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TNVC Exclusive: L3/ Insight ATPIAL-C (Advanced Target Pointer/Illuminator Aiming Laser – Commercial) Class1/3R IR Laser

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By David Crane
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Photo(s) Credit: Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) and L3/Insight Technology

September 29, 2014
Last updated on 10/02/14.

As long as we’re discussing Tactical Night Vision Compan (TNVC) and laser-targeting products, we should probably mention this one, too. If you’re a civilian tactical shooter, and you’ve always wanted a L3/Insight Technology ATPIAL (Advanced Target Pointer/Illuminator Aiming Laser)/AN/PEQ-15, now’s your chance. TNVC recently introduced their exclusive ATPIAL-C for $1,299.00 USD MSRP for you and me, and you can click here to see. The “C” stands for “Commercial”, of course, so it’s civilian-legal.

Being civvy-legal, the ATPIAL-C’s Class1/3R visible/IR (InfraRed) laser pointer/aimer is “completely eye-safe”. The visible laser comes in at 0.7mW power rating, so it has no FDA restriction. Even with the lower, eye-safe power levels, the ATPIAL-C’s visible and IR lasers will still enable the shooter to effectively engage targets out to 450 yards, all at an affordable price point and power level that won’t get you arrested for possession.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Addendum 10/02/14: DR has received the following development history/backgrounder/press release on the ATPIAL-C from Charles Lasky, TNVC’s Director of Operations:

“The wait is over.

The journey home from the battlefield is a long one. The AN/PEQ-15 (ATPIAL) from Insight Technology, has been faithfully serving U.S. Warfighters as the standard issue aiming laser throughout the Global War on Terror. Seen on almost every U.S. weapon fielded since the mid 2000’s, the ATPIAL has been highly coveted by the commercial market, yet always out of reach due to government restrictions on high power infrared lasers… Until now.

Introducing the ATPIAL-C. Forged for the Warrior, Honed in the Crucible of Combat, and Proven by Heroes, the legendary AN/PEQ-15 is now available in a civilian-legal package as the ATPIAL-C.

Some history how it came to be. At the 2014 SHOT Show, TNVC was approached by Insight to discuss the viability of this product in the commercial market. Both TNVC and L-3/Insight [Warrior Systems] believed it would be very well received by individual civilian and law enforcement personnel. We were asked to be the exclusive launch vehicle for the ATPIAL-C and jumped at the opportunity. Presently, TNVC is the only place to get these! After all these years in combat, TNVC is extremely excited to bring the ATPIAL-C home.

The unique aspect of the ATPIAL-C is it’s pulled right off the same military production line as its full power cousin, but with a civilian legal Class1 Infrared Laser Pointer and Illuminator. Other than the power rating, there is no difference between the ATPIAL-C and the ATPIAL.

The ATPIAL-C (Advanced Target Pointer/Illuminator Aiming Laser – Commercial) is a multi-function Class1/IIIR Infrared/Visible laser from L-3/Insight Technology. It features an Infrared Laser Pointer (0.7 mW Class1), Visible Laser Pointer (4.6 mW Class 3R Red), and Infrared Laser Illuminator (3 mW Class 3R). Based on the standard issue AN/PEQ-15 (Class IIIb) for the U.S. Warfighter, the ATPIAL-C’s Class1/3R power makes it completely eye-safe and available to the general public. Class1 Infrared Laser Pointer feature a 0.7mW rating which is not restricted by the FDA. They will easily reach out to 450 yards, encompassing most target engagement ranges when paired with a night vision goggle for the civilian and law enforcement professional. Considering that Gen3 Night Vision Goggles have a maximum target identification range of 100-115 yards, the 450 yard range of the ATPIAL-C is perfect.

The Visible and Infrared Laser Pointers are slaved so that zeroing one will zero the other in tandem. The Infrared Laser Illuminator is a true laser illuminator system, producing no bright downrange visible signature as seen in infrared LED’s. In order to stay within Class1 guidelines, the Illuminator is lower power, able to reach 150 yards and is non-adjustable. This is perfect for short to medium range engagements. Like the full power ATPIAL, the ATPIAL-C’s Infrared Illuminator can be used to wash out the bloom of the Infrared Laser Pointer at engagement distances.

The ATPIAL-C is a low profile laser system that mounts to any standard M1913 Picatinny Rail. Its design allows it to sit lower on the rail than most other lasers, creating a “saddle bag” affect, so as not to impede the shooter’s sight picture when mounted at the 12 o’clock position. Its glass-reinforced high-strength polymer body housing is very robust and impact resistant. The unit features a simple dial selector for changing the output settings on top of the housing. Activation is achieved via the included remote pressure pad or onboard “fire” button.

A rear-facing battery compartment makes changing batteries simple and convenient, even when the unit is pushed all the way forward against a standard AR Front Sight Base (by the way: you should never store your expensive night vision and lasers with the batteries installed). Windage and elevation adjustments require a small flat head screw driver and produce positive clicks.

The ATPIAL-C is the closest thing an individual can get to the standard issue full power ATPIAL.

