View Full Version : Brand New, Looking for first Shotgun

06-25-2012, 9:27 PM
Hey all
New here and also to firearms. Been shooting with my friends before.
Lots to learn and read up on.
Will be looking for a Mossy 930 SPX.
So... HI!

06-25-2012, 9:34 PM
Welcome to CalGuns! As for the shotgun, I suggest starting with a pump first. Can't go wrong with a Mossberg 500.

06-25-2012, 9:40 PM

06-25-2012, 9:58 PM
Thanks guys :)
A member has the SPX for a pretty good price so I may be picking his up.
noob_tube, any reason in particular to go pump first?
also, if i do pick up the used SPX from the member, is there anything in particular (besides the money haha) that I should bring to the gun shop to do the transfer?
Thanks for helping a new guy out!

06-25-2012, 10:16 PM
Pump shotguns have a simpler design. Easier to use and maintain. Semi-autos can get a bit finicky with the ammo you feed them.

xXx Sir Sik xXx
06-25-2012, 10:16 PM

SoCal Bob
06-25-2012, 10:35 PM
Welcome. All you need to bring is a CA ID that shows your correct home address.

06-25-2012, 10:37 PM
Welcome aboard. Good luck on your decision. I say get a pump for your first, and only the 930 if the deal is really that good.

06-25-2012, 10:56 PM
screw that, get what you want! it's not like you're thinking of buying a 1000cc motorcycle for your very first bike, or wanting to do an Iron Man when you're 100lbs overweight......you're buying an excellent shotgun, and you'll be able to operate it just fine without having to have owned a pump first.

you don't need training wheels, just get the gun, and go practice!!!!!!!

06-25-2012, 11:31 PM
Welcome, I got a mossberg 500,(look at my avatar). Anyway, why not start with a .22? Cheap to buy cheap to feed and good starter gun

Bert Gamble
06-26-2012, 5:50 AM
My first shotgun was a Benelli M4 and I couldn't be happier. So glad I went that way instead of the pump. Don't know anything about the Mossberg semi.

06-26-2012, 6:25 AM

06-26-2012, 6:59 AM
Welcome to CalGuns.

06-26-2012, 7:05 AM
Welcome Aboard!:hurray:

the big ravioli
06-26-2012, 7:06 AM
Welcome to Cal Guns!!

I own a 930 along with an M4 & I love them.. But I also own 2 500's and they are my go to gun over the autos.

As with other Cal Gunners, I would also say to get a pump first learn the basics & then start to play with auto loaders. Either way good luck and safe shooting!

06-26-2012, 7:30 AM
Welcome to Calguns! :)

06-26-2012, 8:15 AM
welcome to the forum.

06-26-2012, 9:09 AM
Thanks guys!

Well the deal is $600 for the non pistol grip version with a few boxes of ammo.
What do you all think?
Thanks again for all of your input.

SoCal Bob
06-26-2012, 9:56 AM
If this was to be your one and only firearm forever then I might agree with the suggestions about you getting a pump. That being said, it probably won't be your only gun so I say if it is what you want, and can afford, then get it and have a good time. If it turns out you don't really like it then sell it or trade it for something else later.

Price wise you will need to do some research. I haven't priced a 930 so I don't know if the price is good or not. I do know that just like the last election time prices may be a tad higher at the moment, supply and demand.

06-26-2012, 10:01 AM
I see. Yes, most likely will start a new addiction since all of my friends have multiple guns with lots of mods.

It does seem to be nicely under retail for that price at the moment (couple quotes for retail were $699 without pistol grip) and as long as it is clean (which I hope the shop may able to help me with for a little extra $$) It seems like a good deal so only time will tell.

Also, my girlfriend will learn to use it with me so I liked the idea (especially for home defense) of her being able to just squeeze and not pump.

Been reading lots of the stickies in the mean time.

06-26-2012, 11:57 AM

FX-05 Xiuhcoatl
06-27-2012, 6:23 AM

Mattius Maximus
06-27-2012, 5:08 PM
Hi all, and welcome. My first shotgun was a 12 gauge Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight, which just so happens to be the same weapon that the SEALS used in Vietnam, among other things (http://olive-drab.com/od_other_firearms_shotgun_ithaca37.php). It is a bad *** shotgun that will not disappoint.

06-27-2012, 5:26 PM
Welcome aboard!

Special Agent R
06-27-2012, 6:54 PM

06-28-2012, 9:07 AM
Thanks for the warm welcomes everyone!

06-28-2012, 10:26 AM
Welcome, would go with a pump first R870 or Moss 590A1 is good to go!

06-28-2012, 10:33 AM
If I wasn't getting a good deal I'd look into it but sealing the deal tomorrow on the 930.
Really excited about it too! :D

Definitely Devious
06-28-2012, 10:42 AM
Remington 870 is the benchmark, and you will find the most available accessories for it...GREAT first shotgun, it is the Ruger 10/22 of shotguns.

Though luckily i never had to purchase a shotgun myself as i inherited great grandpas 1947 Ithaca arms model 37 (LOVE my model 37..and i can pump fire with it too).I have shot many shotguns and tend to do lots of research.Before i inherited the Ithaca, i was going Remington 870.


06-28-2012, 10:46 AM
If all goes well tomorrow I need to sign up for a Defensive Shotgun training class asap.
Can't wait

06-28-2012, 4:04 PM

06-29-2012, 1:04 PM
Great deal and awesome seller.
Couldn't pass it up.:thumbsup:

07-01-2012, 8:43 PM
Welcome aboard and congrats on your first purchase!

07-01-2012, 9:53 PM
Welcome, My first and only shotgun is a Winchester model 1200 12ga pump. Bought it in the 70's. I keep it close by.

07-02-2012, 2:40 PM
Hey all
New here and also to firearms. Been shooting with my friends before.
Lots to learn and read up on.
Will be looking for a Mossy 930 SPX.
So... HI!

You're in E90post too right?
I think I recognize your username.

Welcome to Calguns!

07-02-2012, 4:04 PM
Hey there yea same name on there but I'm also a shop vendor (Grant@DetailAddict) over there.

07-02-2012, 4:10 PM
Welcome Aboard! My first gun was the Maverick 88 by Mossberg (7+1) 20" and it's been awesome....Get what you want to get IMO....In the end....you'll end up buying more guns anyways! LOL!