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Why You Should Should Own an AR 15 Night Vision Scope

It seems that the most popular gun out there is an AR-15. These types of guns usually get the most grief from anti-gun lobbyists, but for us firearm lovers, there is nothing like shooting a decked out AR-15.

Assuming the legalities of shooting at night or hunting with a semi-automatic carrying a high capacity magazine is allowed in your state, there aren’t many guns that will make you feel more powerful when sitting down for a coyote stand and have an AR set up on a bipod right in front of you.

The optimal gun to have set up for a night gun would be an AR set up. If you are able to deck out your AR for night shooting/hunting, besides having a blast with this gun, there are numerous benefits for a setup such as this.

If you are using your night vision for varmint control, such as feral pigs, an AR-15 will definitely help to eradicate these pests with the semi-automatic firing and the high capacity magazine. As soon as the first shot is fired, the pigs will more than likely scatter, if you are able to keep your eye in the scope because of the minimal kick, then you are more than likely going to see where other pigs run and have more of a chance to take out others.  

The Armasight Vampire 3X Core is a great addition to any AR-15, and even though this scope is a Gen1 its performance is that above a Gen2 series. This scope requires one CR123 A battery. This fog proof scope has a price of around $800.00 and has a resolution of 60 to 70 lp/mm which is great when hunting hogs or even calling in coyotes. Weight in at around three pounds assuming it is a decent moon lit night, you can hunt a range of around 150 yards.

Another good scope to place on your assault rifle would be the Armasight Nemesis 6X Gen 2 ID Night Vision Scope. It has a 6X magnification with a field of view of 6.5 degrees. It is a water resistant scope and it comes with emergency flip up sights which allows you use the gun in the day without needing to take off the scope.  It has a bright source protection (Auto Bright Control) and it also comes with a detailed long range infrared illuminator). This scope will allow you to make a clear and confidant shot up to 200 yards. It is a touch steeper on the price at $1900.00, but again, “you get what you pay for” and the features that are on this scope surpass the less expensive scopes.

The Armasight Orion 5X Gen1 is another scope that you could toss onto your AR. Coming in at a price of about $500.00 it is considerably less expensive and more available for those who are on a budget. Understandably, you are sacrificing several features, however, this Orion will still perform and make hunting in the night a new and enjoyable experience. It has a rubberized body making it water resistant and it has a built in variable reticle brightness. The best part is that on a good night it can shoot up to 150 yards.

Of course there are numerous other night vision scopes that can work perfectly on your AR. If you do any sort of night hunting for pests, varmints or even big game a semi-automatic rifle, with a large magazine, and with a great night vision scope is very hard to beat.

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Four Articles Every Night Vision Scope Owner Should Read

Whether you are just starting out in the night vision game or you are a veteran of the sport, the article on Shooting Illustrated gives a quick crash course on the different generations and the best uses for clip on or fixed scopes. The article by Shooting Illustrated provides a brief explanation as what type you should look at purchasing depending on what you will be searching for with the scope/monocular. This article has a touch of technicality in it as it discusses NVD’s (night-vision devises) by using light-amplification technology, which is the basics in all night vision gear.

Matthew Sharp has an article which is a very lengthy write up regarding pretty much everything that has to do with night vision. He talks about the different generations and even how night vision works. Matthew even goes into detail about the different styles of night vision and not just talking about scopes that would be placed on a weapon. He talks about digital night vision, single tube monocular devises, single-tube goggles, single-tube binocular devices, dual-tube devices and quad-tube devices, including a hybrid style of night vision combined with thermal. He even goes into detail regarding the lights and laser accessories and when you should use each style. Matthew also gives a general price range of $500.00 – $20,000.00 making sure you are well aware of what you could possibly getting yourself into.

If you are looking for an article that not only has information when it comes to night vision, but reviews on the top brands for the binocular category, then Optics Den has a perfect article for you. They talk about the best brands for the average Joe, such as Bushnell and Armasight. They talk about how Armasight makes products for military and for law enforcement, which has helpful insight, that if the professionals are using them, then of course they must be top of the line. Optics Den also goes into detail about the top five brands in the night vision business. Along with the quick overview of the best brands, they provide an overview in layman’s terms regarding the different generations and the pros and cons of each one. They break down the night vision talk by suggesting what night vision binoculars would be best for hunting, as well as bird watching.

