It is extremely important to have flashlight on your shotgun. You can’t shoot if you can’s see a target. I have tested many flashlights and decided to make a new post. This post has information about old flashlights and new ones.

I was surprised that some of the inexpensive flashlights are really good, reliable and bright. I still prefer Fad Defense Speedlight because of its compact size and brightness but you may choose one of the other flashlights.

What is a tactical flashlight?

A tactical weapon flashlight is basically a flashlight that attaches to the barrel of your firearm so that you can see your target in darker environments. Some people use tactical flashlights to go hunting at nighttime while others may use them to defend their home after it gets dark outside. Now you may think that a flashlight might scare off your target or eliminate your ability to be discrete, but it is still important to have the light for a variety of reasons. The main reason being that you want to make sure you know what you’re shooting at. There are so many accidents that happen every year with firearms, especially when it comes to hunting. People see something move in the distance and assume it’s an animal when it’s really another person or hunter. You don’t want to end up in this situation for your own sake and the sake of those around you.

The great thing about tactical flashlights is they emit a very bright LED white light that can lighten up virtually any dark environment. The brightness levels on these lights range from 80 lumens to about 200 and more lumens. This makes them perfect for law enforcement and military officers who depend on being able to see clearly while on dangerous missions. Often times, the police have to raid buildings that are dimly lit or have no lighting at all. The only way they’re going to be able to see is if they have tactical flashlights attached to their rifles or shotguns which can brighten up the entire environment. With all the questionable police shootings that go on in the United States, police officers certainly don’t want to take any chances by shooting a person who may not be armed because they couldn’t see them. The military also uses these flashlights in similar circumstances, like when raiding enemy fortresses or small villages at nighttime.

Tactical flashlights usually get mounted to the bottom of the barrel or to the side of the barrel. You can purchase lightweight clamps that are made specifically for mounting tactical flashlights to barrels. Just make sure you purchase the right clamp for your particular weapon model. The flashlights will be able to stay lit for a few hours before the batteries need to be changed. And don’t worry about the recoil, because the flashlights won’t affect your shooting at all. In fact, it will feel like it’s not even attached to your gun.

Shooting in Low Light Conditions

Shooting in Low Light Conditions

All flashlights in this review use CR123 batteries. These batteries are easy to find and very common for tactical flashlights. All flashlights were tested on my Remington 870 shotgun and they can work under 12 gauge recoil.

Please note that home defense flashlight doesn’t need hundreds of lumens because light may blind you when reflected from the walls.

Tactical Flashlights

Tactical Flashlights

Flashlight for home defense

One of the most common upgrades you can make to your Remington 870 shotgun is adding a flashlight to it.

A flashlight mounted onto your Remington 870 will give you the necessary light source you need to see what’s nearby. If you use your Remington 870 for home defense then the flashlight mount will come in handy during day or night. Even if there’s daylight outside, there could be a target that comes indoors or in an area where it is shaded from the sun. It is better to be safe than sorry so it is always a good idea to equip your shotgun with a flashlight mount. It is lightweight and doesn’t take up much space on your weapon.

Remember that you need to test any flashlight you want to use under heavy shotgun recoil

Remington 870 with Tactical Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp

Remington 870 with Tactical Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp

Tested it using birdshot, buckshot and slugs. Make at least 10-25 shots with each type of ammunition. After this small test check that everything is good and that flashlight works properly.

Remington 870 with Flashlight

Remington 870 with Flashlight

A tactical weapon flashlight is basically a flashlight that attaches to the barrel of your firearm so that you can see your target in darker environments. Some people use tactical flashlights to go hunting at nighttime while others may use them to defend their home after it gets dark outside. Now you may think that a flashlight might scare off your target or eliminate your ability to be discrete, but it is still important to have the light for a variety of reasons. The main reason being that you want to make sure you know what you’re shooting at. There are so many accidents that happen every year with firearms, especially when it comes to hunting. People see something move in the distance and assume it’s an animal when it’s really another person or hunter. You don’t want to end up in this situation for your own sake and the sake of those around you.

