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A 16 gauge was offered at one time but has been discontinued.

Some models come with a matte black matte-anodized receiver, and a matte blued barrel.

Some 500 models are anodized to look parkerized, with parkerized barrels.

Stocks are either wood or composite, with the composite stocks being matte black or camouflage to match the rest of the gun.

A special model called the Mariner is available with the Marinecote finish, an electroless-nickel finish that is highly corrosion resistant. The primary difference between the Model 500 and Model 590 is in magazine tube design.

This is also true of the 590 series since an aluminum receiver cannot be parkerized.

Mossberg also offers camouflage painted models, in a number of different patterns.

Introduced in 1960, all model 500s are based on the same basic concept designed by Carl Benson.

Originally using a single action bar, that was known to bind and even break, this was changed to dual action bars in 1970, following the expiration of Remington's patent on the double action bar design.

The standard model holds five 2.75-inch (70 mm) or five 3-inch (76 mm) shells in the magazine and one in the chamber.

The Model 500 is available in 12 gauge, 20 gauge, and .410 bore, with the 12 gauge being the most popular and having the most optional features available.

The Model 500 magazine facilitates easy barrel changes, as the barrel bolt serves no function other than holding the barrel in place.