These are the independent testing results, performed byTNVC. The purpose of this testing was to weigh the performance of the ATPIAL Cin real life conditions.
For the outdoor phases of this testing, the conditions werehalf-moon, clear skies, visible stars, and visible city lights (on the horizon)approximately ½ mile away. The furthest treeline in this image, isapproximately 350 yards away, to give you some depth awareness.
*All photos posted below are of the ATPIAL C performing.
I know the question is going to be asked, "Is the IRilluminator visible?” The answer is, it’s just as visible on the ATPIAL C as itis on the PEQ-15. People talk about how the IR illuminators on the PEQ-15aren’t visible. Well, I understand what they mean, however, they do put off avery faint visible red hue from the emitter itself. It’s hard to see, unlessyou are standing DIRECTLY in front of the unit, looking DIRECTLY into theemitter, which I DO NOT RECOMMEND. The faint red dot is hard to see and this isprimarily because the emitter is recessed into the housing. The photos below,were taken with my iPhone 5, at a distance of 25 yards directly in front of thePEQ-15 and the ATPIAL C with their respective illuminators on.
The top photo is the PEQ-15. Bottom photo is the ATPIAL C.Notice the faint red glow in both photos? Again this is extremely hard to see,and you have to be directly in front of the emitter. Slightly angled to theleft, right, above or below, and you won’t be able to see this. I also noticedthat I could never really get myself aligned to see the illuminator emissionpoint at a distance beyond about 40 yards, and up until that point, it wasextremely hard to see.
All of these photos on the indoor test, were taken on thelive fire range at Telluric Group’s training facility. This facility isoptimized for low light/ no light training and the lighting can be controlledvery precisely. The conditions in these photos are – no lights on whatsoever.The only visible light was the glow in the dark tape on the ranges light switchmodule, and the LED on the coffee machine in the classroom outside of the range,approximately 50 feet away, and on the other side of the bullet proofobservation windows looking into the range. It was "can’t see my hand in frontof my face” dark.
Significant amount of bloom. No more than what is standardin commercial .7 mW laser units.
The illuminator did cut down the bloom on the IR laser,however, in the photos, it looks a lot more "bloomy” than it did in real life,due to the camera interpreting the light. I took several photos and couldn’tcapture the true cancellation of the laser bloom with the illuminator beingused.
The built in neutral density filters into the laser coverswork exactly as they are intended. Cut the bloom and give a very precise dot. InitiallyI had concerns that given the fact that these lasers were .7mW and not the 50mWas their restricted counterparts, I thought that the neutral density filterswould cut too much of the power of the .7mW laser. I was wrong. They workperfectly.
Lets take a closer look at the unit itself.
Aesthetically, you cannot tell the two apart. This isbecause the same internal parts, and the same exact body housings are beingused for the ATPIAL C as they are on the PEQ-15. No cheap, knock off internalsor sketchy mounts on this system. The ATPIAL C and the PEQ-15 are exactly thesame right down to the stickers, except for the mW of the lasers beingspecified and the ability to adjust the IR illuminator spread.
Seeing as how the illuminator’s focus knob is locked andcan’t be adjusted, we took some basic measurements of the IR illuminator inuse. In this photo above, the red dashed circle is surrounding the immediate IRilluminator spread. The target, is a standard size IPSC target which is 18inches wide. The illuminator spread is roughly 5.5 IPSC targets wide, which isapproximately 8.25 feet. So at 25 yards, you have an illuminator spread ofroughly 8.25 feet. With that knowledge, I think it’s safe to assume that at 50yards, the spread will be approximately 16.5 feet, 75 yards – 24.75 feet, andso on. In my opinion, I think that is absolutely perfect for what is needed inshort to medium ranges, which is truly what commercial IR laser units aredesigned for.
In this photo above, the red circles denote the 125 yardarea where the IR illuminator is visibly lighting/illuminating. We feel thatwith these specific light conditions, 125 yards is going to be the max distanceyou can illuminate a darkened area and identify something. We also feel that125-150 yards is the max usable distance in the darkest of outdoor conditions,for this IR illuminator.
In essence, ifa bad guy were hiding in that photo at 125 yards, I could have illuminated him,and determined him friend or foe.
In summary, during these several months of extensive testingand evaluating the ATPIAL C, we have concluded several things.
-The ATPIAL C performs EXACTLY the same as a PEQ-15 on lowpower setting.
-Given the fact that the majority of Law Enforcementagencies use their PEQ-15’s on the low power setting due to bloom issues, theATPIAL C is a great alternative for the commercial user, especially those thathave transitioned out of active duty, where they were issued PEQ-15’s.
-The IR illuminator has a maximum range of 150 yards in thedarkest conditions.
-Though the IR illuminator doesn’t have an adjustable beam,we think it’s actually perfect for being utilized in short to medium distances.Given the fact that positive ID through a PVS-14 or dual tube system is roughly150 meters, the IR illuminator on the ATPIAL C fills that role quite nicely.
If you guys have any further questions, ask away and we will do our best to answer. We spent a significant amount of time with these units, and they certainly get our stamp of approval. This has been a long time coming, and we are glad we are finally able to bring this to light.