Need A Tactical Light For Remington 870 Recommendation

Need A Tactical Light For Remington 870 Recommendation

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    Need A Tactical Light For Remington 870 Recommendation

    I picked up a Remington 870 Marine Magnum for home defense and would like to get a tactical light for it. What would you all recommend?

    I see there is a complete fore end from Surefire that replaces the stock fore end, but at $300+ is it worth it? That's almost as much as I paid for the shotgun!

    I see there is an adapter from Streamlight that allows you to attach a TLR-1 and am wondering if that would be just as good and much more cost-effective at around half the price of the Surefire setup.

    Thanks!
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    It depends on how much light you think you need. You can go all the way down to a Mini Mag with a pressure switch.

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    I'd say the Surefire is worth it. You don't have any cords dangling around and getting caught on stuff, the switches are right there under your fingers, and, well...it's a Surefire.
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    I like the TLR-1 on my Defender 1300 so far. It is bright, compact and has good reviews. Haven't had it long enough to talk about endurance yet.

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    The Surefire has the rep it has for a reason. I would make the investmetn if you have the $$$$. Plus it holds resale well, if you decide to trade the gun or light or both.
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    Here is a pic of the TLR-1 on my 1300.


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    I have the Surefire 6v LED.
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    The Surefire Weaponlight integral to the forend IS worth it. Everything else is a distant second place, at best. The only drawback to the Surefire Weaponlight, other than the expense, is the bulk. I prefer a slimmer forend.

    Watch out for recoil if using a light mounted on a rail! Recoil + an edge can result in a lacerated thumb or hand. I am not parroting something I read; I have seen this happen. Such lights can be quite good, but keep your hands clear while shooting. Even the edge of a rail can get you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Here is a pic of the TLR-1 on my 1300.

    I use a similar setup on my Benelli M1S90 with an Insight M3X:



    so far I used it for a couple shotgun classes, a low light HD class and a whole bunch of muskrat/beaver elimination on my 9 acre pond.

    Zero issues so far.

    You can quickly remove the light for practice to save wear and tear. I own 4 of these lights (Surefire X300, Surefire X200B, Insight M3X and M3) which I can swap between weapons as needed. I keep one mounted on the Benelli, a Colt 6920, and my SIG 220ST. Should a light go down, I can swap to whatever gun needs one, and the controls are basically the same.

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    Take a look at my post about my finally finished 870. I looked at a LOT of light combinations but ended up with a mag tupe angle piece from Yankee Hill Machine, then I got a surefire bracket that clamps to my surefire led light. The bracket has a nice thumb screw so I can move it from my shotgun to my AR15 in a few seconds. it's solid, high quality and yet very reasonably priced. I didn't like the way the surefire foreend looks at all and I didn't like the price.

    With my setup, the light is easily and naturally turned on with my left thumb. I think it works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Here is a pic of the TLR-1 on my 1300.

    May I ask, what mounting bracket you have on your 870 and where did you purchase it?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samwolf View Post
    May I ask, what mounting bracket you have on your 870 and where did you purchase it?

    Thanks.
    Took me a awhile to remember where I picked up the combo.

    It was Botach Tactical. They have a combo price that is less than most places charge for the light.

    Tactical Light Package 2

    The rail they describe/show in the listing is different than the one they sent. It is a LaserLyte that seems fine so far.

    LaserLyte Tri-Rail Shotgun Mounting System

    Nice set up Chuck R. Good to hear it is working out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Took me a awhile to remember where I picked up the combo.

    It was Botach Tactical. They have a combo price that is less than most places charge for the light.

    Tactical Light Package 2

    The rail they describe/show in the listing is different than the one they sent. It is a LaserLyte that seems fine so far.

    LaserLyte Tri-Rail Shotgun Mounting System

    Nice set up Chuck R. Good to hear it is working out for you.
    Thanks.
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    I have the Surefire forend light on my 870 and absolutely love it.........I know they run around $295.00, but they are worth it, very convenient. It has the activation rail pad built in or you can turn it on and off manually on the opposite side.

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    Another vote for the surefire fore end. When I set up my 870 for duty it was the last thing I added (after ghostrings etc..). After I installed and used it I know that it should have been the first modification. I'll go so far as to say that if limited to one modification, the Surefire would be it. Eight years of use and it's still going strong.

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