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"low cost" light for my 870

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by Z71bill, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    Decided I "needed" a light for my Remington 870 HD shot gun-

    Was in Harbor Freight and they were giving away LED flashlights (with coupon - no purchase required).

    I already had the inner tube left over from a flat tire replacement on my daughter's bike.

    Problem solved - Total cost = $0.00 :rofl:

    What I used --




    Dark garage - lights up like daytime!


    Should be good for one shot.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2010
  2. CTfam

    CTfam DREAM BIG.

    Feb 19, 2006
    There are plenty of cheap mounts out there. I have a $20 mag tube mount that has never failed me in hundreds of high power loads. That thing will certainly fly off.

    I bought mine at

    Check them out.

  3. LOL!! When I was at Thunder Ranch Clint had a double barrel with essentially that same bicycle-innertube set up that he used to demonstrate that you didn't need lots of fancy gear to take care of the problem. I've used it a number of times during extended night training as a field expedient modification. Most folks are surprised how well it works.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2010
  4. B Coyote

    B Coyote

    Jul 3, 2001
    NW Indiana

    I wonder how that LED will hold up with use.

  5. I like that idea. If one band doesn't hold then you could use a wider one or two side by side bands. Will a standard surefire hold up to recoil or do you have to have a special light for firearms?
  6. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007

    The flashlight will break - could last 50 rounds - or break after 1 shot. :dunno:

    The inner tube will hold the light on no problem - but the recoil causes the on/off button to come apart - the inside plastic part of the switch comes apart from the outside metal.

    I had a similar set up on my 870 a few years back - I shot maybe 100 rounds of cheap Walmart target loads with it on the gun and the light was still working - but as soon as I shot a few rounds of 00 buck the light stopped working.

    I am not sure if it was coincidence the light broke as soon as I started using full power buck shot loads - or if it was the cumulative impact of all 100+ shots.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2010
  7. Uncle T-bone

    Uncle T-bone

    Nov 28, 2008
    Oscar Mike
    "Should be good for one shot." Maybe one well placed shot will be all you need.

    One issue could be that you have to hold the weapon with one hand and reach to turn the light on. Don't like to leave a big headlight on while looking. I would opt for a contact switch on the forearm to flash and move, if I was going to use a fixed light.

    But that arrangement would cost a little more than free.