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My buddy has a short barrel shotty that doesn't have a rib. He's using it for home defense and wanted to get a front sight for low light conditions - ambient light I guess. He was looking at the Truglo® Shotgun Glo-Dot II™ as a cheap option.



I told him about lights and lasers, but he doesn't want to spend that much (or he can't, I don't know). I told him that generally the green fiber optics and night sights are brighter than the red. His real concern is having it move around. I had heard somewhere that you can use silicon sealant (like you would around the house) on blued metal without marring the finish (just a dab on the inside to keep it aligned). Am I correct to recommend this to him or is there a better way? Also, any experience with this type of sight would be useful.

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I don't have any experience with this sight, but we're talking about using a short barreled shotgun for home defense - MOA accuracy isn't all that important in this situation - it's really just a point and shoot kinda thing. I don't mean to be cynical, but I think it might be a bit overkill. If you don't know where the shot/slug is going to end up when you're looking down the barrel of a shotgun, then adding a fancy sight isn't likely to help.

In fact, I've often thought all these fandangled sights, lights, strobes, foregrips, handles, mag holders, bipods, straps, etc., etc., can be detrimental in some home defense situations where you really just need to be focusing on pulling the trigger with the gun pointed at the bad guy. Or maybe I'm just old fashioned. :fudd:
 

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shotguns are not really just a point and shoot cannon, they do take some aiming. silicon should not harm the blued metal (unless pitted and in poor shape)
 

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I'd think that in a home defense situation the bright dot might help center the POA on the target if the ambient light were sufficient to activate the sight. I'm not sure that indoor lighting (or lack therof) would be adequate for the sight to work. I think that for indoor use I would tend towards a tritium sight if I felt the need for sight enhancement. I know that with my deteriorating vision, in low light situations my pistol night sights allow me to focus more on the target rather than on the sights.
 
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