What can I use for an inexpensive shotgun LED light & mount?


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mick53
April 19, 2012, 07:50 PM
Hey,

I need some suggestions for an inexpensive LED light and mount set-up for a 12 gauge Winchester 1200 with an 18" barrel.

i know some of you are going to say," Save your money and buy a XXXXXX. What's your life worth?"

Well, if I had the money, believe me, I'd spend it on a wonderful set but money is very tight around here right now.

I just can't afford to spend $300 or even $100 and would like to get away spending less than $50.

In the past I've gotten LED flashlights from Dealextreme for $20-$30 and they have been great for handheld lights and inexpensive compared to the big name lights. And for me, they have worked just as well.

Has anybody here bought AND actually used/tested an inexpensive LED light on their shotgun? I'd like to hear from some folks who have put an inexpensive light on their shotgun and been happy with it.

Thanks

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Hunterdad
April 19, 2012, 08:01 PM
Here you go

http://www.maglite.com/AA_Cell_LED.asp

http://www.amazon.com/The-Mako-Group-Shotgun-Flashlight/dp/B001LZRBM8

stonecutter2
April 20, 2012, 01:17 PM
The clamp in the post above looks unavailable. This is an alternative:

http://www.amazon.com/Nebo-ProTec-Universal-Shotguns-Rifles/dp/B004Z92V4U/ref=pd_sim_sg_2/178-0936684-6236528

For a tactical LED flashlight, I highly recommend the Streamlight Polytac. It's around $35 usually:
http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88850-Polytac-Flashlight-Batteries/dp/B001S0IN46/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1334942310&sr=1-1

I own one, my brother in law has one too, and they're super bright and really rugged. And relatively cheap!

One Amazon review suggests a Maglite XL50 with an Elzetta flashlight mount, too.

rcmodel
April 20, 2012, 01:23 PM
I have a LED Mini-Mag light.

I also have BIC lighters that put out almost as much light!

There are any number of cheap 123 battery TAC lights at Walmart & barrel clamps to fit them on line.

Whether the solder lump battery contacts will stand shotgun recoil for more then a few shots is another matter.

rc

Gordon
April 21, 2012, 01:23 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-69220-Mounted-Tactical-Locating/dp/B001T7GZQQ/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1335028758&sr=8-5

http://www.amazon.com/Tactical-SHotguns-Remington-Supernova-Winchetser/dp/B0069D0BLA

there are the two QUALITY products for under $100 that will fit and work well on your gun! Hurry.The rail is not bomb proof but adequate BTW.

beatledog7
April 21, 2012, 02:48 PM
The first light installed on my HD 12 gauge was cheap and bulky. It lasted about 20 rounds.

Now I have an Insight M3. Smaller, cleaner, better remote switch...

Much more expensive, but worth every penny.

Red Cent
April 21, 2012, 07:08 PM
http://www.opticsplanet.net/tacstar-the-original-sidesaddle-reg-shotshell-carrier.html

Then the mount

http://www.impactguns.com/tacstar-side-saddle-light-mount-1081144-751103011447.aspx

Then a flashlight. One with a thumb off = on button. Your firing hand can turn it off and on.There are too many out there to start. Maybe,,,,,

http://shop.hidcountry.com/LED-Flashlights-s/45.htm?gclid=CNOz3POGx68CFUGo4AodXy-xaQ

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=610555

Red Cent
April 21, 2012, 07:50 PM
I was just thinkin'. He may only need two or three rounds worth.

mick53
April 22, 2012, 07:15 PM
"I was just thinkin'. He may only need two or three rounds worth."

I don't get it, Red. What do you mean?

Mick

beatledog7
April 22, 2012, 07:26 PM
I think he means, how many times will you actually need to shoot the gun with the light attached?

Mine stays attached when I take it to the range for its semi-regular function check, so I can't have it failing. Though I have not yet had the opportunity, I have a plan to do some some low-light / no-light firing with it soon. Only makes sense given the likelihood of those conditions when I need it most.

mick53
April 22, 2012, 10:18 PM
beatledog7,

What are you using on your shotgun?

beatledog7
April 22, 2012, 10:27 PM
Mick53, see post #6

Elmer
April 23, 2012, 12:55 PM
Duct tape and the light of your choice?

mick53
April 23, 2012, 07:13 PM
Elmer "Duct tape and the light of your choice?"

