View Full Version : Security barrel with rifle sights?

March 28, 2011, 12:04 AM
I'm kinda new to shot guns and I have a maverick 88 with a super long barrel and a bead sight. It also has the vented top rib. I wanting to get the 18.5" security barrel to make it more menuverable around the house in a HD situation. Would it make any sense to get fiber optic rifle sights with this barrel? Why do most shotguns only have a bead sight?

March 28, 2011, 07:53 AM
Have you shot a lot with a bead sight?

March 28, 2011, 08:17 AM
A bead sight is generally faster on target at close range defensive distances. Rifle sights or ghost rings give more precision for slug placement at longer ranges.

For strictly home defense use the rifle sights aren't necessary. They are nice on a gun that will be used for deer hunting or for LE use where they may have to engage a target at slug distances vs. across the room buckshot distances.

FWIW, I like rifle sights, but it's more due to the dual purpose nature of most of my shotguns (hunting/defense).

March 28, 2011, 09:47 AM
^ What he said. My dedicated HD shotgun is an 870 with a 20" rifle sights on it. It is helpful when shooting slugs at longer ranges, but at HD ranges I'd not feel handicapped in the least if it only had a bead.