Providing lightning fast target acquisition and pin point accuracy, ghost ring sights are the choice for most tactical and competition shotguns. One of the more common ghost ring sights encountered, the Trak-Lock II are easy to install and provide a dramatic increase in performance for shooters. How fast is fast? Right after installation, we regularly hit an 8″ circle at 7 yards from low ready (safety on, muzzle below the belt) in 0.65 seconds.
Installation, while not simple, is relatively straight forward and easy. The rear sight base is secured to the receiver with two screws that need to be drilled and tapped; the front sight is epoxied over the existing bead base and then cross pinned with a roll pin. If you can measure, drill, tap and have a little bit of patience, this is a fun project.
Before beginning we make sure the shotgun is safe and empty.
You will need to order the following items:
Track-Lock II Ghost ring sights 800-110-007WB, we used the set with a tritium rear
This installation was on a 18″ barrel equipped with a bead base. In the past, we have cut and crowned a 20″ rifle-sighted barrel to 18.25″. This left enough material from the front sight ramp to glue the new sight over. We would shape whats left of the ramp to fit inside of the base of the new sight and have had great results.
I have read some criticism of the front sight being epoxied in place. We have not found this to be a problem. We have a Scattergun Technologies 870 that was built in the mid 90s. Recently, we drifted the roll pin and tried to remove the front sight. We couldn’t do it. We even hit the sight with a dead blow mallet! That’s nearly a 20-year old installation with the pin REMOVED and it still held strong.
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