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Have It Jerry's Way

The Mossberg
940 JM Pro
Perhaps the greatest all-around shooter of all time, Jerry Miculek got everything
he asked for and more out of the upgraded, affordable and reliable Mossberg Model 940 JM Pro.
BY JEFF JOHNSTON, Field Editor
hen Americans hear the name "Mossberg,"
they think "pump shotgun," right? That's
likely because right now, as for the past 30
years, you can find one in most Walmarts, gun stores and
duck blinds across the nation. Why? Because they're affordable and they work. Indeed, from 1960 to the present,
the iconic American firm has produced around 11 million
Model 500 pump-actions, placing it neck-in-neck with
Remington's 870 for the most-produced shotgun of all time.
But did you know the 101-year-old O.F. (Oscar Frederick)
Mossberg & Sons firm is the oldest family-owned firearm
company in the United States?
You should also know that the North Haven, Conn., manufacturer has been producing gas-operated semi-automatic
shotguns since 1986, beginning with its Model 1000 hunting
gun that was licensed, branded and sold under the Smith &
Wesson logo. In 1998, six years after the introduction of
its Model 9200 semi-automatic, Mossberg produced the
9200A1 Jungle Gun-an 18.5"-barreled semi-automatic-
in the hopes of satisfying the Department of Defense's
call for a "Joint Service Combat Shotgun." It didn't win
the contract, but it did pave the way for the 930 series
first produced in 2005-one year after releasing the
31/2"-chambered Model 935.
What do all current Mossberg shotguns have in common?
They have tang-mounted safeties, a reputation for reliability
and blue-collar price tags. As of this writing, you can buy a
Mossberg Maverick 88 pump (parts sourced from Mexico but
assembled in Texas) over the counter for $190, or a Mossberg
500 (made in USA) for around $250. Name a better value in
all of the consumer world, and I'll pick up your bar tab. The
only downside for Mossberg is that once a company dominates
a specific market-in this case, pump shotguns-it can be
difficult to break out of that mold. And the 930 didn't do
it-it simply didn't stand out from a dozen other companies'
gas-operated semi-automatics in a meaningful way. Mossberg
felt it had to stick to its affordable, blue-collar roots, so while
the 930s are perfectly serviceable, they are necessarily a little
rough around the edges compared to higher-priced shotguns
such as Brownings, Benellis and Berettas. For under $500, I
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believe the 930 is the best semi-automatic going, but I'm
afraid not all that many shotgunners know about it, because
budget guns don't garner the limelight as do the slick flagships that dominate competitions and magazine covers. 
So, in 2018, Mossberg decided to challenge itself, indeed
the entire market, to remain relevant in the semi-automatic
shotgun category. But to accomplish that goal during what
I call today's golden era of defensive and tactical shotgun
design, Mossberg had to do something impressive enough
to turn heads. Who did they turn to? Oh, just a guy by the
name of Jerry Miculek.
In this writer's opinion Jerry Miculek is the greatest
all-around action shooter in the history of the world. While
Jerry opines that this designation should go to Walter
Walsh, it's undisputable that Jerry is one of the nicer and
most gun-knowledgeable guys you'll ever find. In Jerry's
line of work-where fractions of a second separate top
shooters and one jam can mean the difference between
first place and no place-his tools must work all the time,
every time. His guns must be fast and cannot be a hindrance whatsoever. Frankly, when Mossberg first signed
Jerry back in 2012 to use its 930 exclusively for competition, I could see how Miculek might have balked at using
an unproven gun that, as I mentioned, is a little rough
around the edges. That's especially true if it could possibly
cost him a match-even if he's getting paid to use it. So, I
asked him about it.
"Tom Taylor (then Mossberg's CEO) told me the 930 was a
good gun, and Tom doesn't lie. And sure enough, the 930 is a
good gun. It's rugged; it contains big pieces and hardly ever
breaks," Miculek said. "On many long-action gas guns, when
the gas system reciprocates the rings come out of the piston
and then they must go back into the piston and therefore
they break frequently. The 930's rings stay captured in the
piston. It's really fast and simple. I've never broken one."
But as anyone who's ever seen Jerry in action knows,
his competition 930s were far from stock. A maintenance
mechanic by trade and a gunsmith by necessity, Jerry modified and whittled on his competition 930s until they were
as slick as Fonzie's hairdo. Specifically, Miculek tricked out
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