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bayonet and light on tactical shotgun

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by jacklucas89, Dec 15, 2010.

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  1. jacklucas89

    jacklucas89 Member

    is it possible to mount a bayonet and light on a tactical shotgun.....I have chosen mossberg over wilson and nighthawk becuase apparantly the marines use them in combat....

    any suggestions?
  2. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    I gotta ask... for what? A light I get... but a bayonet? It would be so front heavy you couldn't get a decent swing with it. If you were to invest the cost of a bayonet and mount into clays and shells and practice with it, you'd have a useful weapon that you were proficient with. If you had done that practicing first, you wouldn't be wondering about how to add more weight to the front of your gun.

    Just because the Marines carry Mossbergs doesn't mean they are better, it means Mossberg won a contract. Find a shotgun that fits you, practice with it, and then see what else it needs. You'll save yourself some trouble that way. :)

    If you type "Mossberg Bayonet" into google, you get this link, which answers your question.
  3. Rshooter

    Rshooter Well-Known Member

    IMHO a bayonet on a HD shotgun is a bad idea. If you shot someone breaking into your home that would be one thing but bayoneting them would most likely get you into trouble you do not want. Even the presence of the bayonet might be enough for a prosecuting attorney to get you into trouble.
  4. jacklucas89

    jacklucas89 Member

    man I had never thought about the weight...
  5. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

    The same thing is probably said by folks that want the longest magazine extension they can find... Once they have 9 rounds of 00 buck in their gun, then wonder why it's too nose heavy to shoulder.

    Buy a simple shotgun.
    Shoot thousands of shells.

    Practice beats bolt-on crap every time.
  6. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    The deadliest shotgun in the world is a bone-stock pump in the hands of an old fart who's used it to bust clays on Sundays for the last several decades. The old geezers with the beat-up 870s who offer to bet $1 a bird on the skeet range... that's who you gotta look out for.

    Good luck with your Mossberg, they're fine shotguns. Let us know when you get it out to the range... and welcome to The High Road!
  7. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    It would have a practical use in dissuading attack, I think. The precursers to the combat shotguns were the blunderbus, and a number of these came with spring-loaded bayonets. I doubt anyone ever actually used the things, but they would have added a certain emphasis to the already enormous bore facing you. The idea, particularly with a flintlock single shot, was to persuade the highwayman to stand off. The same principle applies today, and if you can scare the intruder enough to end the attack you've won the day in the best way possible.
  8. BP Hunter

    BP Hunter Well-Known Member

    The reason why home defense shotguns have short 18.5" barrels is to make them more mangaebale in tight areas like your hallway, bedroom, etc. Adding an extra 1 foot long bayonet will defeat the shotgun's purpose. Besides, if you had a shotgun, will you not shoot the perp rather than stabbing him?
  9. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    After checking on that bump in the night, you could spread your peanut butter on some bread, without setting the gun down. I like to have a snack on my way back to bed.
  10. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    OK, pardon me but I must ask . . .

    Why do you feel the need for a bayonet?

    Have you even had any bayonet training?
  11. jacklucas89

    jacklucas89 Member

    none formally...to be honest that's the reason I am enlisting the help of experts on sites like this to get feedback....
  12. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    OK. Then stop worrying over how to mount both your flashlight and your bayonet. You don't gets point for looking cool sporting gear you have no idea how to use.

    Spend the money on ammunition.
  13. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    If you can't think of a realistic reason to put a bayonet on a shotgun then you almost certainly don't need it.

    A flashlight is a probably one of the best accessories for any weapon that will be used where light is low since it allows you to meet one of the fundamental rules, identify your target.

    Before a penny is spent on any accessory money should be spent on training with the weapon to make it useful. Ammunition, videos, range time, courses all make you a better shooter than adding to the weight of what becomes essentially a dust catcher if it isn't used.
  14. BP Hunter

    BP Hunter Well-Known Member

    Oh man! You crack me up!!:D:D

    A flashlight will do.
  15. arizona98tj

    arizona98tj Well-Known Member

    Can't argue with that. Some 30+ years ago, when I was in the service, I belonged to a local gun club in Virginia. I primarily shot rifle and pistol. Several times a year I managed to swing by the clubhouse and shoot a round or two of skeet.

    During that time, I also worked part time for several years at a gun shop. This was one of my Saturday evening gunsmith projects. It still is holding together, after all this time.

    Some of those old geezers didn't always have the best sense of humor. Perhaps it was because I didn't have one of those little pads on the end of my shoe where I could rest my shotgun between shots. I usually just "stuck" mine in the lawn until it was my turn to shoot. :D

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
  16. Sergeant Sabre

    Sergeant Sabre Well-Known Member

    Bayonet and light on tactical shotgun?

    That question makes me think of a thread I found while researching the Mossberg 930. The thread was a Mossberg 930 "review". I found it not to be so much of a review, as a post with pictures of a 930. Every so often the poster would put up more pics showing the new accessory he bought and added to the shotgun. Side-saddles, barrel-length rails, lights, fancy slings, optics, and recoil reducers appeared. Sadly, no pictures of range sessions or any actual shooting.
  17. tactikel

    tactikel Well-Known Member

    I really understand the light - you absolutely cannot shoot without identifiying your threat (neighbor, brother-in-law, daughters boyfriend?-armed assailant?). The bayonet is illegal in many states, and will get you crucified in court if you ever use it.
  18. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    The Army put a bayonet mount and a heat shield on the Winchester 97 for trench warfare in WWI. Take a look at the picture of one with the 16" bayonet, and try to imagine swinging one around inside.

    A small, lightweight and bright light, so you can identify your target, is not a bad idea, though.
  19. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    In what states are bayonets illegal to have on a shotgun in your home? Also, how would it "crucify" you in court?
  20. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    I'd take a purpose built fighting gun in the hands of someone who is well trained to use it for that purpose.
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