I'm not sure how many of you guys are into shotguns, but here goes - To those of you that know about the Mossberg 500 and Maverick 88, you guys might know what I'm talking about. The main differences between the 500 and 88 models are the forends and the placement of the safeties. The Mossberg 500 has the safety on the tang of the reciever, and the Maverick has it on the trigger guard. I got the Maverick 88 because I figured it would be a good platform to build a tactical/home defense 12-gauge. When I purchased my gun, I got the "Field" model, which has the 28" vent-rib barrel and a long, wide forearm. I didn't really know that the Mavericks were available with a ribbed forend that would be better suited for fitting a 6-shell sidesaddle. The long forearm comes back about 1.5-2" over the front side of the receiver. Also, I think it looks wierd with my Knoxx Specops stock installed. So, I went on a quest to find a ribbed forend - pictured below: For those of you that have looked at any stock/forearm sets for the Mossberg/Maverick guns, most of them say "DOES NOT FIT MAVERICK 88." This is because they are supposed to have the forearm pinned directly to the action bars/slide tube assembly and cannot be switched out like a Mossberg forend can. When I was at the shop today, I saw a few Mavericks on the racks, and noticed the forearms are 100% polymer, and the front fits pretty much flush around the magazine tube, while the Mossbergs have a metal ring at the front end. My Maverick has a similar assembly to that of the Mossbergs, but I had never tried removing it with much effort. I've pulled the forearm/slide tube assembly off for cleaning, but never tried to remove the forearm because every source I've seen says that it's permanently installed. I figured mine was too and never messed with it. After weeks of searching for the ribbed forend online, and visiting the gun shop today, I figured I'd go straight to the source and call Mossberg directly. The phone was picked up after about 4 rings by a friendly gentleman (forgot his name), who gave me all the info I requested. He told me that to install the new forend, I'd have to buy a new slide tube assembly and the screw-on cap. Altogether with shipping it would cost about $75. The forearm I wanted is $15. A lightbulb went off in my head, and I thanked him for the info, recorded the prices, and ended the call. I disassembled my shotgun and got down to the forearm/slide tube assembly. With a little torque, I was able to get the screw at the front end loose, and removed it. My ugly hunting-style forearm slid right off, no problems. So it turns out I have a Mossberg slide tube assembly that came from the factory installed on my 88 (at least I think so..)! I called Mossberg right back and ordered the $15 forearm and a heat shield. I got this gun at Wal-Mart a couple years ago. Has anyone ever heard of a Mossberg tube assembly being shipped on a Maverick? If you read the instructions on installing ATI's forend, it lists unscrewing the cap, sliding the forend off, putting the new one on and replacing the cap. Here's the link: http://www.atigunstocks.com/installatio ... stall.html I'll let you guys know if I get it installed when my parts arrive.