One thing that these three articles have in common is that they all go into detail regarding the different generations. So if you learn nothing from this write up or the articles mentioned above, it would be wise to learn what the difference is between generation 1, generation 2 and generation 3 when it comes to night vision technology.

With the articles above talking mainly about night vision, for those that are in the thermal game, Rifle Scope Center explains the different kinds of thermal scopes that are on the market for hunting/shooting at night. They try to help the reader decide what type of scope to purchase by using a sort of internal checklist, by giving the reader the realization as when to use of each style and type of scope.  They explain how infrared is best used when there is little to no visibility from smoke or fog and when night vision would be. Wherein night vision scopes amplify the light and provide a greater detail of what you are viewing, but do not work well in pitch black or in a fog or smoke filled area.

Of course there are thousands of articles online that can explain the same thing the articles above have explained. But, when it comes to night vision, it seems that these articles actually break it down and provide the reader with great and simple information.

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Become an Expert on Night Vision Scopes by Watching These Five Videos

Understandably, for those who are new to the night sport, they can get overwhelmed rather quickly with the questions of, what scope should I buy? Or where should I even begin? Thankfully we can turn to one of the best resources this day and age has to offer, the internet. Of course, you can’t trust everything you read or see on the internet, but it can sure help provide crash courses on topics that you may be wanting to learn.

There is nothing like trying out products right in front of your face, but of course this is not always possible.  If you are able to view the products at least side by side, it can sure help you decide or educate you as to what brand or style you should by.

In the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIhFupwqOU4&t=574s by Lone Star Bores, they show you just that. If you are beginner and not sure if you should spend your hard earned money on night vision, or thermal, this video is for you. Lone Star Boars has a side by side comparison between night vision scopes and thermal scopes. They show you how each style has its advantages and how each style has its disadvantages, thus giving the you a front row seat of seeing firsthand what style may be best for you.

Once you have an idea of what type of scope you want to purchase between night vision and thermal, this next video is a quick crash course on just a basic model of a night vision Pulsar scope. Nic Taylor has the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjTuF5_HOik explaining the simplicity of a basic night vision scope. He goes over the entire scope and talks about what all the functions do. The way he explains everything gives any beginner a touch more knowledge and advise that they could use in making a purchase to get into the sport or possibly make a purchase.

It is one thing to have someone explain a product to you, but how does it preform in the field? What do the animals look like through the scopes? From the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKO4DBAPQcw you get a front row seat of an Armasight Predator with actual game. Join Carpe Sus as he lets you look through his scope while testing the Predator during a night hunt. There is no dialog during the video, but he has text on the screen for each animal or object he sees, he not only tells you what you are viewing, but the distance you are from that particular object. His video allows you to be able to see how a deer or turkey may appear in thermal imagery. He even goes so far as to inform you the temperature and humidity. No shots are fired in the video, so if you are looking for carnage rather than education, you may have to look elsewhere.

With all the different types of thermal scopes out there, these previous videos don’t help too much when it comes to the comparisons of each style. In another video by Lone Star Boars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjYRNnIFZ1g they compare nine different thermal scopes at various yardages. A great video to let you see firsthand which style or brand you like better or if it would be worth it to you to fork out a touch more cash for a better model.

If you are looking at getting into the sport of night hunting/shooting, odds are you already hunt and have a set up on your AR-15 or a different rifle. Lone Star Bores has another great video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21u146L1xVU explaining the pros and cons of a clip on night vision scope. In this video, you are able to see exactly what the shooter would be seeing out in the field. No animals or shooting action is found in this video, as it is more so an instructional video of installation of the clip on scope to an already existing scope. Lone Star Bores does allow you to look though the scope in the dark so that you can see how the view is a touch different than a normal night vision or a fixed thermal scope.

