This is review of a very good tactical upgrade for Remington 870 shotgun: Streamlight TLR-2 Flashlight/Laser combo. I have installed it using CDM Gear BMT clamp with picatinny rail. I think this is the best way to attach Streamlight TLR-2 or Streamlight TLR-1 to Remington 870.
I really like this flashlight/laser combo, it is lightweight and easily attaches to a rail. TLR-2 is low profile and doesn’t stick out much. Streamlight TLR-1 which doesn’t have laser is even smaller.
Some good features of the Stremalight TLR-2:
- Ambidextrous momentary/constant switch which is very convenient to use with just one finger of the weak hand.
- Switch which allows you choose one of the three modes: flashlight only, laser and flashlight, laser only.
- Shock-proof C4 LED which means that you can use it on your shotgun. Also, LED doesn’t need much energy, so you can use it for several hours on two CR123 batteries.
- Built-in mount, which mounts directly to rail without additional accessories and keeps it low profile.
- Integrated laser sight which enables you to shoot from the hip level
Streamlight TLR-2 flashlight is very powerful and bright. Manufacturer guarantees that it is shock-proof, so you can use it on your shotgun. Power of this flashlight is enough for most situations.
What I love is very nice and unique flashlight’s switch, it is very easy to use it using your weak hand. You can switch it on/off using just one finger.
Integrated laser sight
I don’t like laser sights on shotguns. But this one is good, the dot is so big and so easy to see that it must be very easy to use it even under stress. Laser sight is a good addition to Streamlight TLR-2 but it makes it rather expensive.
Laser sight enables you to shoot from the hip, which is almost impossible with iron sights or even holographic sight. But remember that your enemy sees the dot too.
The Streamlight TRL-2 Flashlight/Laser combo doesn’t stick out much when mounted. It is low profile and here is photo where you can see this:
Remember that TLR-1 doesn’t have laser and it is smaller and cheaper.
Highly recommended upgrade but I am not sure that you need Streamlight TLR-2 with laser sight, Streamlight TLR-1 with flashlight is enough.
Streamlight TLR-1 Flashlight on Remington 870 (Photos and Review)
Steve has posted nice pics of his Remington 870 with Streamlight TLR-1 Flashlight on Remington 870 Forum. I’ve had a review about Streamlight TLR-2 Flashlight some time ago. I have recommended getting a TLR-1 as a less expensive alternative. I don’t think that laser sight is necessary for a shotgun.
Streamlight TLR-1 Flashlight Review
Very happy with the results. Installation was easy. One little note on that, the mount’s grip on the mag tube (before you add the nuts and screws) is so tight that turning the mount to adjust it can actually loosen the mag extension tube. Use a flat screwdriver to open it up a bit and you won’t have an issue there. The controls on the light are great, very easy to use with my left index finger. Very bright, white light. It perfectly lights up the front bead sight, great to see that.
So, until I get an XS big dot sight or perhaps a new barrel with tritium rifle sights or something, my HD gun is complete – But, it’ll probably be left as is for a while. Fully loaded, along with the S&J detachable side saddle, there’s 13 rounds of Fed #1 LE FC Buck at my disposal, a very bright light to say Hi, How Are Ya? and great jumbo head safety. Lovin’ it.
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Remington 870 with Streamlight TLR-1, Indoors
Chief Brody posted test of his Remington 870 with Streamlight TLR-1 on Remington 870 Forum:
Meant to do this a long time ago, and wish I could do a better job – but anyway this’ll give you a good idea of how this particular light works. My camera wasn’t really getting the job done with the apartment any darker than it is, but you can see – the Streamlight is plenty bright with the lights ON. I’m a righty, and I have the TLR-1 mounted on the right side of gun, with Streamlight’s magazine tube mount. I can easily manipulate the switch using my left index finger, without shifting the rest of my hand on the forend. I took these holding the shotgun with my right hand and the camera with my left – that’s a workout!
This first shot was taken with the camera aimed at a mirror, I promise I didn’t lie about which side the light is on.
This is about 20.5′.
Here is 13′, keeping in mind typical home defense shooting distances.
Streamlight TL-Racker Shotgun Forend Remington 870/1187
TL-Racker, integrated shotgun forend light. It features a sleek design that eliminates the need for remote cords and reduces snag hazards. Ideal for shotgun breaching, close quarter operations or elevating your home defense options.
White LED produces 850 lumens; runs 1 hour
Elongated switch pad accommodates virtually any hand size
Ambidextrous switch with momentary and constant on functionality
Ergonomic design provides maximum grip and easy switch access
“Super tough” impact-resistant nylon body; virtually indestructible
IPX4 water resistant
Uses two CR123A lithium batteries (included)
7.94” (20.16 cm); 10.66 oz; (303g)
Lithium Battery Notice under DOCUMENTS
Limited lifetime warranty
Assembled in USA
Two times cheaper than Surefire Forend Light. Just $151.99.
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Remington 870 Express, Mako Stock, Wilson Ghost Ring Sights, Streamlight 1
Remington 870 Express, Mako Stock, Wilson Ghost Ring Sights, Streamlight 1 from footchase from Remington 870 Forum.