Target designator and illuminator division Steiner eOptics of Steiner has introduced their latest DBAL, the DBAL-A4 v2 at SOFIC 2017. In this improved Picatinny mounted package, the company has added a visible white light capability (500 lumens), a modified IR illuminator to allow for a flood option for closer range, and a spot option for longer range, they’ve also brought the unit into a much lighter and more compact package than the previous DBAL A3 and Mk.4 flashlight combined. The unit has an option for green or red lasers as well. It runs on two CR123A batteries.
Note that this is the “v2” version of the DBAL A4 which is already available for civilian purchase. This particular “v2” appears to be a Military/LE only entry as opposed to the civilian legal version.
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‘This switch-selectable combination of illuminators means the operator can move quickly between outdoor and indoor operations – all without removing their hands from the weapon, said a spokesperson from the Ohio-based Steiner eOptics.
The company has already received feedback from elite units in the military and law enforcement community, which has contributed to its simple user-interface, advanced capabilities, and functionality.
Indeed, the new solution provides the functionality of Steiner eOptics’ DBAL-A3 and MK4 Battle Light in one compact unit, which measures 4.5in x 3.4in x 2.1in.
Operators can choose from either a red visible laser or a green visible laser. Other features also include fully adjustable windage and elevation, as well as integrated push-button switch and remote cable pressure pad switch activation.
The new DBAL-A4 v2 was designed and developed by Steiner eOptics’ engineering team in Vermont and built in its new 50,000 square foot facility in Ohio.
The first production units of the DBAL-A4 v2 are expected to be shipped in September, with initial test units planned for shipping in July.
Attaching a flashlight to a TPIAL device isn’t a new design idea, with the AN/PEQ-16 in use by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for a number of years, from the older AN/PEQ-15 TPIAL. It certainly combines capabilities while reducing weight if units are only previously used to having a separate system for both. This was the case for the Marine Infantrymen for a number of years especially at the height of OIF, wherein Marines had both PEQ-15s and Surefire Picatinny mounted flashlights that came with an entire SL3 case of different filters. However, from my own personal experience with the AN/PEQ-16, the largest problem is the battery draining from the flashlight, or the lens itself cracking, often resulting from the effects of a poorly secured lens cap.