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Old January 22, 2013, 01:12 AM   #1
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Barrel mounted light vs rail mount?

I have an ar-15 carbine that im turning into a simple shtf rifle (nothing added but a light) but I was wondering if a light mounted to a barrel affects the gun in any way compared to a light mounted to the bottom of a standard handguard. I have a bolt on rail that fits on the bottom of a regular handguard from when I thought I was gonna hang just about everything I could find off it (lesson learned) anyways what do you guys think?
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Old January 22, 2013, 07:37 AM   #2
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I have a TRL-1 mounted on a rail attached to the lower A2 hand guard. That placement makes it easy to manipulate the light switch with the support hand.
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Old January 22, 2013, 07:50 AM   #3
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Anything mounted directly to the barrel has the potential to change both point of impact and overall accuracy.
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Old January 22, 2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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Not really needing bench rest accuracy in a self-defense rifle. I imagine any change in point of impact would be consistent, so all that's needed is a sight-in check. Convenience in manipulating the switch is likely the controlling factor.
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Old January 22, 2013, 12:53 PM   #5
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The local walmart has one of those universal barrel mounted lights. Do those hold any merit as a cheap alternative or would I be foolish to not spend 150 bucks on a rail mounted surefire.
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