Surefire Forend Light

Cerakote Remington 870 Police Magnum with Surefire 618FA Forend

Cerakote Remington 870 Police Magnum with Surefire 618FA Forend

One of the best flashlight for the Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 shotguns is the Surefire Forend Light. This is one of the more expensive flashlights for the Remington 870, but it is also one of the best and most reliable on the market. It is a compact light that integrated to the forend of your shotgun rather than to the side of the shotgun. Some shooters like their light coming from the bottom of their shotgun because it makes the shining light align with the front sight that helps you aim. The Surefire Forend Light retails for roughly $225, but some are more depending on the amount of accessories that come with it. Either way, adding any kind of light source to your Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 shotgun will be beneficial to you in the long run.

Remington 870 Marine with Surefire Forend

Remington 870 Marine with Surefire Forend

The great thing about tactical flashlights is they emit a very bright LED white light that can lighten up virtually any dark environment. The brightness levels on these lights range from 80 lumens to about 200 and more lumens. This makes them perfect for law enforcement and military officers who depend on being able to see clearly while on dangerous missions. Often times, the police have to raid buildings that are dimly lit or have no lighting at all. The only way they’re going to be able to see is if they have tactical flashlights attached to their rifles or shotguns which can brighten up the entire environment.

This is one of the more expensive flashlights for the Remington 870, but it is also one of the best and most reliable on the market. It is a compact light that integrated into the forend of your shotgun rather than to the side of the shotgun. Some shooters like their light coming from the bottom of their shotgun because it makes the shining light align with the front sight that helps you aim. The Surefire Forend Light retails for roughly $225, but some are more depending on the amount of accessories that come with it. Either way, adding any kind of light source to your Remington 870 will be beneficial to you in the long run.

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CDM Gear + Speedlight/Streamlight Polytac/ Surefire G2l

There are many other shotgun flashlight clamps which you can use. Some are made of plastic like the Elzetta flashlight clamp some of made of aluminum like CDM Gear MOD-C Clamp.

Tactical flashlights usually get mounted to the bottom of the barrel or to the side of the barrel. You can purchase lightweight clamps that are made specifically for mounting tactical flashlights to barrels. Just make sure you purchase the right clamp for your particular weapon model. The flashlights will be able to stay lit for a few hours before the batteries need to be changed. And don’t worry about the recoil, because the flashlights won’t affect your shooting at all. In fact, it will feel like it’s not even attached to your gun.

CDM Gear MOD-C Flashlight Clamp for Shotguns (Remington 870 and Mossberg)

CDM Gear MOD-C Flashlight Clamp for Shotguns (Remington 870 and Mossberg)

So, what was the main problem with flashlight clamps on a night shotgun training? They were moving under recoil or even falling off. Scratches on a magazine tube and a barrel weren’t the biggest problems. The biggest problem is that you cannot be 100% sure in such flashlight holders. You need something rock solid you can rely on. That is why I really liked how my Remington 870 with CDM Gear MOD-C clamp was functioning. No movement under recoil, no scratches because 3M polyuerathane pads were attached to the clamp. Such pads are included and not only protect finish but also eliminate any movement.

Some people don’t know but you can attach quick detach swivels on the other side of the CDM Gear MOD-C clamp. This feature is very handy when you need to attach a sling.

CDM Gear MOD-C Flashlight holder is not only holds your flashlight reliably but also works as a barrel and magazine clamp. So it has lots of features which you receive in a low profile, light weight, compact and reliable piece of equipment.

I recommend getting one of the following flashlights to use together with CDM Gear MOD-C clamp:
FAB Defense Speedlight
Surefire G2X
Streamlight Polytac

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Tactical PolyTac Flashlight by Streamlight

PolyTac flashlight is a light weight flashlight made of polymer. Powered by two CR123A batteries. Has two modes: momentary or constant “on”.

This flashlight is one of the lightest in this review because it is made of polymer. PolyTac flashlight produces 275 lumens.

This flashlight is recommended for magnetic flashlight holders. It is lightweight, so clamp will not move under recoil.

Good as handheld or weapon mounted flashlight. Simple, inexpensive, lightweight and bright.

Streamlight Polytac Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

Streamlight Polytac Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

Streamlight is well known manufacturer of tactical lights, one of their most popular flashlights is Streamlight TLR-2.

