Friday, February 13, 2009

Riverwalker’s Gear: Mossberg 500A Shotgun - Update









Here is a quick update for everyone on my Mossberg 500A Shotgun. It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned my progress on fixing it up. There are several items I’d like to have but until the money situation is a little better they’ll have to wait.













While the butt cuff for my shotgun was relatively inexpensive, instead of having a set of
ghost ring sights I’ve opted for a cheaper alternative from http://www.hivizsights.com/.
I went with a Spark II-Front Bead Sight in Green. This replaces the original front bead sight which came on my shotgun. It was only about $10 and was easy to install myself. The ghost ring sights are in the future for now. I will be using my Stinger Streamlight as a hand held tactical light for the time being in order to save a little more money. The extra money will of course be going into additional shells for my shotgun.

I also obtained a nice sling for my shotgun that was on sale at Academy. It’s from The Outdoor Connection and is a Super Sling 2+ Model with Talon quick release swivels.
The original Super Sling was created by Floyd Hightower from Waco, Texas back in 1983. It has the patented one-hand adjustment that is a great feature. You can get a 2009 product catalog (7.04 Mb) here.


On a side note, check out some of the great stuff over at http://www.lifelibertyetc.com/.
You can also visit http://www.lifelibertyetc.com/RangeBag.aspx where they have provided an excellent video on the Mossberg 500.

From their site:

“Next to the Remington 870, the Mossberg 500 is one of the most common shotguns available today. In our latest issue of The Range Bag, we'll show you how to disassemble and reassemble this handy 12ga shotgun.”

View the Mossberg 500 Disassembly/Reassembly video here (wmv format):

Just right click and "Save Target As".

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Here is an additional update:



Stealth Survival: Mossberg 500 Shotgun - Tactical Advantages


Remember to practice SAFETY at all times with your firearms!

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I also have a Hi-Viz front sight on a 12 gauge single shot. About the same cost, iirc, it does not screw onto barrel, but actually clamps down just behind the bead. Has a fiberoptic filament for bead - lime green, which for me, seems to work better - the day-glo orange overpowers the target, especially if small.

I've been wondering how to attach a light to my home defense shotgun. I've seen the barrel mount that has Weaver / Pictanny (sp?) rails for mounts - maybe. The least expensive way I can think of is to get some aluminum stock and bend it to shape around your flashlight and barrel, then drill a hole in middle, using bolt / nut to secure. Then again, might be worth just buying that magazine tube extension clamp and get it over with.

The big ticket item - the flashlight itself. Need something that can take shotgun recoil or you risk blowing your bulb out. Anyone have a good recommendation for one of these?

Bitmap said...

You can get picatinny rail sections and attach to the forend. Take the forend off, drill the appropriate holes in it and use screws, nuts and washers to hold it on. Just make sure that you keep everything low profile enough inside to not interfere with the forend moving. Rail sections are made by a number of different companies and you can get them from Brownells or Midwayusa or other places.

For a light, I would go with an LED light. If you look around you can find the Streamlight TLR-1 C4 model for under $100. Make sure you get the C4. The older model looks the same but puts out 60-80 lumens instead of the 120+ lumens of the C4, and they both have the same run time.

Meprolight used to make a tritium insert bead that would fit on Mossberg shotguns. I prefer over the Hi-Viz stuff because you don't have to depend on ambient light to see it. The downside is that it will get dimmer over the years.

Ghost rings are absolutely the way to go when you can afford them.

A sidesaddle is another useful item. It's downsize is that it makes the shotgun much wider.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 7:24

Both Streamlight and Surefire make good tactical flashlights but the Surefire models are battery intensive. The Streamlight models like Bitmap siggested are probably your best bet. There is a link to an article on tactical lights in my post...check it out. Thanks.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Bitmap

Thanks for the tip on attaching rails to the forend to hold a tactical light.

Still need the ghost ring sights, but they are pricey!
Thanks.

RW

scoutinlife said...

Sounds like a sweet set up River! The Surefires are battery drainers but you cant destroy them lights! I have 3 of them!

Bitmap said...

Don't forget the Surefire X200 LED lights. Not cheap but they don't use up batteries that fast. Really, I don't think having a 1 hour run time is all that bad for a gun mounted light. It isn't normally used that much.

Anonymous said...

Thanks fellas - I'll look into them.

riverwalker said...

To: scoutinlife and Bitmap

Thanks for the great tips and info.

To: anonymous 7:24

Hope this helps. Thanks.

RW

Bitmap said...

Here are a couple of rail options.

http://www.ergogrips.net/item-detail.cfm?ID=4352&storeid=1&image=ergoaump.gif&CFID=32708805&CFTOKEN=92168184

http://www.ergogrips.net/item-detail.cfm?ID=4356-2&storeid=1&image=ergoprail.gif&CFID=29685542&CFTOKEN=67055424

riverwalker said...

To: Bitmap

Thanks for the links on the rail options.

RW

Anonymous said...

Concerning LED tactical lights and mounts try [dealextreme.com] they accept PayPal only, and they ship anywhere in the world for FREE, they will charge you $0.01-processing charge. I have 5-Mossberg model 500's, everyone of them wears a; HOGUE/GLOCK pistol sleeve mounted behind the trigger guard on the shoulder stock. This allows you traction for handling and your shooting hand will always be aligned/ready.

I have several sets of MEPROLITES on my revolvers, the factory states a useable life of 10yrs min. My sights are going-on 20yrs, and are still very useable, remember all radioactive materials have a set-rate decay of; one/half life, so the useable amount of illumination tapers off gradually as opposed to a rapid drop-off.

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