4 Best Tactical Flashlight For Shotgun

We have created this guide to help you pick the best shotgun tactical light to buy. Most of these products are field proven for carbines and they work on shotguns as long as you use the right mount.

Let's check them out...

Best Tactical Weapon Light For Shotgun

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LIGHTEST WEIGHT & BEST ERGONOMICS


INFORCE WMLX WHITE LIGHT
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  • Intensity: 800 Lumen Concentrated LED Beam (White light ONLY)
  • Battery: CR123A / 1.5 hrs
  • Benefits: Weighs 3.22 oz, Constant, Momentary & Strobe, Safety lever prevents accidental light discharge,  non-slip & ergonomic angled pressure switch 
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WORLD's BEST SCOUT LIGHT


SUREFIRE M600DF  SCOUT
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  • Intensity: 1200 / 1500 Lumen white light
  • Battery:  CR123A OR 18650
  • Benefits: Virtually indestructible, Used in real Combat, TIR lens for reach & surround flood light (max awareness in the dark)
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BEST VERSATILITY & THROW


OLIGHT WARRIOR X PRO 
  • Intensity: 2250 Lumen white light
  • Battery:  21700 Li-ion / MCC3 magnetic Rechargeable
  • Benefits: Up to 660 yards, Use as EDC light, IPX8 waterproof, Last up to 8 hours, Accepts RWX07 remote control switch
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BEST FOR THE MONEY


SUREFIRE G2X TACTICAL 
  • Intensity: 600 Lumen Single Ouput
  • Battery:  123A battery
  • Benefits: Use as EDC, Mounts on shotgun using ring clamp mount, Virtually indestructible Nitrolon body, Constant on/Momentary
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Surefire M600DF Scout - Best Overall

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Surefire M600 Scout Light is an all around the gold standard for a tactical weapon light. Perfect for any shotguns with picatinny rail or handguard with Keymod or MLOK attachment points.

The NEW Dual Fuel M600 model provides up to 1500 lumens when using SF18650B USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery. When using 123A battery, the light can project up to 1200 lumens that covers most close up & med range distances.

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When using this light on a shotgun, the light can be activated through the tail cap switch or the Surefire remote DS SR07 switch that can mount on Picatinny rail.

In addition, the MODLITE head can be used on this light for increased output

Olight Warrior X Pro - Best Value

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Use the Olight Warrior X Pro as an EDC duty flashlight or mount it on a long gun.

Maximum of 2250 lumens and 650 meters of throw, this light can also accept a tail cap integrated remote switch sold separately.

  • Deep press - 2250 lumens (Can light up a whole outdoor camping site at night)
  • Half press - 300 lumens
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The Warrior X PRO uses a 5000mAh 21700 battery included in the package with a max run time of 8 hours, and it's rechargeable through battery swap or USB magnetic charge.

The beam performance is similar to a MODLITE PLHv2

Surefire G2X Tactical - Best For The Money

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Use the Surefire G2X LED light as an EDC or as a weapon mounted light. Clamp it on a shotgun barrel with a compatible ring mount and you are good to go. 

The Surefire GX2 is a virtually indestructible light made with Nitrolon® polymer. It's strong, lightweight & affordable.

The user can switch between 600 and 15 lumens as needed.

What we love about the G2X Pro is:
• Press/click the tail-cap switch that works very well when mounted on pump & semi auto shotguns.
• Way cheaper than a dedicated weapon light with an integrated mount

The Surefire G2X also offers 3 other models:

Inforce WMLX - Best Grip Ergonomics

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The Inforce WML is a super popular modular weapon light for many weapon platforms and tactical helmets.

The angled pressure activation light switch is its signature feature that many people love, which felt very natural for operating the 800 lumens white light without constantly adjust your grip.

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Clear hallways, rooms and stairs

Made with a lightweight glass-reinforced polymer body, which reduced the weight and increased high-impact durability. Great for high recoil firearm like a 12GA shotgun.

It mounts directly to Picatinny rail, so if you arent interested in buying more shotgun accessories to make this work, then we highly recommend using a simple barrel/magazine tube mount with Picatinny rail.

Simply take it off and use it on any other guns of yours at any time.


Shotgun Light Considerations

Light Mode Features

  • Low light - for low profile illumination, good for search, low light tasks & signaling
  • High - Also known as the Turbo mode, Max lumens that reach far, used to blind threats & for large area-wide illumination in darkness
  • Strobe - The strobe is very disorienting, used for outdoors signaling & close-range personal defense. Top 7 Ways to use strobe light

Activation Switch

Since a shotgun kicks a lot more than a rifle, and there is a chance you might lose your grip & you need to quickly get a positive grip and also find the switch with your finger without looking, and be ready to activate the light.

A bigger & responsive button is recommended for a weapon light.

A rubberized remote pressure switch is the most common activation switch upgrade, and they have to have positive feedback when pressed with or without gloves.

See more pressure switch options here

Lumen Intensity

For modern day shotgun applications, 800 to 2000 is good for a defensive weapon-mounted light. It's how bright the light can be to  positively ID targets in low light conditions and to blind the threat.

Another spec we need to look at is the candela rating as it pertains to how far the beam can project while maintain its hot spot.

Candela

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Brighter

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Less Bright

Higher candela means keeping the bright focused light beam at even further distance without quickly fading away. In other word the more candela, the further the light can travel without dimming down.

Anything between 13000 to 50000 is recommended as long as it also has a good spill.

Light Spill (Flood) - Wide Angle Illumination

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A hot focused beam the size of a 17" diameter tire is adequate enough to remove the attacker's main vision sensory function before you apply lethal force.

The hot spot is determined based on the flashlight lens design, and typically most tactical weapon light balances between reach and flood to give you peripheral illumination for situation awareness in low light areas.

Mounting Options

Most shotguns don't come with mounting platforms. You can check out these modular shotgun forend and special scout light mounting points here.

Durability

Most lights are just as equally durable as every others, but some are way more durable like the Cloud Defensive OWL. For a shotgun use, it must withstand recoil, so a good battery compartment and rock solid switch connection are important.

Battery Life

Most weapon lights on the market can last as long as 50 days, highest lumens setting gives you about 60 mins.

As weapon light design increases lumen intensity in recent years, 3V CR123A battery just can't keep up anymore to power a 1500 or 2000 lumen light, therefore going to a 6V, 9V or a 12V 18650 battery.

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Whether you get a battery powered or rechargeable weapon light, getting a powerful light with at least 1 hr of juice on high power is something you should look at.

In the case of you wanting to recharge the light fast without waiting, get some backup 18650 rechargeable battery here.

WARNING: Not all batteries are made the same quality or discharge rate standard. Using poor quality battery can lead to malfunction & warranty void.

Forend Integrated Weapon Light Reliable?

A shotgun forend integrated with a weapon light is a cool design and it's effective at providing integrated illumination capability.

However, it's expensive and not as versatile as scout lights.

Can You Interchange A Shotgun Light Forend With Others?

No. Your light forend only works for a specific gun.