Mossberg 930 DC Pro-Series Autoloader - Waterfowl #85137

By Randy Wakeman

Mossberg 930 DC Pro-Series Autoloader - Waterfowl #85137
Photo by Randy Wakeman.

The tested shotgun is the Mossberg Duck Commander Pro-Series 12 gauge autoloader with a three inch chamber and a 28 inch barrel. It is a substantial autoloader, weighing 7 pounds 14 ounces on my scale. Out of the box, the trigger pull measured about a 5-1/4 pounds. Notably, this model thankfully does not have a ported barrel.

The Mossberg 930 line is extensive and continues to grow. According to Mossberg, the DC Pro-Series features a nickel-boron coated gas piston, piston rings, sear, hammer, return spring plunger, and return spring tube. This provides corrosion resistance. The shell stop, shell elevator and bolt slide have a higher level of finish and the mainspring is stainless steel.


  • Model number: 85137
  • Gauge: 12
  • Capacity: 5 rounds
  • Chamber: 3 inch
  • Barrel: 28 inch, vent rib
  • Sight: TruGlo Tru-Bead
  • Chokes: Accu-Set (3 included)
  • Stock: Synthetic
  • LOP: 14 inches
  • Finish: Realtree Advantage Max-5 camo
  • Length: 48.5 inches
  • Catalog weight: 7.5 pounds
  • 2015 MSRP: $919

This Mossberg functioned flawlessly, ejecting one ounce, 1200 fps target loads with authority. Shells flew 8-9 feet from the gun. The usual stock adjustment shims are included, as well as three flush mount choke tubes (IC, Mod, Full). My only quibble with the tested gun is the tang-mounted safety, which is excessively stiff to release.

There is a cocking indicator pin on the inside of the trigger guard that serves no useful purpose. This model comes with a TruGlo Tru-Bead dual fiber optic front sight bead that I personally do not care for, but others may like. The receiver is drilled and tapped for mounting optics.

By now, the Mossberg 930 is a very well established mainstream autoloader, one of the best selling autos in the United States. Weighing over eight pounds when fully loaded, it isn't my idea of an upland game gun, but for waterfowl hunting, dove and casual clay use it works fine. It is self-explanatory to use, extremely soft-shooting and the tang safety is, of course, ambidextrous.

The trigger is not a match grade trigger, by any means, but it is lighter than many manufacturers (Browning, Benelli, etc.) supply with their autoloaders. The 930 is available stocked in walnut at a 2015 discount retail price of around $500, while this super-coated Duck Commander Pro Waterfowl version runs about $690.

It is hard not to like the Mossberg 930. It is an extremely well-made, reliable, 12 gauge gas-operated autoloader with a three inch chamber at an affordable price. It is available in enough configurations to please almost anyone. For the money, it is a big winner.

Note: For additional articles about Mossberg Model 930 shotguns, see First Look: Mossberg Model 930 12 Gauge Autoloader and Mossberg Model 930 Autoloading Shotgun.

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