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Buckethead47 02-07-2012 07:51 AM

Questions about lights on a shot gun.
I was set on ordering a light kit on gg&g but after being told about chapter than dirt, there are a lot of options I can go for lights and how to mount them. my question is what are the pros and cons of the light mounted to the forearm vs mounted off the forarm. is it worth spending the money to have my light stationary instead of moving with the action?

fireguy 02-07-2012 12:25 PM

I don't know of any that move with the action. The light is usually mounted to the magazine tube in front of the fore stock. The light shines where the barrel is pointed.

Buckethead47 02-07-2012 01:33 PM


Originally Posted by fireguy (Post 701780)
I don't know of any that move with the action. The light is usually mounted to the magazine tube in front of the fore stock. The light shines where the barrel is pointed.

I see a lot of forarms with the rails on it. And not all guns have the tube extension. I'm not planning on a tube extension also. So there are ways that I can mo unt it without it moving with the acton. But I also see light and grip combos so I know people do do out that way. Is it just a preference? The only different affect on the light is extra shock from slamming the action.

PanBaccha 02-07-2012 01:47 PM

I own a Mossberg 590A1 and would have to be hard press to see the advantages of having a light affixed to weapon.
Maybe cats do see better in the dark? ;) But having a light on would only give away one's position to be fired upon.
I'm on the fence with the pros and cons of this issue.

Buckethead47 02-07-2012 03:01 PM

With out a light you can mistake your daughters boyfriend as a bg. Not like any dad will pass that opportunity up anyways... ;) but I'm sure I want a light just not sure how I want it on. And with more thinking about it, I may get a forearm with rail because then I will need a pressure cable. And thats just something to get snagged on.

JTJ 02-07-2012 03:10 PM

The pro for a light is identifying your target. Especially important if there are others in your home. It would be foolish to blindly start shooting. A good bright tactical light can blind the BG. I have turned off the lights to see what I am up against in the dark. In very dark conditions, you will need a light. Huge difference. The lasers and night sights dont do you that much good. A laser does not give enough light to see what or who you are aiming at. In dim light conditions, the lasers and night sights do work. I also found out that a muzzle brake will blind you.

Buckethead47 02-07-2012 03:50 PM

I would want a light in hd situations. But I'm more interested about placement. Mount it on the forearm or on something solid like extinction tube or barrel. Our on the forearm.

bradford027 02-07-2012 04:01 PM

I have mine on the extension tube. Works well for me.

fireguy 02-07-2012 04:15 PM

I have a light on my defense shotgun. It has a momentary switch, to me that is a required piece of equipment. You may give yourself away using a light just as you may give yourself away making noise moving through your house. You should know your house better than anyone else, use that knowledge to your advantage.

One technique for using supplemental lights in home defense/self defense situations is [B]indirect[B lighting. This is where you use the peripheral part of the beam coming from your light to guide you. There are several positives for this technique. First, if you avoid looking at the most brightly lit area you affect your night vision capability less. Secondly, you can disguise where you are if someone is observing the light beam. The process looks like this: use the light only intermittently, do a quick spot check of corners, furniture, etc., where a person may seek to avoid being seen, you should know these places, it is your house! When using the light only turn it on for a few seconds at most, just enough time to get a handle on where you are, obstacles that may be there, such as shoes left out, kid's toys, etc., and to spot things that are abnormal, curtains pulled away, broken glass, door ajar, wet or muddy tracks on the floor. You can move from place of cover/concealment to another place in this fashion without illuming youself and your direction of travel. Shine the light to the side or even somewhat behind you if it has a broad enough beam. It doesn't have to be exceptionally bright unless you have extreme difficulties with night vision. This method of intermittent lighting, varying the spot the light is shining on and varying the beam's angle can disguise where you are to someone observing the light. When or if you come upon a target you have the ability to positively identify it, and make a good hit.

Buckethead47 02-07-2012 04:24 PM

So from that last post I get the it doesn't matter where it is as long as you know how to use the light?

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