Light set up for my HD 870

Light set up for my HD 870

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    Light set up for my HD 870

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    I'm looking to mount a light for my 870 HD shotgun. Any suggestions?


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    Get a magpul forend and a rail section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superdamian11 View Post
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    I'm looking to mount a light for my 870 HD shotgun. Any suggestions?
    that's easy: Shotgun Forend WeaponLights
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    This looks very functional, but $300.00? Really
    That's almost as much as I paid for the 870

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    I've been looking around and found this eotec. Seems like a great product.

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    I have a Beamshot on my Norinco (copy of 870). Rechargeable, clamps to magazine tube. Holds charge a long time.
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    Two things:

    #1. Don't cheap out on a shotgun light - especially if you're going to use it for home defense. 12 gauge recoil is not kind to lights. I'd shop for an LED light, probably from Surefire, Insight, or Streamlight. Use a dedicated fore-end mount, or get a chunk of rail and mount a scout light if you prefer that.

    #2. Adding a stock to that shotgun will probably make it more useful to you, and recoil more manageable.
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    I have a rifle type front and large GR rear sights on mine.
    A little Glo-On applied to the front works well too.
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    I love shooting this shotgun with a pistol grip only. I bought it this way, but do have a stock in case I ever want to put one on it.
    In the off chance I would need to use it for HD, the pistol only grip is much more functional.
    And again, I love shooting it without a stock.

    Quote Originally Posted by wsquared View Post
    Two things:

    #1. Don't cheap out on a shotgun light - especially if you're going to use it for home defense. 12 gauge recoil is not kind to lights. I'd shop for an LED light, probably from Surefire, Insight, or Streamlight. Use a dedicated fore-end mount, or get a chunk of rail and mount a scout light if you prefer that.

    #2. Adding a stock to that shotgun will probably make it more useful to you, and recoil more manageable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsquared View Post
    Two things:

    #1. Don't cheap out on a shotgun light - especially if you're going to use it for home defense. 12 gauge recoil is not kind to lights. I'd shop for an LED light, probably from Surefire, Insight, or Streamlight. Use a dedicated fore-end mount, or get a chunk of rail and mount a scout light if you prefer that.

    #2. Adding a stock to that shotgun will probably make it more useful to you, and recoil more manageable.
    I'm leaning towards the eotech forearm as mentioned above. Just seems a little over priced, but I agree. Not a good idea to cheap out on a HD weapon.

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    I've looked at a few setups. I'd prefer to have one on the fore-end so I can activate it from my standard shooting grip when necessary rather than have it on - giving away my position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdamian11 View Post
    I love shooting this shotgun with a pistol grip only. I bought it this way, but do have a stock in case I ever want to put one on it.
    In the off chance I would need to use it for HD, the pistol only grip is much more functional.
    And again, I love shooting it without a stock.
    I'd sign up for a shotgun class, take both stocks with you and see how it's set up at the end of the day. I think you'll find the PG stock isn't more functional, more compact yes, functional no. I've taken 3 classes, and haven't seen one instructor recommend one. I did see a guy show up with one, and he was using a borrowed gun in a couple hours.

    I've tried one, it's slower than chit on multiple targets, pretty useless with slug drills at any decent distance, reload drills are harder/slower because you've nothing to press against your shoulder to steady the gun IOT keep it on target and the "fun" wears off after a handful of rounds (at least for me). The configuration has its use like protective details and breaching doors, but for one concealment is the primary concern and for the latter it's not a primary weapon. I can also slide the stock under my arm, maintaining the ability to shoot and give up little OAL to a PG only gun with the same barrel length.

    As for lights, I like a rail mounted on the mag tube with a pistol style sight (Like SF X300U) VS. a dedicated light due to the flexibility. As one poster said earlier, shotguns are hard on lights, with the rail, you can take it off quickly for practice. It also allows you to swap back and forth between weapons should something go down. With a dedicated forearm light, should your shotgun crash hard, you've now got a large heavy flashlight until it's repaired, or you find the same model gun. I can move my pistol lights between 6 handguns, two ARs, my FAL and my Benelli in a couple minutes.



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    i hold my surefire on the forend with my hand. it works fine. and for $90.
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    Don't buy the cheapo Walmart clamp on shotgun light holder. I have one. They are junk.
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