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Somogear Peq 15

The SomoGear AN/PEQ-15 Aiming Laser IR Illuminator is designed to be used with night vision goggles devices at night for airsoft games, milsim simulation and cosplay photography, it is most popular improved version aiming laser, it integration of co-aligned VIS and IR aiming lasers, also combined with IR illuminator, adjustable and focusable beam range, it is small, lightweight, easy to use, set the new standard in the airsoft field. SomoGear try the best to satisfy the major airsoft clubs and airsoft players.

In addition to momentary and continuous modes of operation, the IR illuminator may be programmed to operate in pulse mode at either 1, 2, 4, 8 pulses per second.
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When you recieve this YOU HAVE TO OPEN IT AND SOLDER ONE OF THE POWER WIRES TO WHERE IT MSKES CONTACT WITH THE BATTERY HOUSING. They just lay the wire down in the case which is why everyone reports the light flickering off when you run or bang. That is because the wire slightly moves and looses contact with the battery housing. From the inside you can also place something on the tilting arm that angles the laser diodes where you want them. This way you can increase the range of laser coverage and actually align with your sights or barrel. Other than those two things, and after you do what I say, you will basically have a legit PEQ15.good afternoon everyone !!! if you are still hesitant to take or not to take this work of art … then I will tell you – take it for sure !!! I have never met a better, working replica than this one !!! other manufacturers and did not come close to the copy of this device. 223 cal. holds, on a lath becomes normal – without problems. it is programmed simply, in the NIGHT VISION DEVICE it is visible normally !!! I advise everyone: take it, you will not regret it !!!I got this unit, and having had some replicas before to compare to such as G&P DBAL and some other PEQ15 clones, this one is by far the best one. The low laser power setting is as strong as the high laser power setting on most clones.

When recieved, my vis laser will not move far enough to the right to align with my barrel. Also while adjusting it, thr screw used for adjustment is now pushed into the peq15 case and although you can still turn with a flathead screwdriver, the vis laser does not move now.
Amazing Performance this thing is amazing. Can’t go wrong with SoMo Gear good communications with staff quick international shipping and a great product this is almost the real deal.Please mail to [email protected] with your order number for refund or get a new replacement, as this items designed with zeroable and focusable IR illuminator.pre ordered one of these units, and I am very pleased with it. I own a real full power peq15 that I have mounted on one of my real rifles for night vision use. I bought this unit to mount on another rifle as its much much cheaper than another full power peq15 (like 2k lol). under night vision the IR laser on this unit is like 95% as bright as my real PEQ. the illuminator is about 70% as bright, but still quite powerful. the settings are great, the adjustments work perfectly, and it was easy to program. so far I am quite impressed with my somogear PEQ! will update later if the laser breaks under the recoil or the rifle or any other issues arise!The SomoGear AN/PEQ-15 Aiming Laser IR Illuminator (ATPIAL) is designed to be used with night vision goggles devices at night for airsoft games, milsim simulation and cosplay photography, it is most popular improved version aiming laser, it integration of co-aligned VIS and IR aiming lasers, also combined with IR illuminator, adjustable and focusable beam range, it is small, lightweight, easy to use, set the new standard in the airsoft field. SomoGear try the best to satisfy the major airsoft clubs and airsoft players.

Even with the adjustable illuminator, wide open is still too tight to be useable except at distance. I would make the diffuser cap functional, or adjust the lenses to 20deg.
Also, there are light blue screws blocking my option for HIGH POWER (AH) on the selector switch. So I don’t have high power options apparently either. And then when you want to contact somogear on the contact us portion of the website, they require your “whatsapp #”. I don’t have a whatsapp number and have never had one.

Purchased the Green laser/ Black housing. This laser is F******* crazy powerful. I mean id solely buy based on how absolutely cracked it is. Ive put about 200 rounds so far through it and its held zero, I dont do too much long range stuff to see a MOA shift. Illuminator and IR laser are equally cracked. My brother has a full power L3 Peq and it no where near as powerful as this laser’/ illuminator. Just to give some insight into how powerful the Vis laser is, I could see it on target at 3’/4 of a mile away. Genuine FP Peq could not. It could probably go further but nothing else was close by. So without a doubt 10/10, for price, function and operability. Just make sure to spend the extra 10 bones to get it potted. I ordered another one last week.The quality of this product is great. Technical support is also amazing. Top notch for airsoft. You can even use it in real steel systems. I tested two of these units with 300 Blk, 223, and 308. They held zero with 300 Blk and 223 without issues. Unfortunately, not able to hold zero with with 308. Definitely a great product.

