Hi, Im about ready to buy a 12guage for Home defence, I was just about set on the idea of buying a mossberg 500 with 18.5 barrel until at the store i saw the maverick 88 the maverick 88 seems pretty darn similar to the mossberg 500 except for the safety and the price tag. I already own a remington 870 with 28'' barrel which is supposed to be my clay/duck gun, Unfortunatly for me my wife has sought of laid claim to the Gun as the main home defence gun! My wife refuses to use/have anything other than a 12 guage as the go to home defence gun (which is fine with me except i would like my 870 back for clay shooting). In order to be able to take the 870 outta the house without the wifey throwing a hissy fit I decided to buy another shotgun that can just stay home all the time. As i say i was all set on getting the Mossy 500 until i saw the maverick 88, I figured i could save myself a few bucks by getting the 88. I have been reading reviews about the 88, but i was just wondering if anyone wanted to throw their 2 cents in, anyone on here own an 88? just looking for peoples opinions really. Thanks james.