Polytac flashlight will fit the CDM Gear clamp but you will have to use spacers which included with the clamp. Streamlight Polytac is thinner than other flashlights, that is why spacers are required for a good fit.
Streamlight Polytac Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

Streamlight Polytac Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

Tactical flashlight is well made, all parts assembled very tight and construction looks reliable. Also, Polytac is waterpoof, which is good feature. The body of the flashlight is made of nylon polymer.
Streamlight Polytac uses C4 LED which means that flashlight is brighter and lasts much longer. And as most tactical LED flashlights – it is recoil proof.
It has 120 lumens, it is more than enough for most situations.
Streamlight Polytac Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

Streamlight Polytac Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

Tailcap switch is easy to use with momentary and “constant on”modes. The switch is the most comfortable out of three flashlights in review. Depress slightly for momentary on, click the button completely for “constant on” mode.
As a bonus for getting this tactical flashlight you receive 2 lithium CR123 batteries.

Very good flashlight, it is low-pofile, lightweight, powerful and easy to use.

Surefire G2 or P2

Surefire is one of the most trusted brands on the market of tactical flashlights. That is why they are priced higher but you can be sure about the quality and reliability.

G2X has Nitrolon polymer body and anodized aluminum bezel. This is pretty bright flashlight with 320 lumens. Uses two CR123A batteries.

This flashligh is LED too which means that light is bright and it will work longer. Also, it is reoil proof.

There are two main differences of this flashlight: it has just 80 lumens and it has different tailcap switch: press for momentary on and twist for “constant on” mode. I don’t like this feature because it requires more hand movement, not sure if switching flashlight on will be comfortable under stress.

SureFire G2 Nitrolon LED Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington 870

SureFire G2 Nitrolon LED Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington 870

SureFire G2 Nitrolon LED Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington 870

SureFire G2 Nitrolon LED Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington 870

Surefire G2 LED flashlight is litter bigger than the Streamlight Polytac. The body is made of Nitrolon polymer.

Fits CDM Gear clamp very good and without any problems.

Powered by two CR123 batteries.

It is nice flashlight, but 80 lumens is not much and, also, I don’t like the twist tailcap which can be difficult to use under stress or with one hand.

Good choice as an every day carry or weapon mounted flashlight.

Surefire G2L Flashlight on CDM Clamp on Remington 870

Surefire G2L Flashlight on CDM Clamp on Remington 870

Olight Baldr and Olight Valkyrie Flashlights

Olight flashlights become more and more popular on guns nowadays. They are well made, affordable and offer some really good features. I had a review about one of the previous versions Valkyrie PL-1 (450 lumens), later they released a more powerful version – Olight Valkyrie PL-2 (1200 lumens), but this time I am reviewing one of the top models – the Baldr Pro. I had a chance to test the regular Baldr some time ago, but the Pro model looks even more impressive.

Baldr is the god of light and radiance, peace and forgiveness in Norse mythology. Olight Baldr Pro tactical gun flashlight has impressive 1350 lumens.

Olight Baldr Pro on Remington 870

Olight Baldr Pro on Remington 870

Olight Baldr Pro on Remington 870

Olight Baldr Pro on Remington 870

Impressive 1350 lumens may sound too much for indoor, use but it didn’t blind me even when I pointed the flashlight at a white wall. And this brightness becomes priceless when using outdoors. Advertised throw is 260 meters, but of course, effective range is not that huge.

The flashlight is that light and compact that it will not change the balance of your firearm. Laser sight is integrated and doesn’t make flashlight really bigger.

The weight of the flashlight is just 129 g (4.55 oz)! Compare it to a competitor, and you will see that it is really light.

Compact size is important when using in close quarters and you need to have a gun that is easy to maneuver.

Olight Baldr Mini – Gun Flashlight/Laser Combo Review

Features are cool, but does the product actually work how it’s supposed to? The answer to that question is “Yes”. The Olight Baldr Mini has an integrated flashlight/laser combo that combines a 600-lumen flashlight with a green laser. The Baldr Mini has a selector switch that allows you to use the laser or the flashlight by themselves, or you can use both together at the same time. It also has a thumb switch to toggle between quick on and continuously on, as well as a built-in strobe feature. The laser is a Class IIIA <5mw Safe Laser Output and the flashlight is a high-performance cool white LED that produces white light with a throw of 130 meters. Olight Baldr Mini Flashlight/Laser Combo

Read full review here: Olight Baldr Mini – Firearms Flashlight Review

Streamlight TLR1

Many shotgun owners choose Streamlight TLR-1 or TLR-2 flashlight. It can be easily attached to many rails using integrated mounting system. It is compact, light weight and easy to use. This flashlight has several modes: momentary, steady and strobe. Powered by two CR123A batteries.

