The Top 3 Best Laser Sights for Shotguns
So you wanna stick one of those laser toys on your shotgun huh? Actually, laser sights for shotguns can be very useful, especially if you are using your shotgun for home defense. In this post, we’ll take a look at what we think are the best laser sights for shotguns available on the market today. We’ll also go over some reasons why laser sights are useful for tactical shotguns and home defense situations.
First off, let’s cut to the chase. Here are our top picks for the best laser sights for shotguns in 2017.
- Streamlight TLR-4 Combination Laser Sight and Light – you can check out our Streamlight TLR review here
- WNOSH Green Laser Sight – very impressive and bright green laser sight for the money
- UTG Gen 2 Laser Sight with Pressure Switch – this is a great laser for shotguns that we’ve got coming up in the review pile, for now you can check out the reviews on Amazon.
We’ll come back to these top picks for shotgun laser sights in a minute but first let’s talk about the reasons why you’d want a laser sight on your shotgun and specifically what to look for in a shotgun laser sight.
By the way, if you’re interested in the best shotgun scopes, make sure to check out our huge guide to shotgun scopes.
Laser Sights Make Aiming Your Shotgun Easier
Unless you’re rocking a gangland thug-edition sawed off shotgun, you WILL need to aim your home defense shotgun accurately to hit something.
In a home defense, high-stress situation, you’re most likely not going to be cool, calm and collected when it comes to aiming. More than likely, your heart is going to be pounding out of your chest with hands shaking. In comes the laser sight and/or laser light combo.
There’s no denying that a properly setup and secured laser sight on your shotgun is going to help you aim faster. No lining up, just point the laser at the target and shoot.
Awkward Aiming Angles
A shotgun with a laser on it can go a long way if you need to shoot around a corner, like in a house. Any kind of close quarter battle situation can be helped with the use of a laser sight.
Rather than shouldering the shotgun and sticking your head out, you can just aim the laser where you want it and fire quickly and relatively accurately.
A Shotgun Laser Literally Can’t Hurt
I say that any advantage you can take, take it! Especially for home defense situations, things aren’t like they are in the movies with guys aiming perfectly, in a perfect shooting stance and a near stationary target.
More than likely, things are NOT going to go as you expect. For those situations, a laser sight on your shotgun can really help you acquire a target quickly rather than trying to compose yourself, aim and fire when seconds count.
Our Favorite Laser Sights for Shotguns in 2016
Let me just start by saying that there are a TON of laser sights available out there for shotguns, rifles like AR-15 and laser sights for handguns like Glocks. You have a lot of options but all of them are not GOOD options.
You want a shotgun laser sight that is going to be well built, reliable and highly visible. In terms of color, your best bet is going to be a green laser for both night and day applications and visibility. We talked a little bit about red vs. green laser sights in a recent article.
I can’t tell you how many of these cheap, sub $20 laser sights just quit or lose their zero because they literally fall apart when mounted to a weapon that has been fired a few times.
For a shotgun, like a 12-gauge, those cheap laser sights just won’t hold up.
So now that you know what to look for and what to avoid, let’s get into our top picks for the best laser sights for shotguns.
The Streamlight TLR-4 is one of our favorite laser sights for both long guns and handguns. That’s because it features amazing laser brightness, has a super-bright flashlight as well and it is rock-solid reliable.
If you’re turned off by the $200 price tag on the green laser version, check out the cheaper red laser version instead. It’s basically the same construction and light, apart from having a slightly lower visibility red laser. Both versions are very good and you won’t be disappointed in your purchase.
If you want the BEST in shotgun laser/light combos, make sure to check out the TLR4’s more powerful brother, the TLR-2 by Streamlight.
The WNOSH laser is a very nice laser sight that is very compact and light. We absolutely fell in love with the laser brightness and performance. This is another rock-solid performer that might be more for the budget-minded consumer. Don’t let the super low price fool you, this laser is quality all the way.
For an all-around green laser for your shotgun, this laser sight is a steal. It costs less than $80 on Amazon with free shipping and performs great. Some people don’t like the size and added weight but it is a great buy if you don’t want to spend a C-note or more on a laser sight for your shotgun (or rifle for that matter).
If you’re looking for a high-quality green laser sight for your tactical shotgun, you need to check out this one by Ozark Armament. For around $50, you get a high-powered, high visibility green laser with momentary switch. It’s built like a tank and the people have spoken about this particular laser on Amazon.
Don’t Forget Your Rail Mount!
Most shotguns don’t have picatinny rails as stock, so you’ll need to buy one that will go around your barrel. We really like the Ade Advanced Shotgun Barrel Mount and the price is right too (under $20 bucks). We’ve had zero problems with it shifting or messing up our laser’s zero or anything like that.
Find the Best Shotgun Laser Sight for You
At the end of the day, you’re the one that is deciding on which laser sight for your shotgun is best. Make sure to read reviews, do your research and be comfortable with your decision. We’ve shared some of our favorite shotgun laser sights and hope that you learned something and found value in our suggestions.
If you’re looking for the best shotgun scopes as well, check out our guide for that.
Also, please contact us if you want to make a suggestion or have any questions.