 27, 2014
  • 100

    This is a very nice shotgun!
    For the price, I don't think you can find a better deal! And, you can buy it at Academy cheaper then most other places. I have added a hand grip , a barrel shield with Piccanary rails, and have mounted a BSA Panoram...ic Multi-Reticle Sight to my 88! more

    June 23, 2014
  • 100

    Great shotgun for the price!
    I bought this gun about a week ago and so far I love it. It is a no frills gun that is solid and great to shoot. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

    June 26, 2014
  • 100

    great price
    great gun for the price everything you need in a simple home defense..there is also pistol grips that fit the gun as well if you want to change it out. .

    June 20, 2014
  • 100

    Can't beat the value
    I bought this about a month ago and was recently able to go to the range. It’s well made and for the money, it’s hard to beat. It shot great without any malfunctions. I would recommend this to anyone looking ...for a shotgun and especially anyone on a budget. more

    June 15, 2014
  • 100

    Perfect shotgun package
    I will be purchasing this shotgun in the next 10 days. I have used my cousins and have been by the local store to look at their inventory. The sales staff was great! Informative and helpful.

    June 15, 2014
  • 100

    Size is just right
    Bought this Maverick 88 two weeks ago and the more I check it out the more I realize what I bought. Tight action, good finish on all parts, feels good in hand. This is one great shotgun for the money. Mystery to me how M...ossberg can make and sell these at this price. more

    June 15, 2014
  • 100

    Good Value for the Money
    Great for home defense. I put on a tactical stock and it looks awsome. I have never had any problems. Shoots well. The workmanship is very good, also.

    June 16, 2014
  • 100

    Excellent home defense shotgun for the money
    I searched high and low in my area for the best price on this shotgun. Academy had the best price. I wanted a good quality, name brand home defense shotgun for a great price and this shotgun fits the bill. I took it to t...he range for some target shooting. It operated flawlessly! Add on a Nebo shotgun mount flashlight and you are ready to go. Versatile, you can buy longer barrels and take this thing hunting. Made in the USA, great price, reliability and versatility equals one great deal. Thanks Academy! more

    June 9, 2014
  • 100

    Excellent Home Defense Option and Price!
    I bought this from a friend and between us we have dumped hundreds and hundreds of shells through it. Sometimes 13 shells at a time because of the side saddle I have. The barrel gets hot but this gun just keeps running. ...The action is smooth and reliable and the gun shoots like any other pump shotgun. This shotgun is significantly lighter though because of its construction so it will kick harder than a Remington. more

    June 6, 2014
  • 60

    Only One Problem
    I got this shotgun almost 2 years ago. It worked great for the first year, but then it began to have issues extracting the shell from the chamber. However, after some quick research, I learned that I wasn't the only... one who had this issue. Mossberg apparently has sketchy quality control on their barrels. So I spent around a hour polishing the chamber with some oil and steel wool and it shoots fine now. If you can afford it, I'd go with a Mossberg 500 or a Remington 870. But if you only have $200 to spend then this is an acceptable shotgun. I wouldn't make it a permanent solution for home defense though. more

    May 31, 2014
  • 100

    Well Done!
    I was new to duck hunting and didn't want to spend a fortune to get in. I was going to buy a more expensive shotgun, but the clerk introduced me to the Maverick. It was cheap enough so I bought two. One for my son a...s well. We both are avid duck hunters now and I had thought about upgrading, but to be honest I am happy with this gun and I find no need too. My son and I have been able to bond through hunting and I don't think it would have happened if it were not for the exceptional price of this fine firearm. American made, affordable, and dependable. more

    January 9, 2014
  • 100

    This gun rocks!
    I bought this gun 2 years ago to shoot dove. It's light and hasn't jammed once. You cannot beat it for the price!

