Gear Review: Stik N Shoot Magnetic Shotgun Rifle Lighting System

Simple to convert to pressure activated Switch

Simple to convert to pressure activated Switch

I offer my thanks the good folks at Stik-N-Shoot for their patience.  This cool little light system has been in my possession, awaiting review, for quite a while.  It seemed logical to wait until I could take it to the range and put it through its paces before finishing the review.

Stik-N-Shoot is a Texas based company that specializes in Magnetic Lighting Systems – specifically for firearms.  The web site shows versions for rifle, shotgun, bow and handgun.  The particular sample they sent is labeled “3” Magnetic Rifle/Shotgun/Crossbow Tactical Green 200 Lumen High Intensity Light”.  They also included a pressure switch that replaces the standard click activated tail switch.

Simple Plastic Box with Clear Labeling

From the web site and literature:

-3” Block supports 4 zinc coated Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets that pull 108 lbs. of        magnetic pressure on your barrel

-Flashlight:  4” custom designed CREE XP-3 Technology LED Green light produces 200 lumen of tight tactical beam

-3 AAA batteries = 5+ hours of continuous use

-Temperatures are not a factor for our technology

-Lighting distance of 150 yards

-Calibrates to almost any metallic barrel with 3” of empty external barrel space

Stated warranty is to the original owner for 1 year from date of purchase against manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service.  It is stated in bold print:  “FOR BARREL PROTECTION, ADHERE TO MAGNETS.  NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE TO BARRELS BY MAGNETS.”

Strong 3" Magnet

Strong 3″ Magnet

This is a clever system – another one of those “why didn’t I think of that” ideas.  The light is VERY solid and heavy and has a quality feel to it.  The switch is 1 level and has a nice tactile ‘click’ when switching on and off.  Removing the included switch and installing the pressure switch is very simple – just unscrew one and screw the other one on – and the pressure switch has ample cord length and includes 2-sided tape should you wish to affix the pressure pad to the side of your firearm.

Simple Click Activated Switch

Simple Click Activated Switch

My integrating sphere does not perform well measuring green light, but I have no reason to doubt the manufacturers’ 200-lumen rating.  The beam is tightly focused and ‘throws’ well – the manufacturer claims that it will illuminate targets up to 200 yards.  While I didn’t test that claim, there are multiple “testimonials” on the manufacturers’ web site that seem to confirm the claim.  Again, just using the light around my neighborhood at night gives no reason to doubt the claims.

I applaud the manufacturer for using the ubiquitous AAA battery for power – 3 cells required with a claimed 5 hour run time.  Since AAA batteries are small, cheap and easy to find you would most likely always have access to replacements.

My shotgun collection is pitiful – an old Ithaca that I treasure and an inexpensive IAR that has been modified for home defense.  While (as seen in the photo) the light attached easily, it required not fully returning the slide to the home position after racking.

Showing Click Switch installed

Showing Click Switch installed

 

Magnet holds firm

Pressure switch installed

However, the plan all along was to go the range with my brother – he has a Mossberg shotgun with an extended magazine.  The ‘plan’ was to video my brother firing buckshot from his Mossberg with the light affixed to the tube.  The good news – we finally were able to go.  The bad news – the video didn’t take.    As disappointed as I am in that bad news, the goal was achieved – to test how well the light would hold under such extreme circumstances.

It gave a valiant effort!  My brother fired 5 shots – and with each shot the light shifted out towards the end of the barrel about an inch.  I watched (in horror) after the 4th shot as the light teetered on the end of the tube – half on and half off.  I had nightmares of the next shot somehow impacting the light and sending buckshot everywhere!  Not to worry – no such bad luck – but the 5th shot did send the light careening to the ground.

This is not meant to criticize the Stik-N-Shoot – it held very well under extreme circumstances and I have to believe that in normal use you would not encounter any such aggravation.  Remember, the magnet held to the tube but the laws of physics are just bound to come into play.  If that shotgun can back up a 230-pound man, then any magnet is bound to be ‘moved’ by the force.  I do have to wonder if application of a slightly grippy, padded surface (to the magnets) might minimize the sliding and even offer additional protection to the gun?  Just food for thought.  Incidentally, the metal on my brother’s shotgun suffered no ill effects from the application and subsequent sliding of the light’s magnets.   My only regret is that my video failed!

For the intended use this is a good system.  I say “for the intended use” because this probably would not be your choice for a general flashlight, but if you have need to attach a light to multiple weapons, and some/all of them do not have a rail system or perhaps you don’t want to spend $$ on weapon lights, this concept/product is a home run.

