This Instructable will walk you through the steps of disassembling a Mossberg Pump-action shotgun (models 500,505, 535). Disassembling a Mossberg 500 shotgun can be learned and mastered quickly. It only takes a couple of minutes to disassemble, even if it is your first time attempting this task. The only tool required is a punch or something similar (small screwdriver, Allen wrench, or even a pen). With the shotgun disassembled, its parts can be thoroughly cleaned and inspected. This will keep your shotgun in top working condition, even in harsh environments.

These instructions break the shotgun down into 10 parts. Move your cursor over the parts on image of the disassembled shotgun to see the names of the parts.

Note: You should be familiar with the operations of the shotgun (i.e. Loading and unloading) before undertaking this task.

Step 1: Clear the shotgun

Danger: Safety is essential when working with any firearm and ensuring the shotgun is unloaded is a necessary step before beginning disassembly.

1. Make sure the safety is on (safety button pushed reward with no red dot showing)

2. Check the magazine tube to ensure it is clear of any shells

3. Open the Action

a. Depress action lock lever

b. Pull rearward on the forearm

4. Check the chamber area to ensure it is clear of any shells

The shotgun is now clear and it is safe to begin disassembly.
<p>Barnowl</p><p>With the components on the bench, is there any benefit in polishing the components before re assembly? Would polishing aid to a smoother action?</p>
<p>Excellent instructions and focus on safety. May I ask how the magazine tube is removed? I don't yet own a 500 but plan to in the near future, and for my purposes (clay shooting) I want to remove the dowel placed in the tube that limits it's capacity to be legal for hunting.</p>
Having owned one of these for many years, and knowing how easy it is to do, I must ask; Is there a specific reason you did not remove the magazine?
Your tutorial worked like a champ, it took all the guess work out. I was able to disassemble in less then 10 minutes give or a take a few. Thanks again.
Great detailed breakdown, good work!
Awesome! Thank you for showing how to safely work with this weapon.