    November 6, 2013
  • 100

    Love it!!!!!
    I purchased this to go to turkey shoots. I was very nervous to shoot it. I was expecting it to kick hard. I was shocked. I even hit the target the first time. I did purchase a extra full choke to go to the next shoot. Hu...bby says that it works even better now. Can't wait until the next shoot to try it out. Love the sound of it. Great buy for the money. more

    October 12, 2013
  • 100

    For the home and the range
    First and foremost, for the price point of this pump-action it is an overall steal. Upgrade the stock to M4 adjustable one and not only do you get a better grouping, you can even use it to shoot skeet. You feel it though... since Mossbergs are known for their kicking action. But the changing of the stock helped. The only downside to this is the forearms cannot be changed out as easy, if you want to upgrade, but you still can. No issue with any shells that have been ran through it to this point. If you are looking for a fun gun or just short on cash, GET THIS more

    August 17, 2013
  • 100

    For the money spent on a home defense firearm, this one is hard to beat. Shoots good indeed. I have shot 6 boxes of shells thru it to BREAK IT IN. Perfect performance each shot. Wore out clay targets on skeet range.....................but after while the shoulder got sore........would recommend it to anyone needing a home defense firearm. Best value............period and made in TEXAS....... USA folks! Huntmaster more

    August 2, 2013
  • 100

    Great gun at a great price.
    I bought this for home defense and because shotguns are fun to shoot.. Ice only had one jam out of the 500+ rounds I've shot. I've shot from buckshot to slugs to birdshot.. It's beautiful . Cleaning it is ...easy and it sits right next to me in bed. Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes. It's probably one of the best guns I own. Don't listen to the people that tell you to buy a Remington instead of this.. This is the best gun for the buck.. I would easy pay more for this gun. more

    May 29, 2013
  • 80

    very nice
    I bet my life on this shotgun every night. For the price you really cannot beat it. If you are wanting to do a lot of mods to it you might be better off paying more for a big name shotgun. But for home defense this is more

    April 29, 2013
  • 100

    Can't Beat it!
    I had to wait 3 weeks to catch it in stock, but was worth the wait. Already put several rounds of buckshot and field loads. Functions flawlessly. First few rounds was hard to chamber/eject, but loosened up quickly.

    March 20, 2013
  • 100

    Great Mossberg!
    I just picked this gun up in Chattanooga and have shot about 50 rds through it and i am really impressed by this gun! It has worked flawless. Great gun that wont break the bank!!!!

    February 9, 2013
  • 100

    Awesome shotgun
    I purchased this in the store in Knoxville, TN and it was very economical. I have taken it to the range twice, both times to the police range in Norris, TN. I have run several rounds of bird-shot and several rounds of and this gun functions flawlessly. I have purchased Hornady Critical Defense 00 Buck-Shot for the home-defense rounds and they cycle perfectly (with a hard kick). I also have some reduced recoil loads that I am going to try, but everything so far has cycled perfectly. I have disassembled the gun twice (after both range sessions) and cleaned and reassembled with no problems whatsoever. I tried a pistol grip, but found I could not hit anything, so I put the original stock back on (suggest you keep the original stock). I plan to install a light and a strap, but have recommended this gun to several friends. Out the door with tax and background check, I spent just over $200...that is a bargain for this gun. I highly recommend this gun for a simple, reliable home defense weapon. more

    November 6, 2012
  • 100

    Best Value Shotgun
    All I can say is this gun is awesome!! I have put well over 1,000 rounds down the pipe and let me tell you this thing is a work horse and shoots dead on every time. It is pretty basic but you can modify to you liking mos...t of the 500 accessories will fit the gun. I have made many mods to it and can easly put it back to a stock gun! You really can't go wrong with this gun!! MADE IN USA more

    October 26, 2012
  • 100

    Wife's Toy
    For the money, you can't beat this gun...My wife wanted a short barell shotgun for the house as we are beyond the boonies..she bought this one because it was inexpensive..made in USA ..she liked the Mossberg but sin...ce it was to beused only occationally and for home defence she went with the less sxpensive choice,she has shot it several times (at targets) and she loves it. more

    August 16, 2012
  • 100

    Great Gun
    This is a great little gun for the price. I have roughly 400 rounds through it and haven't had a single jam.

