The 10 Best Laser Scopes

Updated April 02, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 41 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If you're going to shoot at something you want to make sure you hit it, right? These laser scopes make it a lot easier to acquire a target accurately, and are good for both sporting and tactical applications. All of our choices can stand up to heavy-duty use and stay zeroed in, so you are always ready to take the shot when the moment calls. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best laser scope on Amazon.

10. Aipa Tactical

The Aipa Tactical can help reduce the possibility of ever missing your target. It features a 33mm reflex lens aperture and a powerful green laser mounted to the side of the unit that can be seen at distances of over 900 feet.
  • adjustable dot size
  • stays dialed in after numerous shots
  • adds a lot of weight to the barrel
Brand Aipa
Model pending
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Cisno Quick-Release

The Cisno Quick-Release is a handgun model that is fully adjustable for both windage and elevation. It requires just 1.25 inches of clearance between the muzzle and trigger guard, making it suitable for a range of different pistol types.
  • attaches to almost all railed guns
  • always stays firmly in place
  • range is short in full sun
Model pending
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. UUQ Reflex

The UUQ Reflex has a tubeless design and a 33mm lens that provides users with a wide field of view. This makes it a great choice if you are using it for hunting and need to track fast-moving objects without letting them out of your sight.
  • fully waterproof housing
  • very useful for rapid fire shooting
  • infinite brightness control
Brand UUQ
Model pending
Weight 11.4 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Vokul Tactical 3-9x40mm

The Vokul Tactical 3-9x40mm features an illuminated reticle with adjustable brightness levels and up to nine times magnification when viewing through the scope. The laser itself is detachable, so you can keep it safely hidden away when not needed.
  • won't fog up in humid environments
  • looks more expensive than it is
  • feels a bit bulky when mounted
Brand GoHiking
Model pending
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

6. Pinty GLS

If you like to keep your weapon streamlined, but still need something to aid your aim, the Pinty GLS can help. At just 4.5 ounces, you won't even notice it sitting atop your gun until you go to take that shot and land it dead center with ease.
  • comes with a protective storage box
  • impact-resistant aluminum alloy body
  • reaches up to a thousand feet
Brand Pinty
Model Pinty GLS
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Ade Advanced Optics 2.5-10x40

The streamlined Ade Advanced Optics 2.5-10x40 allows for windage and elevation adjustments of the red dot, which makes it easier to take a bead on long-range targets. Being water-, shock-, and fog-proof, it is suitable for a range of applications.
  • mounts to weaver and picatinny rails
  • good value for the money
  • crystal clear optics
Brand Ade Advanced Optics
Model T12.5-10X40/RL
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. X-Aegis 2.5-10x40

The X-Aegis 2.5-10x40 provides fingertip reticle and laser adjustments, so you don't have to worry about fumbling around for a wrench when that next 5-point buck comes walking into your sights. At just 4.2 ounces, it is exceedingly lightweight, as well.
  • withstands high energy recoils
  • has a rugged build
  • top sight can be removed
Brand XAegis
Model pending
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. XOPin C4-16x50EG

The XOPin C4-16x50EG offers you the choice of four different reticle shapes in either red or green. The projected laser is a bright and vibrant fluorescent green that can be seen on your target easily whether it is day or night.
  • electronic brightness control
  • quick windage adjustments
  • durable shockproof lens
Brand XOPin
Model pending
Weight 2.7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Tacticon Armament

This model from Tacticon Armament is a lightweight option that attaches to the front of a pistol's, shotgun's, or rifle's barrel. It is made by a combat veteran-owned company and comes with a lifetime warranty to give you peace of mind.
  • includes two sets of batteries
  • simple push-button activation
  • can attach other accessories to it
Brand Tacticon Armament
Model pending
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Pinty 3-9x32EG

The Pinty 3-9x32EG comes with every aiming aid you could ever need to home in on your target quickly and accurately. In addition to the scope and laser sight, there is a range finder and an illuminated reticle that can be set to red or green.
  • choice of four reticle patterns
  • limitless eye relief
  • easy to mount to rifles
Brand Pinty
Model PintyHRS0011GN
Weight 2.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

On Target: Choosing A Laser Scope

Laser scopes make it quick and easy for a person to line up an accurate shot whether armed with a pistol, rifle, or even a shotgun. Once a laser has been properly sighted in to assure its accurate alignment with the weapon's barrel, a shooter can rely on the placement of the bright red or green dot cast by their laser to predict the placement of a fired bullet. Laser scopes represent one of the most practical applications of the amazing power of the laser (more on that below), and their proper use can truly alter the course of a life or death situation.

