The Mossberg 500 is a great shotgun that you’ll see many hunters using, as well as gunowners who want to defend their home and their property. While there isn’t anything wrong with the original sights, you may need to amp it up a little to improve your accuracy as well as your visibility with aftermarket sights. This review covers the four best Mossberg 500 sights we could find, and we’ll let you know which we think is our favorite option.
The original bead front sight is very small and can be difficult to keep focus on during low light situations or if the sun is very bright. The options listed below all feature either fiber optic or tritium inserts, which make visibility significantly better and can improve your allover target acquisition, especially when combined with a great stock. Whether you require only a front sight replacement, or both a front and rear sight, we’ve listed options that should fit everyone’s needs.
Materials – The Truglo Home Defense Fiber Optic 12-20Ga Sight is constructed of tough materials, built to withstand heat and firing power from your Mossberg 500. This ultra low profile sight snaps on simply to plain Mossberg 500 barrels, and is ergonomically shaped so it stays put during use. On top of the sight is a bright, neon fiber optic, which runs the length of the entire piece. It’s secured in place at two points, so it doesn’t slide around while shooting. The diameter of the fiber optic is only .078 inches, so the optic can only be seen by you and isn’t distracting or oversized for accurate target acquisition. The Truglo Home Defense Fiber Optic 12-20Ga Sight can be purchased with either a neon green or neon orange fiber optic insert.
Performance – The Truglo Home Defense Fiber Optic 12-20Ga Sight is a highly affordable front sight that is one of the easiest sights we’ve ever had to install. It simply clasps in place, and you’re ready to go! This is a cheap alternative to sights with tritium inserts, but the fiber optics work very well for those who only feel a need for sights during day light. This is an optimal choice for self defense, but, again, this will only work well during the day. We suggest sticking with the bright green color insert, as this is the more visible color, but that choice is really up to you. Don’t expect the attachment piece to last forever, but it should give you some good use if you’re not too rough with it.
What we say – The Truglo Home Defense Fiber Optic 12-20Ga Sight costs just a little under $20, so this is the best Mossberg 500 sight for anyone who is nervous to splurge on tritium inserts or is only considering replacing their front sight bead.
- Very cheap
- Bright green or orange fiber optic
- Super easy installation
- Only visible in daylight
- Not built to last forever
Materials – The Meprolight Mossberg Tru-Dot Night Sight is a bead sight made of a highly lightweight construction in all black. Installation is very easy – simply file it down to the correct size, and screw it into your Mossberg’s barrel. This sight has a bright green tritium insert, which stays illuminated in low light situations and through heavy weather. The tritium is guaranteed to work for up to fifteen years of use, and the manufacturer provides a five year limited warranty with every purchase.
Performance – The Meprolight Mossberg Tru-Dot Night Sight is a step up from the previous option, in that it has the tritium insert. The great part is that a small bead sight with tritium is much less expensive than the tritium night sights we frequently review for Glocks and other handguns, so this is still a very affordable option for buyers. Although some filing is required, I little bit of precision and patience is all that’s required for an easy, at home installation. Anybody can do this. Another review mentioned that even his grandma could install this bead sight! Of course, the warranty and fifteen years of use is very appealing, so just hold onto that receipt for any replacements. With it being tritium, it would be more efficient to have a rear sight included as well, but that’s not entirely necessary.
What we say – The Meprolight Mossberg Tru-Dot Night Sight costs about $30 online, which is a very happy price for a tritium insert. This is the best choice for anyone who still needs a low cost option but would prefer to also be able to use their sight during low light.
- Low cost
- Tritium insert can be seen during day and night
- Easy installation
- 5 year warranty
- No tritium rear sight
Materials – The Williams Shotgun Fire Sights for Mossberg 500 are made of machines aluminum with a black, anodized finish. This option comes as a pair with two fiber optics: one at the front and one at the rear. The front fiber optic sight is a bright red, which is secured at both ends and in the middle on a blade style attachment. Simply slide it into place for installation. The rear sight is a horseshoe shaped fiber optic in a bright green color. This u-shaped rear sight enhances target accuracy, and it also easily slides into place on your Mossberg 500.
Performance – The Williams Shotgun Fire Sights for Mossberg 500 is a fantastic set, and it’s the only one within this review that includes both a rear and front sight. Although it does not have tritium inserts, the fiber optics are very visible during the day and they contrast well. With the aid of both sights, you can quickly acquire your target and keep laser focus, whether for self defense or hunting. Installation requires a little more work for this one, but it’s still easy enough to do at home. Once the mounts are in place, both sights very easily slide into their correct positions. Replacing the fiber optics is just as simple.
What we say – The William Shotgun Fire Sights for Mossberg 500 costs just over $30 online. For a pair of front and rear sights, this is a great value. You can expect your accuracy to increase as well as your speed.
- Front and rear sight set
- Contrasting fiber optics
- Low cost
- Not tritium
Materials – The XS Sight Systems Big Dot Tritium Express Front Sight is a highly popular front sight, which fits over the bead sight on your Mossberg 500 barrel. Installation is very easy – simply fill the big dot sight with the appropriate gel adhesive, and place it over the original stock bead sight. Just allow the gel to set before using! This Mossberg 500 sight includes a bright green tritium insert, but there is no mention of a warranty. The tritium insert is surround by a highly contrasting, bright, white painted circle for some of the best target acquisition you can get out of a shotgun.
Performance – The XS Sight Systems Big Dot Tritium Express Front Sight is a very popular style of sight that is great for anyone who needs a larger sight at the end of their barrel. The big, white dot is easy to keep your eye on for some of the best accuracy while hunting or defending your home. With the tritium insert included, you can use this sight during any time of day. We’ll admit that we’re not big fans of the installation required for this Mossberg 500 sight because it seems like it could get messy. However, this is just another option that requires a little bit of patience and focus. You can expect to get many years of use out of this one!
What we say – The XS Sight Systems Big Dot Tritium Express Front Sight is going to cost you around $60 online. This is significantly more expensive than the other options, but it’s well worth the price for anyone who wants a reliable tritium sight with a no-fail big dot.
- Large painted dot is highly contrasting
- Tritium insert
- Most expensive option
- Messy installation
Our Favorite Mossberg 500 Sights
Our top pick for the best Mossberg 500 sight goes to the Meprolight Mossberg Tru-Dot Night Sight. For one, we had to make our top choice an option with a tritium insert. This is just an allover better choice; and, if it’s affordable, you can’t beat having visibility in both the day and night. The best part about this option is that it comes with a fantastic warranty – five years is much better than the average one year offer you’ll see from many other brands. This is also one of the more easy front sights to install, as any modification only requires a little filing down with some sandpaper. For only $30, you really can’t beat the Meprolight Mossberg Tru-Dot Night Sight.