Are lasers legal in war?
In international humanitarian law, the use of laser weapons is prohibited when they are specifically designed, as their sole combat function or as one of their combat functions, to cause permanent blindness to unenhanced vision, that is to the naked eye or to the eye with corrective eyesight devices.
Very solid when PCB potted only down side so far is the ir laser is visible to the naked eye due to a faint red glow from the emitters handles my 10.5 5.56 just fine

Is PEQ 15 plastic?
MATERIAL: This PEQ-15 battery box Made of high strength nylon plastic.
The illuminator is pretty decent, however after I confirmed the parallel zero at 25 and at 50 yards with the visible laser while zeroing. The laser is shifting under fire, and significantly. High and to the right. And yes, my example was potted.For starters, this is a great option for someone that doesn’t want to spend $1500 on a dbal d2/perst 3, or outrageous money on a mawl or used fp unit. This thing holds zero with no problems and has the feeling of good quality. However, it is not a complete slam dunk. Firstly the housing seems sturdy but not up to par as a real unit, with some thickening of the housing itself it would give the complete confidence I look for in a unit. Secondly, I would rather have the windage/elevation for the illuminator be the same as how the real one is. They are both low profile so less chance of getting smashed/broken while this unit has raised illuminator knobs. Not a deal breaker but would like to see the change for further durability. And finally, it would be nice for the caps to actually have diffusor ability for cqb environments with the illuminator. All in all this is a great device with a lot of promise, just needs a few tweaks to be an outstanding option. I will definitely be purchasing more in the future for other builds and hope to see this company expand on its units it sells like perst 3/4, mawl, dbal a3 etc.

What PEQ 15 does the army use?
The L3Harris ATPIAL AN/PEQ-15 is a small, lightweight, easy-to-use aiming system with integrated infrared and visible aiming lasers and an infrared illuminator. ATPIAL featuers a Rail-Grabber interface and is ruggedized to military environmental standards for use on small arms and crew-served weapons.
the best replica ever…I even dont know if is correct to call it a replica…works great, very happy about, I have the peq 15 and the ngal full power…the only thing is that the illuninator diameter is a bit too small at the largest size, and in the ngal you can regulate it in diameter, all the rest is great.I ordered 2 they are holding zero and everything lines up perfect. I can’t say enuf good things about them. The very best I’ve seen. If you can widen the illuminator beam you’ll have a real winner. Thank you somogear. I can punch out 300 yards easy all fire has been accurate. Also customer service was great and answered all my questions. Took about 2 weeks to make it to my door in the USA.

Are PEQ-15 waterproof?
Power: One (1) CR123A Battery (Included) Battery Life: >6 Hours in Dual High. Waterproof: 6 Meters for One Hour.
This thing is legit. Haven’t mounted yet to co-align lasers, but did play around with it under my 14 and it is awesome! Just hoping that the alignment tracks well, but I’m sure it will because it appears to be very well built. Surprisingly fast shipping too, even with the potted service – 7 days to my doorstep. Will definitely be buying another in tan.My only gripe with this unit is that the IR illuminatior is not adjustable in windage/elevation meaning you can never center it over where your IR/Vis laser are aimed, it will always be offset to to the left. Not sure why this was not added, as it would make this unit perfect. My DBAL allowed adjustment of the illuinator.

All Somogear lasers purchased through ourselves will come RED laser as standard, this is due to most uk Airsoft sites banning green lasers due to potential eye damage. Green lasers can be ordered in as special requests, this takes around 2 weeks.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 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.
The housings and components are all the same as the full power standard issue version. They are milspec and come off the same exact production line. The only difference is the power output. The blue safety screw is there on the full power units to keep Joe from putting the unit on high power while CONUS. The ATPIAL-C has the same screw and the same markings on the housing. Removing the screw and turning the knob to the high power will not change the power. Those are “dead slots.”

Although green is preferable, it is really just a bonus in my book. I see two uses for Vis lasers on a long gun: zeroing during daytime (if its slaved to the IR) and for use with NBC gear (gas mask etc). I don’t do a whole lot of shooting with NBC gear so for me the red will work just fine for daytime zeroing. Just use an empty MRE box for the shadow if the sun is really shining…
This is great news. Having used one on my last deployment, it would be a welcome addition to my AR- and they even come in black or tan. Gotta love options. Outstanding!