Uh, thanks Elemer.

Anybody else, please?

rcmodel
April 23, 2012, 08:46 PM
O.K.

If I was going to do it on the cheap?

I'd probably take a cheap Weaver scope base from Wallyworld, inlet it in the forend, and glass it in with epoxy and small machine screws.

Then take a cheap Weaver 1" scope ring from Wallyworld, and a 1" dia light of your chosing from Wallyworld, and clamp it on.

It will work until the recoil busts the cheap light.
Which should get you well into the first shot you fire in a HD situation.

rc

mick53
April 23, 2012, 09:26 PM
rcmodel

"O.K. If I was going to do it on the cheap?

I'd probably take a cheap Weaver scope base from Wallyworld, inlet it in the forend, and glass it in with epoxy and small machine screws.

Then take a cheap Weaver 1" scope ring from Wallyworld, and a 1" dia light of your chosing from Wallyworld, and clamp it on.

It will work until the recoil busts the cheap light.
Which should get you well into the first shot you fire in a HD situation."
_______________________________________________________________

Very funny. But I'm looking for a solution, not little comedy routines. Maybe you and Elmer can go on the road and do the comedy club circuit or something.

beatledog7
April 23, 2012, 11:00 PM
Mick, seems to me the guys are just trying to keep you from spending $50 on a light that won't hold up to recoil. Do that, and it's $50 bucks less you have to spend on a set up that works.

mick53
April 24, 2012, 12:20 AM
beatledog7,

I understand what they are saying, man, I really do. i simply don't have the money to lay out.

How about I rephrase the question?

What is the least expensive but still reliable flashlight and mount set-up available for a 12ga shotgun?

Thank you,

El Senor Impecunious

beatledog7
April 24, 2012, 07:24 AM
It's the same answer, Mick.

If you need to save for a while to purchase something that will work and keep working, do that. There's little chance that any kind of rig not specifically designed to resist recoil will function reliably.

As for least expensive, it depends on exactly what you need it to do and how you intend to operate it. For a pump gun, I suggest securely mounting close to the bore axis a moderately bright LED light that you can activate by a switch without moving your hands from firing position. Without doing the research again myself, I recall that's gonna start at roughly $120.

My advice is till the same. If you can't currently layout enough for a viable system, wait until you can.

HiWayMan
April 24, 2012, 07:27 AM
I've used a maglite and hose clamps to take a number of coons at night. She sure ain't purty, but she works.

Gordon
April 24, 2012, 06:41 PM
The Streamlight TRL I showed you the link for was $75 and they are known to be recoil proof. The switch easy to activate with a finger off the pump handle. The Insite M3 is also pretty good but the incadescent ones are fragile on SG duty and the LED ones are a lot more. If you have to buy rings , which the TRL doesn't need its more $. The barrel or mag tube clamp costs to, the one I showed you for $15 is the cheapest real one I've run across and it is not bomb proof like a $40 is. So under $100 is realistic , under $50 get out the hose clamps and duct tape for a Cree Bulbed clone or hang an airsoft one on for a couple shots. Yes 12ga. pump shot guns have a recoil spike that kills lights ! But how would I know? :)

rcmodel
April 24, 2012, 09:12 PM
Very funny. But I'm looking for a solution, not little comedy routines.It was not meant to be funny.
I was as serious as a heart attack.

If I wanted a cheap weapon light, as a gunsmith & gun hobbiest for over 50 years, that is how I would do it.
That is also the only result I would expect from any cheap light on a shotgun.

I GayRonTeeYa it won't kick off the gun anytime soon like a cheap plastic barrel clamp mount.

And IF the light doesn't fail the first shot, it will still be attached to the gun for the next shot.

rc

bbuddtec
April 24, 2012, 09:50 PM
#1 RC is serious
#2 ... well, I've gotten some skunks w/ a scoped rifle over my wrist holding flashlight... even a runner lol

cheapest I got, but you want mounted, I gather. Cheap mount shouldn't matter, just the light, and you already know that's up to you.

gunnutery
April 24, 2012, 10:45 PM
I suggest waiting to purchase an affordable sturdy rig. Until that time, practice holding a flashlight with your shotgun.

oneounceload
April 24, 2012, 11:14 PM
Very funny. But I'm looking for a solution, not little comedy routines. Maybe you and Elmer can go on the road and do the comedy club circuit or something.

