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Taping on weapon lights?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CoyoteSix, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Well-Known Member

    Hey all!

    Just curious, but has anyone ever used athletic tape to attach a weapon light to a rifle?
  2. Bovice

    Bovice Well-Known Member

    In the days of yore, probably.

    Now? they make mounts for just about everything. For a long term solution, do it the right way.
  3. Roadking Rider

    Roadking Rider Well-Known Member

    I heard a few guys named Bubba have done it.
  4. Hanzo581

    Hanzo581 Well-Known Member

  5. Torian

    Torian Well-Known Member

    Sure I have. If the tape is around the barrel though...and it gets hot enough...you are SOL.

    When mounts break...bring the duct tape!
  6. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Well-Known Member

    Not the best solution if you're in any wet weather.
  7. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Well-Known Member

    That's why I suggested athletic tape. It seems to resist moisture much better than a standard adhesive tape. It works wonders in EMS uses.
  8. PO2Hammer

    PO2Hammer Well-Known Member

    My ex-in laws used to tape flashlights to their rifles to shine (poach) deer. I'm glad they are ex's.
    They used electrical tape FWIW.
  9. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    With light mounts being fairly inexpensive, why not use one?
  10. ObsceneJesster

    ObsceneJesster Well-Known Member

    Is this a serious question?

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  11. Ranger Roberts

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    Tape will work in a pinch but I'd stay away from it. As said earlier, if your barrel heats up with tape on it you are probably going to wish you never did it. The mounts can be found almost anywhere and they are very cheap. My local Walmart even carries them.
  12. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    Not to a rifle but once using two little notched wood blocks as spacers to allow for the over sized head of a silver Ray-o-Vac flash light some buddies and I duct tapped a Ray-o-Vac to the barrel shroud of a S&W Model 76 SMG.

    Guess which NRA president gave us that idea.

    Worked OK for the time period. We even used that center dim circle shadow of the bulb as an aiming point. It appeared to be minute of infected luddite Zombie at 20 meters........

  13. yzguy87

    yzguy87 Well-Known Member

    Why not just mount it the right way?
  14. TIMC

    TIMC Well-Known Member

    Cause if he did that then it wouldn't match the scope silly! :evil:
  15. ObsceneJesster

    ObsceneJesster Well-Known Member

    I have a customized Elzetta light with a concave lens mounted on a 590A1 that I use for point of aim. At 15 feet it throws a beam that measures just under 4 inches in circumference which makes a near perfect point of aim for 00 Buck.

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  16. scchokedaddy

    scchokedaddy Well-Known Member

    primitive iluminated recticle red neck style for sure!!! It wqrks though or so I been told, I wouldn't know {not me!!] lol:)
  17. dvdcrr

    dvdcrr member

    I have seen pics of marines using taped on cheek pieces for rifles so I say use what works.
  18. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    Hose clamps work better. <ducking>
  19. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    High temp electrical tape works well enough for this unless you're getting the barrel super hot. The real problem is in positioning the light and keeping the light from melting. There are simple steel clamps for sale now on Midway that permit this kind of ur-simple flashlight mounting without the need for tape. I actually prefer them to more complex mounts in many ways, since you have total flexibility on how you angle the light and where you put it on the barrel.
  20. bobinoregon

    bobinoregon Well-Known Member

    Tape has been around way longer than other mounts for lights. Course that was long before the word "tactical" was invented

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