Best Gun Laser Sights Reviewed and Tested
Criteria Used for Evaluation
If we had any feeling that the installation process would cause grief to the shooter, that particular product lost some marks and found itself going towards the bottom of the list and sometimes out. The installation process should never be difficult or expensive. The products that made it to the top of our list are those that make an effort to make the installation process easier, either through delivering a well-written manual or provides a link to videos online.
Good manufacturers are doing everything in their power to ensure that the product they put in the market will serve the buyer for the longest period. In assessing the products that made it into this list, we looked at the material from which they are made. Apart from the materials used to make the body of the product, it is important to ensure that the knobs, switches and battery holders function properly. Even though a product was great such as the Viridian X5L, if it had problems like a poor design of the battery holder, it went down the list.
As you can see from the reviews above, the different laser sights have varying features and specifications. As a shooter, one of the most important features you need to consider is the range of the distance your target needs to be in order for you to use the laser sight effectively. The longer the distance, the better I think is the instrument. I also looked at the intensity of the beam. Most good manufacturers ensure that this intensity is as high as the law will permit.
Even though I believe that price should not be the only element that should be considered when evaluating products, I think it is one of the most important. If I looked at the price and thought that it offered more features than others in the same price range, it went higher up the list.
10 Best Gun Laser Sights
1. Crimson Trace CMR-206
Going through the laser sights currently dominating the market showed us that the competition is tight. Arriving at the best product in this range was not easy but the Crimson Trace CMR-206 proved to have all the features that a gun user looks for in a laser sight such as the power, ability to fit in pistols, shotguns, and rifles equipped with rails. If the firearm is contemporary with Weaver style or M1913, then this is the laser sight you need for it.
One of the reasons why the Crimson Trace CMR-206 makes it into the number one post of our list has to do with the fact that it will match any accessory rail, as long as it has a rail measuring around 2 inches. When you add the fact that the laser sight is low profile, then you get the idea why this instrument will be a cherished addition to your railed gun.
Three Modes of Operation
This laser sight is equipped with three modes of operation: Strobe, Momentary, and Constant-On. What this means is that the user is able to set the mode according to their requirements and preferences.
Cost & Value
If you own several modern firearms that accommodate the laser sight using a rail, this instrument with best for our situation. We are also impressed by the fact that the laser light comes with a three-year warranty, indicating the confidence that the manufacturers have in the product.
2. Pinty Rifle Scope
Designed to make shooting your target as easy as possible, the Pinty Rifle Scope comes prepared to be the very best on the market. Featuring a detachable green laser with independent switch, this is one of the most accurate gun lasers on the market. Thanks to its reach distance of about 110 yards, the accuracy of this laser is hard to beat.
To ensure you get the most accurate read this laser gun has a 4-in-1 function. Featuring an illuminated optics sight, a green laser, a holographic dot sight, and a 14 slots riser mount. Each feature works independently to provide the best outcome, for all occasions, while still working together for the greater good of having accuracy from afar. When it comes to all these tools working together you will get an awesome product with features that you will enjoy along the way.
When it comes to magnification you are getting 4x-16x perfect for those that prefer wide-range shooting, and fast-moving targets. Having a fast-moving target might make you feel as if you can’t pinpoint exactly where you are shooting, having excellent magnification will ensure you have a hand at how accurate your shooting is. Giving you the security you want while hunting.
Cost and Value
Due to all the features, you are getting and how capable this laser is of giving you an accurate read of how far your target is, it is a bit on the pricier side. Furthermore, when you consider the features and the price you are getting a bargain. Keeping that in mind, this item makes an excellent additional item to have as part of your hunting gun display. It will ensure your accuracy elevates 4x thanks to its magnification power.
3. Streamlight 69230 TLR-2s
Among the terms used by the manufacturer of the Streamlight 69230 TLR-2s to describe this instrument, the two that give you an idea of the kind of product we are talking about are compact and lightweight. When you look at the leading features of this product such as the power LED that will withstand shock, and the capacity to run for 2.5 hours continuously when set in dual mode, you will understand why we have included this unit in the top ten list.