Duct tape works

otherwise, look at cdmgear for clamps. Always amazes me how folks want the absolute cheapest POS to use on something they also want to depend on to keep them alive. If your life isn't worth doing it right, then why bother? Just save up another few paychecks until you can do it right

waterhouse
April 25, 2012, 02:44 PM
In my younger years I used duct tape to hold a light on a shotgun for pest eradication. It was a 20 ga, but the light stayed in place and worked as intended. Laugh all you want, but it is a cheap solution that worked. It wasn't an LED, but the flashlight I was using probably wasn't more than $20. It lasted at least 3 shots, which was all we needed. Flashlight was still fine after that, but no idea how long it would have actually made it.

For your first shot, you could use a handheld flashlight to identify the target and rest the forearm on the top of your wrist. I've dumped 8 rounds from the mag tube using this method at a low light course with a semi-auto . . . not sure how you would transition to pumping the action though. If you go this route make sure you practice, the recoil feels different when you don't have a hand on the front of the gun.

Gunblade
April 25, 2012, 03:29 PM
I use a Firefield Tactical Shotgun Light. I haven't had it for long though, so I can't comment on its durability just yet.

http://www.wayfair.com/Firefield-Tactical-Shotgun-Flashlight-FF21001K-FFD1009.html

DeadFlies
April 25, 2012, 08:49 PM
I use something very similar to this on my 870

http://www.impactguns.com/tacstar-barrel-mag-clamp-universal-wsling-swivel-stud-1081172-751103011720.aspx

Mine is older and made of steel. The sling mount swivel is a nice feature too. As for the light I have one of these:

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/tools-hardware-safety-security-flashlights/brinkmann-2-pack-led-flashlights-with-laser-142336.html

Not the greatest but it is bright enough to shoot skunks around the woodpile and has held up through a few dozen slugs. And it was only $8. I had hoped the laser pointer could be a useful for aiming...but it aint.

The whole rig is really cheap (like less than $20) and has worked great so far. YMMV.

USAF-ORF
April 25, 2012, 08:59 PM
Been thinking about getting one of these. Good Luck
http://www.copesdistributing.net/daytac-grip-p-778.html?osCsid=fb28cc14ec8de2e11f7d3b0aaecb2528

parkerdude
May 10, 2012, 12:05 AM
I'm actually going to build my light from components and I figure the light, LED of choice, battery, charger, and tail switch will be delivered to my door for under $40.00.

A simpler solution would be a SolarForce L2, with a single mode LED, 2X 18650 Lithium batterys and charger for $50.00 delivered.

This is a VERY GOOD SF 6P clone, except it runs on 1 lithium battery, (4.2v) not 2X CR123's, (6v), (that's better).

http://www.solarforceflashlight-sales.com/product_detail.php?t=LF&s=31&id=117

Tail switches, different LED configurations, etc., are available, and inexpensive too.

Follow the link and look around. E-mail me if you have questions.

This should leave you plenty of money left over to decide on your light mount.

Good Luck.

p.s. Don't be a sucker, you can't buy a game, money won't buy excellence, throwing cash at a problem just leaves expensive fixes.

The light on my AR-15, including mount and tail switch cost about $25.00 DELIVERED, and I'm very pleased.

Steve C
May 10, 2012, 12:04 PM
You may want to rethink your strategy for home defense. A few well placed $2 LED night lights located strategically in the house and you don't need a flashlight on your shotgun.

99% of tactical firearm accessories are sold to civilians based on fantasies inspired by TV and movies.

If money's tight, my advice is save it for something you really need and will use rather than succumb to the pressures of the "tactical" market to look "bad".

boricua9mm
May 10, 2012, 12:25 PM
Many, many moons ago I used to use a AA Maglight on a barrel clamp with a pressure switch. I used that shotgun recreationally for a few years and never busted a bulb. Probably about 2,000 rounds during that time period (I always had multiple guns to keep me entertained). Such a setup *could* work but it could also fail prematurely, depending on what day of the week your flashlight was made.

In the current market, I would probably get a Brinkmann ArmorMax and a barrel clamp. You'll get a bright light with tail cap activation that should be plenty durable enough for casual use. Mount it up with a cheap barrel/mag tube clamp and call it a day.

Personally, I use a Streamlight TLR-1 on my bedside pistol and Surefires on my long guns.

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