Mossberg Turkey THUG shotguns

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Mossberg has brought out a range of 12 gauge pump-action shotguns named after Mossy Oak’s new TV Series “Turkey THUGS”. From the Mossberg press release …

Mossberg delivers four new high-performance Turkey THUG shotgun models, each engraved with “Turkey THUG Series” on the receiver. All Turkey THUG pump-action shotguns will feature Mossberg’s revolutionary Lightning Pump Action™ (“LPA”) user-adjustable, creep-free trigger system, which provides unmatched accuracy. The Turkey THUG Series boasts adjustable fiber optic sights on all models and two of the models will feature the addition of a mounted and bore-sighted 30mm TRUGLO red-dot sight. The two models with the red-dot sights have incorporated a back-up fiber optic system that allows the hunter to look under the red-dot sight to utilize the fiber optic sights. Three of the models will feature Mossy Oak’s new Break-Up® Infinity™ camo pattern with a receiver-mounted Picatinny rail. Two stock options will be available; classic (in black or Break-up Infinity) and a full-length pistol grip (Break-Up Infinity only).

Mossberg 535 Turkey THUG
Mossberg 535 Turkey THUG
Mossberg 500 Turkey THUG
Mossberg 835 Turkey THUG

They all have 5+1 capacity, fiber optic sights and 20″ barrel (except the 500 model which has a 24″ barrel). The lightweight Mossberg 535 weighs just 6.75 lbs while the 500 and 835 weigh 7.25 lbs.




Steve Johnson

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  • gunslinger

    i’ve been looking for a turkey gun, and this seems to hit the spot. i’ve been around the 500/870 debate, and personally found the 500 feels better in my hand (location of slide release and safety) compared to the 870. that is just my humble opinion.

    i just wonder what the price difference will be compared to a regular 500/535.

  • David

    Tha THUG looks like my 500 with a bad case of testosterone poisoning. The only way to make it more macho would be to add naked lady mudflaps.

  • snmp

    Choate Machine & Tool piztolgrip Buttstock

  • Clodboy

    “Turkey THUG?”

    I’d assume that means both the back-up fiber-optic sight as well as the muzzle brake are offset by 90 degrees, so as to facilitate shooting with the one handed sideways grip. :D

    I guess even the outdoors industry is trying to tap into the “urban market” nowadays.

    In all seriousness though, I kind of dig high-rez film dip patterns on shotguns (let’s face it, modern camo is primarily designed to catch the hunter rather than the prey), and being a Mossberg, I’d expect this gun to last you through several Zombie apocalypses.

  • Alan

    Sooo…. This is the yin to Tacticool’s yang?

  • tommy2rs

    Wake me when they start making them in a left handed model. If I have to shoot a righty I’ll stick with my Win 97.

  • http://www.turkeyslayer.com Chadtheturkeyslayer

    I own this new shotgun an it’s awsome! I can’t wait 2 bust the heck outta a big Tom this spring! Updates still to come on it! I’ve owned a 835 for years an a few years ago I went out on a limb an bought a 935 an both of them are great guns an this will be the first year with the new turkey THUG I just hope the turkeys down here in the south have made peace with the Lord cause imma try my best an the good Lord willin I’m going to try to put the chase on sum long beards this year!

  • Turkeytaker

    I purchased the Turkey Thug this year and had an opportunity to pattern it with open sights last week. It throws a great pattern with all the turkey loads I tried but the Hevi Shot in #5 #6 and #7 Magnum Blend patterned best out of the four different turkey loads. Looking forward to March 15th here in South Carolina to see if I can seal the deal on a big gobbler this year.

  • Johnny

    I AM GOING TO BUY A NEW TURKEY GUN .I WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RECOIL/RANGE/AND PATTERN.ON THE TURKEY THUGS CAN ANY BODY HELP THANKS JOHNNY

  • Ken_C

    I have a 535 turkey gun. its kicks real good with 3-1/2″ Magnum shells. I havent patterned it with shorter shells yet. going to do that soon. bought it new last year. I like that I can take it out and if it happens to rain while I have it out, this thing can take getting wet. its mostly polymer and the parts that are steel are covered with the camo pattern. mine didnt come with a red dot scope like the thug model. I did add a tru-glo gobble stopper and rail to mine. its a good turkey gun for the price.

  • JOHN EGGLESTON

    Ken I JUMPED IN BOTH FEET AND GOT ONE.YOU ARE RIGHT IT DOES KICK . BUT I FOUND IF YOU GET THE L.O.P RIGHT IT TAMES IT DOWN GOOD BIT AND IN ADD IN FINE SAND IN THE BUTT IT IS NOT THAT BAD . I SHOT MINE WITH 3.5 MAGS 15 TIMES ZEROING THE RED DOT.AND STILL HAVE A SHOULDER .IT GAINED WEIGHT WITH THE SAND. BUT NOT BAD. I GOT MY HANDS ON FEDRALS 3.5 # 5 SHOT WITH FIGHT CONTROL AND TUNGSTON SHOT. I HAVE A BANZER CHOKE TUBE.THIS COMBO MADE A TRUE 50 YARD GUN.THANKS FOR YOUR IN PUT.GOOD TURKEY HUNTIN JOHNNY

  • nick

    awsome gun range up to 65 yards i know,recoil hell yea but its worth it.i couldnt be happier with this gun.ive already shot my limit

    • oneshot

      what type shells are you using? I just got a 535 turkey thug myself.

  • JOHN EGGLESTON

    NICK WHAT COMBO ARE YOU SHOOTING. SHELL/ CHOKE. MY SEASON HAS NOT STARTED YET .INDIANA. JOHNNY

  • STU

    I just bought a 535 turkey thug and it came with the TruGLO red dot fiber optic sight. Just wondering has anyone had any issues out of the fiber optic sight at all dealing with accuracy? STU

  • JOHN EGGLESTON

    I BOUGHT MY GUN WITH OUT THE TRUEGLO RED DOT NOT A BIG FAN . BUT I DID BUY A REDHEAD ASCENT RED DOT. GOES WHERE I PUT THE DOT

  • josh fields

    I shoot a 640 comp n choke out of my turkey thug and the gun is absolutly deadly i can break 2*4 with it

  • mark

    Ok..
    Here’s my challenge to all turkey thugs.
    I shot a Benelli super nova pump. With Nitro ammo. At 40 yards in a 10 inch circle I’m getting 290 pellets on target. Beat that !!!!

  • http://friearmblog.com Paulg

    Looking to buy the turkey thug. I like the design and the reviews seem to be good. Have they made it in a left handed model? Thanks from south Alabama!