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lonewolf172

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Has anyone with a 12 gauge Mossberg 500, 20" plain barrel with bead sight put one of these on your 500. If you have what is your opinion of it. I currently have a green laser sight attached via picatinny rail on receiver but beginning to think it would be much simpler with the XS sight.
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mike4570

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I installed one of these on a 590a1 several years ago. Mounted it over the original sight with JB Weld. I had to open up the hole in the bottom of the sight a bit to get a good fit.
De- grease everything so the epoxy adheres and you should be good.
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BruceR

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I just put an XS Big dot on my 870. When I first tried to fit it there was a lot of daylight between the sight and the pedestal bead on the barrel. When I felt the bottom of the sight there was a slight lip on the sight end. Thought it might be a machining defect but it was just too much paint. Took a utility knife and scraped off ALL of the paint on the bottom of the sight. Did the same to the pedestal after I taped it off. Put some Loc-Tite Black Max on it, clamped it up for 24hr and it should be good for a while(right JD?).
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Bourget117

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I too put one on my 870. After much research I decided it was the best sight all around for a defensive shotgun. Less complicated to use than a laser. Easier to see than a plain sight. Faster than a ghost ring. It’s a simple clean set up for day and night whether your using 00buck or slugs.
The only thing I didn’t like was having to glue it on. I used the black max Loctite as well. It hasn’t fallen off tho.
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lonewolf172

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Hi. Thanks for you input. I assume since I asked about the Titanium sight that's what you put on your 870.
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Bourget117

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Hi. Thanks for you input. I assume since I asked about the Titanium sight that's what you put on your 870.

Hi. Ya that’s whats on mine.
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lonewolf172

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I've got another question. I actually went out last night to try out the light AND my laser sight. Both actually work great. Have you gone out in total darkness to see how quickly you could pick up a target using the XS sight and light. 
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Bourget117

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I've got another question. I actually went out last night to try out the light AND my laser sight. Both actually work great. Have you gone out in total darkness to see how quickly you could pick up a target using the XS sight and light. 

I haven’t tried it outdoors in the dark. Indoors I have. It’s a green dot that glows. Nowhere near as bright as a laser BUT no batteries to worry about or any switches to turn on and off. It’s always there. You’ll see the sight faster than you’ll hit the switch and see the laser.
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lonewolf172

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Ok. I was just curious. Checking on a possible forend with the flashlight built in but damn they're not cheap. Just thinking it would be more compact. As far as my laser I have a remote switch located on the grip so it's just a matter of pressing it. 
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Bourget117

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Ok. I was just curious. Checking on a possible forend with the flashlight built in but damn they're not cheap. Just thinking it would be more compact. As far as my laser I have a remote switch located on the grip so it's just a matter of pressing it. 

Yes the laser forend is pretty expensive. That’s why I just went with the xs. And with the extra money I upgraded the fore end to a Hogue over mold
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lonewolf172

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Well I wasn't looking at a laser forend. I'm looking at a Adaptive Tactical EX Performance Tactical Light Forend For Mossberg 500. Only thing I hate is I'll have a Hogue overmold forend now that I'd have to see about selling along with several other items. What I do like about it is that the on/off buttons are right in the forend but it's like a $130 on ebay 

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DWilson

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Over the span of many years of using, training and teaching with pump shotguns, I have used and owned several different configurations of 870s, and a few other types like Ithaca M37, Winchester M12, M97, and a Mossberg.    I had a dedicated Surefire forend on one of my 870s for many years and liked it, but between that, and the mag extension, I eventually decided I preferred something lighter and less bulky.   I have also tried guns owned by others, equipped with lasers and dot optics, and even one with a slug scope. 
FWIW, I have finally built my preference of a working 870, and it has a 14" factory barrel (from JD) with XS tritium low profile sights,  a basic lightweight factory police forend, with a short piece of plastic Magpul rail attached at the 10:00 position for use of the lightweight Inforce light when wanted.  A 13" LOP composite stock, and I have switched to Velcro mounted shell cards instead of the bulkier sidesaddle I used for many years.  Just my preferences, based on my experience, but now I have a lightweight, handy, fast handling pump that has no extra bulk or weight, and between the Inforce light, when mounted, and the XS tritium sights, it does great in the dark as well.  The K.I.S.S. principle has been successful in this case!    Also FWIW, I have the same little short rail mounted on my Mossberg 590A1, bolted right to the factory plastic corncob forend.  Works fine.   The perfection by Inforce of their (Gen. 2) WMR light goes a long way toward simplifying and lightening things now.  
See att photos (the third photo was taken before I attached the forend rail.) 

YMMV, Don

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lonewolf172

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Great info Don. I just looked at the Inforce and really like how have the on/off button is within reach of your thumb while still having a good grip on the forend which I didn't like with the light and mount that I had just gotten. That's why I'm taking back the light and mount back. But it's still cost too much for my budget. Guess I'll still keep looking for a good light setup.
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