The Best Laser Sights for AR-15 Rifles

You hear it all the time in forums…”what’s the best (insert accessory here) for my AR-15?”. Well here’s the thing: there’s so many great options out there that it’s hard to pick just one accessory for AR rifles that is “the best”. In this post, we’ll go over some of the top laser sights for the AR-15 rifle platform and the reasons behind our picks.

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What’s Important in a Laser Sight for an AR-15?

Before we go any further, let’s go over some of the most important things about a suitable laser for your awesome AR rifle. Here’s what we think deserves your consideration:

  • reliability
  • battery life efficiency
  • brightness of the laser
  • color of the laser
  • weight

First, you need a reliable laser, that’s a given. You don’t want the laser sight going out on you at the worst possible moment, even if it’s just at the range.

Second is battery life. Green lasers typically use a bit more juice than red lasers so that’s something to consider. Otherwise, most lasers will last about the same length of time on a battery.

Brightness of the laser is very important. Green laser sights for AR style rifles will generally be easier to see than red lasers. This is especially apparent when using a laser in daylight conditions.

Now if you’re using something like an Eotech holographic sight, the dot color doesn’t really matter other than your personal preference since it’s so close. However, for a laser sight that projects a dot at your target, it definitely can make a difference.

Color isn’t that important but then again, you will see green easier than red lasers. If you’re going to do most of your shooting at a dimly lit range, than it becomes a matter of personal preference.

Weight is very important because you don’t want to have a laser sight weighing down a rifle that you built to be lightweight.

Our Top Picks for AR15 Laser Sights

1. Streamlight TLR-2 Green Laser

The newer and better model of our highly-touted TLR-4, the Streamlight TLR-2 combines a high-lumen tactical flashlight with a super-bright red laser. These laser sights by Streamlight are built like tanks and built to last on your AR-15.

2. WNOSH Tactical Green Laser Sight

For less than $50, you get one hell of a laser and flashlight combo for your AR-15. The WNOSH laser sight is the perfect size and weight for my Colt AR. I really like the brightness of the green laser and it’s surprisingly bright for the money. Overall, I have to recommend the WNOSH as the overall best laser sight for your AR-15 for the money. Check out the reviews and customer photos by clicking here.

3. SightMark LoPro Laser Sight for AR-15

Comes with a momentary pressure switch, holds zero on .223 rounds and is low profile so you don’t add extra weight to your AR. For around $100, this is one heck of a AR laser sight for your money. It also comes in a flat dark earth variety in addition to the black.

If you’ve read our post on laser boresighters, you’ll know that SightMark is a very good brand for AR lasers.

4. Ozark Armament Green Tactical Laser Sight for AR-15

A very good green laser for your AR-15 at a very good price. The people who’ve bought this laser think it’s the bee’s knees on Amazon and for good reason. A well made tactical green laser with pressure switch for under $50 right now is hard to beat.

Comes with momentary switch and we’ve got to admit that it is a very well built tactical green laser sight for your AR-15 or AR-10 rifle. What’s most impressive is the quality of laser that you’re getting for your money.

While the aforementioned TLR-2 is a better overall package, those looking for a simple green laser sight should not be passing up this deal.

5. Truglo Micro-Tac Compact Laser Sight

You’ve worked so hard to keep the weight down on your AR-15 but you want more cool stuff! Well this little laser has all the power you need in a compact package. We reviewed the Micro-Tac for it’s applications as a pistol laser in the past but it can also serve as an ultra-compact tactical laser on your AR. It’s available in both red and green for under $100.