The device attaches via rails to the pistol, under the barrel, and creates a small laser dot very near the point of bullet impact (within certain ranges). It was developed in the 1990s under the Offensive Handgun Weapon System (OHWS) program run by USSOCOM.
The "official" SOCOM LAM is the one manufactured by Insight Technology. It consists of a laser projector on the left side of the LAM and two flashlights on the right side. One setting of the laser produces a visible light dot, while another produces infra-red light which can only be seen while wearing night vision goggles. The illuminator has a rectangular white light flashlight unit on the upper part and a rectangular infra-red flashlight unit on the lower part.
- Cutshaw, Charles Q. (28 February 2011). Tactical Small Arms of the 21st Century: A Complete Guide to Small Arms From Around the World. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 75. ISBN 1-4402-2709-8.
- Jane's Electro-optic Systems. Jane's Information Group. 2005. p. 265.
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