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Dahl has been outfitting the defenders of freedom for over a century, and isn't about to stop anytime soon. We've built our company on the foundation that dead customers can't be repeat customers - keeping you alive is in our best interest! We also know that those of you doing the government's secret dirty work have enough to contend with and don't need to fight your weapon, too. That's why we at Dahl have strived to manufacture the smoothest and most stable guns on the market. And when you get surrounded - and you will - you'll be glad to know your Dahl has been precision machined to remain as accurate during sustained fire as humanly possible. So make sure you bring a Dahl with you the next time you go on assignment. It just might bring you back.
— Dahl sales pitch, Official Borderlands Guide

Dahl is a multi-conglomerate corporation featured prominently in Borderlands, specifically on planet Pandora. One of Dahl's primary businesses is the manufacture of weapons. It is apparently the largest weapon manufacturer on Pandora.

Dahl weapons are designed for landing multiple accurate shots in a small amount of time. It is advised to shoot while aiming down sights with almost all Dahl weapons to fire many bullets, but for fully automatic weapons, only do so at long range. With Rocketeers and Grenadiers, one should fire the weapon like they would with similar armaments made by other manufacturers.

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Involvement

  • Dahl offers free ECHO HUDs to new settlers on Pandora. This is most likely the remains of a promotional deal offered during Pandora's short lived "gold rush" era. They also created the ECHOnet.
  • Dahl had established mining operations on Pandora. They were mining Eridium, which according to Tannis was 'lucrative'. Dahl used unpaid convict labor for its mining operation and when they left Pandora, they simply set the convicts free.
  • Dahl also appears to be the manufacturer of the green garbage bins around Pandora, having the stylized Dahl name embossed on the front of them. The Claptrap Repair Kits also are manufactured by Dahl. According to the sign on his garage in T-Bone Junction, Dahl also supports Scooter's Catch-a-Ride system, which is unusual, considering that the station poles are manufactured by Hyperion.
  • Dahl also manufactures toolboxes found all around Pandora.
  • Dahl hired Patricia Tannis as a scientific adviser to search for alien technology on Pandora.
  • Dahl also bought a large portion of Pandora cleverly named the Dahl Headlands.
  • Dahl built the wind turbines on Pandora according to Shep Sanders. On the mission Braking Wind he mentions in the summary "Dahl seized those (air conditioners) right about the time they built the turbines".
  • Dahl built Axton's Sabre Turret.
  • Dahl has their own brand of loot chest.
  • According to the ECHO recordings in Caustic Caverns, Dahl killed several of their members when they refused to mine the crystals from crystalisks (which at the time were completely docile and harmless), however the beasts became violent shortly afterwards and killed the rest of the team that tried to mine them, resulting in crystalisks becoming extremely violent towards people.
  • Dahl also manufactures the SDU's in both games.
  • Dahl built the Dahl 3rd Brigade Memorial Dam that later became the Bloodshot Stronghold.
  • In The Dust is an area known as Old Dahlwell Oasis, indicating Dahl's presence at some point before it fell into ruin.
  • Dahl also builds the perimeter sentry turrets that serve as a boundary marker for the various areas around Pandora.

Borderlands

Products

Dahl banner
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Dahl firearms tend to have elevated recoil reduction. Their weapons are said to be marketed to mercenaries and are generally finished in a green camouflage print (some rarer Dahl guns are seen in desert and urban camouflage print). Dahl weapons are mostly named after animals.

The following is a list of their named guns, legendary rarity guns and other products.

Unique Weapons:

Legendary Weapons:

Class Mods:

Grenade Mods:

  • Bouncing Betty - Explosive, Corrosive, Incendiary, Shock

Shields:

  • Corrosive Resistance - Neutralizing, Dilution, Hazmat

Pearlescent Weapons:

  • Shotgun - Jackal (The Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC only.)

Weapon Tiers

  • Dahl Mercenary
  • Dahl Soldier
  • Dahl Freelancer
  • Dahl Veteran
  • Dahl Elite

Quotes

  • "Dahl makes guns for professional mercs. They're heavy, accurate, and effective, assuming you're strong enough to hold one!" - Marcus Kincaid
  • "Dahl's guns absorb a lot of recoil, allowing you to stay accurate throughout the fight!" - Marcus Kincaid
  • "Improve your right hand; put a Dahl in it. Think of me when you bag your next skag and you'll be glad you chose a Dahl." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
  • "Dahl would like to remind you that mercenaries are people too, with feelings and guns, just like you and me." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
  • "Dahl... supporting mercenaries everywhere." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)
  • "Dahl... live to fight another day." (Mad Moxxi in The Underdome Riot)

Borderlands 2

In Borderlands 2, all Dahl manufactured guns have burst fire when aiming down sights (ADS).

