At SHOT this year Laser Devices introduced their new DBAL-D2, which updates last year’s DBAL-I2 with an infrared illuminator (something the I2 model lacked).
This continues a trend towards lower-powered civilian legal IR laser systems, which are becoming increasingly popular for hunting and civilian training. Like the DBAL-I2 model the D2 utilizes a 0.7mW IR laser designator (staying under the FDA’s limit for civilian ownership), and a 660+ mW IR illuminator (IR spotlight). Unlike the Insight PEQ-15s or LDI DBAL-A2/A3s the D2 does NOT use a collimated laser emitter for the illuminator, but rather uses an IR LED with a reflector (similar to a standard flashlight). This means that the D2’s lasers are for most purposes eye safe (within reason), unlike the military models. The result is that the D2 is targeted towards serious civilian ownership AND law enforcement agencies due to the D2 reduced liability for officers as compared to the higher powered models.
The D2 should be available within the next 2-3 months. 1500 for the Red Laser version. And 1700 for the green laser. Both laser models offered in black and tan anodized casings.