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It's a very rattle-y gun. Loose fitting parts, cruddy finish, hollow plastic furniture.
With that said... That's what makes the maverick 88 the reliable little beater that it is.
Why would you tell someone not to go to Dicks? I shopped around for weeks looking for a Mossberg 500 20G for my son. Local shops were selling USED mossy 500s with only the bird barrel for MORE than I paid at Dicks for the same gun brand new with a bird barrel and rifled slug barrel. Is Dicks kind of a PIA to deal with......yes and no.......if you know what you want and can deal with the "criminal walk" to the front door I find no reason not to save well over 100 dollars on a bread and butter shot gun!
I was going to pick up one of these a few weeks back. When I went into the Dick's in North Attleboro I was told by the clerk that they no longer carry the 18" security model, only the field model. Thought that was strange.
Your results were quite different from mine. I was out the door in 30 minutes from the time I said "I want that one"......that was at the Danvers store. However don't expect to get much good advice from the clerk.......just know what you want before you go in.
I know a guy who did the same thing and spent about the same amount of cash as you did. Got the Maverick 88 and a couple of boxes of OO buck shells and keeps them at his family's camp in Maine. Good, inexpensive and effective camp shotgun!Got mine (18") for $180 at dicks. Great, great, shotty for the money.
That said, buying guns at dicks sucks dick. It always takes an hour.