Firepower Friday! Every Friday we take a look at the things that go BOOM in the Idaho Army National Guard! Today we introduce you to our favorite "universal key", the M-500 Shotgun.
Introduced in 1961, all model 500s are based on the same basic concept designed by Carl Benson. Originally using a single action bar, that was known to bind and even break, this was changed to dual action bars in 1970, following the expiration of Remington's patent on the double action bar design. A single large locking lug is used to secure the breech. The magazine tube is located below the barrel, and is screwed into the receiver. The slide release is located to the left rear of the trigger guard, and the safety is located on the upper rear of the receiver.
Intended for use in harsh and dirty conditions, such as combat, the Model 500 series is designed to be easy to clean and maintain. All Model 500s feature interchangeable barrels which may be removed without the use of tools.
Dual action bars connect the fore-end to the bolt, and generous clearances between the steel action bars and their receiver channels reduce wear on the receiver while allowing the shotgun to function with the presence of dirt or debris.
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