Looking to buy a rail-mount handgun laser sight for your pistol but not sure where to begin? I’ve combed through the 50-odd models on the market today and identified the two best. Both are top-rated with excellent reviews by consumers, are produced by well-known companies, and are available with red or green lasers.
The Selection Process
First I pulled together a list of all handgun laser sights, and then I ran a filter for rail-mount lasers to shed the grip-, slide- and frame-mount lasers. I then went through it and cut the laser-light combination devices, too (look for a best-of article on laser-light combos soon), and I deleted all the discontinued models, the lasers with archaic activation wires, the lasers designed to fit only one pistol, all infrared models, lasers with crummy looking or “sold separately” rail mounts, and one silly-looking “tri-beam” laser.
Next I researched each remaining laser on Amazon.com (and to a lesser degree, OpticsPlanet.com and Walmart.com) to gauge how its doing with actual buyers and users. A couple years ago I examined 33 million Amazon product ratings and learned the average rating across all products is 3.95 stars. The margin-of-error behind each average rating falls to a reasonable level after roughly 100 votes, and the percentage of the dreaded 1-star vote averages around 8% (to read more about this study, check out my Amazon.com Star Rating Tips article).
With that info in mind, I was able to pick out the obvious winners and losers on Amazon. I also read through numerous reviews on Amazon to look for red flags, quality confirmations, customer service gripes, etc.
Finally, I performed a Google search for “the best handgun laser sights.” I clicked through 12 of the results and copied the names of all the laser sights listed by those other authors into one list to see which lasers were mentioned the most often.
What did all this wisdom-of-crowds data reveal? With no further ado, here are the top two rail-mount handgun laser sights available so far this year: Continue reading