In some cases, you can literally melt a barrel down on some firearms. The heat caused by firing multiple rounds in a short period will create intent heat in the barrel. Certain automatic weapons that are not typically shouldered fired usually have an extra barrel include because the barrel can actually get hot enough to warp, and of course, this means the accuracy of the weapon is gone. The barrels were changed out quite frequently. In years past, certain weapons had water jackets to keep the barrel cooled, but today most are air-cooled and may have a baffling system that allows airflow around the barrel. Shotguns do not typical come with a heat shield or any type of baffling around the barrel. Air cooled barrels will get hot and this is particularly agonizing for a shooter in a combat situation. A hot barrel can cause serious burns to the hand.

There is an option however called a shotgun heat shield that attaches to the shotgun barrel. Along with protecting your hands, some heat shields will come with sights already mounted. Typically, there will be silicone pads that can take intense heat between the shield and barrel to prevent damage to the barrel.

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The shields are easily attached and removed. Setscrews are included but the package may not include the needed Allen wrench so keep this in mind. Many shooters will make sure they have a wrench in their cleaning kits and carry one while in the field so you can remove the shield to clean underneath it.


Who Needs a Shotgun Heat Shield?

Some might think they do not shoot enough or never touch the barrel so they do not need a heat shield. If anyone has ever been in the hot sun with his or her shotgun knows the barrel can get hot even from the sun. Then once you have fired a dozen rounds downrange you will have a very hot barrel that will burn you. They are any number of reasons why you would handle the barrel and in some cases, you will grab it without even thinking especially when someone hands a shotgun off to you.

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In a tactical or hunting situation, you do not want to grab or touch the barrel because this will cause you to jerk your hand back and in tactical situations, this can have deadly consequences. You can scare game off by doing this while hunting as well. Not only does the shield protect your hands it also adds looks to the weapon and some shooters start out with this in mind. However, once you have the shield attached you will also realize the protective benefits.

It is quite easy to make contact with the barrel while reloading and some of you may know what it feels like to have touched the barrel with your forearm while reloading. When deciding on a heat shield make sure it is of good quality. Ensure it has pads that protect the barrel finish and prevent metal-to-metal contact. The shield needs space between it and the barrel for airflow to keep it cool. Heat of course would conduct from the barrel to the shield this defeating the purpose for the heat shield, so you need the air space between the metals.