The main advantage is that Streamlight TLR-1 fits on many rails without any problems.

This flashlight is reliable, affordable and very bright: 630 lumens.

Streamlight TLR-1 Flashlight on Remington 870

Streamlight TLR-1 Flashlight on Remington 870

Flashlight mounts basically clamp to the side of your shotgun’s barrel with a Picatinny rail. Some of the very sophisticated flashlight mounts, such as the Streamlight TLR-2 CR, contain LED lighting and laser sight technology all in one. That way you can identify your target more clearly and get a precise aim at the same time. It has ambidextrous momentary/constant switch which is very convenient to use with just one finger of the weak hand. Switch allows you choose one of the three modes: flashlight only, laser and flashlight, laser only.

As for prices, it all depends on what features come with the flashlight. If it doesn’t have a laser and is just the light and mount then it will cost roughly $125. If it has a laser then it will cost anywhere in the $250 range. Choose whatever suits your needs and budget.

Streamligth TLR-2 Flashlight has built-in mount, which mounts directly to rail without additional accessories and keeps it low profile.

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Streamligth TLR-2 Flashlight

Flashlight mounts basically clamp to the side of your shotgun’s barrel with a Picatinny rail. Some of the very sophisticated flashlight mounts, such as the Streamlight TLR-2 CR, contain LED lighting and laser sight technology all in one. That way you can identify your target more clearly and get a precise aim at the same time. The red dot from the laser is so small with the Streamlight that your target won’t even notice it. Of course, if it is a human target then they will realize a flashlight is being shined on them but you get the idea. As for prices, it all depends on what features come with the flashlight. If it doesn’t have a laser and is just the light and mount then it will cost roughly $125. If it has a laser then it will cost anywhere in the $250 range. Choose whatever suits your needs and budget.

This is Streamlight TLR-1 flashlight with laser. It is lightweight and easily attaches to a rail using integrated mounting system. TLR-2 is low profile and doesn’t stick out much.

It has ambidextrous momentary/constant switch which is very convenient to use with just one finger of the weak hand. Switch 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.

Streamligth TLR-2 Flashlight has 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 C4 LED Rail Mounted Weapon Flashlight with Laser Sight

Streamlight TLR-2 C4 LED Rail Mounted Weapon Flashlight with Laser Sight

Elzetta

Elzetta is well known manufacturer of flashlights and flashlight mounts for shotguns and rifles. The flashlight is powerful (235-Lumen) and reliable. ZSM Elzetta Tactical Flashlight is made of metal, it sturdy and waterproof.

You can choose 2-battery or 3-battery version, different lenses, heads (low profile, crenellated), tailcaps (strobe, rotary etc.) and even with custom laser engraving.

Flood Lens makes beam very wide which is important for home defense.

Elzetta mount with Elzetta tactical flashlight (especially with flood lens) are highly recommended for home defense use.

Elzetta Tactical Flashlight Mount for Remington 870

Elzetta Tactical Flashlight Mount for Remington 870

Elzetta is well known manufacturer of flashlights and flashlight mounts for shotguns and rifles.

ZSM Elzetta Tactical Shotgun Mount can be mounted on Remington and Mossberg shotguns thanks to spacers. Mount is made of plastic which means that it may be not as sturdy as metal mounts but it won’t scratch barrel and magazine extension.

The mount is low profile and light-weight. But it is not as low profile as CDM Gear clamp.

Installation is very easy and simple, the mount attaches to the barrel and magazine tube. You can attach flashlight to your flashlight in just 5 minutes.

Flashlight mount reliably holds flashlight in place under recoil. I have tested it using many different types of rounds including buckshot and slugs.

