Viridian HS1 Hand Stop Laser Sight Incoming for September 2020

The HS1 is a combination hand stop and green light laser sight. (Photo: Viridian)

Viridian Weapon Technologies has a new laser sight for long guns that already looks like a hit. Their new green light laser sight, the HS1, is built into a hand stop that puts the shooter in position right where the activation switch goes.

“The HS1 combines the functionality of an AR hand stop with the rapid target acquisition provided by a Viridian green laser,” said Viridian president and CEO Brian Hedeen. “The combination makes for a much more ergonomic rifle and cuts down on the attachments that add bulk to a gun’s foregrip.”

While the design lends itself to use with AR-15-style guns, the small hand stop can be used with just about any defensive rifle or large-frame pistol. It can even be used with some shotguns and other long guns.

It’s a simple idea that will make people wonder why no one thought of it before. (Photo: Viridian)

Viridian’s HS1 uses Magpul’s M-Lok mounting system to achieve a very low profile and small footprint. But it can also be mounted to Picatinny rails with an adapter.

Viridian plans to start shipping the HS1 in September with a suggested retail price of $179. The Picatinny adapter is sold separately for $24. Of course, in-store and online pricing can be less than MSRP. It’s also backed by a 7-year warranty.

Viridian did a test batch of HS1 laser sights earlier this year and they sold out right away. The HS1 runs on a single 1/3N lithium power cell and has a constant-on runtime of an hour and a half.

Real-world battery life varies and is typically a bit longer when used intermittently. This is in-line with other compact green light laser sights. The HS1 has a pressure switch right at the front that Viridian calls “Auto Activation” because it’s right at the user’s fingertip.

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Because it’s all in one unit the HS1 doesn’t have any wires to snag on that need to be routed around a handguard or forend. The HS1 can be adjusted for windage and elevation so shooters can set their point of aim at a specific distance. The green light laser is daylight visible to 100 yards.

Hopefully the HS1 is the first in a series of handstop accessories from Viridian. A handstop light would be a good seller as well as a light and laser combo device.

Laser sights are popular with many handgunners but don’t seem to have the same appeal to rifle owners. Part of that is because many rifle pointers are bulky and expensive–or worse, bulky and cheap.

The HS1 is sleek and it serves a purpose as a hand stop outside of being a laser sight. The HS1 is different and will sell fast when it goes into full production. For availability information and more check out the Viridian Weapon Systems website.


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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Keith Clark August 7, 2020, 11:15 am

    Except like most lasers for rifles, you cannot see it during the day bit my kids 5mw. laser pointer can be seen for hundreds of yards? Just not enough power in any of these laser sights.

  • Zupglick August 7, 2020, 10:57 am

    Where have you been? Bushnell has had one out for 2 or 3 years.

    • Zupglick August 7, 2020, 10:58 am

      Both red and green.

  • Wilko August 7, 2020, 7:54 am

    Someone did think of it before. I am currently using a green crimson trace laserguard in the froward position on my pistol caliber carbine/home defense weapon. It works OK, but the activation switches are meant to be just ahead of a pistol trigger guard. I will replace it with Viridian HS1 as soon as I can obtain one.

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