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Old 04-18-2013, 01:48 PM   #31
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I have the 'Hi Viz' shotgun sight for my Mossberg 590A1. It simply snaps over the barrel, and the illuminated lite pipe flushes with the bead sight. At night it illuminates for better aiming. Had it for a couple of years now. They cost about $14. Love it.

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Hocka: How did you get the heat shield with ghost ring sights? I have a 590A1 with GR sights and was told the heat shield wouldn't fit.

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Hocka: What kind of bayonet is that? Thanks.

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Old 04-21-2013, 05:22 PM   #34
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It is almost impossible to get the heat shield on without scratching the barrel a little. The usual installation is to remove the front bead sight and slide on the guard. Otherwise, one has to really spread the front of the guard open as much as possible, slide it over the thinest part of the barrel over duct tape with lotsa grease and keep your fingers crossed. They did have parkerized heat shields.

As for the bayonet I would stick with standard M-7* or stainless M-9 prybar. The M-10, which is real (though not great) carbon knife steel like the ubiquitous surplus M-7, is hard to find. My favorite bayonets, like the Marine OKC-3S and Army Special have a 1/16th of an inch longer handle and fit the rifles fine but are a little long/loose on the 20" shotguns.

*The M-7 "pigsticker" is cheap, better steel for a cutting tool than its replacement, and is nice and lite on the front of a gun -- find one of these I'd suggest.

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Thanks Hocka, I've been wanting a bayonet for a while. What does an M7 run?

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Good question. You used to be able to find used but not abused ones at gun shows for a few dollars and unissued ones for a few tens of dollars. Nowadays I've still seen 'em in little pails for the pick of the lot for as little as $20 or $30 with scabbard basically handled but unused. Don't expect a blade without lines on it from being taken out and put back into the scabbard. Painted numbers probably. Better ones will be twice as much but you'll be hard pressed NOT to find a nice one for $40. See the usual places including e-Somethingorother and Gun-whatchamacallit.

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Thanks Hocka. I need one for my 590 and one for my AR. I'll have to keep my eye out. Previously I'd been look at Ontario and Buck M9s. Know anything about them?

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Chris

PM me when you've got time to pop across the creek.

I'll run you up Larch and show you how to pattern that 12G.

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I knew it had to be ignorance. Thanks so much. I don't have much experience since it is so darn expensive and/or punishing to practice my shotgun.

I have a 20" that is just a hair too long to fit in the safe I have in my bedroom. Thus, I have decided to store it elsewhere in my actual gun safe. Now I need a shorter shotgun (any 18.5" barrel will work) for my bedroom safe. The 20-incher has a bead sight, in which I am thinking I'll add the XS front bead, at least. I might even buy a good red dot with a high-end quick-release picatinny riser. This would become the go-to shotgun when I am defending my homestead against the zombie hordes.

I am going to buy another Mossberg 590a1 (interchangeability of parts is very important to me, as long as I am buying another shotgun) and haven't decided which type of sights. So y'all are suggesting I just stick with a bead sight and maybe upgrade to the XS bead, but leave it at that. I think I am understanding your logic.

When I have practiced at the range, I have found that I shoot high consistently. I wouldn't want to aim at CoM on a bad guy and shoot their face off. That wouldn't look good legally and would sure make a mess.
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For a home defense shotgun a laser or a light would be more practical than a sight. Illuminating the target, IN MY OPINION would be more important than trying to find the red dot. And you may see the hi-viz sight in low light...but you may not see what you are shooting at. Personally I like the laser on the handgun for home defense, along with a flashlight.

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This one has the red Hi-Viz tube on the sight, does not show in the picture, and is co-witnessed to the lower 1/3 of the red dot.

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