The Streamlight 69230 TLR-2s is housed inside a case manufactured from aircraft-grade aluminum. The body is finished off with an anodized black finish. To add to the strength of the optical instrument, the manufacturers equipped it with a polycarbonate lens that does not break easily, and a coating that is scratch-resistant so the instrument looks newer for longer. The O-rings are also sealed in a way that water does not penetrate.
The controls or the Streamlight 69230 TLR-2s are made convenient by the ambidextrous paddle which is coupled with a 3-way toggle switch. If you want the instrument in momentary mode, rock the paddle anticlockwise, and in the opposite direction for it to illuminate constantly.
Cost and Value
The Streamlight 69230 TLR-2s is not the cheapest laser sight in the market but it is not the most expensive either. When we look at the modern technological features in this optical instrument and its durability, we're convinced that it is great value for money.
4. Vokul Tactical 3-9x40mm
When you see the leading features of the Vokul Tactical 3-9x40mm such as great optical clarity and a magnification ranging between 3 and 9 times you will be excused for thinking it is in the higher price range. Well, let us start by telling you that it is actually one of the most affordable in the market. This is a tactical scope which is designed for different shooting situations.
We always advise that care should be exercised when buying laser sights that have such low prices as the Vokul Tactical 3-9x40mm. However, when you take this laser sight to the shooting range, you will think that it's a steal. This product will not only match your budget, but it will also be a great match for your gun too. When someone saw the price of this product and what it can do, they retorted that anyone who sees this optical instrument and doesn’t buy it is actually crazy.
This one has all the bells and whistles a person could ask for. Both red and green lights for lining up the shot. Waterproofing so you can stay out in the elements. It even boasts about being fog resistant.
Cost and Value
The Vokul Tactical 3-9x40mm is well priced. It provides great value to the extent that someone once said that if you see this product and do not buy it, something may be wrong with you. We do not know about this particular statement but we think the features it delivers make it a great buy.
5. Viridian C5L Universal
If you own a pistol or rifle with a rail, the Viridian C5L Universal could easily be what you are looking for. This compact tactical green laser sight is famous for making the target visible whether it is day or night and allowing you to be accurate every time. The manufacturers of the CL5 have powered it to the highest strength permitted by law. This is the reason why it is able to reach a point of visibility of roughly 2 miles during the night and about 100 yards in daylight.
C5L light is so powerful that it can be deployed as a flashlight which allows you to see the surroundings. When you are under attack, you can deploy the C5L lumen strobe light and the attacker will be disoriented.
When using the C5L you will never need to fumble in the dark to get your laser sight on as it comes on when you draw. You will just need to preset the optical instrument to this mode. The manufacturer of this instrument claims that this is not only the fastest but the simplest activation ECR you will find.
Cost and Value
The Viridian C5L Universal is relatively expensive. When it works, it works well with a green laser that is very bright and highly visible even when the day is very bright. However, there have been some reports about the laser failing to turn on. Mostly these issues arise because the battery is not held securely in its holder.
6. Viridian X5L
Anyone who still doubts the Viridian is the market leader when it comes to laser sights probably has not yet seen the Viridian X5L. This is an instrument designed for any rifle or pistol that has a rail. It is designed for a shooter who does not only require accurate but also tactical targeting. The reason why the tactical laser sight can fit into any instrument is that it deploys a universal rail mount.
The designers and manufacturers of the X5L understand that any shooter requires the best visibility whether they are shooting indoors or outdoors, during the day or night. This is the reason why they have used green. The technicians at Viridian know that green is the color that is most visible to the human eye. Apart from this, it allows the shooter to view their target quicker even if it is a long-distance away: 100 yards during the day and up to 2 miles in darkness.
The instant-on technology ensures that the instrument activates automatically. The X5L can also be used as a flashlight when you want to survey the surroundings.
Cost and Value
The Viridian X5L is a great laser that has been let down by a few design flaws of which one is the battery cap design. It does not look like the spring is able to hold the battery securely enough to keep it in place after a few rounds. This makes the product look too expensive for what it can do.
