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Old 10-18-2008, 08:26 PM
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Has anyone here ever owned or fired one of these models? The low cost is appealing to have it as a spare. Any flaws with this weapon?

http://www.maverickarms.com/pages/88security.htm
Old 10-18-2008, 08:39 PM
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It is like the low end Remington 870s. They just cut a few corners. I have shot one at the range. I prefer the 590 in Mossberg or the Remington 870 in 12 gauge. If cost is a factor shoot one and see how it feels to you. Is the fit and finish good? The best gun is the one you have with you.
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Has anyone here ever owned or fired one of these models? The low cost is appealing to have it as a spare. Any flaws with this weapon?

http://www.maverickarms.com/pages/88security.htm
I have a Maverick 88 (8-shot version) I bought at a gun show (new) for $125. From what I can tell it's functionally identical to the Mossberg 500 with the exception of the safety - on the Maverick 88 it's on the trigger guard. The main difference is that the Maverick 88 is hecho en mexico and made with lower quality parts. Which parts or to what degree of quality difference I am unsure - I've not pulled both apart side-by-side. I've put about 300 rounds of various stuff through the 88 and have had no issues (though I still need to pattern it). Only complaint is that it kicks pretty hard for a 12ga given it's lower weight from the lower quality parts used. It's the shotgun that stays loaded in my safe in case it's needed in a hurry... a hurry that can wait long enough for me to open my safe, that is.

In comparison, I've owned a 590A1 in the past (which I never should have sold - doh!). I put a ton of all sorts of different kinds of ammo through the thing and never had a problem with it. It was quite heavy, noticeably more than the 88, though it helped soak up some of the recoil when firing 3.5in shells. I think if I were to ever buy a 590 again it would be the 590 Mariner, simply due to the rust-resistant coating - you never know where you'll end up in a survival situation. Anyways, the 590 and the 88 did an equally reliably good job in blowing up water jugs and assorted large fruit. Never had an issue with slugs or any type of shot in either of them. I would feel comfortable having either as my primary in a situation where I knew I wasn't going to be in a hostile environment - the nod would go the 590 if I were going somewhere with nasty weather or if I were going to have to club zombies brains in with it.
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The Maverick 88 shares many of the parts of the Mossberg 500. There is no reason not to buy one that I know of and all the price tags I've seen have been in the $130 to $200 range. If you upgrade later it never hurts to keep it around as a back-up, or trunk gun.
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They are fine guns that can last a lifetime. Accepts a Mossberg 500 barrel and the rear stocks too. Forearms are not interchangeable.
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For the price, the 88's are like a sore pecker, you just can't beat it!
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That's my name don't wear it out.

seariously though the saftey placement is crap and way too stiff to boot.

I just don't use it and it's a good shot gun.
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recoil pad will take care of a touchy sholder.

useing the pistol grip watch out for your teeth!!!!! that hurt, shoot from the hip if you choose the concielment mode, you will get busted up trying to aim this cannon.

(felt just fine useing target loads...........I can take it...Aaaah crapmnI gotta take aminute guys, you take over for a while.)
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I own a fully decked out Mossberg 835 for hunting. (3 barrels, all of the chokes, Nikon glasss on slug barrel) but a Maverick 88 security is in a Home Back-Up Protection bed rack in my master bedroom. Loaded with #4 Buck, the only modification is a replacement high viz optical bead for the front sight. I bought it because of its simplicity and weight (very light for a 12 guage pump) I like it slick because it sits well in the rack and nothing catches on the bedding. I really think it is most practical HD shotgun around, at any price.
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Has anyone here ever owned or fired one of these models? The low cost is appealing to have it as a spare. Any flaws with this weapon?

http://www.maverickarms.com/pages/88security.htm
I have one. Excellent shotgun for the price. Kicks like a mule. the nice thing about it, practilcally everything (accessory wise) for the 500's fit this shotgun. Low cost, a ton of fun. Good shotgun to turn into a home defense weapon as well.
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How about as secondary back-up to a larger shotgun - with low-recoil 00 buck and pistol grip... I've been considering this for a while.

I would think low-recoil buck would make the whole thing more manageable.
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its the same exact thing as a mossberg 500 but with a cross bolt safety, ive took one a apart (my buds 88) and every thing is exactly the same as the internals of the 500, the barrels will interchange too, the mavericks used to be made in mexico and have only a single action bar, now they are made in texas and have dual action bars
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We have the 88 and it has not let us down and has taken anything we've fed it. For it's price it's really hard to beat.

I seriously doubt you'd be disappointed.
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We have the 88 and it has not let us down and has taken anything we've fed it. For it's price it's really hard to beat.

I seriously doubt you'd be disappointed.
since my freind got his 88 about 4 months ago, we have put at least 1000rds thru it mostly bird shot but heavy stuff too, mostly 12 gauge lumber jackin , no problems, it was kinda stiff at first and was a little greasy brand new, took it a part scrubbed all that $hit out with break free, 100 rounds the gun was smooth as hell, i had a mossberg 500 4 years until last year and shot the hell out of it, nuthing ever hiccuped
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Have 1 put 1000+ through it no problems, fires 3" mags no problem, love this gun. have put ar type pistol grip stock on it.
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as stated above, you really can't beat them for the price. quality-wise, it's not quite on the level of my Browning Hi Cap, but it's still a solid, well built gun for short money.
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it will throw lead every time u pull the trigger, and will last a lifetime, for $150 range what more can u ask for, a beneli m1 super 90? yeah i wish
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I have 2. same thing has my 500
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Made here in good ol' Texas. Great shotgun. I own the Maverick 88 field model with the 28" barrel.

I have no complaints about the shotgun at all. Feeds everything flawlessly, Shoots like a shotgun. What more are you asking for? My buddy has an 870. He paid close to $600 for. Sure it's all tacted out and stuff. But as far as I've seen. Anyone who goes up to the local range to shoot clays with their tacticool shotguns can't hit crap with them. As the spred is too wide to hit a clay.

What are you looking for in a shotgun? Cheap and shoots just as good expensive shotguns? Or Expensive and shoots like a cheap shotgun?
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