ZSM Elzetta Tactical Flashlight is powerful (235-Lumen) and reliable. ZSM Elzetta Tactical Flashlight is made of metal, it sturdy and waterproof. You can choose 2-battery or 3-battery version, different lenses, heads (low profile, crenellated), tailcaps (strobe, rotary etc.) and even with custom laser engraving.

Flood Lens makes beam very wide which is important for home defense.

Elzetta tactical flashlight and mount withstand heavy 12 gauge recoil. Tested on birdshot, buckshot and slugs. Elzetta flashlight and mount are very good choice for tactical shotgun.

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Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 Flashlight on Remington 870 Shotgun

Tactical flashlights are becoming more popular to use with firearms these days. Military and law enforcement officers are the ones who particularly find them helpful when approaching a potentially dangerous situation. If they are approaching or looking for a suspect, it helps for them to have a tactical flashlight on their gun so they can see who they’re facing without having to take their hands off the weapon. Otherwise, they could end up shooting the wrong person and getting in big trouble for it.

Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 Flashlight on Remington 870 Shotgun

Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 Flashlight on Remington 870 Shotgun

Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 Flashlight on Remington 870 Shotgun

Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 Flashlight on Remington 870 Shotgun

Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 Flashlight

Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 Flashlight

Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 Flashlight

Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 Flashlight

The Olight PL_1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 is a top grade tactical flashlight that is compatible with the MIL-STD-1913, which is a Picatinny rail. Any weapon that has a Picatinny rail can have this tactical flashlight, whether you have a standard Glock, Remington 870 with CDM Gear clamp or an AR-15 rifle. What is particularly fascinating about the Olight PL-1 II is that it is made of heavy duty stainless steel and is 100% waterproof. So, if you typically go out in rough weather conditions where it rains or snows, then this tactical flashlight will be able to sustain these conditions.

To turn on the flashlight, you just push the side switch and it will light right up. The switch doesn’t even make any noise either when you push it. Along with the flashlight which can send out 450 lumens of brightness at a distance of up to 106 meters, you’ll get the LegionArms CR123A lithium battery. The battery will be able to give you one hour of constant use before it needs to be recharged again. Don’t worry about reflective issues because the flashlight contains anti-reflective glass coating on the surface of both sides that maximizes the clarity. Other items included in the flashlight bundle include a 1913 rail mount, a T6 / T8 Socket Head Wrench, and an instruction manual. This is everything you’ll need to successfully install the flashlight onto your weapon. The instruction manual is pretty simple to follow and you don’t need to be a gunsmith in order to figure out the installation process.

The retail price of the Olight PL-1 II Valkyrie Generation 2 tactical flashlight is $80.45. You can purchase this on Amazon.com with free shipping because the cost is over $35. These flashlights are very good alternative to Streamlight TLR-1 and TLR-2 flashlights. These flashlights have been thoroughly tested for their safety and quality prior to being sold.

3 Ways to Attach a Flashlight to Your Remington 870 Shotgun

Flashlight is the must-have for any home defense weapon. If you cannot identify a target you cannot shoot it. Adding a flashlight to your shotgun you convert it to a 24/7/365 home defense weapon.

That is why flashlight is one of the most recommended upgrades for your home defense or tactical Remington 870 shotgun. You can choose inexpensive 870 flashlight mount or $300-400 Remington 870 Surefire (or Eotech) flashlight forend. Remington 870 flashlight laser combo is also available, for example Streamlight TLR-2 Flashlight/Laser.

This post is about flashlight mounts and tactical flashlights for your shotgun.

There are many accessories available for handguns and rifles, what about shotguns? There are not much accessories for other shotguns but Remington 870 is the most popular shotgun in the world and that is why you have several good choices.

Elzetta ZSM with Elzetta Flashlight, CDM Gear BMT with Inforce Flashlight, CDM Gear MOD-C with FAB Defense Speedlight

Elzetta ZSM with Elzetta Flashlight, CDM Gear BMT with Inforce Flashlight, CDM Gear MOD-C with FAB Defense Speedlight

Here is list of the easiest and the most affordable ways (Surefire Forend is cool but it costs a fortune) to attach a flashlight to your shotgun. The best Remington 870 Flashlight Mounts:

CDM Gear MOD-C Clamp with 1 Inch Flashlight

Attach flashlight using CDM Gear MOD-C clamp. You can choose any 1 inch flashlight: FAB Defense Speedlight, Streamlight Polytac, Surefire G2L, etc.