7. Ade Advanced Optics Class 3R
We do not usually call products cheap but when we saw the price of the Ade Advanced Optics Class 3R we were tempted to use the term. If you are looking for a laser sight and you do not have a flexible budget, this is the instrument you should be going for. As long as you understand that there are certain limitations with what a product at this price range can offer, you will have a great relationship with the Class R.
Well Build and Easy To Adjust
For a unit which comes at its price, we certainly think that it is well built. Adjustments can also be easily done from the front. Remember to ensure that the gun is not loaded as you turn it towards yourself to do the adjustments. It activates the light easily with a side button. The green light it produces may not be the most intense in the market but it certainly is fine, especially indoors.
This one can be adjusted for wind speed and is easy to put on and take off. Made to be lightweight so you most likely won't notice that it is even there.
Cost & Value
If you are working within a tight budget, we can recommend this unit as one of the best in the price range. Of course, you will always need to remember how much you paid for you to be totally satisfied. Expecting more could easily leave you disappointed.
8. Vokul Shockproof 532nm
The Vokul Shockproof 532nm is proof that if you look around hard enough, you can get a good laser sight at a very low price. It is understandable if you are looking at this price and wondering if you are buying a good product. Let’s start by putting those concerns to rest.
The Vokul Shockproof 532nm comes equipped with two methods for mounting onto the firearm. It can be mounted using the short gun barrel clamp or the Picatinny-Weaver rail mount. On the barrel clamp mount, you can fit a 12 gauge shotgun.
We looked at the laser sight and were impressed by the build quality. It is manufactured from aviation-grade aluminum alloy. It will be some time before you see any scratches on this product. Making this a great selection for those who are a little rough on their equipment.
Cost and Value
One of the reasons why we included this laser sight in the best ten currently in the market was mainly because of the price. There are a few problems here and there but overall this is a good unit for the money you pay.
When seeking a gun laser that gets the job done, this one should be considered. Featuring two sets of extra batteries this laser ensures if anything goes wrong you are covered by the brands lifetime warranty. But what does that tell you about the product? It tells you that the brand fully believes in the product they have created. Furthermore, it ensures you are getting a quality product that ensures you get the most out of your hunting gun.
While shopping for the perfect gun laser, having accuracy is key. The better your laser’s accuracy is the better. This one comes with exceptional accuracy allowing you to get the most out of your gun. Think of it as the perfect pairing element to your hunting gun. Having the TACTICON Laser Sight ensures you can make precise decisions while deciding where your target it is. It’s almost like giving you a larger set of eyes for crystal clear vision from a distance.
Another feature you want to consider having is visibility. A laser you can see from afar gives you an edge. The key is having the ability to use your laser with ease. Furthermore, you want to be able to use your laser as an additional viewing element. This one, in particular, can be seen at a distance of 100 meters with the naked eye. That makes it extremely visible in most settings
Cost and Value
When it comes to the cost and value of this product this one does not compromise features or the price. The price is extremely affordable. However, you get an exceptional product with only the very best at a price anyone can afford. Consider purchasing two for the best outcome.
10. Sightmark Universal Bore Sight
To accurately take aim at your target does not require you to put up with the inconvenience. This is a fact that the people at Sightmark seem to have considered as they were designing the Sightmark Universal Bore Sight. They made it operate in a simple manner. All you need is to place the bore sight's arbor into the barrel of the weapon and the base attaches itself using a magnet. Once this is in place the bore with be centered automatically.
For All Guns and Occasions
Whether your duties involve law enforcement, hunting or competitive shooting, the Sightmark Universal Bore Sight is what you are looking for. It is designed to ensure that the process of sighting is not one you approach with trepidation. It is also designed to fit into almost any modern firearm you can think of.
Designed to work on all pistols and rifles, this is easy to mount. You won't be spending a considerable amount of time setting this up. As it is designed to be quick to get ready.
Cost and Value
The Sightmark Universal Bore Sight price matches the value you get. It is in the lower price range but within that range, it is one of the best. As long as you are not comparing it to products which do not belong to the same class, I think the instrument is worth the money you spend on it.