Mossberg Shotgun Slings

Slinging Your
88, 500, and 590 Shotgun

Find the Right
Mossberg Shotgun Sling

Always Better. | June 2nd, 2022

Let’s keep this shotgun party going! After coveringNow that we’ve covered Remington 870 shotguns, we’ll switch over to Mossbergs. Depending on who you ask and when, it’s a tossup whether more Remingtons or Mossbergs have been fielded. Both have been issued from the local PD all the way to the US Armed Forces so we wanted to create these articles as a starting guide for the best sling setups.

Two Disclaimers

First, as with any time you handle firearms, ensure at least twice that they are unloaded and in a safe direction. You should never be fidgeting with your sling or any accessories while it is loaded or in any ready condition.

Second , we provide these articles as a general guide based on the opinions of the authors. We understand you may not have your Mossberg set up like the photos – like you, we are making do with what we have and these are often borrowed guns from friends and colleagues. Also, keep in mind you may reach a fork in the road where you would either need to purchase additional accessories and / or modify your firearm or get creative with sling hardware as you will see later.

Mossberg Shotguns Slinged in this Article

Mossberg 88, 500, and 590 shotguns with slings

Note: Two previous shotgun articles covered standard slinging of a Benelli M4 / M1 and different sling mount options that could be used on Remington 870s. As we all know, shotguns come in a variety of shapes and sizes and there’s no one way to sling a shotgun.

 

Mossberg 500 Shotgun and Vickers Sling with front swivel mount hardwware

Mossberg 500 Shotgun

Vickers Sling with Front Swivel Mount Hardware

Mossberg 500 with Vickers Sling in Ranger Green

Designed in 1961, the M500 started the line of all the 500 series of Mossbergs. The example here is courtesy of our trade show ringer Devin and was his first firearm purchased circa 2004. He was kind of surprised, “What are you going to do with that ratty 500?” It has character and it’s unique; you never see these old Choate top-folding stocks anyway. This version has a 20-inch barrel with a full-length magazine tube with a standard sling swivel stud on the bottom and the peak 1990s Choate top folder!

Slinging this was fairly straightforward. A Heavy Duty Sling Swivel easily attaches to stud on the bottom of the magazine tube. It isn’t “cool” but it’s secure and quiet.

It’s easy enough to thread the Vickers Sling through the rear sling loop located on the side of the Choate stock. This is a better location than the loop on the bottom of the pistol grip just like on the older M-16s. If you have your sling mounted on the bottom of the gun, the gun will have a tendency to flip upside down when carrying it.

This allows you to carry this Mossberg 500 either in the front or on your back and still be able to cinch the sling tight to reduce movement.

Mossberg 500 with Vickers Sling in Ranger Green

Mossberg 500 Shotgun Sling Options Found Here

Vickers Sling – Unpadded in Ranger Green

Vickers Sling™ – Unpadded in Ranger Green

The world's standard in weapon slings. With over 500,000 in-use across all U.S. Branches of Service, Allied foreign militaries, local and national law enforcement, hunters, and enthusiasts. Combined with a Benelli M4 Shotgun, this makes the most versatile tactical Benelli sling available. Note: Ranger Green was a limited run and can be built to order with the Custom Sling Builder here.

Heavy Duty Side Release Swivel Sling Mount

Heavy Duty Side Release Swivel Sling Mount

The Side Release Swivel Sling Mount allows for the secure attachment of a Vickers Combat Applications Sling to traditional sling studs found on many shotguns. The Side Release Swivel Mount provides a 1.25" sling slot and is phosphate finished for corrosion protection.

Mossberg 590 Shotgun and Hunting with two swivel mounts for hardwware

Mossberg 590 Shotgun

Shotgun Sling with Front and Back Swivel Mount Hardware

Mossberg 590 shotgun with Hunting Sling in Brown

Developed in the late 1980s, the Mossberg 590 was released in 1987 and built around specs from the US Navy. You can find these in your local gun shop with the noticeable rear sight protective wings on the top of the receiver.

This particular model did have sling swivel studs at the base of the stock and the front of the magazine cap which made attaching this Shotgun Sling pretty straigh-forward. The Hunting Sling is a simpler, more straight forward traditional sling that still has the ability to adjust the overall length. The front and rear Heavy Duty Side Release Swivels are captive so there is no worry about them getting mixed up or coming undone.

Instructions for Attaching the Sling Swivel Mount to Shotgun Stud

Sling Swivel Mount Attachment to Mossberg 500 stud step one, loosen.

