I recently set about “rigging out” a pump shotgun for a home pest control gun. What spurred this decision initially was an “attack” on a bird feeder at our woods property by a bunch of ‘coons who seemed to want to destroy the feeder, not just rob it of its contents. To me, this falls under the category of vandalism, and cannot be tolerated. There is also the comfort a shotgun could give in the case of a home invasion. My only current shotgun was an old Mossberg 500, but it currently wears a muzzle loader barrel. Fortunately, I found a “once fired” Mossberg Maverick 20 gauge for sale, at a very reasonable price. The gun has an adjustable, folding stock with a “real” pistol grip and a 5 shot magazine. It also is set up for adjustable choke tubes, with a modified choke tube in place.
Since coons usually raid at night, I wanted a light attached to the gun, and preferably not with duct tape. A company named Nebo markets many items for “home protection” guns – I have a Nebo light on the rail of one of my 1911’s, and like it a lot – and my research showed they make a shotgun light mount that attaches to the magazine tube of a pump by means of a clamp that is adjustable and requires no tools. The cushioned mount is made of aircraft grade aluminum, and is very easy to operate. When I first got the mount I tried it with a light much bigger than the Mossberg magazine, and it worked well, although a bit snug. I later found a light with a smaller diameter barrel (made by Smith & Wesson), that works better. Several shots to try it out failed to cause the mount to loosen.
Later I found that Nebo also makes a “shotgun Light” kit that includes a multi-bulb LED light with a red laser, and with the same mount. This setup also includes a pressure switch that can be remotely located, and the light has settings for light alone, laser alone, light and laser, and flashing strobe. The packaging says this is “only” a 26 lumen light, and since my other light is 200 lumens, for now I mounted both to the gun for evaluation. There is plenty of room for the action to be worked, and it appears this combo on the Mossberg pump 20 will be making our bird feeders a lot safer!
Test Notes: Have now fired the shotgun with this mount/light setup, and observed that the red dot “co-witnesses” very well with the dot on my red dot scope, but is difficult to see in bright daylight – not that I would need it in bright daylight!