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Pardner Pump Protector Tactical Light

Pardner Pump Protector Tactical Light

Pardner Pump Protector Tactical Light

A tactical light belongs on the Pardner Pump Protector.

A firearm that you may reach for in the pitch blackness of night needs a light on it. Seeing things that may go bump in the night or things that may be a threat to your family and loved ones is vitally important. Remember the firearms safety rule “identify your target and what’s beyond it.”

You can’t identify what you can’t see.

There are many tactical lights, forends, and mounts available for home defense shotguns. Many cost more than a Pardner Pump Protector costs.  That doesn’t make sense to me. I felt challenged to find a good quality mount and light……that would get you through the night in a bad situation for under $60. A perfect match for the rugged, reliable, and inexpensive Pardner Pump Protector. After my research here is what I chose;


Pardner Pump Protector Tactical Light

The Elzetta ZSM tactical shotgun mount. (


Pardner Pump Protector Tactical Light

Ozark trail OT-200L LED flashlight from Wal-Mart.  It’s rated at 200 lumens, single function on-off switch. Under $20. I know what you’re thinking….Walmart? I can assure you the OT-200L is a solid performer. The switch is positive. It does not get activated by recoil.

Installation was simple. The Elzetta ZSM mount includes a variety of spacers that must get trimmed to fit the diameter of the light body.

Pardner Pump Protector Tactical Light

The Pardner Pump Protector has a longer magazine tube than most shotguns so no mag tube extension is needed to allow room for a tactical light.

Pardner Pump Protector Tactical Light

I am a left hand strong side shooter so I chose to mount the light on the left side positioning it about 1/8″ back from the barrel lug on the magazine tube.

I chose to position the light so some illumination spills on to the brass bead on the front of the barrel. That allows me to see the target and the bead. After all you have got to know where your gun is aimed to hit the target.

Pardner Pump Protector Tactical Light


I have run the Pardner Pump Protector though many drills at the range with all kinds of ammo; Buckshot, Target loads, and Slugs. The Elzetta ZSM Tactical light mount is rock solid. It did not move and it does not get loose. This is a great solution at a reasonable cost.

Remember you can’t identify your target if you can’t see it.  Get a light on your HD or tactical shotgun.

Pardner Pump Protector Tactical Light


Trap Shooting with the H&R 1871 Pardner Pump Protector

Trap shooting with the H&R 1871 Pardner Pump Protctor

Trap shooting with a Pardner Pump Protector? What a blast!

Trap Shooting with the H&R 1871 Pardner Pump Protector.

Had the chance to go trap shooting on Sunday. I decided to try the H&R 1871 Pardner Pump Protector at the 16 yard line.

Here is what I learned;

  1. You have got to swing the gun faster since the Pardner Protector has a short 18″ barrel. It took a bit longer to swing past the clay before firing the shot.
  2. The cylinder bore barrel broke the clays just fine from the 16 yard line.
  3. The trigger pull seemed heavy compared to my Browning BPS. Took some getting use to.
  4. On my particular Pardner Protector I had to cover the clay with the barrel to smash it. I could not float the target above the bead like I can with some other shotguns I use for trap shooting.
  5. Because the barrel on the Pardner Protector is short the gun discharge was louder than your usual hunting or clays shotgun. I was using Fiocchi target loads the gun report was noticeably louder.

I got some interesting looks at the range using the Pardner Pump Protector. I kept the Tac Star side saddle attached. No shells loaded in it. Folks aren’t use to seeing a short barreled shotgun on the trap field.

My score was 17 out of 25. Not bad for my first time using the Pardner Protector for trap shooting.



Pardner Pump Shotgun – Review Top Features

Pardner Pump Shotgun – Review top features.  The H&R 1871 Pardner Pump shotgun is a robust and reliable firearm. The firearm is priced very economically and some of its stock functional features are not included on other shotguns costing much more.

Here are the top features of the H&R 1871 Pardner Pump shotgun:

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Fully Machined Steel Receiver

1. Steel Machined Receiver. 

This means in manufacturing the receiver started as a solid block of steel.  Computer controlled milling machines systematically remove metal so the part takes its final shape. Often times this is done in multiple steps.

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Steel trigger guard, bolt release, and cross bolt safety

2. Metal Trigger Guard.

The trigger guard is made of metal. Many competitive designs have plastic trigger guards. I prefer metal trigger guards. I believe they are less fragile, less prone to breakage, in extreme cold temperatures.

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Solid tool steel machined extracto

3. Machined Extractor.

A high quality part for extreme reliability. Remington only uses machined extractors on the 870 Police version of the 870.  All other 870’s get a Metal Injected Machined extractor.

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Remington made barrel.

4. Barrel Made in the USA by Remington.

Remington barrels are made in the USA. H&R 1871 and Remington are corporately linked. They are both owned by the same holding company. There is a scale of economy and cost savings for the company. Barrels are very high quality.

5. Robust Reliable Action.

The action borrows many features from the Remington 870. Very proven trouble free design.

6. A 5 + 1 Capacity.

Many shotguns only feature a 4+1 capacity. An extra shell can be an advantage in certain situations.

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Sling swivel studs installed

7. Sling Swivel Studs Installed.

Set up is for a two point sling

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Positive cross bolt safety a rear of trigger guard.

8. Positive Cross Bolt Safety.

The safety is in the rear of the trigger guard. Very easy to reach for right handed and left handed shooters.

9. Effective Recoil Pad Installed

Not as quite as effective as the Limb Saver recoil pad, but factory recoil pad still absorbs recoil very well.

10. A Variety Of Models Are Available.

Hunting, personal protection, youth, 12 Gauge, 20 gauge. Wood stock or synthetic stock.

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