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Homemade tiny Shockwave light

Discussion in 'The Workbench: Builds And Modifications' started by sixbennetts, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. sixbennetts

    sixbennetts .270 WIN

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    I always HATE, HATE, HATED having my shotgun getting hung up on things. Trees, bushes, doorframes, even my own gear. Drove me crazy! So, I built my own light that won't.

    First, I had to find a flat magazine cap that fit the 590 Shockwave. Here's my thread about it:

    http://mossbergowners.com/forum/index.php?threads/mossberg-magazine-cap-options.18960/#post-266544

    Took a little filing on the end of the magazine tube to get it to fully seat, but it works. This gave me a flat surface to work with. Now, to find a tiny light.

    Obviously, I searched ebay, Amazon, Wish, etc for small lights. I quickly realized that most were designed around either AA or AAA batteries, which immediately made them all too long. And you can forget about coin batteries, right? But then I remembered a small combination laser/flashlight a friend bought on ebay that uses a cr123a battery! Imagine cutting an AA battery in half like a tootsie roll. They're small, and rechargeable!

    The rechargeable feature turned a corner for me. See, I have 4 sons, all grown now. They're outdoorsman like me. I remember seeing them plug in these little black headband lights, so I asked them to bring a few over for me to look at. And then my son Dan said,

    "These are OK, dad, but nowhere NEAR as tough and small as our mountain bike lights".

    Now, I've seen some hellacious videos of my sons downhilling here in the Adirondacks. I've been in combat, and some of their gopro vids made me pucker!! And their lights still work! Theirs are all so beat up, you can't even see what brand they are. My son's use them in the rain and snow, too. Crazy, like dad!

    They are tiny.
    They are light.
    They are even rechargeable!
    AND. THEY. ARE. TOUGH!

    BINGO!

    They come in all shapes and sizes, are specifically designed to take a beating, and have lots of mounting options. I should be able to find a small round one that I can attach to my magazine cap.

    So, I bought 10 different ones! They're in shipping now. I'll report back when I've played with them enough to get some ideas. If I were to build one from scratch, it would have these features:

    1. Uses a single cr123a battery, layed over on it's side to make it short.
    2. Rechargeable.
    3. Click the lense to turn it on.
    4. Machined aluminum housing.

    Here's the 1st one, a $17 rechargeable bike headlight and taillight set:

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bike-Ligh...Taillight-Smart-Bicycle-Phone-Mount/895362929

    It's an aluminum light that screws into an aluminum base, that pops into a rubber housing.

    I'll let the pics speak for the rest, but it came out great, is tough, waterproof, light, and rechargeable.

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  2. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    OK, I gotta say that's really cool.

    How did you attach it to the mag cap?
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  3. sixbennetts

    sixbennetts .270 WIN

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    Scuffed the light base and magazine cap really well, and used JB Weld. The aluminum will fail before the JB does. That stuff is nails tough.
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    sixbennetts .270 WIN

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  5. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter Premier Member

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    pretty cool indeed :)
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  6. sixbennetts

    sixbennetts .270 WIN

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    Ugh, if you had any idea how often I used to hang up on lights and lasers! If there's ANYTHING on any firearm of mine, it WILL get caught on something.

    Drove me absolutely nuts. I'm retired/disabled now, so I'm done with that life, but I still have nightmares about being shot because my weapon got caught on something!

    streamlined......
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  7. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter Premier Member

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    Its beautiful, and practical.. strange that nobody manufacture such an itiem and sells it
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  8. sixbennetts

    sixbennetts .270 WIN

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    I'm working with Tom at 3t Tactical via email. They make this excellent tube light that would work great for all the 500 crowd here.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/183310241585

    Unfortunately, it's too long for the Shockwave, hence my McGivering!

    He holds other patents as well, and *maybe my ham-fisted mods will precipitate something small for the Shockwave.

    Im hopeful.
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  9. tcecil88

    tcecil88 .30-06

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    Nice job on the light and thank you for your service.
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    sixbennetts .270 WIN

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    My service to you and yours was, is, and always will be, my honor.

    And I like your avatar!

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  11. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    As the old saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Nice job Six.
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  12. Djcala

    Djcala .30-06 Supporter

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    Very nicely done sir, I'm glad youve found this little online tribe of tinkers fettlers and thinkers, good fit.
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    sixbennetts .270 WIN

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    (Looney), Birds of a feather...
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  14. Mossbergermeister

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    That's really handy!

    I've been thinking about getting a flashlight for my Shockwave, but kept getting turned off by the size and limited mounting options which tended to detract from the maneuverability of the Shockwave.

    Now if only somebody would make something like this and sell it so that less handy, able-bodied, or just plain lazy like me could simply buy one then attach it with ease.
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  16. BoBo522

    BoBo522 Copper BB

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    Wow. This is brilliant. Please patent and market this so I can buy one!
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  17. sixbennetts

    sixbennetts .270 WIN

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    Aw, it's so easy it's not even funny. The metal work will take 10 minutes if you're careful, and the epoxy work another 10. The parts are so cheap, just make one. If you fail, toss it and try again.

    That's part of the fun of the Shockwave. Modifying it.

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  18. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter Premier Member

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    :p where can i find that pistol grip & stock ?
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  20. fellmann

    fellmann Esoteric Supporter Premier Member

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    Must have missed that thread. Many thanks. That AR15 wood pistol grip gave me a b...er
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