There must be something to this internet advertising thing. I saw an ad on Facebook for gun magnets and actually clicked on their page to learn more about them. And that’s how I stumbled on the GO-Magnets gun mounting system.
According to their website, the idea for GO-Magnets came to fruition in 2014 when the company’s founder was unsatisfied with the magnets already on the market (“Too expensive, too weak, needing screws, and a difficulty in use were just some of the issues encountered.”), so he decided to make his own. Thus, GO-Magnets were born.
The magnet itself isn’t very big, as you can see in relation to the size of my hand above. Despite its small size, the GO-Magnet is definitely powerful.
They’re not fooling around when they tell you the magnets are strong, because they ship each one with a card warning that the magnet could disrupt pacemakers and that people with metal implants should stay back a foot from the product.
If you want to attach the magnet to a non-metal surface, like under your steering wheel or a side table in the bedroom, the magnets come with a metal plate to affix to your non-metal surfaces.
They sell two different size plates: 2”x3” recommended for car mounting, and 4.25”x1” for other applications. You can also get engraved plates should you desire a little more flair.
I tested the magnet on a variety of metal surfaces in my house: gun safe, fridge, filing cabinet, etc. It stuck to everything and didn’t budge – unless I made it. My go-to application for it is to hold my Glock 19 to the side of my safe in the bedroom. Because it is enclosed in a durable fabric pouch, the magnet itself never comes into contact with your gun, your safe, or whatever other surface you attach it to, so it won’t damage the finish.
Their website says the magnets will hold guns up to 15 pounds. I tested it out by using it to hang my unloaded AR-15 on my safe door. Again, it held strong and didn’t move until I wanted it to do so.
Anything with iron, nickel, or cobalt in it will stick to the magnet. Basically, if a refrigerator magnet sticks, your item will too. There are, of course, some metals that won’t stick to the magnet. This includes items in the zinc-alloy family, like aluminum, magnesium, and copper. If your gun is made up of these materials (I’m looking at you, Hi-Point), you’re out of luck. (Their FAQ page actually mentions Hi-Points specifically.)
As for cost, they’re not the cheapest thing in the world, given how minimalist the product is. One magnet and a small plate is $13.99; the car plate is $3.95. Engraved plates cost more than the magnets themselves at $14.95.
The company is veteran-owned and the product is American-made, so it’s hard to argue about money when so many products today have “Made in China” stickers on them.
All in all, it’s a handy product if you’re looking for a way to provide easy access in your car, bedroom or office, but don’t want a gun just sitting in your console or on your side table. I’m happy with mine.
Specifications: GO-Magnet gun magnets
Magnet size: 4.25″ x 1″ x .5″
Magnet weight: .2 lbs
Small Mounting Plate size: 3/4″ x 4″ x 1/8″
Large Mounting Plate size: 2″ x 3″ x 1/16″
Price: GO-Magnet with small mounting plate, $13.99
Price: Small mounting plate, $1.50
Price: Large mounting plate: $3.95
Ratings (out of five stars):
Value: * * *
It’s a simple product leading me to think they could probably be a bit cheaper. If you only need one, price isn’t much of an issue. If you wanted more, it could get costly. That said, the company is veteran-owned and the magnets are American-made…that’s worth the price of admission to me.
Ease of Installation: * * * * *
They’re magnets and metal plates. If you know how to work a screwdriver, you can install a plate. If you can stick a magnet to metal, you can use this product. Doesn’t get any easier than that.
Overall: * * * *
It’s a good concept, but they aren’t the only magnet option on the market. They work well and hold your gun in place in a variety of situations. Mission accomplished.