How much is a PEQ-15 army?
Our Price: $1,465.00 The AN/PEQ-15 Advanced Target Pointer/ Illuminator/ Aiming Light (ATPIAL) P/N ATP-000-A18 is designed to be used with (or without) night vision devices to engage enemy targets at night.
As for the Dan asking “why does anybody need this?”: gun-grabbers ask the same question about AR-15’s. Clearly Dan does not know anything about the professional uses of civilian legal lasers by LEO’s (the majority of our class1 lasers are sold to them). He also clearly doesn’t know anything about the fastest growing hunting segment in the US: hog and predator hunting. The hunters use night vision and thermal to hunt at night. Or maybe he just wants to puff his chest out and sound like a big man on an internet forum by tearing someone else’s hard work down.

Can a civilian buy a PEQ 15?
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.
What ever happened to the CIVL a few years back , you know the one with the $500 price point . TNVC’s booth at shot show ’13 had one that gave me hope of not having to spend the coin on a DBAL. But it came and went with never being released and now they go and release this $1,200 wet dream. Oh well, I couldn’t be happier with my DBAL and M952v.We all know that every mall-ninja with a $550 plastic AR needs to hang a $1200 Laser off their $30 quad-rail or all of their friends wont think they are cool anymore.

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.
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.

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.

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True, people with more money than need will fuel demand but there will be a brief period before EVERYONE’S Google Glasses have IR and thermal that good guys who invest in this technology (and the training to leverage it) will save lives.

Last year I visited Insight Technology and saw several products they have in the pipeline. One of those items was a civilian legal ATPIAL-C. The AN/PEQ-15 Advanced Target Pointer Illuminator Aiming Laser or ATPIAL is one of the most popular weapon accessories ever adopted by DoD because of its size, durability and ease of use, combining visible and IR lasers into a single package. It is also one of the most sought after laser devices by civilian shooters. Unfortunately, it’s never been commercially available and the few that are out there came into the market under rather nefarious circumstances. They have been Government-only devices due to the power of the unit’s lasers. The restriction on sales to civilians has even included most Law Enforcement organizations. No one could get them. That’s why a commercially certified model is so important. I am very pleased to learn that these are now available exclusively through our friends at TNVC. Read their release, below.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.

I see a lot of guys complaining about price and asking for green lasers.. for those interested US Night vision just released their TRIAD C1 laser that has a green laser and IR for 675.00. SOCOM just bought 300 of them and they will be available in FDE soon…just saying.
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 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 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.

Are military lasers real?
Different U.S. military branches have tested a range of directed-energy weapons. For example, the Air Force has developed a high-energy laser than can be affixed to aircraft, while the Navy has tested lasers to disrupt drones and small boats.
Before I get flamed, that was a joke. I can see a few uses, like hog shooting, but very few actual uses outside of that. I would still bet money that 8 of every 10 they sell will be to mall-ninjas. Sure, a few may actually use it, but on the pure civilian side, its mostly a gimmick. The use for a civilian is the laser, and you only need drop a few hundred bucks for a nice one.In the pictures the selector dial shows high settings past a blue safety screw. Is that the .7 mW settings and the others are even lower? Explanation of this would be much appreciated.I respectfully completely disagree. For the large majority of LEO this is an absolutely fantastic option. .7mW of laser is more than enough power for most distances unless calling in CAS… Even on full powered PEQs, most people use the low power settings 90% of the time because the high output simply blooms to much to be an accurate aiming point. On the market right now, the only good competition to this unit (something with slaved IR & Vis lasers, AND an on board IR illuminator) is the DBAL-D2, which is larger and more expensive. I don’t think the DBAL-PL is comparable due to less then desirable switchology. This new ATPIAL-C is a perfect option for LE agencies without having to go through the hassle and paperwork of a class 3 version.The illuminator focus, on the other hand… it works, but it appears to move the spotlight as it is adjusted, and even at its least focused setting, it’s still pretty focused (this is how I ran it). If the Somogear had a diffusor cap, that would be a good solution, but, unfortunately, the illuminator and laser caps just block everything. Supposedly Villain Weapon Systems is working on a Somogear-specific diffusor cap, but it is not released yet. The good news is that it’s reasonably quick and easy to adjust your illuminator’s spotlight in the field.