Products

The following are items made by Dahl.

Common weapons

E-tech weapons

Unique weapons

Legendary weapons:

Seraph weapons:

Pearlescent weapons:

Class Mods

Grenade Mods

Shields - Whisky Tango Foxtrot

Prefixes

Weapons without accessory and without elemental capacitor
Grip Bandit Dahl Hyperion Jakobs Maliwan Tediore Torgue Vladof
Pistols Reserve Smooth Light Heavy No Prefix React Skirmish Blitz
SMGs Reserve Smooth Light N/A Burst Fire React N/A N/A
Assault Rifles Reserve Smooth N/A Heavy N/A N/A Skirmish Blitz
Sniper Rifles N/A Smooth Light Heavy Burst Fire N/A N/A Blitz
  • Rifle with Vladof barrel always receives the Double Tap prefix regardless of the grip it may spawn with.
  • Minigun always receives the Nonuple prefix regardless of the grip it may spawn with.
Weapons without accessory but with elemental capacitor
Capacitor Corrosive Fire Shock Slag
Pistols Corrosive Incendiary Sapping Amp
SMGs Corrosive Incendiary Sapping Amp
Assault Rifles Corrosive Incendiary Sapping Slag
Sniper Rifles Nerve Phospher Shock Slag
Weapons with weapon accessory, with or without elemental capacitor
Accessory Effect Pistols SMGs Assault Rifles Sniper Rifles
Accuracy + Floated Deft Scout Surgical
Fire rate + React - - Suppressive
Bullet speed + - Flying Feral Deep
Damage + Neutralizing Stopping Attack Pacifying
Reload speed + - Skirmish - -
Stability + Tactical Stoic Patrol Liquid
Melee + Close Quarters Bladed Breach Cartel
Critical + - - - Night
Magazine size + Loaded - Onslaught Operational
Double Twin - - -

Gun Appearance by Quality

DAHL AR Range

Dahl assault rifles at increasing rarity levels: common, uncommon, rare, very rare, Gemstone, E-tech, and Seraph.

  • White weapons
    Cheap, bulky and corroded metal skins with a desert ranger's camouflage; low quality budget weapons.
  • Green weapons
    Corroded in places, though not as bulky and has a pixel-based default camouflage. They appear well used and paint is evidently more visible than white tier weaponry.
  • Blue weapons
    Matte painted in an Arctic blue camouflage, little to no signs of corrosion or weathering. Looks almost brand new, almost identical to modern firearms used in the military.
  • Purple weapons
    Pristine appearance, no corrosion nor weathering, has a beautiful autumn camouflage finish. With no environmental damage, this make the gun look like it hasn't even been used once.
  • Gemstone weapons
    Reflective Green metal with Black grips/sights/etc.
  • Orange weapons
    Only few Dahl legendary weapons will cover the same respective trend of using camouflage:
    • The Emperor has an almost over-polished, golden metallic, autumn camouflage; The Dahl logo is on the weapon.
    • The Veruc appears to have a purple matte paint job. The Dahl logo is displayed on the weapons' magazine in a highly visible light-orange color.
    • The Pitchfork has a similar appearance to the green tier weapons made by Dahl, though the camouflage is considerably less smooth and not as pixelated; it also features a very unique pattern on both it's sides.
    • The Hornet has a yellow and black camouflage similar to that of real life Hornets.
  • Seraph weapons
    Very smooth, polished silver bodies with tribal etchings in a darker gray camouflage.
  • Pearl weapons
    The Bearcat has a skin that is exactly the same as Purple-tier weaponry.

