Video Blog – Review: Mossberg 500 Turkey Thug Gun

In this video, we review the Mossberg 500 Turkey Thug Shotgun. I bought this shotgun for my OK turkey hunt found over at (the first part can be found here).

As we like to do at, our review will include the “Good, Bad and Ugly” of this product.

Take a look at the video for the full review.


We are a raving fan of this gun! It is a great shotgun base (500) with a long lineage and a successful history. The Mossberg 500 Turkey Thug Shotgun is way more than just a turkey gun and it is one of the more reliable shotguns that you can buy. This is a definite BUY!

The Good

  • Mossberg 500 (that says a lot!)
  • Great “package” – it came pretty much complete and ready to roll
  • Hydrodip camo coating
  • 2/1 fiber optic sights (different colors!)
  • XX full choke
  • Sling and hand grip
  • Stock shell holder (and it is removable!)
  • “Phe-freaking-nominal” durability and reliability

The Bad

  • Front sling attachment point requires sling removal for disassembly (minor)
  • Standard 500 safety position + pistol grip = NO JOY (a bit more significant)

The Ugly

  • None!

How We Rate

Features/Functions – This rating is based on the features found in the product that is both common and extraordinary to this type of product. A 2.5 rating would be an average rating for types of features and functionality, whereas a 5 would be an extraordinary rating for types of features and functionality.

Quality – This rating is based on the overall quality of the product. Does it reliably do what it is supposed to do? Is the construction solid or poor? Can the product sustain the usage scenarios designed for use without breaking down? Again, a 2.5 would be an average rating for quality, whereas a 5 would be an extraordinary rating for quality.

Value – This is a subjective assessment of the Features/Functions/Quality/Brand/Warranty relative to price. A product that is priced normal to the market for the Feature/Functions/Quality/Brand/Warranty would score a 2.5. A product that is priced much less than normal to the market for the Feature/Function/Quality/Brand/Warranty would score a 5.

Bang for Buck Rating – This rating is completely subjective and generally (not always) follows the Value rating.  It is our impression rating of the price, the experience we have had with the product, and the other qualities/features found in the product.

General Ratings:

Feature/Function: (4.0 / 5)
Quality: (4.8 / 5)
Value: (5.0 / 5)
Overall: (4.6 / 5)

Bang for Buck Rating:

(5 / 5)



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