Love this shotgun!
After shooting practice trap for the first time with my buddy's Benelli Nova, I knew I had to have a shotgun. After looking up replacement barrels for the Benelli and seeing the high price tags even though the Nova itself wasn't much more expensive, I went back and forth between the Moss 500 and the Remington 870 (as most people do) and finally decided on the Moss 500 Flex, as the quick change stock and forend intrigued me since I wanted to use it as both a Home Defense and Trap gun.
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fits the bill perfectly! After a little initial cleaning and lubrication, the action is super smooth (mine was pretty dry, but it was a display model as well, only one they had), and the extra thick and spongy butt pad absorbs recoil like a dream. This thing is an absolute pleasure to shoot, and going from a 28" barrel trap gun with full stock to a 18.5" barrel pistol grip takes literally less than a minute to do. I am 100% satisfied with this gun! Compared to the Benelli I am not disappointed one bit. The original butt pad on the Benelli was brutal, but the original Flex butt pad is very comfortable and removes a lot of the recoil that the Benelli did not (he has since added a softer butt pad but I've yet to try it, an extra expense on top of an already more expensive gun). I've put about 100 rounds through the trap setup so far, and everything still works and functions great with no jams. Can't wait to shoot the 18.5" barrel pistol grip setup. It looks nice and intimidating anyway just sitting there!
I did add an Archangel 7 shot shell holder (sold here at Academy) made specifically for the Mossberg 500 (Flex not specified) that did not fit without a bit of trimming to the forend (it's a bit larger on the Flex vs the standard 500), but it was an easy fix. I did try the tactical forend and 6 position stock as well, but ultimately returned them as they were uncomfortable to me (personal preference, and the hard butt pad on the 6 position stock gave me flashbacks to the original Benelli butt pad that bruised me). The tactical forend for the Flex is shorter than the standard Flex forend, and clears the Archangel 7 shot shell holder without any trimming necessary.
The only real gripe I have is with the safety. I do like the position of the safety, but it is difficult to move, my thumb slips on it constantly. It is also made out of plastic. I wound up ordering a Brownells enhanced metal safety with a raised lip to fix this issue, but have yet to receive or install it. From what I hear, it's a great deal better and a worthwhile upgrade.
Bottom line, do not hesitate to get this gun! At this price point and for the features, it can't be beat, and even though I wound up not liking the tactical setup, switching to it and back was an absolute breeze! Long live the Flex system!