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870 Weapons Light

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by kpuscg04, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. kpuscg04

    kpuscg04 ACTA NON VERBA

    Mar 20, 2005
    Does anyone have any recommendations for a weapons light system for an 870?

    I think I want a system that is attached to the mag extension, but if the experts say attached to the forend is better, then I could be convinced.

    The purpose is for home defense. I'd rather not spend over $150, and I want something that is pretty simple to use as the wife is not all the experienced.

  2. faceplant


    Feb 8, 2006
    Streamlight Polytac LED $45 in a barrel clamp $15. Similar to this. If your not a door kicker who needs a surefire forend this will work. The light on there is a $15 incandesant that has seen hundreds of rounds fired with no issues. My surefire had the bulb break in less than 50. The Streamlight is very bright and has a 2hr burn time

  3. DHart


    Nov 16, 2002
    kpuscg.... you should consider the Streamlight TLR-1 for about $105 on a rail from here

    Or the Mod-C clamp from cdmgear to clamp a basic Surefire 6P or clone.

    NICE! All for under $150.

    faceplant... that's a nice, economical set-up! What is the barrel clamp and where did you find it?

    I recently bought a Streamlight TLR-1 and there's no way I'd spend the extra $$$$ for the Surefire forend when the TLR-1 on a simple rail is so simple, so effective, and less than 1/2 the price. The TLR-1 really is a fine weapons light. It's on my 21SF at the moment and I love it!

    I have a couple of shotguns I want lights on, though, and I have the flashlights already, so I'm thinking I will bag a Mod-C clamp or two.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2010
  4. faceplant


    Feb 8, 2006
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  6. Dirk Pitt

    Dirk Pitt Millennium Member

    Jan 12, 1999
    I got the Surefire replacement forend for my 870. My wife gave it to me for a Christmas present. Wasn't a big surprise as I gave her all the info. Anyway at over $300 it wasn't cheap, but it is SWEET. I am not sure the model number but the light on it runs on 3 of the 123 batts. Before I mounted I put the batteries in and played with it in the backyard. I figured it was easier to point a forend around than the whole shotgun:supergrin: Anyway on a dark night it lit up my yard like daylight I was impressed. It's all mounted now with no issues.
  7. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
    The Surefire weaponlight is the only way to do it properly. You need BOTH constant on/off and a pressure switch, to properly move about in the dark without broadcasting your location to anyone wanting to hurt you.

    They're expensive but worth it. I have one for sale, in like new condition, for $200 delivered in the accessories section....
  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford mmhmm

    Oct 2, 2003
  9. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    You don't need a light on a HD shotgun - but if you want one and don't want to spend $100.




    Dark garage - it works


    good for 1 shot before it breaks. :cool:
  10. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    Done "right" the Surefire fore-end is the Rolls Royce of shotgun lights, and there's a reason for that.

    The Picatinny rail handguards with a good LED Surefire on it work as well, though they're not as handy.

    Your wife needs professional training, even at the local level, as wife+husband=bad training in most cases. I didn't train my wife on basic riflery for this reason, despite the fact I have done so for many people, the relationship can get in the way.
  11. beancounter81


    Oct 10, 2009
    Streamlight TLR-1 using a Streamlight mag tube adapter.
  12. bullw


    Dec 28, 2001
    Southern Indiana
    This is what I use but with a TLR-2. Works great...
  13. RonboF117


    Apr 23, 2007
    Take a look at GG&G out of AZ. They make a nice polymer forend with a short picatinny rail on the right side that works nice for mounting an X300. I have one and I think it is a very good solution.
  14. NightFighter


    Mar 29, 2007
    I use the Streamlight TRL-1 mounted on my Scattergun Technologies extended mag. tube with the factory Streamlight mount. I then use a Streamlight pressure pad with coil switch that attaches to a railed fore-end.

    This is a Watch III police shotgun, and the coiled wire has never caught on anything and works with a sling.

    I have seen the SureFire weapon lights mounted on our drug unit shotguns. They throw a bad shadow with the extended mag. tubes. I like the Streamlight TLR-1.

    The pressure pad mounts to a long gun back plate on the TLR-1. It also has a back-up half toggle switch. The beam pattern is perfect with my ghost ring sights on a Remington 870P model 24449.

    Steamlight makes great products at good prices.
  15. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
    Is this product available for a Mossbeg 500?
  16. NightFighter


    Mar 29, 2007
    The Streamlight product number is 69903. It is only about $15. It will work with a Mossberg, as long as it has an extended magazine tube. You will beed the TLR-1 and a long gun kit that includes the back plate and coiled switch tube. You also need a railed front stock or drill it and mount a short section of rail to hold the pressure pad in place. The rail mount holds tighter than the adhesive pressure pads.
  17. Lampshade


    May 11, 2010
    I have a Mossberg 500 Mariner, 6 shot.

    Am I SOL?

    Something like the followin would be all I would need, correct?

    Along with the TLR 1, backplate and pressure switch?
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010
  18. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
    A hand light clamped, tied, or taped to the tube/barrel isn't good enough. You end up with having to keep it constantly on, and broadcasting your position, or using your thumb to put pressure on the switch, and having your light go out when you need to pump. Not to mention that most bulbs won't handle 12 gauge recoil.

    The only way to do a light properly, on a pump action shotgun, is the weaponlight forend. So far Surefire is the only company that makes one.

    A pump shotgun is nothing like an AR15, which has minimal recoil and allows you to keep pressure on a tailcap switch with your thumb while you fire followup shots.
  19. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    Go to and check out those mounts. Add the light of your choice.