O.F. Mossberg & Sons is an American firearms manufacturer, specializing in shotguns, scopes and firearm accessories. Oscar Frederick Mossberg, a native of Sweden, came to the United States in 1886. He worked in the bicycle plant of Iver Johnson, a native of Norway who became became famous for his revolver. Together with his two sons Iver and Harold, O.F. Mossberg founded O.F. Mossberg and Sons in 1919
Shotguns in the bolt actions used a (73/83 series) to designate (410), while the (85 series) was 20 ga., (90 series) was the 16ga., and the (95 series) was the 12ga.
The Mossberg 185 is a 20-gauge bolt action shotgun, with variants produced between 1948 and 1964
The original model produced from 1947-1950. The gun was distributed with three choke tubes, which mount by screwing to the outside of the barrel, as opposed to the inside, like the Remington 870 or other modern shotguns. The shotgun was shipped with a wrench for removing the choke tubes.
Weight 6 1/4 lbs, barrel, 25" with three interchangeable choke tubes, Modified, Full & Improved Cylinder
The shotgun will only accept 2 1/2 & 2 3/4-inch shotshells, and will not accept larger magnum shells.
While the magazine only holds two shells, it is possible to load three into the shotgun by first loading a shell into the chamber and then inserting a full magazine.
The stock on the shotgun, a Monte Carlo-style, also has a pistol grip shape with a black plastic trigger guard with finger ridges.
Model 185D-A Bolt Action. Produced only in 1950
The Mode D-B featured a change in firing pin design. This variant was produced from 1950 – 1955
The magazine floorplate was changed between the D-B and D-C models. This variant was produced from 1955 – 1958
3-Shot, Takedown, 20 gauge only (2 3/4-inch), 2 shell detachable magazine. Weight 6 1/4 lbs, barrel, 26" with variable C-Lect-Choke with ventilated barrel. Genuine AmericanWalnut Monte Carlo one piece pistol grip stock with recoil pad
Model 185K Bolt Action. Produced only in 1950
Model 185K-A Bolt Action. Produced from 1950 - 1955
Model 185K-B Bolt Action. Produced. 1955 - 1963
Change to trigger and safety lever
Model 185K-C Bolt Action. Produced. 1963 - 1964
change to butt plate.
Model 185K-C Bolt Action. Produced. 1964 - 1964
The Mossberg 185 Bolt Action Shotgun in these photos is a Model D-B made from 1950 to 1955 (old enough to not have a SN)
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