Reviews - Rifles
- Published on Thursday, 31 October 2013 03:44
Montgomery Wards Western Field M550CD 20 gauge shotgun with c-lect
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Caliber - 20 ga
Shell size - 2 3/4 and 3 inch
Price – 100.00 Used
Barrel length – 26 inches
Maximum capacity –
Do you remember when....you could order a shotgun from Montgomery Wards, Sears, Western Auto and just about any other business in America? For those of you who are so young you do not, it used to be common place. You didn't need an FFL dealer to get a rifle you just needed the money and an andress to ship it to.
Hard to believe isn't it, but it is true. The reason this comes to mind is becuase this shotgun was one of the shotguns that was available for mail order from Montgomery Wards. I didn't actually mail order this shotgun. I found it at a volunteer fire department sale in a little bitty town in Texas. Not sure why but something about it just kind of caught my eye. Not that I needed another shotgun but it was in really nice condition and had this unusual muzzle on it. On closer inspection the unusual muzzle was a built in c-lect choke.
What is a c-lect choke? It's a built in choke that can be easily adjusted by hand by simple turning the "rings' on the muzzle. It's certainly much easier than switching out chokes that's for sure.
This shotgun was manufactured by Mossberg for Montgomery Wards and they developed the c-lect choke. This particular model was manufactured from the late 60's until about 1976
The pump action is smooth and dependable. I have never had a problem with this shotgun and I use it pretty regularly.
Is it my home defense shotgun? No. Why? Because the very thing that make it great for skeet shooting and varmit control is what makes it not so great for home defense. The 26 inch barrel, 28 if you include the c-lect choke on the muzzle. It is too weildy to be used inside a house and especially in a hallway. Would I use it if I had no other choice? Sure I would. It is a great dependable shotgun. But we have a pistol grip Mossburg 500 persuader for that job. I have killed several snakes with this gun and more skeet then I can remember.
My guess would be with the continued proper care and cleaning this shotgun will out live me and go to hands of my kids and grand kids. That is if the government doesn't have their way and prevent my kids from being able to inherit my gun collection.
I am glad I found this shotgun when I did several years ago, it has been my go to shotgun for sporting and varmit control for years now and will continue to be for years to come.