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What night sight replaces the front bead on an 870

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by flip180, Mar 14, 2006.

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  1. flip180

    flip180 Member

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    I want to upgrade my front sight bead on my 870 HD with one that is a night sight. I don't want to outfit the gun with a full set of peeps but, I do want to be able to see the front sight better in low light. Any suggstions?

    Thanks, Flip.
     
  2. dfariswheel

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    Brownell's sell most of the available luminous bead sights.
    http://www.brownells.com/

    Remington also sells their version.

    The Express/HD 870 has a pressed-in front bead.
    Usually, the best thing to do is to have a gunsmith extract the factory bead, drill and tap the hole to the right size, then screw in the new bead.
     
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    Preacherman, have any hands on experience with the XS Sights?
    (or anyone else for that matter.)

    I was looking at them for my SIG P229, and it might make sense to have same matching sights on the 870 and the SIG>


    Thanks.

    RTFM
     
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    Here's the one I recently purchased for my 870P...

    Marble Arms Tritium Shotgun sight

    I choose this one over the "Tru-Dot" version because this one has a white ring around the Tritium vial which is more similar to my hand guns and also makes it easier to pick out during daylight hours.

    FYI - the factory bead on my police model 870 was not threaded either so my barrel is currently at my local gunsmith being drilled and tapped
     
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    I installed the Meprolight "Tru-Dot" tritium front sight on my 870 but have been very disappointed with it. Visibility in darkness is lousy. Barely qualifies as a "night sight" at all, in my book.

    Avoid it, and try instead the XS Sight Systems setup or the Marble Arms/Trijicon sight, both noted above.
     
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    RTFM -

    I use the XS Express sights on my 870. I prefer them to both the factory bead and the factory rifle sights. I've found them to be a good blend of speed and precision for what I do with my gun (classes/competitions).
     
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