I’m an odd duck, I LOVE field stripping guns. I like how things come apart and to look at how things go together, and the nature of Field stripping it means no tools, and no small parts.
Detail stripping generally requires tools and has lots of wonky small parts. This type of work gets my heart racing…most often when you drift out a pin or remove a part that holds another part in place, and parts fall out, like when you drift out the sear/disconnector pin from an M1911 and the sear and disconnector just tumble out of the frame. My gut clenches and I think “I WILL NEVER GET THOSE PARTS BACK IN THE RIGHT WAY AGAIN, I DIDN’T EVEN SEE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!!111”
Well I noticed what looked like a little rust on the shell elevator of my Mossberg 590 and I decided it needed a good cleaning.
So I tore it down with just a few silly mistakes that held me back and cleaned it up very well. I need to do this a bit more often, some pieces got pitted and that’s a damn shame.
Now I’m a HUGE fan of the Gun Digest assembly/dissasembly guides, but in the case of the Mossberg 500 Entry they really didn’t do a great job at showing the dissasembly well enough to allow for re-assembly.
Thankfully this video is GREAT!
Getting the bolt/slide/operating rods together really tied me up for a bit. Makes sense when you get it all running together, but you don’t really see that interaction when you’re tearing the whole unit apart.
BTW on a side note, I’d like to replace the stock on my 590. The guide implies that I need some sort of special tool….I found another video that says I can do it with just a big allen wrench. What am I in for when I replace the stock?