CDM Gear MOD-C Remington 870 flashlight holder has unique design. You can easily install shotgun flashlight using this low-profile mount.

Fab Defense Flashlight with CDM Gear Clamp

Fab Defense Flashlight with CDM Gear Clamp

CDM Gear MOD-C clamp is simple, compact, light-weight and reliable.

FAB DEFENSE Tactical Speedlight Flashlight

Very compact and powerful flashlight. It has 100-120 lumens. Flashlight is very bright for that compact size. FAB Defense Speedlight is made of aluminum not plastic, it is sleek and fits CDM Gear clamp very good.

Uses one CR123A battery which is enough for about 1.5 hour. Tailcap has two modes: press for momentary on, click for constant on.

Very compact and powerful flashlight. Manufacturer says that it has 100-120 lumens. Not sure about 120, but maybe 100 lumens is true because it is very bright. It is LED and recoil proof.

FAB Defense Speedlight is made of aluminum not plastic, it is sleek and fits CDM Gear clamp very good.

FAB Defense Speedlight Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

FAB Defense Speedlight Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

FAB Defense Speedlight Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

FAB Defense Speedlight Flashlight on CDM Gear Clamp on Remington870

It is powered by one CR123 battery which means that you can use it for just 1.5 hours but this is the price you have to pay for its small size.

Tailcap has two modes: press for momentary on, click for constant on.

If you are looking for compact and bright flashlight, I would recommend getting Fab Defense Speedlight.

Very good compact flashlight, I really like it.

If you are looking for compact and bright flashlight, I would recommend getting Fab Defense Speedlight.

FAB Defense Speedlight Flashlight and CDM Gear Clamp

FAB Defense Speedlight Flashlight and CDM Gear Clamp

Elzetta Flashlight on Elzetta ZSM Mount

Elzetta ZSM Flashlight Mount is another mount which enables you quickly attach a flashligth to your shotgun. It is lightweight and looks very good. It is not as low profile as CDM Gear MOD-C Clamp but also works good.

Elzetta Flashlight with ZSM Mount

Elzetta Flashlight with ZSM Mount

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Elzetta ZSM Flashlight Mount

Elzetta ZSM Flashlight Mount

You can get Elzetta ZSM Flashlight Mount on Brownells

Inforce/Streamligth TLR-1 Flashlight on CDM Gear BMT Clamp

Inforce/Streamligth TLR-1 Flashlight on CDM Gear BMT Clamp

Inforce/Streamligth TLR-1 Flashlight on CDM Gear BMT Clamp

CDM Gear BMT Clamp enables you to attach such flashlight as Inforce or Streamlight TLR-1 on a rail. Such setup is very compact. Also, you can easily attach or remove flashlight in seconds.

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Inforce Mil-Spec Flashlight

Inforce Mil-Spec Flashlight

Get Inforce Mil-Spec Flashlight on Brownells

Participated in very interesting shotgun training this week end. Most of the home defense situations happen during the dark time of the day that is why it is important to test your shotgun with flashlight and your skills in the darkness. The best time for night shotgun training is winter when it gets dark early.

I’ve had a chance to visit shooting range several times to test flashlights and to participate in specialized night shotgun training.

Let’s start with the test of tactical flashlights. I have made a review of tactical flashlights and reviewd ways to attach flashlight to a shotgun some time ago.

Tactical Flashlights Brightness Test

This training was another chance to test flashlights and find the best one. Here are results of the tests of brightness. Distance between the targets with numbers are about 10 yards.

Please note that this was on a shooting range, so results indoors will be different.

Surefire G2L Flashlight

Surefire G2L Flashlight Test

Surefire G2L Flashlight Test

Streamlight Polytac Flashlight

Streamlight Polytac Flashlight Test

Streamlight Polytac Flashlight Test

Nebo iProtec Flashlight

Nebo iProtec Flashlight Test

Nebo iProtec Flashlight Test

FAB Defense Speedlight Flashlight

FAB Defense Speedlight Flashlight Test

FAB Defense Speedlight Flashlight Test

Elzetta Flood Lense Flashlight

Elzetta Flood Lense Flashlight Test

Elzetta Flood Lense Flashlight Test

All flashlights were working good under 12 gauge shotgun recoil. There were several problems with magnetic holders and cheap Chinese clamps. I was surprised by inexpensive Nebo iProtec flashlight, it is bright and works good.

