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Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by Lifeguard326, Mar 11, 2013.
Looking for a light for an 870 with a tape switch that won't break the bank.
I have an EagleTac T20 on my Winchester 1300 defender. Lot of light for the money. 580 ANSI lumens, strobe, available remote switch (though I prefer a setup without).
Home defense? Hunting?
What's your budget? Do you already have a mount?
Home Defence, no mount yet, like to stay 100 or so.
How about this combo?
$11.50 Body http://www.solarforceflashlight-sales.com/product_detail.php?t=FB&s=1&id=247
$13.99 Forward clicky with remote pad http://www.solarforceflashlight-sales.com/product_detail.php?t=FA&s=18&id=90
$15.99 Drop In http://www.solarforceflashlight-sales.com/product_detail.php?t=RB&s=40&id=491
$18.99x2 18650 3400mah battery (1 in light and 1 spare) http://www.illuminationgear.com/23471.html
$21.99 charger http://www.illuminationgear.com/14343.html
$101.45 This can be reduced to $41.48 if you have batteries or use 123 primaries
Meh. The drawback to conventional P60-style drop-ins is the recoil of the weapon. without something to buffer the cells, the recoil turns the batteries into a piston, which slam forward into the electronics. As you might imagine, this is not good for the electronics.
There are some drop-ins you can get that can tolerate the piston action, but they're pricey. Malkoff is my default choice - the drop-ins can be found between $65 and $75.
Amacman's suggestions are great, except for the choice of drop-in (in my opinion). You need to get a mount to hold the light - the prices on weaponlight mounts can vary, depending on the model of your weapon.
Another route is to pick up a single piece flashlight - I'm not a big fan of multimode lights on weapons, but other opinions differ on that wildly.
EtA: Solarforce also sells flashlight mounts - I have no direct experience with them, but they fit your budget.
OP, how do you envision the tape working with a pump? I think mounting a light to something other than the fore end and putting the tape on the fore end is asking for trouble.
You might be able to mount a small light and tape switch like the X300 to a Magpul fore end but to the X300 is a lot more than you've budgeted.
I think for your price range I'd skip the tape switch. The Solarforce L2P with forward clicky is a decent budget shell. Combine that with a *single mode*, *potted* lamp from Nailbender (XML with orange peel sounds about right). After you get the mounting ironed out, you are probably already pushing your budget.
I've used the Surefire M79 attached to a Mesa Tactical clamp with the short rail segment.
FWIW, Solarforce does have a tape switch, but I would trust it with my life. I also think having the switch on a moving part and the light on a non moving part is a really bad idea.
Just a suggestion, but I would stay in the 200 lumen or less category. Anything above that, in my experience tends to be too bright when in tight quarters.
I think this depends a lot on how tight the hotpot is. I am running a triple XPG on my 870 that probably outputs about 1000 lumens, but it is totally flood. I doesn't seem overly bright to me but it is more like turning the light on in the room rather than a traditional bright center beam.
I have some 2.8A XML drop ins which are probably 500ish lumens, but with the orange peel reflector the also don't seem overly bright, they just have a much wider hotspot.
I said in my experience. In a confined, darkened, space, lets use a bathroom with white walls, a quick off on with a 1000 lumen light is going to destroy any night vision you have for several minutes. I have used handheld and weapon mounted lights with around 60 lumens for years with good results. 60 lumens will adequately illuminate your area and target just fine. Nothing wrong with using a more powerful light, just overkill in my opinion. But the plus side to 1000 lumen is that you have permanently seared the perpurtrators retinas and they are blind and no longer a threat! Lol
Surefire shotgun forend weapon lights are awesome. I've had one on my Mossberg 500 12ga for a few years now. Great fit and performance. Worth every penny especially since it is for home and personal defense. Expensive? Not if your life and your family life depends on it.
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