Step One

Loosen the lock pen by turning the grip counterclockwise

Sling Swivel Mount Attachment to Mossberg 500 stud step two, turning the lock pen out

Step Two

Press the lock pen down and away from the lock

Sling Swivel Mount Attachment to Mossberg 500 stud step three, placing the lock through the stud

Step Three

Place the lock through the swivel stud hole

Sling Swivel Mount Attachment to Mossberg 500 stud step four, locking the swivel mount

Step Four

Turn lock pen back and under the swivel stud

Sling Swivel Mount Attachment to Mossberg 500 stud step five, tighten to secure

Step Five

Tighten the pen by turning the grip clockwise

Step six, Attach sling

Step Six

Attach your sling to the swivel mount

Mossberg 590 shotgun with Hunting Sling in Brown

Mossberg 500 Shotgun Sling Options Found Here

Hunting Shotgun Sling Shown in this article

Hunting Shotgun Sling in Black

From being a Hunting Shotgun Sling – the easy attachment of sling swivels to adjustability makes this the best all in one sling. The Hunting Sling is built with INVISTA™ solution-dyed CORDURA® webbing found on the Vickers Sling used by Marines, Soldiers, and Airmen: colorfast and resists rolling, cracking, or hardening. NOTE: The swivels have been updated to Phosphated steel construction.

Mossberg 88 sling with stock and barrel attachment

Mossberg Maverick 88 Shotgun

Vickers Sling with Univeral Wire Loop Attachment

Mossberg 88 Shotgun with Sling

Don’t be ashamed you have a Maverick 88; TFB TV could not break theirs after a 500 round torture test. These used to be sub $200 and are better than nothing—everyone needs to get their start somewhere. This Maverick 88 was provided by Nate at The Proving Grounds. It is brand new and much to our dismay, has ZERO provisions for a sling—but have no fear, Since Blue Force Gear is a sling company, we have gotten creative with sling hardware over the years.

Up front, we were able to girth hitch a 6.25” UWL around the band holding the magazine tube to the barrel. This is not ideal—but again—there were no sling studs or slots at all. Be sure that the Wire Loop does not slip off and travel down to the mag tube that the slide actuates around; this could cause a jam of the pump action. Some 100mph tape can keep it in place. Again, there is no risk of the sling coming off and dumping the gun, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

The rear of the Maverick 88 also had no studs or loops, but that’s no problem. As we have shown with the AK buttstocks and a few others, you can tightly loop the Vickers Sling around the wrist of the stock. You will feel it when gripping it, but if you have it tight, it should not slide too far forward or rearward.

If you wanted a better solution and are not afraid to use your tools on your guns, GG&G has a front and rear sling mounting plates for the Maverick 88 that will also fit the M500 and M590 for a very affordable price.

Rear Sling Attachment Directly to the Stock with no Mount

Attaching sling to mossberg 88 stock step one: unthreading.

Step One

Unthread the back of the sling and loop webbing around with the Triglide close to the stock.

Attaching sling to mossberg 88 stock step two: threading

Step Two

Thread the sling webbing back through both Triglides to secure the stock of the shotgun.

Attaching sling to mossberg 88 stock step three: confirm triglide position

Step Three

Note how close the Triglide (sling hardware) is to stock: this will keep the sling from sliding.

Mossberg 88 Shotgun with Sling

Mossberg 88 Shotgun Sling Options Found Here

Woodland camo Vickers Sling
Vickers Sling™ – Unpadded in Woodland Camo

The world's standard in weapon slings. With over 500,000 in-use across all U.S. Branches of Service, Allied foreign militaries, local and national law enforcement, hunters, and enthusiasts. Combined with a Benelli M4 Shotgun, this makes the most versatile tactical Benelli sling available. Note: Woodland camo was a limited run and can be built to order now using the Custom Sling Builder here.

Universal Wire Loop

Universal Wire Loop - 6.25 inches

The Universal Wire Loop is a versatile sling mount attachment point. A flexible nylon coated stainless steel wire allows for a sling attachment through eyelets, loops, slots, or any other opening that the wire fits through. The UWL™ is available in two sizes, one with a 6.25” length and one in 3.25” (as seen here) for different applications.

And there you have it – some simple ways to attach a sling to the popular models of the Mossberg shotgun families. As we have demonstrated, it can be done with a little bit of creativity and sling hardware or, for a more custom approach, there are a number of aftermarket hardware pieces to help achieve the most optimal solution for your needs.

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