Quotes

  • "If killing is your business, you buy Dahl. Period. Our recoil-free weapons give you the reliability you need while on the job. When the deaths of others puts food on your table, you don't need fancy features. You need stability. You need a weapon you can trust. You need Dahl." (Radio advertisement)
  • "In the heat of battle, there are only two things you can count on: your gut, and your Dahl equipment. When the mercs of Tantalus held off an entire Atlas armada, they chose Dahl. When the Last single-handedly defeated the swarms of the Devoted, a Dahl assault rifle smoked in her hands. Through thousands of conflicts across just as many planets, the career soldier knows there's only one weapon they can truly count on: Dahl. Because sixty-eight billion enemy corpses can't be wrong." (Radio advertisement)
  • "Stanton Dahl always said there were three types of people in this universe: people who need to be killed, the people doing the killing, and the people who pay them. He founded the Dahl corporation for the second group. When you fight not for country, not for honor, but to put food on your table, there's only one weapons manufacturer with your interests in mind: the Dahl corporation." (Radio advertisement)

Notes

  • Due to their burst fire when zoomed in, Dahl sniper rifles tend to waste ammo when used on lesser enemies where a single critical hit would be deadly. As the burst fire cannot be turned off this can be a serious strain on the ammo for heavy sniper users. The bursts' strain on ammo can be somewhat remedied by unscoping after the first shot as this will cancel the burst, though it does require some practice. On big enemies with a lot of health the high accuracy of the burst can be very beneficial.
  • The burst count of a Dahl weapon varies depending on the equipped barrel, except for sniper rifles. For the most part, a Dahl weapon equipped with a Dahl barrel will feature higher burst counts than any other barrel, aside from the (possible) Vladof barrel that makes a Double Tap rifle, which fires in a two shot burst of two bullets each shot and fires two shots at a time when fired from the hip. Or a Vladof rotating barrel that creates a Minigun, which fires normally from the hip, and fires a three shot burst of three bullets each. Assault rifles will fire in five shot bursts compared to the three with other barrels, and pistols in a four shot burst compared to the two-shot with other barrels.
  • In Borderlands 2, all Dahl assault rifles feature a stock-mounted charging handle, which is pulled back after reloading the weapon.
  • Dahl weapon sights are all highly realistic; SMGs and pistols have a reflex sight with a yellow reticle, rifles use a holographic sight, and sniper scopes have a smaller, unusable reflex sight mounted atop.
  • In Borderlands 2, Dahl manufactures many SMGs popular among fans. Such SMGs include: the Lascaux, and the Sand Hawk.
  • In Borderlands 2, Gaige, can make effective use of many Dahl SMGs, as her Anarchy skill has little to no effect on their accuracy.
  • Dahl submachine guns and combat rifles feature automatic fire when fired from the hip, and when aiming down sights, will fire in 3-6 shot bursts, depending on the weapon. Dahl weapons also have incredibly low recoil, making it easy to maintain stability during continuous burst shots. Sniper rifles have the same burst fire trait, allowing for multiple critical hits per shot, but are not automatic when fired from the hip.

Trivia

  • In Borderlands 2, a radio ad for Dahl weapons mentions that the company was founded by Stanton Dahl.
  • In the Borderlands line Marcus says about Dahl ("Dahl makes weapons for professional merc's. They're heavy, accurate and effective, assuming you are strong enough to hold one!") there is a spelling mistake in the subtitles where "you are" is spelled "your".
  • A missing element of Dahl's private military took control of Elpis and became known as the Lost Legion.


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

In addition to their full range of common Pistols, SMGs, Assault Rifles, and Sniper Rifles, Dahl products in BLTPS include items listed below.

Products

Common weapons:

Unique weapons:

Legendary weapons:

Class Mods

Grenade Mods

Shields

Oz Kits

Prefixes

Weapon prefixes remain generally the same as in Borderlands 2 with a few changes:

  • Slag weapons are replaced with Cryo weapons.
  • Introduction of laser weapons.

Weapons without weapon accessory but with cryo elemental capacitor have prefixes listed below.

Weapon Prefix
Pistols Ice
SMGs Freezing
Assault Rifles Ice
Sniper Rifles Frozen

Lasers' titles and prefixes are listed in the respective article.

Quotes

  • "Dahl is mother. Dahl is father. Dahl is the manufacturer of the most trusted weaponry in use on battlefields around the galaxy today. Whether it's for sport, for a cause, or for simple survival -- if you need someone dead, choose Dahl." (Radio advertisment)
  • "Professionals the galaxy over stake their reputations and their lives on the reliability of their weapons. They know that only Dahl can deliver consistently better battlefield results, with higher kill rates and greater accuracy. Dahl -- the name the professionals trust." (Radio advertisment)
  • "War. Dahl. Peace. Dahl. Loved ones. Dahl. Victory. Dahl. Waving flags. Dahl. Family. Dahl. Vengeance. Dahl. Whatever your reason, choose Dahl for superior results. Dahl -- the name the professionals trust." (Radio advertisment)

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