Go Gauge Illuminated Shotgun Follower

Have you ever found yourself having to load your shotgun in the dark and you just couldn’t get the shells loaded into your shotgun mag tube? I’m sure we’ve all been there before. If you’re tired of fumbling in the dark as you load your shotgun the folks over at Go Gauge Tactical have just the accessory for you. Called the Go Gauge Light, it’s an LED illuminated shotgun follower that helps you load your shotgun in high stress or low light situations. It’s also a way to alert the shooter when their mag tube is empty.

All kidding aside, I can see how this accessory can help in a stressful situation. It may be useful for some, but I still think practicing shotgun reloading drills is the better option. There’s also the chance the bad guys will see the light. The Go Gauge Light is easy to install and fits the Mossberg 500 series shotguns as well as the Mossberg 835, 930 and the Maverick 88 series. It also fits the Remington 870 and the Kel-tec KSG. It’s made in the USA and goes for $19.95 over at gogaugetactical.com.

Check out the Go Gauge Light in action below.

Here’s a quick review from Dustin Ellermann.



Ray I.

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  • valorius

    This is neat, and the price is definitely right. I can see them selling boatloads of these things.

    • Haulin’ Oats

      These are cool; but there goes any chance of stealth.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Pretty sure everyone is going to know that you’re there after the first or second shot, well before this things light becomes visible

        • B-Sabre

          On the other hand, if you have to reload under stress after expending a full load of 12 gauge at the targets, it’s possible you are living in the wrong neighborhood….

          • Nathan Alred

            Well, “currently living”

          • B-Sabre

            1. Call police.
            2. Call U-haul.

      • Julio

        Isn’t stealth already history once you’ve run a full shotgun dry? A magazine’s worth of muzzle flash and report surely goes a long way to informing adversaries that you are where you are and they ought not to be.

      • Jeff

        From the manufacturer: “Smart LED only activates when last round leaves mag tube or gun is fired.”

        • Captain Obvious

          Another solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

          • Brian Menin

            Y’all never loaded a KSG?

      • valorius

        What bad guy is looking in your mag tube?

        • Haulin’ Oats

          He’s probably not. But if you lift the shotgun up, light can escape from the loading port as seen in the picture.

          • Bobby Hopkins

            if theres a shell in tube it will not show a light because shell blocks light.

      • Sasquatch

        Master of stealth can use any thing. Plus who is stealthy with shot gun!? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a646d37a1f8bfc6d47d994b72c3fd7683e36451b3adb10836e60407b0736dfca.gif

  • BattleshipGrey

    I’ll agree that there’s a chance that an adversary would see the flash, but there are so many factors in play in a bad situation that I could see this being a great tool for HD/SD or LE.

    If you’re out of rounds altogether, you can simply toss the gun aside and head for your next gun or jump out the window or something, heck, the flashing light on the floor may draw their attention away from you momentarily. OR, you could just cover up the loading port with your hand OR put in a fresh round in to conceal the light. Hopefully your house provides enough concealment that you could get behind to reload.

    In a LE situation, seeing that light could let you know to transition to the pistol.

    • Phillip Cooper

      How are you going to see that light when it’s on the bottom of the weapon and your eye is on the top?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Have you ever found yourself having to load your shotgun in the dark and
    you just couldn’t get the shells loaded into your shotgun mag tube?”

    Sure, after that many Jack and Cokes I could use a little help. Teach those kids to knock down my mailbox again.

  • B-Sabre

    “Follow the light…go into the light!”

  • Jeff

    Considering I can’t remember ever even looking at the magazine of any of my pump or auto shotguns when loading them for at least the last 30 years, including under stress and in the dark, this seems like a big gimmick to me. However, the glowing indication of an empty gun could be useful when you’re unloading in the dark. But my finger has worked for that so far.

    • Booko Ninjiin

      Maybe a good indicator your shotgun is dry to the person in the dark on the other end of the barrel. Good time to advance and attack when you are fumbling to reload. Better to perfect your manual of arms with frequent practice.

  • Dave

    I wonder what the battery life is. Type of batteries. I think a tritium solution might be worth investigating, although I don’t know if it could make that price point.

    • B-Sabre

      You couldn’t make the tritium flash.
      Well…you could, but that blue flash would be the signature of Cherenkov radiation, and then being out of 12 gauge would be the least of your worries.

  • Phillip Cooper

    If you’ve got the shotgun in your hand and can’t find the load port, you clearly need to practice more. “Muscle memory”.

    Same way I don’t have a light on my 1911 to find the safety switch… it’s built into the gun, I haven’t seen it move yet. If I have the gun in hand, I don’t have to look for the safety.

    Perhaps the stupidest product I’ve seen this year.

  • MikeA

    It appears that after the first shell is loaded, the light is no longer a help, it’s pushed back and hidden.

    • R3

      And if it’s only helping you load one at a time you might as well be port loading

  • Bill

    I don’t see any street application for this, but I would kill to have every training shotgun at the Academy fitted out with this, just as a visual aid during loading, unloading and downloading. I already installed hi-viz followers, this is just the next level.

    However, upon completion of training the shooter should be able to load, and download by feel

    • Booko Ninjiin

      Exactly. If not, training is incomplete or too infrequent to retain muscle memory.

  • SPQR9

    My refrigerator has one of these.

  • Gary Kirk

    Techno shotgunning..

  • Jeff Heeszel

    Click – the gun is empty – oh look, the light is verifying the gun is empty! This device may have no practical real-world use, but boy will your shotgun look cool on your FB posts!

  • jerry young

    This is kind of like that little light you put in your toilet so you can see where to pee at night, is there some way to turn this on and off? or does it turn on when your shotgun is empty? or maybe it’s WiFi and you use your smart phone.

  • Raginzerker

    I can see probably being useful for leo’s, they definitely would be more likely to be loading a shotgun at night

  • OK, you’ve got the light in the magazine tube, you put in your first shell that blocks the light so you can’t see it any more. Tell me again how this is supposed to “HELP” you load the shotty? I say, it needs to be full long before you need it, then learn to top it off in the dark by feel. Man has the world ever been dumbed down!!!

  • Jack Ryan

    Another package of “Skillset” in aisle #3 at Walmart.

    If you need that thing and you EVER REALLY NEED a shot gun, yer dead.