The lasers are similarly pretty good. I was playing around with the lasers after dark, and they basically went as far as I could see. I bought the version of the Somogear PEQ-15 with a red laser, so I think it’s a little less visible than a green laser might be. I personally don’t use visible lasers that much, so it didn’t matter much to me either way… I imagine this PEQ-15 is going to spend most of its life set to O (off), IR DH (IR laser + illumination high), or IR AH (IR laser only high).
Despite what you may have read online, pointing laser power is not really a big concern for non-military use of night vision. Even civilian-power-level (more on this in a second) lasers will travel considerably further at night than you’re likely to shoot.Illuminator power, on the other hand, is a much bigger concern, especially on rifles. If you follow the latest-and-greatest on white lights, stuff like the Cloud Defensive REIN, Modlite OKW, and so on, you know that finding an illuminator that can throw a few hundred yards and punch through photonic barriers is a big deal. IR illuminators have much the same problem to solve, but have much larger regulatory hurdles in the way. An hour or so later, night fell, and we were able to do some real night shooting. I used the PEQ-15 in active mode (dual high power), and I was pretty impressed with the performance. No obvious battery issues, the switch works fine, super bright, etc. If anything, it might have been too bright for the distances we were shooting – the laser had a tendency to wash out the smaller targets, and going to low power (with tighter illuminator focus) might have been the better move. The IR illuminator spotlight was not super clean, but it was fine for use (and arguably no worse than a real PEQ-15). A head to head comparison with a friend’s civilian-powered MAWL confirmed that the PEQ outclassed it in laser power and distance illuminator performance, but the MAWL had the advantage of an excellent flood mode for closer work. One of the things you quickly discover about the night vision world is that active aiming is awesome, and good IR illuminators are shockingly expensive. You can get a usable IR laser for reasonably cheap ($200-$300 for a Holosun LS117IR), but an IR illuminator that can really throw? That’s going to cost you. As you’ve seen in my more recent posts, I’ve been getting into the night vision game lately. Ironically, I’d say I’m still spending a lot more time doing competition shooting, but at least the two interests tend to have some skills overlap. Now that I was presumably zeroed, it was time to get shooting. The first real test of the Somogear was at twilight, where it was still very light out, but it was dark enough that visible lasers could at least possibly be used. I turned the selector on my PEQ-15 to VIS AH (visible aiming laser high) and gave it a whirl. Worked great! I don’t think I’ve ever run fully active in the daytime before, so this was something of a treat.The Somogear PEQ-15 comes in a tan PALS pouch in a plastic box. It includes a knock-off, Somogear-marked Modbutton Lite (with MLOK mount), which is a nice touch. As expected, this “Modbutton” uses a crane plug, which is the industry standard for lasers. I would have preferred a black pouch to go with my black PEQ-15, but it’s hardly a big deal. The button seemed to work well enough, but my experience with other knock-off remote switches has not been good in the long-term, so I may replace it eventually. It also comes with stickers to replicate the real PEQ-15 aesthetic, but I left them off because I really don’t care about that.

I took it out to our local night vision club‘s weekly shoot to give it a try. Unfortunately, this was the last one of the season for me, so it was make-or-break. When I got there, it was still daytime, and I used the high-powered visible laser to get a quick converging zero at about 50yds. I’m not saying this is an optimal method for a zero (infinite convergence is much much better), but it is fast and easy, and give that this was the distance we were shooting at, it made sense.
I want to stress that this isn’t a long duration review – I put maybe a hundred rifle rounds down range with the Somogear on the rifle. The real test is performance over time, and I will make sure to give updates about that. But, for the moment, it really seems as if the Somogear is the entry level king for anyone who’s new to night vision and needs top-end performance for entry-level pricing.However, one caveat and PSA: if you’re using this thing for airsoft and pointing it at other people, LEAVE THE POWER STOPS IN SO IT’S EYE SAFE. There is some irony here that while the Somogear is great at something it’s not really intended for, it can be downright dangerous when used for its intended purpose: pointing it at people in airsoft. The idea that some idiot would turn this thing to high power visible laser mode and start shining it at people is a little scary.

