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    Red2x4
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    I hunt rabbit at night but am having trouble holding my flashlight.  What do you do with yours?  By the time I get situated with my light and gun I’ve usually missed my opportunity.  I’ve modified my DIY shooting stick to hold mine.  I’m hoping to take this out for the first time tonight.  I hope it shines the light where I need it.  I’m curious to see what solutions you have come up with.  

     

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    T3PRanch
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    I use a 1″ diameter light with a 1″ scope ring and attach to my picatinny rail in front of bipod.

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    guod123
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    Give a look at Wicked Lights, they have a mount that has an angle adjustment along with a windage. You can drop a beam exactly where you want, they also offer a scope ring weaver mount that works for either a 1″ or 30 mm tube. Once you have a look try Ebay for the same items. Ebay also has some mounts both 2 and the wider 3 screw that has the weaver rail on top. These mounts the tops were interchangeable with UTG lever lock mounts. I have several Hawke ring mounts, and in the kits they offered the weaver rail or the plain top in the same package. Keep track of the screws because the holes lined up but the screws varied.

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    TylerE.
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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01N5KLQWI/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1518414600&sr=8-3&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=scope+mount+for+flashlight&dpPl=1&dpID=41cwPrGblKL&ref=plSrchI just attach it to the top of my scope with one of these mounts. Works really well and is easy to change between different guns. Just have to leave enough room on the scope tube to clamp on. Tyler
     

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    markT
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    That’s the one I have.. It ships from China.. so it takes some time to get.. It’s  made for a 1″ scope tube  but it works on my 30 mm tubes..

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    Imold
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    We can’t hunt(yote)with a fixed light to our weapon of choice so we hunt in pairs but what I’ve used for raccoon hunting at night is a miners light on my head, don’t rabbit hunt at night..Guess there is nothing that says ya can’t have a light afixed to your walking/shooting stick so I like your idea.

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    Gunnertrones
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    Smart!  Maybe grabbing the flashlight with your left hand will give some extra support also? But then I would prefer a sock or something over the rest peace I think. 
     

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    Bob_O
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    I have mine mounted to a short section of pic rail on the fore end.

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    Diamondback
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    Do It Yourself Inexpensive light mount for scopes & red dot sights:

    I’ve been looking for an easy, yet secure way to mount a small bright light to my scopes & red dots. This mount is sturdy & adjustable, & only costs a few bucks (not counting the light). The same parts work on 1″ & 30mm tube scopes, red dots & lights. 

    I saw a post that used inexpensive conduit clamps, a screw & some nuts from any hardware store. Here is the post:  http://discussions.texasbowhunter.com/forums/showthread.php?t=256169 

    I think his method allows lots of flexibility for clearing extra large objectives. Since I’m using regular sized objectives & an inexpensive 30mm red dot, I made the mount a bit simpler. 

    I used: 

    Two 1″ rubber insulated clamps from Home Depot by Gardner Bender part # PPR-1600 (1 clamp per pack so you need 2 packs), 

    One pack of 1/4″ – 20 x 1/2″ Round Head Machine Screw & Nut Combo #27971 from Home Depot by Crown Bolt (has 5 nuts & 5 screws in the pack), 

    *Please note the above part numbers are from my local Home Depot, as our local Lowes didn’t have the clamps in stock. 

    What I did: 

    Put one clamp around your scope or red dot sight, put another clamp around your flashlight, arrange them as a figure 8 so that you can pass a single 1/4″ – 20 x 1/2″ machine screw through all 4 clamp screw holes, and secure with a single nut. Tighten enough to get the right tension so you can still adjust the flashlight’s angle / aim, & so the clamps will hold the angle of adjustment you want. 

    This will hold a 1″ light very nicely. Now, a little about my light. 

    I used a 1″ diameter Maglite XL50 LED Light rated at 139 Lumens ($29 at Home Depot & WalMart). It uses 3 AAA batteries to put out more white light than a much larger & heavier traditional 2 D cell MagLite with Krypton / Zenon bulb, which is rated between 19 – 36 Lumens depending on where you look. This little XL50 also has a 25% brightness setting that has proven to be plenty for zapping rats out of the trees at night & conserves battery life. It has a full power strobe setting which might help disorient pests. At full power you can see particles of dust in the air, but I plan to fit a red lens over it for stealth & increased effectiveness. It still surprises me how bright this little torch is, & how long the batteries last. It has a rear pushbutton switch which you get used to, but a coiled remote pressure switch would be perfect. 

    This really has been a big help to my son, as it’s a bit of a juggle-fest aligning your sights and a flashlight on a small target moving through leaves & limbs at night. 

    The clamps are rigid enough to hold the light where you want it, but flexible enough that you can adjust the light up & down or side to side as needed. You can also play with the tension of the screw & nut to make adjusting the light up & down possible, yet make it firm enough to hold your setting.

    I have used this setup for 5 years now on 2 different Prods & it has performed perfectly & helped account for a pile of rats.

    Here are pics of the setup on my son’s WoodsWalker Prod: 

    Pic on rig: 

    I think a little black paint, or electricians tape on the silver clamps would look even better & help kill any flash. 

    I hope this post helps. 

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    Diamondback 

    Truth is Stranger than Fiction…..

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    crittahitta
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    I second Wicked Lights. Fantastic pproduct. Easy to set up and use. I could identify and shoot a rabbit over 100 yards easy.  They also sell one for your head now that i want.

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