We are currently accepting pre-orders. L-3 will be delivering the first units to our warehouse mid to late November with the next shipment in mid to late December. Shipping will be first come, first served. Pre Orders must be paid in full.

The following information comes directly from the TNVC website:

TNVC EXCLUSIVE!!! Now Accepting Pre-Orders! Units start shipping Mid November.

The ATPIAL-C (Advanced Target Pointer/Illuminator Aiming Laser – Commercial) is a multi-function Class1 & Class 3R Infrared/Visible laser from L-3/Insight Technology. It features an Infrared Laser Pointer, Visible Laser Pointer (Red), and Infrared Laser Illuminator. Based on the standard issue AN/PEQ-15 (Class IIIb) for the U.S. Warfighter, the ATPIAL-C’s Class1/3R power makes it completely eye-safe and available to the general public. Class1 Infrared Lasers feature a 0.7mW rating which is not restricted by the FDA. Class1 Infrared Laser Pointers will easily reach out to 450 yards, encompassing most target engagement ranges when paired with a night vision goggle for the civilian and law enforcement professional. Considering that Gen3 Night Vision Goggles have a maximum target identification range of 100-115 yards, the 450 yard range of the ATPIAL-C is perfect.

The ATPIAL-C is a MILSPEC laser system, taken off the same production line as its full power counterpart, the ATPIAL. The only difference is the ATPIAL-C is fitted with a Class1 infrared laser pointer diode and Class 3R infrared laser illuminator (fixed focus) diode, instead of the full power (restricted) Class IIIb diodes. All other parts, components, and accessories are exactly the same as the standard issue AN/PEQ-15. The Red Visible and Infrared Laser Pointers are slaved so that zeroing one will zero the other in tandem. The Infrared Laser Illuminator is a true laser illuminator system, producing no bright downrange visible signature as seen in infrared LED’s. In order to stay within civilian legal guidelines, the Illuminator is lower power, able to reach 150 yards and is non-adjustable. This is perfect for short to medium range engagements. Like the full power ATPIAL, the ATPIAL-C’s Infrared Illuminator can be used to wash out the bloom of the Infrared Laser Pointer at engagement distances.

The ATPIAL-C is a low profile laser system that mounts to any standard M1913 Picatinny Rail. It’s design allows it to sit lower on the rail than most other lasers, creating a “saddle bag” affect, so as not to impede the shooter’s sight picture when mounted at the 12 o’clock position. Its glass-reinforced high-strength polymer body housing is very robust and impact resistant. The unit features a simple dial selector for changing the output settings on top of the housing. Activation is achieved via the included remote pressure pad or on-board “fire” button. A rear-facing battery compartment makes changing batteries simple and convenient, even when the unit is pushed all the way forward against a standard AR Front Sight Base (by the way: you should never store your expensive night vision and lasers with the batteries installed). Windage and elevation adjustments require a small flat head screw driver and produce positive clicks.

The ATPIAL-C is the closest thing an individual can get to the standard issue full power ATPIAL.

This Item is ITAR controlled and cannot be shipped or carried outside the United States without express written permission from the United States Department of State. We do not export outside the United States. PERIOD!

Manufacturer: L3/ Insight Technology
Dimensions: 4.6″(L) x 2.8″(W) x 1.6″(H)
Weight: 7.5 oz. w/ Battery
Power: One (1) 3V DL123A Battery
Battery Life: >6 Hours in Dual High
Waterproof: 6 Meters for One Hour
Warranty: 1 Year Warranty

Infrared Laser Spec:
IR Laser Class: Class1
IR Laser Output: 0.7 mW
IR Laser Divergence: 0.5 mRad
IR Laser Wavelength: 820nm – 850nm
IR Laser Range: >450 Yards

Visible Laser Spec:
Visible Laser Class: IIIR Red
Visible Laser Output: 4.6 mW
Visible Laser Divergence: 0.5 mRad
Visible Laser Wavelength: 605nm – 665nm
Visible Laser Range: >25 Meters in Direct Sun

IR Illuminator Specs:
IR Illuminator Class: IIIR Infrared
IR Illuminator Output: 3 mW
IR Illuminator Divergence: 105 mRad
IR Illuminator Wavelength: 820nm – 850nm
IR Illuminator Range: >150 Yards”

Company Contact Info:

Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC)
25612 Barton Road, #328
Loma Linda, CA 92354-3110
Phone: 909-796-7000
Fax: 909-353-1960
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://tnvc.com

L3/Insight Technology Warrior Systems
9 Akira Way
Londonderry, NH 03053 USA
Toll Free General: 866-509-2040
Toll Free Sales: 877-744-4802 (Option 1)
Toll Free Order Inquiries: 877-744-4802 (Option 2)
Toll Free Military: 877-744-4803
Intl. Phone: 603-626-4800
Fax: 603-626-4888
Email Sales: [email protected]
Email Service: [email protected]
Website: http://www.insighttechnology.com

Vendor Information and Support:
Purchasing Department Fax: 603-622-1776

Business Development Fax: 1-603-551-6039

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