You can order the PEQ-15 in “potted” or “non-potted” variety. The potting is the usual electronics industry standard of applying a conformal coating to the electronics to increase physical shock resistance. I am personally a little skeptical that it would have much impact on the unit’s biggest potential weaknesses (loss of zero, battery shift under firing, etc.), but for $10, it can’t hurt. It supposedly adds a few days to the ship time; my Somogear shipped pretty fast anyways.
Somogear is a Chinese company that was founded at the beginning of 2019, and has a mission of building high-quality multi-function aiming laser (MFAL) devices for the airsoft market. What firearms enthusiasts discovered was that these devices usually held zero on the real thing, and had illumination performance considerably in excess of anything you could buy for under $1500.This is not to say the illuminator is bad. Far from it! The illuminator can really push out due to having triple the usual power and a tight focus, and this makes it exceptionally good for rifle use in situations where active illumination is called for. There’s nothing even remotely comparable without hunting up a Kiji 3°, which is $850.All of these have their caveats. IR LEDs, for instance, tend to have a much larger visible signature, doubly so when driven hard. Lasers work great, but have a big issue: the FDA regulates civilian IR lasers so that, de facto, they need to stay under 5mw – and for actual lasers, under 1mw. As you can imagine, 5mw doesn’t go all that far for conventional lasers when you start opening the divergence up. (VCSEL arrays do much better in this situation, which is why they’re so popular.) I don’t have a real AN/PEQ-15 to compare against, but my understanding is that the Somogear is a pretty close facsimile. The controls appear to be the same, and it can also be programmed for pulse rate. It takes a single CR-123. I personally like the control dial on the PEQ-15 quite a lot, and it is easy enough to set it to what I need in a hurry. The fire button is also big and easy to hit even without the remote switch. Just like the real PEQ-15, it mounts to a picatinny rail. So, all the components of potential greatness are present. We are back to the question we started with: can this handle a real rifle’s recoil? I wasn’t willing to pull the setup off my .300 BLK SBR quite yet, but I did have my Galil ACE Gen2 in 5.56 that I wanted to use for night vision shooting. It has a Mepro RDS on it, backed by a Mepro 3x magnifier. The long, long MLOK handguard made it very easy to find mounting space for the PEQ-15 and the pressure pad. Removing the magnifier and the cheek riser made it quite nice for night vision use, both active and passive aiming.Well, the Somogear lasers exceed these power limits… somewhat. The last measurements I saw indicated that, on high power, the IR lasers on the Somogear PEQ were pushing at about 15-20mw. This is considerably less than the mil-spec illuminators (the full-power PEQ-15 is more like 35mw). It’s also substantially higher than the illuminator found in the DBAL A3 or any other civilian illuminator that’s using conventional laser illumination. Thus, the Somogear sort of lurks in a mid-way position where it’s not quite eye safe, but also somewhat less likely to instantly blind you forever, and has considerably more power at its disposal to illuminate at a distance.

$250 for a lightweight MFAL with a useful IR illuminator and co-aligned vis/IR lasers using the efficient PEQ-15 housing and controls concept? Sign me up.

What is the difference between la5 and PEQ?
This allows the user to adjust the illuminator zero for multiple different ranges in the field. The main power differences in the LA-5B/PEQ compared to the AN/PEQ-15 are found in the visible laser and infrared illuminator. The higher power visible laser provides much better performance under direct sunlight.
In conclusion, I have to say the Somogear PEQ-15 is a heck of a value. I’d probably even say the best value out there in terms of IR illuminator performance. This isn’t to say it doesn’t have problems – mostly with the IR illuminator’s inability to do flood out of the box – but it turns out you can overlook a lot of problems when it only costs $250. You’re basically paying for a Steiner DBAL D2 if you want capabilities similar to the Somogear PEQ-15 in an eye-safe package, and that’s closer to $1500. If you don’t want the visual signature that comes with an IR LED? Well, now you need a Designate IR-V, which is $2000 and has a VCSEL illuminator. The Somogear PEQ-15 has legitimate performance for hobbyist money. I wouldn’t put it on a duty rifle or a rifle I thought I was going to use for life or death stuff on a regular basis but for training purposes? Perfect.

