DTAC Mongoose Follow-Up & Special Offer

Recently, TFB published a review of the DTAC Mongoose recoil-absorbing stock. I was impressed with the idea, but not impressed by the execution. There are three ways companies deal with a negative reviews:

  1. Whine, throw a tantrum, and burn bridges (uncommon, but very public).
  2. Deal with it (most common).           -or-
  3. Proactively respond & embrace the review (rare)

DTAC has taken the latter approach, constantly communicating with TFB’s Editing staff and myself asking for feedback and working on a new version of the recoil-absorbing stock. Color me impressed, especially for a new company.


We always want to see companies survive and thrive in the marketplace. Each one brings a unique perspective to solving shooting problems and providing. DTAC is running a special promotion for their current generation. Call it a “buy one now, get a better one free later” deal. Details are below.

Special Offer!!!!!

Dear Customers:

Thank you for your interest in the DTAC Mongoose.  What you see on this website is the first generation of our new stock.  It is a very limited run we have brought to market in order to test our concept of a light weight, detachable, recoil reducing stock for the Mossberg 500 series of shotguns.  Producing this batch has allowed us to provide samples to and get vital feedback from experts.  Although the product in its current form is solid and safe, there are many improvements we expect to make for the next generation of stock.  Some of the improvement planned for the next generation are as follows, shorter length of pull, higher initial break away force, a solid black finish, and a slightly less “play” in connection.  As mentioned, we have feedback from several expert shooters, but we also want feedback from the general shooting public.  To that end, any one who purchases (or has purchased) a DTAC Mongoose and sends feedback to customerservice@dtacproducts.com will get a next generation version sent to them free of charge when they become available(sometime in 2015).  We hope to lower our price for our full production model, and as an additional incentive to gather feedback, we will be lowering the price on our current units to $165.00.  We only have a few stocks left and this offer is on a first come, first serve basis.  If you like the overall concept we have come up with, this is a good opportunity to have a hand in this product’s development.


Joshua Denenberg


Good luck, DTAC. We will happily review the new version again.

For those wanting to take advantage of the offer, you can pick up a DTAC Mongoose stock here. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • dan citizen

    Glad they took the high road. This stock has potential.

    • I agree Dan I think he’ll have something good since he taking feedback well and using it to improve the product.

      • dan citizen

        Also this article really shows the quality that TFB brings to the table. This sort of even professionalism and even-handedness is so very hard to find today.

  • allannon

    I’m tempted to buy one just to support a company with (so far, at least) good customer service practices.

    • I don’t blame you. If I owned a Mossberg I probably would take him up on the offer.

      • allannon

        That’s part of the reason I don’t; a $165 stock looks pretty expensive when you have to buy a $300 shotgun for it. 🙂

        • Zachary marrs

          You can find old maverick 88s in pawn shops for 170$ all day long

          • Phil Elliott

            Yeah, but will they work with this stock?

          • Zachary marrs

            Buttstock is the same as the 500, so I dont see why not

          • Geodkyt

            ALL of the differences in a Maverick are forward of the stock. A Maverick does have a push button safety on teh trigger guard (much like. . . the Remington 870 😉 ) instead of the slider on the top rear of the receiver. Externally, that’s it.

            “Maverick” barrels also tend to be cheaper than “Mossberg” barrels, because people think the barrels are cheaply made. . . when in fact, they are off the same production lines, and the only difference is the markings and packaging.

          • Phil Elliott

            Thanks for the info.

      • Blake


  • Zachary marrs

    I want to see some more companies try to burn bridges, it’s fun to watch

    • Not fun to be a part of though.

    • Blake

      just keep an eye on Remington & grab some popcorn then…

      • Zachary marrs

        Lots and lots of popcorn.

    • Mystick

      Seeing a historic legacy implode and self-destruct isn’t what I would call “fun”. Some of these companies had a hand in shaping the history of the United States, if not the World as a whole. To call it anything less than a tragedy of sacrifice upon the alter of corporate expediency is disgusting.

      • Zachary marrs

        Once a company sells put to a larger corporation, it has already died, like marlin

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Hi, Mystick :

        I share your sentiments, but I think Zachary is just being facetious. I don’t think he seriously wants to see a historical legacy like this self-destruct under the pressures of corporate and shareholder greed any more than you or I would. If I am wrong, I am sure he will be the first to correct me :).

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    DTAC are to be commended for seriously paying attention to user feedback and taking a sound and constructive approach to the first-generation stock’s shortcomings. Their pro-active stance reminds me a lot of the similar response from the Battle Rifle Company not too long ago concerning the scathing criticism they received for their products at a time when it would have been too easy to take offence and simply dismiss that criticism out of hand.

  • morty finklesteinberg

    When there are 3 choices (or more) such as in the list above the use of the term “latter” is grammatically incorrect- “last” would be correct.

  • Gyufygy

    I was going to make a comment about companies using their early-adopter customers as beta-testers, but offering to give them the v2.0 for free does make up for that quite a bit. Cool to see.

  • adverse

    Never fired a Mossberg 500 series shotgun. My Mossberg Maverick 88 was $189.00 list. No recoil to speak of with standard 12 gauge 00 buck. For sure not enough to mount a $165 stock on it. But, for shooting heavier loads frequently, may be worth it. Good luck to the company.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      The Maverick 88 and Mossberg 500 are almost identical, the former being a slightly simplified version of the latter, eg., having a cross-bolt safety instead of a tang-mounted safety, an untapped receiver instead of a pre-tapped one, and a one-piece forearm assembly instead of a separate handguard, tube nut and action-slide assembly tube. Otherwise, they are almost one and the same shotgun, and are functionally the same. At least 90% of the parts are interchangeable ( a beautiful thing, is it not? ), and reliability under the most adverse field conditions is pretty much equal —- which is to say, extremely good.l

      • Geodkyt

        Hell, my Mossberg 500 Cruiser had a one-piece forearm assembly like a Maverick. (Cost savings measure.) Really annoyed me when I found I couldn’t just swap the forearm without buying a whole new assembly. . .

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          Sorry to hear that, Geodykt. If I’m not mistaken, Mossberg adopted the one-piece forearm assembly from the Maverick 88 for more recent production runs covering at least some models of the 500 that use synthetic forearms — as in the case of your Cruiser — for the very reasons you mentioned. My 500 is a 2010 Tactical Persuader with the 20″ barrel and 8-shot extended tube magazine, and it came with the original-style synthetic forearm comprising a separate action-slide assembly tube, tube nut and handguard.

          Mossberg really should go back to the original forearm design, even if they have to charge a few more dollars up front, instead of making you buy a whole new action-slide assembly tube and nut just to accommodate a different handguard.

  • David Sharpe

    Ah man, why can’t they have this for the 870? I have a Chinese Knockoff of one that I want a new stock for.