Mossberg has always had a reputation for thinking outside the box, and for serving the entry-level sporting gun market with reasonably priced, dependable guns.It was perhaps inevitable that Mossberg would introduce the bolt action shotgun to America: and do so at a time of great economic turmoil.They needed new products, and they needed them fast, to recoup their investment and stay in business.The first post World War , just as the action type itself had.It is also worth remembering that almost as late as World War Two, anyone driving an automobile on a long distance trip didnt find a Quality Inn and a Wendys every ten miles or so. Among the items routinely carried along was a shotgun, just the thing needed to bag a rabbit for the pot while camping in a cornfield for the night. Hundreds of thousandsperhaps millionsof doubles had been shipped from Europe in before and after the Civil War to serve the needs of westward expansion and settlement, first into the Mississippi drainage and later on and across the Great Plains.American manufacturers selling to the utility gun market also provided low-cost break-actions, both single and double-barreled, in copious numbers.
A shotgun was a part of virtually every rural household.
Double barrel shotguns were so prevalent that bolt action shotguns might never have been developed at all, except for one thing: the Treaty of Versailles and the other Central Powers had disposed of millions of troops in the Great War, and therefore had millions of rifles on hand.
Some of these went to other countries as war reparations; some were destroyed, but there were nevertheless gazillions of Model 1898 Mausers in hand.
These were not just used rifles, either: there were plenty of brand new actions that had never been assembled into complete weapons.
Such inexpensive shotguns were sold in whatever markets could be found: among German citizens who needed a utility firearm, in various export markets, in ex-German colonies, and wherever an outlet existed.