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zman
08-27-2012, 7:50 AM
CalGuns, please indulge me :D I got the 500 SPX in jail right now. While waiting for it, I would like to get some accessories.

1). Which heat shield should I get that would fit this 18.5" barrel with ghost ring sights?

2). What's a good sling for this particular model?

3). Also, I assume I'd need some sling attachments too - any suggestions?

4). Recommendations for an attachment for 1" diameter tac light.

Here's how it looks bone stock:
http://davisonsdiscountfirearms.com/images/Mossberg500SPX.gif

Thanks in advance for your replies :)

orlydose1
08-27-2012, 7:53 AM
oem mossberg heatshield

CasperSYTFU
08-27-2012, 9:21 AM
Sling will get caught on things. Bad idea.
With everything that's already on that gun, the only thing I would add is a Streamlight TLR-1 and it's mounting method.

drunktank
08-27-2012, 9:27 AM
Factory heat shields are pretty solid. I only like slings when I take mine camping, but it's just one from Cabelas or Bass Pro that's got a rubbery non-slip shoulder pad. Comes completely off if I have it for HD. No attachments as I already have a shell holder but if you insist, I'd say get a bandoleer type to hold more shells maybe?

There's plent of light mounts out there and I recommend a metal one vs. plastic. I loctite my screws though because I don't want my surefire or streamlight to go flying away at the wrong moment. Hope this helps any, I know it's kind of vague.

prc77
08-27-2012, 10:28 AM
www.cdmgear.com MTR with a TLR-1

AE102
08-27-2012, 1:42 PM
I just ordered one of these for a TLR-1.

http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-Tactical-Flashlight-Mount-69901/dp/B0028LXG5A/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1346103704&sr=8-3&keywords=streamlight+mount

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-H6juSoJtWcY/UD7lgq39JVI/AAAAAAAABys/ocEAfAYh7A8/s800/DSC_3002.JPG
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--ChK82comig/UD7lgkK8z1I/AAAAAAAAByo/53HXghZYbZ0/s800/DSC_3006.JPG
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6lPylXgA53k/UD7lgupa5kI/AAAAAAAAByk/Fn2mli2lF7k/s800/DSC_3007.JPG

zman
08-27-2012, 2:31 PM
Thanks for the suggestions so far. Please keep em coming.



oem mossberg heatshield

Factory heat shields are pretty solid.

The ones I've seen online say, "Will not fit Ghost Ring Sight models". Does anyone have a link or model # for the proper heat shield.

zman
08-27-2012, 2:37 PM
Sling will get caught on things. Bad idea.

I only like slings when I take mine camping, but it's just one from Cabelas or Bass Pro that's got a rubbery non-slip shoulder pad. Comes completely off if I have it for HD.

How about those "quick detach" model - basically the best of both worlds.
http://images1.opticsplanet.com/755-405-ffffff/opplanet-mako-group-fab-defense-two-point-quick-detach-tactical-sling-56348.jpg

Explicit
08-27-2012, 2:51 PM
If I had to put a sling on my mossy I would go for a bungee type one point sling. I would switch out that forend for a railed forend for a light.

Very cool mossy tho. Have fun at the range when you get her out of jail.

hermosabeach
08-27-2012, 3:07 PM
I tend to leave them closer to stock

Keep it reliable-
Sling
Light if used for home defense

Side saddle for ammo

No but cuff ammo holder as you can not shoot it support side

dc2integra
08-27-2012, 3:49 PM
Get a laserlyte tri rail mount that mounts on your magazine tube and slap on a tlr 1 and your set.

drunktank
08-27-2012, 9:12 PM
Ultimately, the sling is up to you. Not to sound like an urban commando, but several times I walked through my house in the dark with my sling attached to test it out and felt it to be too much in the way. If I needed to grab it in a hurry, I'd prefer to have the sling off already in the first place (and the quick detach you mentioned would make it really easy to do so). In fact, I once DID have to take it out in a hurry, but having a sling at that time wouldn't have mattered much ever way...crap, I don't think any of that was useful info to you!

drunktank
08-27-2012, 9:15 PM
Forgot to mention, I had a sling like the one you posted (or at least very similar to it). Got rid of it because I really prefer a padded, non-slip sling. However, I use mine for hikes and camping for decent periods of time. Around the property it shouldn't matter much.

zman
08-29-2012, 8:34 AM
Forgot to mention, I had a sling like the one you posted (or at least very similar to it). Got rid of it because I really prefer a padded, non-slip sling. However, I use mine for hikes and camping for decent periods of time. Around the property it shouldn't matter much.

I like the padded ones too. In fact, I am on the look out for a lightly padded sling with quick detach (like above) on both ends. Is there one like that?

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Also, on the subject of heat shields, will the Mossberg OEM heat shield fit the 500 SPX? Check these photos out.......

