Gear Review – HIVIZ M-Series Shooting Systems

Our first gear review on SoCalHunt is the HIVIZ Shooting Systems M-Series Magnetic front sight.

The HIVIZ sight is a light gathering (sort of like a fiber optic) sight for your shotgun.  There are a whole series of these sights for rifles, pistols and shotguns but we will just review the M-Series shotgun sight since that’s what I have.  Now, to start with, I am by no means a great shot with a shotgun.


I do okay but I’m not up there with some of the “internet legends” you may read about on some of the internet forums that claim to bag a limit of ducks with 10 to 12 shells.  I’m not saying it can’t be done, just that I’m a little more “average” then that.   I bought this sight last year after the season was over and installed it on my Benelli Supernova.  Installation couldn’t be easier as the sight is held on to the rib of your shotgun by three very powerful magnets.


You just set it on the rib and the magnets grab hold.  Then you just slide it up against the factory bead at the end of the barrel (which keeps it from sliding off under recoil) and you’re done.


The HIVIZ M-Series comes in four different models to fit almost any shotgun out there.  They are:


M-200 – (ultra narrow rib) – fits ribs from .172” to .250” – Beretta field models, Browning Citori 28 & .410 gauge and Sigarms SA-3 & SA-5.


M-300 – (narrow rib) – fits ribs from .250” to .313” – Remington: all field models; Browning: Gold 10 gauge, BPS, Auto 5 (older models); Beretta: Competition, T & ST ribs, Pintail auto; Ruger: Red Label field guns; Ithaca: Model 37 and other models; Benelli: Super Black Eagle and all field guns; Franchi: field guns; SKB: field grade small gauge o/u


M-400 – (wide rib) – fits ribs from .313” to .438” – Winchester: All post 1964 pump and auto-loaders; Mossburg: All models; Browning: Citori target grades (except super wide ribs), most o/u target models; SKB: field grade 12 gauge o/u.


M-500 – (ultra wide rib) – fits ribs from .438” to .563” – Remington: SP 10 gauge and some 1100 target guns; Beretta: Strada ribs; Browning: ½” target ribs; Custom: ½” steel ribs.

If you don’t know which one to get for your shotgun just measure the rib with a set of calipers and buy the one that will fit that size rib.


The set comes with four light pipes two red and two green in case you damage one or you prefer one color over the other.  For me, in the marsh and the low light morning conditions, I like the green one.


Now to the actual review.  WOW! is about all I can say!  This is the only thing I did different from last year and I am now hitting at least twice as many bird as I did last year.  Even in the early light at start time the green glow at the end of my barrel is impossible to miss.  It’s like a big neon dot out there and is impossible to ignore so you always know where the end of your barrel is pointing.  It is now much easier to align my center bead on my barrel and I am having less instances of not having my gun shouldered correctly which not only makes me a better shot but also helps avoid those nasty shoulder bruises you get as punishment for not shouldering your shotgun correctly.  The HIVIZ M-Series sight, along with the extra light pipes can be purchased for around $25, maybe a little cheaper if you look around on the Internet.  With the price of out non-toxic duck loads now a days it will likely pay for its self in saved ammo very quickly.


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