B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. is one of those company’s that are known by only the people who use their products. B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. was created by Brad and Nancy Meyers in 1974 to build one of the first night vision opticals for law enforcement professionals. As more people around the world them for their Advanced Photonics Systems, it’s their night vision capabilities that have inspired me to write this blog. The night vision and infrared capabilities are astounding with the B.E. Meyers & Co. optics. This is why their optics are one of the leading providers to the federal government, including our elite military organizations. For this blog, I’m going to focus on the B.E. Meyers & Co. Modular Advanced Weapon Laser (MAWL).
What is Near Infrared (NIR) Laser?
For those of you that have never had the opportunity to use this type of advanced combat equipment, a NIR laser is invisible to the human naked eye. This allows the operator of the light to use this green laser beam that is only viewable through Night-Vision Goggles (NVGs). NIR lasers are used for different things from the medical field as a skin therapy treatment to professional welders. The application into night vision capable lasers allows our soldiers and law enforcement officers to basically see everything and not be seen until they want to be seen.
The Modular Advanced Weapon Laser – Direct Action (MAWL-DA) is the original weapon’s laser that was built for law enforcement and military members. The MAWL-DA is a class 3B laser meant to provide power up to 499 milliwatts. This optic is meant for tactical use and is not meant to be used in anything other than a tactical situation in either night hunting for boar or coyotes or military and law enforcement operations. A 3B class laser will cause serious and potentially permanent eye damage if used directly in someone’s eye.
The MAWL is a high-powered green laser used for aiming and illuminating your target on your M4 or other combat carbine rifle. The newest edition to the MAWL-DA is the expensive and advanced Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL). I’m not an engineer, but I’ll do my best to explain how it works and why it’s better than the traditional Edge Emitting Lasers (EEL). While the EEL is a laser that emits the light from the side, the VCSEL emits light from the top of the surface to offer more brightness and clarity. the VCSEL is a semiconductor-based diode laser that emits an incredibly bright green light. According to II-VI, VCSEL is 80% more efficient than LED technology for much better sensor performance.
The MAWL-DA is only 10.3 oz in overall weight and only 5" in length and made almost entirely in 6061-T6 Type II. Not only is the MAWL-DA lightweight and durable, but it also has a very low profile at only 2" in height from the top Picatinny Rail system on your rifle. The eyeball-shattering green light is exceptionally well-controlled and consistent with 3 range options; Short Range, Mid Range, and Long Range. The level of clarity in all MAWL models is unprecedented and has been a leading contributor to our nation’s defenders across the globe.
|Weight||10.3 oz w/ battery|
|Wavelength||NIR, Visible Green|
|Battery||(1) 3V CR123A|
6061-T6 Type II
The brand new MAWL C1+ is the first commercially built Night Infrared modular green laser optic for carbines. Companies could probably do a better job of explaining the different classes of lasers, but maybe that’s what bloggers are for. According to Sciencebuddies.org, a Class 1 laser is safe under all normal conditions of use. Contrary to the MAWL-DA, the C1+ is designed for commercial use, meaning we don’t have to be soldiers or law enforcement to use this one. Another feature of this optic is it can’t exceed the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) of the naked eye. This is a fancy way of saying that a class one laser can’t be magnified like an optic or scope.