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Iron sights on a shotgun

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by kBob, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. kBob

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    OK I have searched and not found what I am looking for.

    Back in the late 1970's, when Dinosaurs roamed freely feeding on the massive herds of buffalo, a bud at the time came across a Ithica 37 DS Police (eight shot tube) but with only a bead front sight.

    Being basically a pistol guy he wanted familiar sights and what he found was a rear sight that featured your classic tangent with the notched slide for elevation and a matching front sight unit with a dove tailed bead on a post that could be driven one way or the other for windage and the kit used "Super Glue" to attach the curved to fit bases of each to the barrel.

    Is there anything like this out there for a plain round barrel 12 gauge?

    -kBob
     
  2. Corpral_Agarn

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    Many "tactical" shotguns have iron sights from the factory.

    My FN SLP sports them.

    I've seen mossbergs and remingtons with them too.
     
  3. kBob

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    F troop's Finest,

    Yes that it true....but I want to put such sights on an existing shotgun.

    BTW I was once in a unit that had US Army Target Acquisition Battery F (there is one per division and they are all alphabetical) which we called F Troop....and actually they made the TV troop look good most of the time! Most of the Troopers were good kids but they had a serious command problem. After the CO and First shirt and XO were relieved things got better, especially as being attached to HHB DIVARTY we were able to fix the booze and dope issues in ways to let us retain otherwise good folks that had gone that route because of the Command Issues.

    -kBob
     
  4. .38 Special

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    I never have heard of ones meant for gluing on. I have seen ramps and bases meant for sweating/soldering into place, and assume they still are available from places like Brownells. I suppose a fellow could try attaching them with epoxy or something, but I personally would have my doubts.
     
  5. whughett

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    I’d be interested also. Anyone recall shotgun sights that clipped to a barrel rib. I seem to recall one made by Uncle Mikes. Intended for temporary use with slugs.
     
  6. Corpral_Agarn

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    A great TV show.

    My folks showed to me, loved it.

    Ah, I misread the post. My bad.

    I haven't heard of anything like that short of drilling/tapping.
     
  7. ericuda

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    What shotgun, is there a chance you can drill and tap receiver. I use the hammer and bead on my ole ss topper and am surprisingly accurate.
     
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  8. mcb

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    Smooth bore slug barrel has rifle sights on them. You can get them rifled too if you want.

    I have never seen a kit but I made a set of bases and mounted a set of Truglo fiber optic turkey sights on a 410 barrel to make a slug gun out out. So far after a 200+ round the sights have not fallen off yet.
     
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  9. .38 Special

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    The Williams Gun Sight Company still offers them. "Universal slugger sight" or something like that.
     
  10. whughett

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    Thank you.
     
  11. 22250Rem

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    OP didn't mention the make and model of shotgun, or the intended usage, but it sounds like slugs. Some pump shotguns have easily interchangeable barrels; like Remington 870's or Mossberg 500's for example. Many of those smooth bore slug barrels for those guns had decent enough rifle sights on them. Could be just a case of picking up one of those slug barrels which are usually choked cylinder or improved cylinder as they were intended for slug shooting. I'd bet that nowadays they are all fully rifled if they have decent iron sights on the barrel, but it may be possible to find one of the older smooth bore slug barrels if desired. My 870 slug gun has had a rifled barrel for over 20 years now but originally came with one of those barrels circa 1987 when new. Still got it here. Back in the smooth bore slug days it was a very good performer with the old Foster style slugs. Those irons are a big improvement over just a bead. There's even some provision for adjustment. IMG_1769.JPG ... IMG_1771.JPG ... IMG_1772.JPG
     
  12. troy fairweather

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    I have used loctite to attach sights on a few guns just to give them a try sounds stupid but works and they come off with a wack of a brass punch.
     
  13. entropy

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    Those types of sights are available, but it is not advisable to attach them with Super Glue. Or Loctite. Or JB Weld. I found that one out the hard way; I was shooting a Mosin Nagant with a scope in a mount that had been JB Welded on; the whole thing came back and whapped me on the head; I was too busy laughing to be mad, wasn't hurt, it just kind of slid back and bounced off my head.
     
  14. .38 Special

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    Kind of funny how many of life's truly valuable lessons come from being whapped on the head.
     
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  15. DocRock

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    If it has a rib, there are sights availab!e from HiViz and many others that can be mounted. I don't know of a shotgun barrel with enough wall thickness to cut a dovetail for a front sight.
     
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  16. PapaG

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    Dad and I used to buy the Remington slug barrel sights "in the white" from Rem, polish, silver solder to the barrels, then blue and install the rear blade and front dovetail bead. Low temp silver solder never let me down. Even put a few Cutts and Polys on with it.
    It wouldn't be too hard to get a piece of old shotgun barrel, saw out a quarter round section, cut a dovetail on the top and silver solder that to the barrel and drive in a dovetail rear sight.
     
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  17. whughett

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    Looked at the sight by Williams that 38 special mentioned in his reply. Out of stock, an email inquiry to Williams came back quickly, should be back in stock in 60 days.
     
  18. PapaG

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    Those sights posted by 22250Rem were the exact ones we used to get from Remington.
     
  19. IndianaBoy

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    Does the shotgun have a rib on the barrel?

    Many 3-gun gunsmiths fit a 10/22 rear sight into the vent rib of Benelli shotguns for increased precision of aiming while shooting slugs.

    Requires a bit of gunsmithing work, but it is a permanent and solid solution.
     
  20. troy fairweather

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    Think the op is taking about a non ribbed barrel. Other wise he could just get those sights that attach to the rib.
     
  21. ClemY

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    I don't care for open sights on a long gun. All my long guns have aperture rear sights. I mounted an LPA rear sight on my 3-gun shotgun, a Browning A-5., and put a higher front sight on a 24" slug barrel. I also had it tapped for Thinwall Truchoke chokes. Works very well for me, with shot or slugs.
     
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