    July 15, 2012
  • 100

    Excellent Purchase
    I own several Mossberg shotguns and find the 88 to be an excellent shotgun for $180. The two important differences that the Maverick 88 has vs. the other Mossbergs is the cross bolt safety and the fixed forearm rails. I ...highly recommend upgrading to the 500 forearm rails with a new forearm which will make a huge difference in the feel of the pump. With some good polishing and about 600 rounds through mine, my Maverick 88 is smooth as butter. more

    June 28, 2012
  • 100

    Great Shotgun
    You can't go wrong with the maverick 88. I have put over 250 rounds of slugs with out any jams. This is almost the same as the Mossberg 500 except for the safety and the forearm.

    June 3, 2012
  • 100

    Excellent gun. work very well and reason able price.

    May 23, 2012
  • 100

    Awesome shotgun for the price
    Awesome shotgun for the price. You can add the 18.5 barrel for it for half the cost of the 500 shotgun. Mine did not come with a cap so check before leaving store. Or will be awkward if questioned by wildlife agent why y...ou have 6 shells in the gun. Highly recommend a sling for it. Will have to drill a hole in the stock for the eye for the sling. Add a allen company shell sleeve and it is ready to go hunting with. more

    May 19, 2012
  • 100

    can't beat it for the price
    There's no way to go wrong with this shotgun. For $200.00 you're getting a solid firearm. If you change to a pistol grip it is a handful. It's a good home defense gun.

    April 20, 2012
  • 80

    Pretty sweet for the money
    You just can't beat this weapon for the money... They are made a bit more cheap than the mossberg 500.. Trigger assy is made of polymer like the stock and fore end. The safety is by the trigger guard and is my only ...complaint.. I like the safety location on the old 500s.. I bought mine.. Removed the plug.. Loaded it up with 000 buck. Stuck it by my door.. Good home defense weapon.. I can see some modifications are in it's future.. more

    October 28, 2011
  • 100

    Very Similar to the Mossberg 500
    For the money, you can't beat this gun. The mechanics are almost identical to the Mossberg 500. It is a well made gun and can handle the abuse of being thrown around in the back of your Jeep or pickup. It makes a ve...ry handy Self-Defense shotgun as well. If you change out the butt stock, be prepared to keep a stiff wrist when you fire it with the pistol grip. Great Gun!! more

    July 24, 2011
  • 100

    Over 20 Years And Still Perfect
    As the title says I bought this 20-25 years ago. Several hundred rounds later it still looks and functions like new.Never a single issue with it!

    September 2, 2018
  • 100

    For the money, it can not be beaten
    Purchased a few months ago. It cycles beautifully. It has eaten everything I've fed it. I really like the cross bolt safety. For the price, you would be hard pressed to find a better shotty. Out of personal preference, I...'ve added a scope saddle and red dot sight for slug use at ranges out past 60 meters. I've also added the ATI non-folding 6 position pistol grip stock. Again, personal preference. I've put well over 300 rounds through it, and have yet to clean it. This is my favorite tool for getting the job done. Love it almost as much as my M14. Time to shop for more rounds. more

    May 20, 2014
  • 100

    Love this little gun!
    This shotgun is simple with no frills, but works great. It's tough, and for the price I'm not worried about punishing it in the field. This gun is lots of fun, especially with the Tamer pistol grip.

    May 17, 2014
  • 100

    Perfect for it's Purpose
    Guys and girls this is a very well built, affordable shotgun. It is portable and it works. Initial stiffness worked out after a good cleaning and 50 rounds or so. Has all the base features needed without the clutter on a... short barrelled shotgun. Gun performs without a hitch. It did take some time to get used to the cross bolt safety when used to the tang saftey of the Mossy 500. more

    August 12, 2013
  • 100

    great gun great price
    bought mine a few years ago very fun to shoot action is comfortable, and it didnt hurt the bank account that bad. the only bad thing about it is if you go to the range you better bring lots of ammo cuz you wont wanna sto...p shooting! more

    December 2, 2012
  • 100

    Just received it... Fire it... order 300 more round!!!

    October 13, 2012
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