What is the civilian alternative to the PEQ 15?
L3 Insight offers a civilian version of the U.S. Army’s AN/PEQ-15 multi-function laser device to kit out your AR for low-light shooting. The ATPIAL-C laser device emits visible or IR light used for precise weapon aiming and target/area illumination.
But… what if there were a $250 unit that could give you co-aligned visible and IR lasers along with a reasonably good (but not amazing) IR illuminator? Well, maybe there is. I bought the Somogear PEQ-15 to check out whether this Chinese company broke the code. Did they? Read on. The end result of this is that the Somogear does not have a good flood illumination mode out of the box, and even if it did, I’m not sure I’d want to make use of it due to the illuminator spotlight moving with the focus. It’s possible to supplement with an IR floodlight (such as an EX IR 250), so this isn’t the end of the world, but it makes the Somogear PEQ-15 a little less appealing for PCCs and shotguns (although I must admit that I doubt the PEQ would last too long on a 12ga anyways). Those little blue screws on the selector dial are the high-power stops. If you leave them in, your Somogear PEQ-15 is eye-safe and can only be used in low power modes. If you take them out, you get something a lot more powerful (and a lot less eye-safe) when switched to the high settings. Just like on the real PEQ-15, there are a couple of holes to screw them into off to the side (under the red sticker in the photo).By accepting all cookies, you agree to our use of cookies to deliver and maintain our services and site, improve the quality of Reddit, personalize Reddit content and advertising, and measure the effectiveness of advertising.

I’m an infantry soldier and multi tour combat veteran, I’ve carried the real peq on more than 200 combat missions. That being said I’m very experienced with it. The ir and vis lasers are great for the price. The reason for my 3 stars is cause of two reasons, the weight and the lose adjustment screws. My son has a cheap toy peq that is heavier than the somo peq, that is upsetting. The adjustment screws are so light that you’re guaranteed to lose zero unless you use blue~Lt or something to secure them which is something we shouldn’t have to do for almost 300 bucks.This thing has been holding up well, and for the money, WELL worth it. Crane plug works great. Holding zero. I kinda wanna torture test it and get a 2nd one. 10/10 would recommend.

This is the best choice of LAM on the market now, bar none. It zeroes, stays zeroed, and takes recoil. The IR laser and Illum will center up together, and the illum is adjustable. Power settings are perfect for up close, and out to about 100m, which is perfect for a 1x NVD.This on a non air soft platform has performed flawlessly with 3k rounds down range. The only down side is the the amount of flood the IR is able to throw. It has been absolutely solid other than that zero, consistent functions and click throughs are great. It has held a zero with no problems. Absolutely no drifting whatsoever. . If you are looking for a budget ir device this is it. I am pleased with performance thus far to say the least. Get the potted version if you are in the “non-air soft” camp for recoil and harsh use.

Whether such weapons are worth the money is an open question, and the answer likely depends on whom you ask. For defense contractors, of course, a new generation of powerful military hardware could provide vast new revenue streams.Different U.S. military branches have tested a range of directed-energy weapons. For example, the Air Force has developed a high-energy laser than can be affixed to aircraft, while the Navy has tested lasers to disrupt drones and small boats. The Defense Department also expects to produce a powerful prototype laser weapon this year that could soon be used in demonstrations of anti-cruise missile systems, GAO said.

The report found that such systems, some of which can cut through steel and aluminum in seconds, may be cheaper and more effective than traditional munitions. For instance, weapons that use lasers, microwaves, gamma rays and other kinds of electromagnetic energy don’t need to be loaded mechanically and can be fired repeatedly, according to the GAO.
For the U.S. armed services, directed-energy tech could mean stronger national security. According to a 2022 analysis by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a nonpartisan agency that explores topics for lawmakers, high-energy lasers and microwave weapons might be useful for short-range air defense, against drone swarms, and to counter rocket, artillery and mortar fire.Some military analysts also contend that high-energy weapons are potentially more accurate than conventional munitions, reducing the risk of collateral civilian deaths.

Yet directed energy weapons also have legal and functional limitations. For instance, some types of laser systems are restricted by international treaty; the United Nations bans laser weapons specifically designed to cause permanent blindness. Previous prototypes have also shown to be affected by rain, fog, sand, smoke or other atmospheric conditions, while simply powering such devices remains an ongoing challenge.
More recent research has focused on making laser weapons small and light enough to be used by one person, said the GAO, which visited U.S. military installations and defense contractors as well as viewed prototype directed-energy systems. The Pentagon is also experimenting with high-powered microwave weapons that can penetrate solid objects and disrupt an enemy’s power source, sensors and other electronics.