Steiner Releases DBAL-A3 Civilian

Steiner Releases DBAL-A3 Civilian
Steiner’s DBAL-A3 Civilian.
Steiner’s DBAL-A3 Civilian.
Steiner’s DBAL-A3 Civilian.

Given its lasers' classes, the original DBAL-A3 was a tough accessory for civilians to lay hands on. But Steiner is giving every day shooters access to the device with an eye-safe model.

In its military form, Steiner’s (formerly Laser Devices) DBAL-A3 has been around for a while.

The laser pointer/infrared illuminator has seen its share of action as a standard issue piece of equipment for the U.S. military. But for civilians, given the restrictions on certain classes of lasers, the device was little more than unobtainable wish list fodder.

Steiner, however, is set to relieve a wide swath of shooters’ frustrations with one of its most recent announcements. The subsidiary of Berretta, has come out with a version of the multi-purpose device that doesn’t require enlistment to obtain.

The DBAL-A3 (Dual Beam Aiming Laser) Civilian is slated for release on the US market soon, giving shooters a practical-tactical aiming and low-light solution.

Though, specifications on the aiming device are scant, Steiner has released the DBAL-A3 has a Class I green visible laser and a Class 3R IR laser and IR illuminator. This, as pointed out in the company’s produce announcement, makes the device eye-safe.

While the lasers and illuminator may be different from its military counterpart, the DBAL-A3 has much the same layout and features of the original.

Similar to earlier iteration, the new sighting device includes a single laser activation switch, low profile windage and elevation adjusters and mounting holes for a flip-up front sight, sub-miniature red dot sight or a MIL-SPEC-1913 top rail. The DBAL-A3 also features dual remote cable ports that allow the operator to plug a Forward Mounted Light directly into the laser housing using the dual remote cable switch.

A one switch pressure pad activates the light and visible laser simultaneously; a second switch activates the infrared functions, enabling operators to instantly transition from infrared to white light on the fly. Housed in an Aircraft aluminum 6061-T6 / MIL-SPEC Type III hardcoat anodized case, the DBAL-A3 Civilian is as rugged and reliable as the military issue DBAL-A3 on which it is based.

With the introduction of the 3-laser DBAL-A3 is also the 2-laser DBAL-I2 that offers a choice of either an IR pointer with a visual pointer or an IR pointer with an IR illuminator.

The DBAL-A3 Civilian’s MSRP was not available at the time of writing, neither was the official release date of the device.


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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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