Mossberg (based in CT!) is the supplier of pump-action shotguns to the U.S. military. But they made their mark in the civilian market long ago, starting in 1919. Originally concentrating on shotguns, Mossberg has expanded to offer rimfire and centerfire rifles. They were the first long-gun manufacturer in the U.S. to achieve ISO 9001 certification.
They have a new shotgun that could fill a need that most other brands have only tried to meet with half-measures. (more)
The 510 Mini is a scaled-down pump shotgun with 3″ chambers in 20-gauge (4-round capacity) and .410 (3-round capacity).
According to Mossberg (emphasis mine):
“When Mossberg set out to create a dedicated shotgun for youngsters and small-statured shooters we didn’t just slap a smaller stock on our legendary 500® and call it good. Instead, our engineers made everything smaller and created what is arguably the world’s smallest fully-functional pump-action shotgun. Available in either 20 gauge or .410 bore, the Mini features an 18 1/2 “ vent-rib barrel with dual-bead sights. Parents don’t have to worry about their young shooter growing out of this gun too quick, the adjustable classic stock can be adjusted from 10 1/2” to 11 1/2” length of pull so the Mini can grow with your child. This adjustability also helps provide a proper fit for young shooters and allowing for a more safe and enjoyable shooting experience. Weighing in at 5 pounds and only 34 ¾’ long, the 510 Mini proves that big things do come in small packages!”
You can get it with a black or Mossy Oak stock.
The whole gun was designed to be used by smaller shooters. For children, teens and small-stature adults, the 510 Mini seems like an ideal product for field use. And since you can get slug & buckshot shells in 20-gauge, it is a viable defensive shotgun that’s lighter, shorter and softer-recoiling.
Now there is no reason for smaller people to avoid shotgunning.