MAWL, GLARE, IZLID, BOARS-M2, Flash Suppression
B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is showcasing its full line of Laser and Warfighter Systems at AUSA 2018 at booth #3525 where show guests can see the MAWL (Modular Advanced Weapon Laser), the GLARE series of VIS lasers for Hail and Warning, the IZLID IR and SWIR pointers and illuminators, and the BOARS-M2 modular optic and accessory rail for the M2 series. The company is also displaying their full catalogue of Flash Suppression Solutions.
Understanding the shortcomings of common laser devices in use with both military and law enforcement, B.E. Meyers built the MAWL with three ideal settings (Close Range, Mid Range, and Long Range) which allow for seamless transitions in any operational environment. The MAWL-DA (Direct Action, class 3B) and MAWL-C1+ (Class 1+) feature high powered near infrared and visible green aiming and illumination capabilities. The MAWL-CLAD (Covert Laser Aiming Device) distinguishes itself from other MAWL variants through the inclusion of a SWIR laser pointer. Every MAWL features cutting edge Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology to provide consistently superior NIR beam quality and clarity, as well as a significantly greater illumination range.
According to Matthew Meyers, CEO of B.E. Meyers, the tactical lights and lasers market is witnessing a, “significant resurgence,” globally. As he explained to MONCh, “SOF as well as most conventional combat elements that are equipped with laser and light devices are discovering that the majority of their systems have remained technologically unchanged since just after the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom . It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but the last time visual augmentation systems capabilities evolved specific to lasers, was 14 years ago. When we introduced our Modular Advanced Weapon Laser [MAWL-DA] to the end-user and showed them the next generation Vertical-Cavity, Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) capabilities, this sparked the evolution that we are seeing in the market today.”
MAWL-DA is designed to address the so-called “ergonomic shortcomings” of laser devices on short-barrelled carbines, including USSOCOM’s MK18, with a mounting system offset from the rail adaptor system (RAS) of the rifle to, “…minimise impact on hand position and optic field of view.” As company literature explains, “shooting with a laser should feel the same as shooting without one.”
The MAWL-CLAD distinguishes itself from other MAWL variants through the inclusion of a Short-wave Infrared (SWIR) laser pointer. This laser is undetectable by most common Near Infrared (NIR) night vision systems and other visual augmentation sensors, but is compatible with a variety of SWIR systems (i.e. E-COSI) currently in use with Special Operations Forces.
The MAWL-CLAD retains the NIR wavelength diodes present in other MAWL models to provide both marking and illumination for its primary “IR” function mode. This NIR system is visible with most common night vision systems and provides users with an effective aiming, illumination, and signaling solution for almost any low-light/no-light scenario. With the MAWL-CLAD, users can now seamlessly transition between a full suite of NIR aiming and illumination modes and a SWIR laser pointer for aiming or signaling when necessary, making it compatible with all current night vision systems.
The MAWL-CLAD is part of a greater MAWL (Modular Aiming Weapon Laser) system that allows operators to shoot, move and communicate effectively. Its modular head includes a SWIR option (made possible through replacement of the standard green visible laser pointer found on the MAWL-DA and MAWL-C1+) that can be used interchangeably with any existing MAWL platform. This swap can be done while leaving the main housing attached to the weapon rail. Like the visible green laser on other MAWL models, the SWIR pointer on the MAWL-CLAD is coaligned with the NIR pointer, allowing it to be zeroed without a SWIR sensor.
The GLARE RECOIL, now designated the LA-22/U, was selected by USMC Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) as the sole source winner for the USMC’s Ocular Interruption Systems (OIS) programme. It features the B.E. Meyers & Co. patented SmartRange technology that utilises laser range finding and near-field detection to self-regulate power output. The result is a product that represents the pinnacle of Hail and Warning systems technology, featuring controlled EyeSafe irradiance while simultaneously achieving maximum permissible exposure on target. B.E. Meyers also offers a class 1M variant of the LA-22/U, known as the GLARE HELIOS.
The IZLID series of NIR and SWIR laser pointers/illuminators are versatile and dependable. They allow Special Operations and conventional forces to clearly and precisely communicate with to other assets both in the sky, and on the battlefield. Primary applications include marking, pointing, targeting, and illumination. The IZLID series of lasers can be used as handheld units or mounted to various weapons systems or aircraft.
In response to the need for a modular, compact optic mount for the M2 platform, B.E. Meyers developed a revolutionary low profile mounting solution, the BOARS-M2. It offers a modular, quick-disconnect system with true return-to-zero reattach, and a pass through aperture for use with iron sights. The BOARS-M2’s low profile form factor increases operator survivability by lowering the end-user defilade.
As MONCh has reported from SHOT Show in January, B.E. Meyers released the M2A1F Flash Hider, developed in response to requests for a more durable flash suppression solution for the M2A1. Leveraging patented flash suppression design, the M2A1F preserves the great performance and durability that a shooter has come to expect from B.E. Meyers products. The M2A1F is made from a specifically selected alloy that has been heat treated to provide increased durability, and reliability over current competitive devices. Its left-hand thread pitch allows for quick and easy installation, and eliminates risk of separation from the barrel by self-tightening as shots are fired.
The M2A1F is a solution for those looking for rugged, compact, and effective flash suppression, and can be easily fitted without any additional modifications to the weapon.
The M2A1F is a truly compact M2A1 flash hider. Measuring in at only 4.625in long, the M2A1F represents only a small increase in overall length of the weapon platform when compared to other legacy M2 variants, and does not negatively affect the cyclic rate of the short recoil M2 system. The M2A1F’s patented open-tine design is internally serrated to diminish visible signature in both day and night engagements. The effectiveness of the M2A1F’s flash suppression supports uninterrupted use with night vision devices, eliminating momentary blindness and flash distortion.
This new four prong flash hider can equip users currently fielding General Dynamics’ M2A1 heavy machine gun.