500 SPX Stock Photo
http://www.wolverinesupplies.com/wolverine/images/products/51523-MOS_460.jpg

Other 500s with OEM Heat Shields
http://whichgun.com/img/firearms/shotguns/mossberg/500-cruiser-heat-shield/1.jpg

http://www.slickguns.com/sites/default/files/92535_mossberg52440_0.jpg

I emailed Mossberg a couple of days ago regarding this and so far no response :(

bombadillo
08-29-2012, 8:43 AM
Don't bother with a sling for day to day as it was said before, they just get caught on things in bad situations. As for a heat shield, do you honestly feel like you need one? Just more weight to deal with. If you DO decide a sling is necessary, I'd get a 2 point adjustable sling from boonie packer. It is a great sling and your gun will already have sling attachment points on the end of the mag tube, and on the stock. For a light, they make a great light here: http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88850-Polytac-Flashlight-Batteries/dp/B001S0IN46/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=OSEU1NGKIXRK&coliid=I19XEY7ZP57SGQ On a budget, or you could go with a nicer light like a Fenix TK11. Lights are everywhere, so I wouldn't stress too much on the light.

64physhy
08-29-2012, 9:08 AM
Do they make a different pistol grip stock for those? I don't like the Mossberg pistol grips-they are kind of small and cheap feeling.

kemikalembalance
08-29-2012, 9:41 AM
Do they make a different pistol grip stock for those? I don't like the Mossberg pistol grips-they are kind of small and cheap feeling.

Its not Mossberg, its ATI. They make a a better version. As i do agree that they feel kinda cheap, I have yet to break it.

kemikalembalance
08-29-2012, 10:07 AM
CalGuns, please indulge me :D I got the 500 SPX in jail right now. While waiting for it, I would like to get some accessories.

1). Which heat shield should I get that would fit this 18.5" barrel with ghost ring sights?OEM Mossberg as suggested.

2). What's a good sling for this particular model?There is none. If you decide to do one, Magpul MS3, or go with something solid that can be removed easily. There is alot going on with a shotgun and slings can get in the way. As stated below in another post.

3). Also, I assume I'd need some sling attachments too - any suggestions?GG&G makes a solid mount, but they are not the only ones. Google it. You'll get some more options.

4). Recommendations for an attachment for 1" diameter tac light.Lumaforce. 50 to 60 bucks for a 520 lumens single stage light. Mine still works fine, and its been on there for a couple thousand rounds and a few drop/throw tests. If it breaks, your not out 200+ dollars on a surefire.

Here's how it looks bone stock:
http://davisonsdiscountfirearms.com/images/Mossberg500SPX.gif

Thanks in advance for your replies :)

The buttstock and tube are commercial, loose the shell holder on the side of the stock or the whole stock completely. You can use any "commercial" AR15 stock
you want. I like the Magpul STR myself. With the shell carrier on the stock, you will never off hand it accurately.

If you want a shell holder, put a "Tacstar" 4 or6 round "side saddle" on the receiver. This does come with a price though. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...64#post9208564
If you modify the mount to attach the shell holder with velcro, you won't need tools to fix the problem ( if it arrises) like we had.

Some cool things come with different problems and sacrifices. Some will work for you, some won't. The best thing is its yours, make it fit your needs. Post up some pics when its done.

kemikalembalance
08-29-2012, 10:11 AM
Oh yeah, and this. http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=22489/Product/ERGO-GRIP-reg-3-RAIL-SHOTGUN-FOREND

Is my most favorite'st thing ever. Throw an AFG from Magpul and a LaRue Tactical thumb stop on...

zman
08-30-2012, 7:24 AM
Still no word from Mossberg regarding the heat shield :(


The buttstock and tube are commercial, loose the shell holder on the side of the stock or the whole stock completely. You can use any "commercial" AR15 stock
you want.

Cool! I did not know that. I thought they were proprietary. Hmmmm...Magpul stock plus additional enhanced butt pad sounds good ;)


If you want a shell holder, put a "Tacstar" 4 or6 round "side saddle" on the receiver. This does come with a price though. http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...64#post9208564
If you modify the mount to attach the shell holder with velcro, you won't need tools to fix the problem ( if it arrises) like we had.

What was the problem? Your link above does not work.

drunktank
08-30-2012, 8:06 AM
Lots of times the tacstar side saddles need a little bit of modification to fit and stay put properly.

AE102
08-30-2012, 8:11 AM
Look at my pics again up above, my mossberg 500 didn't come with the heat shield. I ordered it separately and it fits the 20" barrel. How long is your barrel ? I did have to unscrew the bead sight to slide the heat shield onto the barrel, then rescrew the bead sight back on.

Here's where I got the heat shield, you may want to read the reviews to see if someone has it installed on a 500 SPX:

http://www.amazon.com/MOSSBERG-FIREARMS-500-HEAT-SHEILD/dp/B0002INJ7Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346343310&sr=8-1&keywords=mossberg+heat+shield


As far as the side saddle, I went with the Mesa Tactical one, since it's aluminum, compared to the plastic Tacstar one. Double the cost, but I like how it fits better and hopefully, durability.

epilepticninja
08-30-2012, 9:30 AM
Heatshields are retarded and just add weight. They do nothing for heat dissappation.

zman
08-30-2012, 10:01 AM
Look at my pics again up above, my mossberg 500 didn't come with the heat shield. I ordered it separately and it fits the 20" barrel. How long is your barrel ? I did have to unscrew the bead sight to slide the heat shield onto the barrel, then rescrew the bead sight back on.

