Firearm Infobox
Name, Image, type, origin
Name Maverick 88
Image 300px
Maverick 88 Security, 8-Shot model with 20 inch barrel equipped with Red Dot sight
Type Shotgun
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service
Used by
Production history
Manufacturer O.F. Mossberg & Sons
Weight 6lbs (2722g)
Barrel length 18.5" or 20" (470mm or 508mm)
Cartridge 12 Gauge 2-3/4" or 3"
Action Pump action
Muzzle velocity
Effective range
Maximum range
Other identifying characteristics
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The Maverick 88 is a less costly to manufacture, simplified version of the pump action, 12 gauge Mossberg 500 shotgun.

Factory Maverick 88's feature a black, synthetic only stock and forearm, cylinder bore (although chokes are available), and cross-bolt safety. Accessories are mostly compatible with the Mossberg 500.

The Maverick line of shotguns are assembled in Eagle Pass, Texas using foreign (Non-USA) manufactured parts, mainly from Mexico; which contributes to their relatively lower price in comparison to the Mossberg 500 series of shotguns which is assembled and manufactured in the USA.

The trigger groups will not interchange between Maverick 88 and Mossberg 500 guns, but the majority of other parts including barrels, stocks, and shell magazines will (the barrel and magazines must be the same length).

Maverick 88 shotguns feature a trigger guard mounted cross-bolt safety as opposed to a top tang safety, which is used on the Mossberg 500 series.

Early Model 88's were equipped with a single slide rail, but this was updated to a dual slide rail in 1990.

Maverick 88's are factory finished with paint (receiver) and steel bluing (barrel/magazine) only, whereas Mossberg 500's have factory paint/blued, stainless steel or parkerized (receiver/barrel/magazine) options.

There are two basic models of the 88, the 88 field and the 88 security. The 88 field comes with a longer 28" vent-rib barrel, whereas the security comes with an 18-1/2" or 20" non-vent-rib barrel. The 88's have a cartridge capacity of 6 or 8 shots and cannot have their magazines easily extended without machining.

References & Links Edit

Official Maverick 88 product webpage

Official Mossberg product webpage

Official webpage of the city of Eagle Pass, Texas


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