I would really like to see the output from the “white light” version, but this green version fills a niche with very few alternatives.

 

 



Dan M

Love firearms and flashlights – and they go well together. I’ve been admiring and writing about quality flashlights for about 9 years…built my own integrating sphere….done a few mods. Proof positive that a 59 year old can still love toys!


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  • AGG

    Can you explain how five shots is an extreme circumstance? Or can you explain what would be normal use for a shotgun?

    “…but the 5th shot did send the light careening to the ground.
    This is not meant to criticize the Stik-N-Shoot – it held very well under extreme circumstances and I have to believe that in normal use you would not encounter any such aggravation.”

    • An Interested Person

      I`m with this. I would expect any light to sit in the same spot after repeated firing. Magnetic attachment or not.

    • Hunter57dor

      I call 5 shots with a failure a bad day at the range.

      Seriously, who is coming up with this stuff, and why are we paying him?

    • That’s really for the reader to determine based on the information provided and their personal experience.

      • AGG

        I’m interested in the author’s explanation of his own claims. The reader’s personal experience could distort what the author intended to communicate. That’s why I’m asking. Can you or Dan M help clarify the article?

  • David Huynh

    The magnet has to be strong to not move during recoil. Doeis the magnet catches fine metal dust?

  • Martin Grønsdal

    in Norway, the April Fools’ Day is on the 1th of April.

  • Dan M

    @David Huynh – yes, I expect that it could catch fine metal dust or other dust. As mentioned, they state “Not responsible for damage to barrels by magnets.” @AGG – good question. What do you think? With a green light illuminating a target up to 150-200 yards and a shotgun? @Hunter57dor – there’s no pay involved here. The review is done as a service. I’m sorry that the post and the product don’t meet with your approval. There’s no intention of ‘defending’ the light here, but it is an interesting and somewhat unique product that offers a quick and easy alternative to a rail mount –

    • AGG

      Hi Dan M. I’m interested in what you, as the author, meant. I don’t want to misinterpret your writing because of my own experiences or bias.

      • Dan M

        Fair question. Not being in the military or law enforcement I can’t speak to what a real scenario with buckshot and a shotgun might be, but as a firearms/hunting/flashlight enthusiast I did a poor job of making my meaning known. We TRIED to put the light in an extreme situation – rapid fire with heavy recoil. Granted, that situation may be very realistic for our brave LEOs or military, yet my thought (perhaps incorrect) was that a ‘longer range’ light would not be in use in that situation? In other words, this light seems to be set up more for hunting than for ‘night fighting’, hence 5 quick shots at 150 yards from a shotgun might not be the typical scenario. Having said all that, the magnets seem strong enough to hold against the recoil of say, a 5.56 or .308 caliber rifle. And again, this system gives an option to add a light to weapons that have no rail system installed – my assumption is that anyone looking for a ‘long term’ lighting system for their weapon might prefer the more secure attachment via rail. I hope this helps.

  • A zip tie on the barrel or tube will prevent the light from shifting due to recoil. Ugly, but effective.

  • Tinkerer

    what we have to realize here is that what must keeps the light fixed, is not the magnets. It’s FRICTION, which is dependent of the contact surfaces area, the texture of said surfaces, and the amount of force applied to keep those two surfaces pressing against each other. We have the force -the magnetic attraction-, but we have little surface area -litarally, just the tangent of the straight magnets against the curve tube or barrel- and poor texture -polished metal over blued but smooth metal-. It would be a very simple matter of glueing some soft, sponge-like rubber over the magnets, and voila.

    • Dan M

      Agreed – the contact with the metal wasn’t lost until the light ‘slid’ off the end of the tube. It was the lack of friction. A thin, grippy surface applied to the magnets would most likely help.

  • AD

    I didn’t quite get it: did you attach it directly to the barrel or to the ammo tube on your brother’s shotgun when testing it? The reason I ask is because I assume the barrel is thicker, giving the magnets more metal to hold on to? Still, it sounds like it needs something more grippy between the magnets and the barrel.

    • Dan M

      To the ammo tube – it’s thicker than the barrel and extends the length of the barrel. In the photos you can see my shotgun and the relative thickness of the barrel versus ammo tube/magazine

  • SafeArmsReview

    I had actually tried the same using magnets with some JB Weld and some old parts – the result was the same = too much movement. Just not comfortable with magnets because Murphy always shows up – bump the light as your pulling it out of the closet or safe and your light comes off at the worst time.

    Needless to say I ditched the magnet/light project. Thanks for confirming this is not a piece of kit I would want.