The term laser "scope" is a bit misleading, as technically a scope is an optical device through which you can peer. Laser scopes are often also referred to as laser "sights," a term also slightly fraught with inaccuracy, as it were. The beauty of a laser scope is indeed the very fact that you do not have to look through any form of sighting device to be assured of the accuracy of your aim. A laser scope allows its user to keep his or her eyes open and largely away from their firearm, helping the shooter to maintain the situational awareness critical in self defense scenarios, in combat, or during police action.

That said, many laser scopes combine a visual sighting device through which a shooter can look with a bright dot created by the laser. The combination of these two sight picture options not only helps to create reliably accurate aim, but also ensures a weapon remains useful in more than one scenario. A rifle which has both an optical scope and a laser sight, for example, can be used in the slow, patient hands of a hunter or sniper, but can also be used for quick, close-quarters response when the laser is activated.

When choosing the right laser scope for your needs, both the likely scenarios in which you will use your weapons and the type of gun(s) you own are equal factors. Choosing a device that combines a laser sight and a flashlight can also be a wise idea for both rifles and shotguns intended for self defense, as the light can help you differentiate between friend and foe at close range in the dark.

For rifles, however, a scope mixing a laser and an optical sight is almost always the right approach. Even the most powerful lasers available usually have a maximum operating range of 500 meters, which is well short of the accurate range of most high powered rifles; therefore, without the addition of an optical scope, you would not be able to make use of the capabilities of your long gun.

Safe And Proper Laser Scope Usage

The most important factor in using a laser scope safely is making sure you are properly using the firearm to which it is attached. That means using everything from a gun safe when the weapon is not being used, transported, or cleaned, to wearing ear protection and shooting glasses when you are at the shooting range or hunting.

Take the time to properly sight in your weapon once the laser scope is attached. If need be, enlist the help of a professional firearms expert to complete this process. Once a laser sight is accurately aligned with your weapon, take care that you don't bump or jostle it, and make sure to re-check your accuracy periodically.

Beyond proper and ongoing firearm safety, it's important to note that using the laser itself requires care and responsibility. Even a laser that creates only a three to five milliwatt output -- the standard range for most laser scopes that produce red lasers -- can likely cause eye damage. And many of the stronger lasers that produce a green beam can surely damage the eye even with brief exposure. While it's not likely you would ever have a laser inadvertently pointed at someone once it is mounted to a firearm, you have to observe safe and responsible use of your aiming device even when it is detached from a gun.

Also, note that using a laser scope -- and even using a handheld laser pointer -- is restricted or even banned in some areas. Be especially vigilant about following laser regulations at night time in areas where there are numerous aircraft in the skies, as lasers can easily distract pilots, and as their improper use can lead to punitive action by the authorities.

A Few Words On Laser Technology

Lasers are a relatively new technological advance. In fact, the first laser was built in the year 1960, though its development was predicated by scientific research conducted over many of the preceding years. The word laser was originally an acronym for the term "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation," though today it is treated as a word unto itself.

Lasers work through a process of "optical amplification" wherein electrons are passed through a series of lenses, crystals, and/or contained gasses and become increasingly concentrated, ultimately forming a distinct beam of photons that can be focused. Unlike sunlight or the light generated by most artificial illumination sources, such as an incandescent lightbulb, lasers emit just one wavelength, therefore they are perceived as one solid, definite color (red and green being the most common).

Due to the intense concentration of the light used in most practical lasers (those used in a laser scope, for our purposes), minimal energy can be used to create a bright and far-reaching laser beam. For clarity, the five milliwatt figure cited above represents less than one percent of one percent of the power used by a standard 60-watt lightbulb that you would place in a desk lamp. Yet thanks to the properties of immense concentration at work within a laser, the beam created using that minuscule amount of power can reach out for hundreds of yards under the right conditions.

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Last updated on April 02, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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