Here's where I got the heat shield, you may want to read the reviews to see if someone has it installed on a 500 SPX:

http://www.amazon.com/MOSSBERG-FIREARMS-500-HEAT-SHEILD/dp/B0002INJ7Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346343310&sr=8-1&keywords=mossberg+heat+shield

It's an 18.5" barrel w/ ghost ring sights.



Heatshields are retarded and just add weight. They do nothing for heat dissappation.

Ouch that's harsh. It's not a heat dissipater, it's a heat shield.

During World War I:
The decline in military use of shotguns reversed in World War I. American forces under General Pershing employed 12-gauge pump action shotguns when they were deployed to the Western front in 1917. These shotguns were fitted with bayonets and a heat shield so the barrel could be gripped while the bayonet was deployed. Shotguns fitted in this fashion became known as trench guns by the United States Army.


Some anecdotes from all over:

the addition of a ventilated heat shield over the barrel (though this heat shield is a common addition to riot shotguns as well) designed to prevent the operator's fingers from being burned by a barrel heated by multiple shots, and thus to allow the operator to secure a full grip on the weapon while using the attached bayonet, even when the barrel was far too hot to touch

I really just wanted the heatshield cuz I kept burning my hand during training.

My brother bought me the heat shield as a joke after burning my hand

And the friend I mentioned was telling me about burning his hand on the barrel on his dad's auto-loader after seeing how fast he could empty the mag.

hardluck
08-30-2012, 11:29 AM
spend your $ on some good shells like this
http://www.gtdist.com/ProductDetail.aspx?PartNumber=FC-LE1321B
or
http://www.weaponsworld.com/ammunition/shotgun-ammunition/federal-law-enforcement-le132-00-buckshot-12-gauge-2-75-low-recoil-with-flitecontrol-wad-case-of-250-rounds.html
and run that beast

zman
08-30-2012, 12:19 PM
spend your $ on some good shells like this
http://www.gtdist.com/ProductDetail.aspx?PartNumber=FC-LE1321B
or
http://www.weaponsworld.com/ammunition/shotgun-ammunition/federal-law-enforcement-le132-00-buckshot-12-gauge-2-75-low-recoil-with-flitecontrol-wad-case-of-250-rounds.html
and run that beast

I am not new to firearms. I have over 50,000 rounds of various ammo stockpiled including the ones you mentioned or better.

epilepticninja
08-30-2012, 6:35 PM
Ouch that's harsh. It's not a heat dissipater, it's a heat shield.

Now, I'm not going to go to every heat shield manufacturer's product page, but most of them will try and tell you it is for heat dissapation as well as some other b.s. I've ran shotguns in military training, competition, and during my time in law enforcement. I've never had the need for one. And believe you me, you start dropping 25 to 50 rounds in a shooting sequence and weight on the weapon becomes everything.

Read the descripiton for this heat "shield":

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/453785/advanced-technology-heat-shield-12-gauge-shotgun

kemikalembalance
08-31-2012, 10:29 AM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=9208564#post9208564

zman
10-07-2012, 12:27 PM
OK, I finally finished setting up the 500 SPX. I am very happy with the results :)

http://i45.tinypic.com/14tc32o.jpg

Added:
OEM Heatshield
Tacstar Side Saddle
Wolff XP Mag Spring
Choate HiVis Mag Follower
Tractiongrips on grip
Limbsaver M4 Recoil Pad
GG&G Front Sling Attachment
Quake Claw Sling

I also have a Nikon Monarch red dot ready but I'll play with the ghost ring sights for now. The heatshield was not a straightforward install due to the front sight post. So let that be a warning to future owners.

a1rfreshener
10-07-2012, 10:59 PM
to be honest i had a pistol grip on my 500 and hated how i always had to aim low while using it... compared to a real stock , cuz i usually go shoot clays im used to aiming over the receiver and barrel however i went with the mossberg heat shield and i do not regret that...however since u doo have the front sight that can be a problem installing since the steel they use is so rigid i can imagine u cant mount it with out scratching ur barrel up... tac star side saddle

zman
10-08-2012, 7:23 AM
^ Yeah like I mentioned, the heatshield was not an easy install for barrels with ghost ring sights. However, I did not scratch my barrel :) I took my time and did it carefully. I opened up the heatshield a little bit and wrapped my barrel with tape. I then oiled the tape and slid the heatshield in there (parallel to the barrel). I took the tape out, placed the bolts and voila!

prc77
10-08-2012, 9:13 AM
The stock mounted shells. I will bet, they get removed during your first "Fighting Shotgun Class". Right after a weak side drill ;)

knucklehead0202
10-08-2012, 7:27 PM
hogue forend and choate pistol grip stock are winners. as for the heat shield? kinda like 24" rims on a 4x4, useless.