I went to the range and took a class on home defense with a shotgun. It was really interesting but one thing I learned quick was the mossberg safety trumps everything I liked about the Remington. And I did like a lot about the Remington, but the safety on the mossberg is just crazy good.

The 590 and 590a1 sound appealing but there seem to be a lot of opinions on what configuration to go for. There's also plenty of versatility and value to be had with some packs it seems.

Also, I'll just ask because I'm hoping they're worth buying: are the mariner models worthwhile if you live near the coast?