Of all the weird guns at SHOT Show, none left me more puzzled than Mossberg’s new range of Blackwater branded shotguns.
It puzzles me because the Blackwater name has long since ceased to exist. In 2009, amidst multiple legal battles, the company renamed themselves as Xe Services. The name Blackwater is now an archaism harking back to the golden age of security contractors.
The name must still move guns off shelves or Mossberg would not be using it. I am not one of Backwater’s detractors, but still I cannot figure out why Mossberg would want to associate themselves with such a publicly tainted brand name – so tainted that it has been long since abandoned by Blackwater itself.
Mossberg has not released pricing for the Blackwater shotguns.