You can find advantages and disadvantages of eash flashlight, clamp, holder or remote switch only testing them on the range. It was clear that remote switch is not a good idea for pump action shotguns.

Some shooters changed the location of the flashlight, some changed the way they attach flashlight to a shotgun. You can test your shotgun and your equipment only on the range during live fire drills. It may look cool but it may not work properly.

Shotgun Night Training

Shotgun Night Training

Shotgun Night Training

Shotgun Night Training

Tritium Sights

I have Tritium sights on my Remington 870. They are more expensive than regular sights but give you a lot of advantages.

First of all, you control your sights even in complete darkness and can shoot immediately after turning on flashlight.

Complete darkness is a rare thing because there is always some source of light, for example a streetlight. So, you can switch your flashlight momentary, see your target, switch off the light and make a shot. But remember that you must always be sure of your target.

I was happy that I bought Tritium sights 6 years ago. They were very handy during night shotgun training.

Shooter with shotgun with flashlight and holographic sight

Shooter with shotgun with flashlight and holographic sight

Shooter with shotgun with flashlight and holographic sight

Shooter with shotgun with flashlight and holographic sight

Overall, such training is a must for any gun owner which plans to use shotgun for home defense. All basic skills are the same for the night shooting but conditions are very different and unusual. Low light conditions are challenging for both shooter and equipment.

Try shooting at night and you won’t regret it. Try it to know and understand how to shoot in low light conditions.

One of the most common upgrades you can make to your Remington 870 shotgun is adding a flashlight to it. Light is an essential resource to have when you are trying to shoot in areas where you cannot see very well. Perhaps you are outside hunting at dusk or at nighttime and you want to be able to see in front of you better. A flashlight mounted onto your Remington 870 will give you the necessary light source you need to see what’s nearby. If you use your Remington 870 for home defense then the flashlight mount will come in handy during day or night. Even if there’s daylight outside, there could be a target that comes indoors or in an area where it is shaded from the sun. It is better to be safe than sorry so it is always a good idea to equip your shotgun with a flashlight mount. It is lightweight and doesn’t take up much space on your weapon.

Beam Lokr Magnetic Tactical Light Attachment for Shotgun

Beam Lokr Magnetic Tactical Light Attachment for Shotgun

Beam Lokr Magnetic Tactical Light Attachment for Shotgun

There are many way to attach flashlight to your shotgun, some expensive some are cheap. Here is an interesting piece of equipment which will help you to have a flashlight on your Remington 870 shotgun.

Beam Lokr is a very interesting small tool which enables you to quickly attach flashlight to your shotgun. It attaches to the barrel of your shotgun. 1 inch flashlight easily clamps in. The tool is simple and idea is very interesting. You can easily remove or attach clamp with flashlight to your shotgun. If you own several firearms, you can easily move Beam Lokr from one shotgun to another.

But is it as good as advertised? I have tested it on the range with regular birdshot rounds. Beam Lokr holds lightweight flashlights like Streamlight Polytac properly. Both flashlight and clamp stay in place under recoil. But when it comes to heavy aluminum flashlights like Elzetta, both flashlight and magnetic clamp move under recoil.

So, you can use it on your shotgun but only if you use light polymer flashlight. It will not work with aluminum flashlights.

Beam Lokr Magnetic Tactical Light Attachment for Shotgun

Beam Lokr Magnetic Tactical Light Attachment for Shotgun

Beam Lokr Magnetic Tactical Light Attachment for Shotguns is an interesting and inexpensive clamp but it will work only with small and lightweight flashlights.

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight on Remington 870

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight is an affordable flashlight which you can get for your shotgun. It is lightweight and compact, it easily attached to rails. Uses one CR123A battery.

This is inexpensive alternative to Streamlight TLR-1/TLR-2 Flashlight.

It doesn’t look as sturdy as Inforce flashlight or Streamlight TLR flashlight but it costs just $30.

I have tested it on the range and was working without any problems. Installed flashlight on my Remington 870 using CDM Gear BMT Clamp with Rail.

