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Mossberg MVP Patrol Review

by Craig Boddington   |  May 15th, 2013 14


Well, my cop friends—active and retired, representing several different agencies—liked Mossberg’s MVP Patrol. Here’s what impressed them: It’s compact, at a bit over 35 inches overall length, just about the same as a standard AR with flash suppressor (which the MVP Patrol also has). They liked the rigid action and stiff barrel, which suggests that it should shoot (and it does). They liked the Picatinny rail mount on the receiver. And, honestly, they liked the Mossberg brand, which meant that it just might be within the budgets of their respective departments.

Although I wasn’t too concerned about law enforcement budgeting, I pretty much liked the same things and maybe a bit more. The MVP Patrol is a no-nonsense, no-frills bolt-action with a 5.56 chamber, synthetic stock and a fairly stiff 161/4-inch “medium bull” barrel. So far that’s pretty straightforward. The action is Mossberg’s MVP which, in .223/5.56, is very rigid. Even though the barrel is short, there’s a lot of steel in it—likewise the action. The rifle could’ve been fairly heavy, but things are mitigated by a very slim (.223-scaled) fluted bolt of 11/16-inch diameter, so the actual weight without scope (but including the Picatinny rail mount) is a very comfortable 7 pounds. But there’s quite a lot more…

The MVP Patrol has all the bells and whistles you might expect on a rifle intended for the tactical/LE market. The Picatinny rail runs the length of the receiver, and the supplied scope is a UTG 3-9×32 in sturdy detachable mounts of the same make. I was not previously familiar with this scope, marketed by Leapers Inc., but it has a Mil-Dot reticle with external turret adjustments and illuminated reticle with both red and green. All the features, but in a wonderfully compact one-inch tube scope measuring just 81/4 inches end-to-end. This particular version of the MVP Patrol is a package deal: rifle with scope; mount; slip-on cheekpiece and threaded barrel with flash suppressor (the rifle is also available with Picatinny mount and plain barrel; collapsible stock with pistol grip; with or without scope).

As mentioned, the stubby, chubby barrel sports a threaded muzzle and A2 flash suppressor. The rifle wears good iron sights, an adjustable rear and red fiber optic front sight on a ramp. A stout recoil lug is found between barrel and action; this plus the polymer magazine housing serves to “bed” the action into the stock, with exceptionally good fit.

Ah, that magazine well. Here is a significant difference: The MVP Patrol comes supplied with a 10-round detachable magazine that’s interchangeable with standard 5.56 AR mags. I actually questioned this at first. Initially, I was unable to get a Magpul 30-round magazine to seat. Heck, I even went back to the instructions to make sure I’d read them correctly. Yep, AR magazines are supposed to work. So I tried it again, and it was altogether my fault—I was babying it. It seated perfectly every time when I slammed it home.

The ejection port is generous enough that it’s no problem to top-load the magazine while it’s seated. Perhaps I’m fumble-fingered, but there is one caution: The action is massive, and .223 cartridges are small. It is a bit of a chore to try to single-load cartridges directly into the chamber. On the bench I found it far easier to either start with a loaded magazine or press cartridges down into the magazine through the ejection port.

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