US Special Operations Command has gone on a buying spree lately, seeking and delivering a variety of new accessories and modules for the various small arms fielded by its warfighters. It now has its sights set (pun intended) on picking up a new Handgun Aiming Laser.
Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, which has apparently become USSOCOM’s de facto armory and in-house firearms accessories shop, issued the request earlier in August, but the deadline for proposals was recently extended to allow for more submissions from manufacturers and contractors.
As per the solicitation, the primary requirement is for a “non-visible laser pointer and illuminator device,” which seemingly hints at the fact that the HAL will be an infrared pointer used in tandem with night vision googles. IR beams cannot be seen by the naked eye, but can be easily picked up with NVGs.