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight on Remington 870

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight on Remington 870

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight on Remington 870

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight on Remington 870

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight on Remington 870

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight on Remington 870

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight can be installed on rail without any tools. Attaches securely.

Output Power is 190 lumens which is enough for home defense shotgun flashlight.

Nebo 6109 iProTec RM190 Firearm Flashlight on Remington 870 test:

iProtec NEBO 5598 Universal Long Gun Light Mount is an affordable mount which can be installed on Remington 870 shotgun, 12 gauge and 20 gauge. Installs in seconds and also very easy to remove. Made of Aircraft Grade Aluminum, which is sturdy and light weight.

iProtec NEBO 5598 Universal Long Gun Light Mount

iProtec NEBO 5598 Universal Long Gun Light Mount

Rubber inserts protect coating of your shotgun and your flashlight and also ensure that clamp will stay in place under heavy 12 gauge shotgun recoil.

It is very easy to use, you don’t need any tools to install it or remove it from your shotgun.

iProtec NEBO 5598 Universal Long Gun Light Mount

iProtec NEBO 5598 Universal Long Gun Light Mount

iProtec NEBO 5598 Universal Long Gun Light Mount

iProtec NEBO 5598 Universal Long Gun Light Mount

Tested it on the shooting range, made 12 shots on video and even more during the training. iProtec NEBO 5598 Universal Long Gun Light Mount stays in place and holds your flashlight reliably. It doesn’t move under recoil, so you can be sure that it won’t fall off after several shots:

This flashlight clamp can be used for home defense Remington 870 shotgun, it is inexpensive, lightweight, compact, easy to intsall or remove.

The Importance of a Flashlight on Your Firearm

Unless you are a member of the military or law enforcement, you probably do most of your home and self-defense tactical weapons training in daylight hours. Shotgun and handgun drills are usually conducted on an approved firing range with ample light. Nighttime tactical training has inherent safety issues and live fire exercises are not commonly conducted in darkness at your home.

When the situation goes bad in a hurry, you will only rise to the level of your training and if that training is only during daylight hours, you will be at a disadvantage during the hours of darkness unless you have trained in low light conditions with a gun mounted flashlight. Seventy four percent of all shootings occur between dusk and dawn, in other words, in darkness. When training, most homeowners and individuals train for defense, which means all of your actions when a situation occurs are reactionary putting you at a disadvantage.

Keep in mind a firearm-mounted flashlight will temporally disorientate/blind an intruder when shined in their eyes. If you are confronted with anyone utilizing night vision goggles, you will render the night vision equipment useless for a few minutes.

Training with a Flashlight Mounted On Your Firearm

You have to be able to see in darkness to identify your target. The most logical answer to indentifying your target in low light is by using a flashlight that is mounted on your weapon. It is important you have both hands free during a confrontation with an intruder. You cannot aim and fire with any accuracy with one hand while trying to lock on the target with a flashlight held in your other hand.

With today’s technology, there are flashlights or flashlight holding brackets that can be mounted on most home defense pistols and shotguns. The tactical lights are made especially for weapons mounting and are designed where the bulb can withstand recoil shock. The lights/brackets are also aligned with the barrel so you can aim at what the light is illuminating. You can of course in an emergency use tape or cable ties to secure a flashlight to the barrel, but this is not recommended. The lights must be permanently mounted to your weapon so they will be there when needed. You simply cannot try to mount a light as someone is crashing through your front door or window, it must be ready for action immediately.

Taping a light to the barrel and leaving it in position may cause pitting/rust because moisture will collect under the tape. The tape will eventually dry out and fail at some crucial moment as well. You can purchase universal adapters that are designed to hold tactical flashlights and or laser sights or other options and by all accounts, the adapters are relatively inexpensive. After purchasing the adapter, you would need a flashlight that is compatible and would fit securely in the mounting bracket.

When choosing your flashlight make sure the bulb is designed to withstand recoil and has the proper illumination for your situation. Remote pressure switches are also available that can be adapted to certain flashlights allowing you to operate the light by pressing down on the pressure pad that is mounted close to where your hands would naturally grasp the weapon in a self defense situation. You do not want to have to fumble for the on switch during a confrontation.