[SHOT 2023] NEW EOTECH OGL – the On Gun Laser

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
EOTECH’s new OGL (Matt Moss/TFB)

EOTECH have begun branching out from optics, last year they began offering a line of thermal imagine devices and night vision systems, and this year they have introduced their first Laser Aiming Module. The OGL or ‘On Gun Laser’ is a pretty compact (at around 3.5 inches long and 2 inches wide) and handy multifunctional aiming laser, with a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) infrared illuminator along with an infrared laser designator and visible laser – all impressively powered by a CR123 battery. The OGL weighs 7 ounces with the battery and will be available in FDE and grey.

EOTECH's new OGL (Matt Moss/TFB)

Here’s how EOTECH describe the OGL:

The new EOTECH On-Gun Laser (OGL) is offered in a standard power (MIL/LE) model. Powered by a single CR123 lithium battery, the OGL offers up to 9 hours of continuous run time. The all aluminum housing offers extreme durabilty and its compact size is similar to a standard deck of playing cards. The IR and Visible lasers are optically aligned so zeroing is simple and easy. The OGL has a unique sliding lever that controls the beam divergence of the IR illuminator, making adjustments from spot to flood fast and easy, even under pressure.

EOTECH's new OGL (Matt Moss/TFB)
  • Standard power (MIL/LE) mode
  • All aluminum housing for extreme durability
  • Similar in size to a deck of cards
  • Enhanced ergonomics
  • Shared optical bench for visible green and IR aiming lasers
  • Illuminator variable beam divergence: ~5 mRAD to ~115 mRAD
  • 0.2 mRAD windage and elevation adjustments, 50 mRAD total
  • Crane Standard PTT receptacle
  • Modlite ModButton Lite 7″ switch included
  • Tethered protective caps/pattern generators
EOTECH's new OGL (Matt Moss/TFB)
EOTECH's new OGL (Matt Moss/TFB)

EOTECH are currently working on making final refinements and working the OGL through the US Food and Drug Administration’s laser requirements. It is expected that the ‘standard power’ version (as EOTECH refer to it) will be available to law enforcement agencies in Q4 of this year and then a commercially adapted version, which will have a less powerful laser, will be ready for the public in 2024. EOTECH haven’t finalised a price for the civilian version yet, but the ‘standard power’ version for the military/law enforcement market is priced at around $2,200

Find out more about EOTECH’s OGL at www.eotechinc.com

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Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

Managing Editor: TheFirearmBlog.com & Overt Defense.com. Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. Matt is also runs The Armourer's Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms. Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news. Reach Matt at: matt@thefirearmblog.com

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  • Erwos Erwos on Jan 27, 2023

    I feel like some background is needed here to explain why this is A Big Deal (tm) in the civilian night vision community.

    Basically, the full-power aiming laser is a red herring. Civilian power aiming lasers go way further at night than you'd likely ever shoot. The reason people want the OGL (and Z-Bolt ACAL, PH CTF-3, etc.) badly is because of the powerful VCSEL illuminator and less-bend-over-y pricing (looking at you, MAWL and RAID Xe) than other multi-function aiming lasers (MFALs). Up until recently, your only option for a beefy illuminator in an MFAL was to either use LED (which produces some visible signature and often sucks), civilian-power laser (which has civilian power limits and also sucks), or full-power laser (which has some grey market issues, esp with like FP PEQ-15s). The VCSEL illuminators give you a powerful illuminator without all of the laser and LED baggage, which is very appealing.

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    • Squirreltakular Squirreltakular on Jan 30, 2023

      @T243 Very important exceptions to this would be if fighting indoors or under dense tree cover. Really, anywhere it's dark and there isn't enough ambient light to get PID on someone, which would necessitate an IR light source.