NOVEMBER 23, 2021

Mossberg’s 12 GA 590S “Omnivore” Featured In Jan. GUNS

“Let’s get something clear — this is a magazine for discerning shooters who are experienced and don’t fall easily for the latest hype,” begins GUNS Magazine Editor Brent T. Wheat in January’s feature article. “Having made this point, I must interject something — the Mossberg 590S Shockwave is purely, absolutely cool, possibly straying into the realm of “Kick Butt!”

Wheat continues, “I’ll point out it’s a great special-purpose self-defense scattergun with a major improvement giving it even greater utility … the added capability to feed short shotshells.” With the “omnivorous” 590S, users can mix mini, 2 3/4" and 3" shells at random. The 12 GA pump shotgun offers easy handling, higher capacity and more controllability for close-range defense.

When Smith & Wesson introduced its striker-fired, polymer-framed subcompact Shield as a part of the Military & Police line almost a decade ago, it was an instant hit. Today, the subcompact market is stretching magazine capacity to new heights. Massad Ayoob reports on S&W’s new M&P Shield P that packs more firepower, with 13+1 rounds on board. He lends, “The 147-grain subsonic was more to this gun’s liking. It gave the tightest five-shot group — 3". The best three was another case of ‘halfsies’ — 1.50". Ya don’t see this very often.”

A Big Horn Armory AR500 Auto Max rifle kicks off another year of great prizes in GUNS’ Firearms Package Giveaway. The AR rifle is chambered in 500 Auto Max, weighs less than 10 lbs. and features a 1:24" twist rate. The lucky winner will also receive a BHA Rhodesian Sling. The package is valued at more than $2,220. Readers are encouraged to enter the free drawing at

Other points of interest in Jan. GUNS include a brand-new column devoted to self-defense and self-reliance: Everyday Carry. It debuts with a “Field Guide To Tourniquets.” In Handloading, John Taffin explains why despite his love for sixguns, he’s able to find room in his shooting heart for Ruger .44 Magnum carbines. In Surplus & Classic, a teenage Will Dabbs, MD helps a friend in need of “girl money” by buying his quirky .22 LR rifle, a Firearms International Bronco, for two 10s and a five. And as times often change for the better, Dave Anderson delivers the “Skinny On Scopes” in Rifles.

Discover more at, including FMG Digital Editor Serena Juchnowski’s “Gun Cleaning: The Top 5 Things You’re Doing Wrong.” Purchase the Jan. issue or order a digital subscription at Kindle and digital versions are also available.