Lets talk about a barrel light. That is, a barrel mounted flashlight for a 22 rifle, or… a shotgun…whatever.
I would like to share with you a simple and inexpensive way to attach a barrel light to a 22 rifle, or almost any rifle or shotgun, if so desired.
There are some really nice barrel lights out there, and many choices compared to years ago. Their specifications have improved dramatically too (lumens-brightness output).
.22 Rifle Barrel Mount For Weapons Light
One of my 22 rifles (an old Marlin 880 bolt action, pictured above) is designated for coyote guard duty during nighttime “potty time” for my little 14-pound mini-Dachshund.
I have attached a weapons light to the rifle barrel using a simple and inexpensive universal barrel mount. The mount provides a short 2-slot Picatinny rail to attach a weapons light. It will “light up” any coyote looking for a nighttime snack, here in the woods. And if it doesn’t run off when lit up, well, …
In the picture below, you can see the mount clamped to the rifle barrel with four screws (2 on each side). And a TLR-1 attached to it.
Here’s the barrel mount:
UTG Universal Single-rail Rifle Barrel Mount, 2 Slots
(view on amzn)
Note: The UTG universal barrel mount linked above will fit any barrel diameter ranging from .51 to.78 inches.
Here’s a unique barrel mount with dual sides, “Both Sides Weaver Picatinny Rail”. Maybe a scope on one side and a flashlight on the other?
Weapons Light Price Breakdown
If I had to separate the weapons light choices into three price categories, it would be the following:
The most expensive and one of the best is the SureFire X300.
SureFire X300 Ultra LED (600 Lumens)
A great value from ‘UTG’ is their Compact LED Weapon Light.
UTG Compact LED Weapon Light (400 Lumens)
The Weapons Light Advantage
The primary advantage is of course, to see a potential target when it’s dim or dark! A weapon light not only lights up the target area but allows the sights to be used. Remember though, they can see you too (the bright light!).
A secondary tactical advantage is to blind and disorient the target with bright (or even strobing) light, enabling target acquisition during those critical seconds.
I currently have a weapons light mounted on several platforms, one being a .22 rifle.