Heat Shield or Tactical Light

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by AJAP17, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. AJAP17

    AJAP17 New Member

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    Have a Mossberg 12g...with a heat shield .. in order to install an Elzetta ZSM mount for my light I need to remove the shield ...since this is mainly a home defense weapon I am inclined to do it...good decision?
     
  2. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Personally, I wouldn't have either the shied or the light on a defensive shotgun.

    That light sure makes a great target.
     

  3. AJAP17

    AJAP17 New Member

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    Thought of that but wouldn't a tactical light in the eyes give an edge?
     
  4. AJAP17

    AJAP17 New Member

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    As to the shield it came installed and I had no reason to remove it...the weight didnt seem significant
     
  5. Ultimate_sig

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    Get rid if your heat shield and get a black aces quad rail, very good product. Made from aluminum so its light but very sturdy

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  6. Old_Crow

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    Why remove the shield to mount the light on a pump shotgun? I would put a magazine extension on it before I put a light mount in my field of view. It looks like a tactical shotgun aint so frikin tactical. All my hunting models have a larger magazine tube, even my 20 ga.
     
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  7. sputnik1988

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    Target identification is a must, if a light isn't on, you need a flashlight, either way you are going to be visible. A bright led light in your unadjusted eyes disorient you, even in daylight.

    Your flashight isn't going to make you an easier Target unless you are in a combat situation and and at range, even if you were, I've yet to see a light that didnt have an off switch, this isnt call of duty. Find a way to attach a light to your primary home defense weapon. You can't undo the mistake of miss-identifying a loved one.
     
  8. DrumJunkie

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    I'm not a fan of lights on my SD weapons. Sure a light in the eye can be a distraction but it makes for a real easy to see target. Shoot anywhere a foot around that light and you're hit. The only things I do like on a HD shotgun are maybe a pistol grip with the full stock. I don't see much advantage in the rear pistol grip only and I've yet to see one of the adjustable rear stocks that where all that comfortable. I also like a larger mag/mag extension. Other than that anything else just seems to make me feel tacticool or action movie-ish. In all fairness though I have pretty good low light/night vision. So while I may have a light with me I don't always have it on. I feel like I'm losing the ability to keep my position from being too obvious. A small AA LED mag light works for getting around the house if needed or maybe something a little bigger for skulking around outside. My dog is my best ally for getting to know where unwanted pests may be lurking around out there though.:cool:
     
  9. oli700

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    The light is only on momentarily. A second to ID threat/no threat……threat, boom, 2 seconds. If they get the drop on you while using a light proper than you aren’t doing it right. You all make it sound like your shining the light forever. That’s why weapon lights have a momentary on option, it’s not for navigation and it’s not to be left on long enough to count you enemy’s freckles. A light is much more important than a HS in Home Defense
     
  10. Kemosabe

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    I have a 20ga Mossberg with a heat shield. I'm debating whether or not to keep it. What I have seem so far is you can get a light that mounts under the barrel. There's even one that has a light built into the forearm.
     
  11. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sorry, I have to call BULLSHYT on that one.
     
  12. AJAP17

    AJAP17 New Member

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    At age 68 my once sharp eyes are not what they were...fact...I've changed my handgun sights to give me help...ghost rings are a difference maker...as to my Mossberg I realize in the dark in a stressful situation I need help...that's why I'm leaning to the light option.
     
  13. sputnik1988

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    If someone breaks in when you're home, chances are they are going to know you are there and unless its pitch black, they are going to see you anyway.
     
  14. PanBaccha

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    I have a heat shield on my Mossberg. I wouldn't take that off for a light. Best thing to do in my case is to have Mossberg in hands while somehow pressing light against foreguard.
     
  15. JeffCooper

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    Its difficult to hold a flashlight with a shotgun, especially a pump. You've basically turned your shotty in to a one-shot weapon, because you either drop the flashlight to cycle, or drop the shotty.

    I've got a Surefire integrated forend that is brighter than the surface of the sun, with a pressure switch that lights up the light for a nano-second...right under my thumb.

    Just sayin. :)

     
  16. sputnik1988

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    That was what i actually meant, I don't expect anyone to carry a handheld light with a shotgun. :p
     
  17. JeffCooper

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    ;-)

    Definitely not a formula for success.

    ;-)