Viridian Announces New Red HS1 Lasers and FDE HS1 Housings

Viridian just announced two new products in its HS1 line of handstop-integrated laser sights for AR-style firearms. In case you aren’t already familiar with it, the HS1 was (as best as we can tell) the first laser to be integrated into a production AR hand stop of this kind.

Viridian red laser HS1 and FDE housing
The laser and housing are mounted to the rail.

Previously the HS1 was only available as a green laser, but starting tomorrow morning (July 9, 2021), the Viridian red laser option is going to be available for those who prefer red over green. Also, the HS1 housing, which was previously only available in black, will be available in Flat Dark Earth.

Viridian Red Laser and FDE Handstop
New options in Viridian’s HS1 line of laser sighting devices!

So what is the HS1?

As the company describes it, it’s the world’s first AR hand stop with an integrated laser sighting devide. It uses MLok to mount to the rail of your firearm and has uniquely placed grip-activated buttons that work with a variety of grip styles. It is also adjustable for windage and elevation. So, you get all the protection of a handstop while aiming with a highly visible green or red laser sight.

According to Brian Hedeen, Viridian President and CEO, “The HS1 has proven to be exceptionally popular. The laser aiming capabilities add to the speed of an already fast rifle design and the minimalist hand stop design is ideal for ergonomic control without getting in the way. And now we’re adding new colors to both the laser and the housing. Fans of FDE can match their HS1 to their rifle’s forend and those who prefer red lasers have that option available, too, in Black or FDE.”

HS1 viridian red laser
The HS1 has a battery life of 1.5 hours and a range of up to 100 yards in the daylight and two miles at night.

If you haven’t seen the HS1 handstop laser before, here’s Viridian’s product launch video from back when they introduced the green laser model:

Here’s all the HS1 Viridian red laser info per the press release:

Viridian Weapon Technologies is pleased to announce that its celebrated and innovative hand stop laser, the HS1, is now available with a red laser. Both the new red laser HS1 and the original green laser version will be available in both Black and Flat Dark Earth housings on Friday, July 9th at 9:00am CST.

Viridian red laser HS1 in FDE or Black housing.
The new Viridian red laser comes with the new FDE housing or black housing and has a seven-year warranty.

Viridian’s HS1 is the first laser integrated into a hand stop. The shooter’s support hand grips the HS1 and this grip activates the laser. The HS1 provides an intuitive control surface and instantaneous targeting guidance.

M-Lok mounts make installation effortless and Viridian now offers a Picatinny to M-Lok rail adapter. The HS1 laser adjusts for windage and elevation. The HS1 lasers will be available through retailers, or on the Viridian website.

HS1 Red Laser Features

  • M-Lok Mounts
  • Grip Activation
  • Daytime-visible Green Laser
  • Ergonomic Design for varying types of guns
  • Single 1/3n battery
  • Adjustable for Windage and Elevation
Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri's Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

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