View Full Version : trijicon sights on a 870?

August 10, 2008, 07:36 AM
I am thinking of a pistol grip shotgun (870) for a patrol gun option. I have no experience with shotguns at all. Since I work at night, I want some type of 'ghost ring' rear sight like my patrol rifle but also want night sights too.

What options do I have?

Scattergun Bob
August 10, 2008, 09:37 AM
Google MMC sights, I have had good luck with them. I hope you are saying a full length stock with pistol grip! I am not sure that a ghost ring is the best for night fighting, but it is your scattergun.:)

Good Luck & Be Safe

August 10, 2008, 01:33 PM
is the only way to tritium a front sight on a 870 by using the barrel band?

Scattergun Bob
August 10, 2008, 01:40 PM
It really depends on the age of your barrel. If your barrel is the model that simply has a bead then the only options are to solder or glue on a new front sight or to use a barrel band.

If you have a newer barrel, a bead and base type then the bead can be removed and a night sight bead installed.

what type do you have?

August 10, 2008, 04:20 PM
I don't have one yet. I am trying to decide on buying a 870 with the knoxx suspension stock and extension tube from a store or not. I want night sights on it. It has the bead on the front a basic rear sights.

August 10, 2008, 04:34 PM
It has the bead on the front a basic rear sights.

are you sure it isn't the rifle sighted version?? Never seen a front bead/rear sight combo before.

Doesn't Trijicon make a front sight insert for the 870 rifle sights?

Scattergun Bob
August 10, 2008, 04:37 PM
By basic rear sight are you indicating no rear leaf sight? If so there are some other things to discuss.

August 10, 2008, 04:42 PM
+1 for MMC. I love mine.

August 10, 2008, 04:42 PM
I am thinking of a pistol grip shotgun (870) for a patrol gun option. I have no experience with shotguns at all. Since I work at night, I want some type of 'ghost ring' rear sight like my patrol rifle but also want night sights too.

What options do I have?
Here's a couple of companies which sell sights with tritium for shotguns:

The sights will still need installation by somebody.

Another option is a dedicated weapon-mounted light.

Of course, get some "shotgun experience", too.
ref. http://www.yfainc.com/

IMHO, spend the money on a dedicated weapon light when it comes to a shotgun. Most are trained & capable holding a flashlight with a pistol. When it comes to a pump shotgun, it gets uncomfortable, fast. If you have more time & money, get both.

I haven't done or even seen this, but you could get a Remington with the rifle sights option, then buy the XS Sight Systems rifle sights replacement set, MSRP $120, but then you're half way to the Surefire weapon light.

Shawn Dodson
August 10, 2008, 05:11 PM
I have XS 24/7 Express tritium Big Dot Shotgun Sights installed on my 870 and I perform very well with them. See http://www.xssights.com/store/shotgun.html I installed them myself - piece of cake.

I also installed the Knoxx Spec-Ops recoil reducing buttstock, which makes shooting slugs feel like shooting buckshot. It has an adjustable length of pull. See http://www.knoxx.com/products/SpecOps_Stock.php


August 10, 2008, 07:21 PM

here is remingtons link. Sorry, I had a 'special moment' and forgot that there is no rear sight on these. The front sight at the store was a 'bead' that screwed in, it didn't look like a leaf installment. (I do rememeber that)

Scattergun Bob
August 10, 2008, 08:08 PM
O.K. I know understand! Two options I will now recommend.

My old company "Scattergun Tech" was bought out by Wilson and they still produce the "track-lock goust ring/ tritium front post. The front post could be glued on and pinned, the rear sight need to be drilled. This is a great sight system and as tough as the 870. "warning" if you put on the front sight, follow all directions, you sure don't want it to fall off. I would rather see you have it soldered on. There is a formula for height on the receiver, send me a p/m and I will look that up for you.

MMC has a superior sight again it will need to be drilled and taped and soldered.

I totally agree with L-2 if you really want to "own the night" invest in a sure-fire Tac for-end, it is worth the cost.

hope to here somemore

Good luck & Be Safe

August 11, 2008, 08:59 AM
build you one.... wilsoncombat.com

I sent mine to them. They give a LEO discount I think.


August 11, 2008, 10:10 AM

what all did you have them do for you? What front and rear sights did they install? Looks like a refinish job to?

August 11, 2008, 11:25 AM
They did front track-lock ghost ring/ tritium front post (as posted by Bob), jumbo head safety, Knox Spec Ops recoil reducing stock, Mesa tactical 4 shot shell holder, and Armor Tuffed in OD Green. They do tan, black, and grey as well.

The Surefire forend is sweet but too much for me right now. I am a Wilson Combat fan for sure. I rank their customer service up there with Springfield.


August 11, 2008, 11:27 AM

August 11, 2008, 01:44 PM
Boy I like that look. I have a topic changer question for you though; what does everyone think of Mossberg? There is a Mossy 590 tactical sitting right next to the 870 tactical just like yours at the store. What issues, pros/cons can one expect with a Mossy? If any? Why is it 200 ish cheaper than the remmy?

August 11, 2008, 02:48 PM
There are MANY 870 vs 500 topics around here. Some guys like the Mossbergs. I have owned 3 and still own one but dont like them overall. The Mossberg 590 is better but I have never shot one. Another thing....Mossbergs customer service is poor. Im a fan of service.

Shawn Dodson
August 12, 2008, 02:34 PM
Chickenman - you you sure gotta perty muzzle!

Is that a pampered show gun or a hardworkin' go gun? Not one nick, scatch or worn spot in the finish - ANYWHERE!

Just given' ya shiite. ;)


August 13, 2008, 09:07 AM
Its just new is all. I think I have 100 rounds threw it. Funny thing is first day I had it back from Wilson my brother dropped it. I was not happy. Its my go to gun. All I need now is a bayonet on it :) HA

Scattergun Bob
August 13, 2008, 01:23 PM
Great scattergun, In the old days there wasn't the color selection, I like your contrast colors. Glad you like Wilson they treated "scattergun tec employees" well at the buy out.

Couple of ideas. I notice the side saddle, make checking the screw tightness on this part one of your PPM's, if they loosen they can out of round the receiver holes quickly. Also, I noticed that you have two different loads in your side saddle. My friend, slugs go brass down, shot goes brass up. This is just MY way, but it lets me know in the dark which is being selected.

As with all new scatterguns, my wish to you is as always "that it will shoot to where you look every time you choose."

August 13, 2008, 04:41 PM
They are good people up there.

The color deal was just because I dressed my 1911 up like that with Wilson and thought she needed a friend. I get lots of :barf: looks at the range.

I had send the first set of screws back to Mesa. The first set would not allow the action to work properly....it was stiff. Mesa are good people as well.

I should think about brass up or down on different loads. I never thought about that.


August 15, 2008, 02:48 AM
A XS sight systems "Big dot" Tritium front bead is realistically all you would ever need for shotgun ranges in low light.

They come in standard bead, pedestal bead and rib-vent configurations.