I know you posted almost a month ago but welcome to the forum. I also have a 500C and really like the gun. It came with the 26" and 18.5" barrel as well. I like to mess around on the shooting range using buck shot so I leave the 18.5" barrel on it all the time. I originally used it for informal clay busting in the desert but 5 months ago I added a 20 ga 870 Express to my collection for the clays busting job. I have no bad things to say about either gun. They both do the job.