Civilian AN/PEQ-15 (ATPIAL-C) by TNVC & L-3 Coming Soon

Tactical Night Vision Company has announced the upcoming release of a civilian legal ATPIAL-C, known to the military community as the AN/PEQ-15. The new civilian legal version incorporates a Class 1 infrared laser pointed and class 3R laser illuminator instead of restricted components. The ATPIAL will still have the red visible laser pointer.



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.


Specs (Courtesy of TNVC):

  • 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


Those looking for night IR designation can pre-order them directly and only from TNVC. Both Black and Tan are available for order for $1,199.00

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • HSR47

    They should have gone with a green visible laser instead of red…


      Red tac-lasers are SO last century…

      Green is the new Black.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        You’re still on green? Real operators all use blue lasers for the visible spectrum. Green eyes, black rifles, blue lasers.

        • HSR47

          Regardless of what color is currently “in” the fact is that red is “out.”

          These days, hanging a red laser on a rifle is like wearing white after labor day.

          In all seriousness: I’ve found that, at the distances where a rifle-mounted lasers is intended to be used, I can’t reliably see the output from a red laser. On the other hand, green is much easier for me to see at those distances. Frankly, if I’m going to buy a toy, especially one that expensive, I want to actually be able to play with it….

          • Commonsense23

            If you are using your visible laser to aim a rifle in the day you are doing it wrong. Only real use of visible lasers on a rifle is for quickly zeroing the laser with your optic, and using it as crowd control or for deconflictions.

        • FourString

          Color contacts are tactical

  • Mystick

    Wow…. I don’t know if it’s my browser or what, but I hate having to highlight the “white on different shade of white” paragraph text in order to read it. CSS adjustment, maybe?

    • BattleshipGrey

      It’s not just you, mine is doing the same thing.

  • BattleshipGrey

    I’m not much of a laser guy, maybe if I were in a theater of war I’d care more, but I’m not. What really disturbs me is that certain lasers are restricted. It’s not like we’re going to burn holes in houses like that old Val Kilmer movie.

    • Dan

      I also am not a fan of the restrictions, but it should be pointed out that high-power infrared lasers can be extremely dangerous, especially in the hands of users who are not aware of the dangers and how to mitigate them.

      With visible lasers, if one hits your eye you have an immediate reaction to look away and/or close your eyes, preventing damage to them. With IR lasers which can’t be seen, you’ll happily keep staring at it potentially destroying your (or someone else’s) eyesight very quickly. Basically: High power + non-visible + reflections/refractions off shiny things = high likelihood of blinding yourself or someone else unintentionally.

      Is this a good enough reason to restrict them from non-“trained” civilians? That’s debatable, there is however a legitimate risk to giving joe-blow a full-power IR laser that he might flip on in a room full of mirrors, TV screens and other people.

      • iksnilol

        While I don’t like restrictions I don’t mind them on lasers. Getting shot is bad and all but getting your eyes burned out wuthout even noticing it is even worse.

    • Wetcoaster

      No, but you could cause eye injury from three quarters of a kilometer away, give or take. Mind you, it looks like if you were really inclined, you could also build your own by using the parts from some types of projector equipment.

  • Jeff S

    I’ve got to ask… What is your average civilian going to do with one of these? I’m all for buying whatever you like and what not. I’m just curious if there’s a practical purpose that I’m not aware of?

    • sianmink

      Implementing dynamic tactical solutions in a fluid environment utilizing lateral countermeasures and leveraging force multipliers for multi-tier assessment and positive effect on target with increased precision and minimized deviation.

      • Jeff S

        So it’s for airsoft?

        • Julio

          Ta dah!

          That’s teamwork : )

        • dan

          I lol’d so damn hard at that

        • frrank

          thats funny

      • Mystick

        Nice technobabble there…

        • FourString

          It’s a reference to Dynamic Pie Concepts, I think.

          • Mystick


      • MattInTheCouv

        almost downvoted you for not including the word “kinetic” in that otherwise perfect satire.

    • 11b

      For all the Airsofters out there.

    • Wetcoaster

      Maybe poaching

    • MclarenF1Forever

      Night time pest control, shoot where you see the laser goes rather looking through your nv-compatible eotech/aimpoint. This works really well for those who’ve got the equipment to do it. Keep your monocular on the helmet instead of mounting it behind your red-dot. There are IR-only lasers that are quite affordable, like the ~165USD Lasermax Uni-max IR laser.

    • n0truscotsman

      If you are invested in a pair of nightvision for your fighting load (I personally am), then it is important to also spend your money on a IR laser. It just provides that capability.

      Think of it as having a 2nd amendment, “well regulated” (in proper working order) purpose for the 21st century minuteman.

    • whskee

      Could make for some fun hog hunts if you’ve got a set of NOD’s to work with. I’ve used the PEQ-15 and newer LA-5B/PEQ (basically the same-ish), and the IR illuminator is great when used correctly. Basically a super-crisp IR flashlight. If I understand the specs on this one the illuminator is fixed though, so you can’t dial it like the mil versions. I dialed my service one so it covered a 12×18 plate at 100m. It’s really fast to acquire and get good-enough hit precision. I used the aim laser dot when I had a touch more time to settle in.

    • Patrick

      Hog hunting using helmet mounted night vision.

  • nova3930

    I’ve never really seen the benefit of an IR laser sight given the preponderance of NVG compatible red dot sights. Just seems like one more piece of kit to carry a battery for…

    • aweds1

      If it’s only you looking down your sights, sure, but if you’re with multiple people with NVGs they can see what you’re looking at or the direction you’re facing. Kinda’ like using tracers to designate a target only those without NVGs can’t see that you’re doing so.

      • nova3930

        OK, I can see that. I guess my perspective is just too narrow. Not being military/police, I just automatically disregard working in groups sometimes…

        • Commonsense23

          It is extremely difficult to get a proper cheek weld looking down something like a Eotech with a set of Nods on, not even close to being fast. Its much faster to just shoot from the hip(which is extremely accurate with the laser) or just from the shoulder looking at the laser on the target.

    • n0truscotsman

      if you ever have to engage multiple targets at night with NVGs, you will notice a night and day difference between pointing and shooting with a IR laser and trying to acquire a sight reticle with NVGs that are already a PITA enough as it is with your restricted field of vision.

      Then there is the option (if you call it that) of mounting a NVG optical sight on your carbine, which opens up a whole new set of problems (and simply isn’t viable for most applications required of civilians honestly). For snipers? perhaps.

      traditional cheek welds will be out of play for starters…

      Until night vision devises can be made into the size of contact lenses or sunglasses, IR lasers will always have a use.

  • CA

    WTF kind of name for it is that?

    • Commonsense23

      Well the AN stands for army/navy, the atpial stands for advanced target pointer illuminator aiming light.

  • Stan Darsh

    Is $1200 a special pre-order price or standard? Maybe if optics planet sells it for around $1k then i’ll pick one up next august when the EOtech rebate is offered.

  • toadboy

    I agree that high power ir lasers can be dangerous, but the civilian ones are so weak as to be almost useless. However, none of the component parts of even a class 4 cutting laser are that hard to get. We have built several in our shop for cutting and engraving purposes, and even a ray gun for my kids with a 2 watt purple beam, which lets them turn insects into little puffs of smoke. But back to the original topic- Hunting wild hogs at night with NVGs and an I/R laser is a hoot.