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Thermal Scope Review: Four of the Best Thermal Scopes in 2017

When someone mentions hunting at night or shooting at night, the first thing in most people’s mind is “night vision”. We have all heard or seen what it looks like from pretty much any modern day war movie ever made. But taking “night vision” a step farther and better, is thermal imaging.

Years ago when the technology first came out, it seemed that thermal imaging scopes were something that were only used in warfare, but thanks to the forward movement by man, thermal imaging is something that can now be used by civilians.

Understandably the price is a touch higher than a normal scope, but if you hunt or search for animals at night, what scope is the best thermal scope for you?

Armasight Zeus 336 5-20×75 (30Hz) Thermal Scope

The Armasight Zeus 336 5-20×75 (30Hz) Thermal Scope is pretty much at the top of its class in every category, including price. Coming in at just under $5,000.00, this thermal scope is perfect for SWAT, special operations forces, border patrol and hunters. This scope can be used daytime or nighttime with no visible light or RF energy, making the user undetectable in no light situations. Since thermal imaging is based on temperature, this gives a greater advantage in situations like smoke, fog, haze and even dust. The Armasight Zeus comes with a six pattern reticle, allowing the user to pick their favorite, or cycle through them for each scenario where they may find themselves.

It seems that we mistake that equipment for the Military and law enforcers should be complicated or difficult to learn to use, this scope is made to be user friendly and very fluid since crunch time does not allow for complicating equipment. Because this scope can be used in the daytime as well as the night, it comes with a variety of different settings to help your target stand out and give you the upper hand.  These include white hot, black hot, sepia, rainbow, and a variety of other colors to allow you to choose the best for you with every situation and are based on a rich and upgradeable software package.  

The Zeus comes with the option to record your use by using the SD card slot for whatever your needs may be, and this device is completely waterproof and fogproof.  Some of the Specifications for this scope are; the magnification is 5.0x / 6.0x, pixel display format is 800×600 and the digital zoom is 1x, 2x, 4x, and 8x.  The Zeus uses Picatinny MIL STD 1913 and Weaver Rails to mount to a gun and has eight levels of brightness.  

Armasight Predator 336 2-8×25 (60 Hz) Thermal Scope

$2,995.00

When it comes to hunting predators, the light weight Armasight Predator 336 2-8×25 (60 Hz) Thermal Scope is perfect for hunting all animals.  From locating to eradicating predators don’t stand a chance, since this scope gives you every advantage when hunting in the night or even the day.  Thermal imaging uses the detection of temperatures so it is an ideal scope for fog, haze, snow and smoke.  When the surrounding temperatures are similar, this device allows you to change the color settings to find one that helps your targets stand out for you, such as black hot, white hot, rainbow and various other colors.  

Every hunter loves to tell their hunting stories over and over and so Armasight has provided the option to use the SD card slot and record all your adventures and experiences. Whether this scope in on your gun or in your hand, you can use it as an excellent thermal imaging device.  

Predators are becoming smarter, so using a thermal imaging device allows you to remain in the dark unseen by those you are hunting since it requires no external light or even natural light to illuminate your target.  

When it comes to any technical device during a hunt, and that buck fever adrenaline hits you, everything needs to be fluid and easy to use.  This scope is designed to be user friendly and simple to use and operate. As well, it has a standby mode setting, which is a necessity during crunch time.  Just press the standby button and in less than three seconds, it is ready to fire with your settings already chosen.

It comes designed with the latest FLIR Tau 2 VOx microbolometer core, Fast 30Hz or 60Hz imaging and an optical magnification of 1.6x.  It has six different reticle patterns including dot 4 MOA, line dot, cross-center dot, cross, crosshair, or no reticle.  The neat thing is that you can also change the color of your reticle which includes black, white, red, and cyan so you can pick which one is the best for you.  The digital zoom is 1x, 2x or 4x and a pixel display format of 640×480.

This scope is a perfect overall Thermal Imaging Scope and an excellent choice for hunting predators.  

Pulsar Apex XD75 3-6×52 Thermal Scope

$5,999.97

The Pulsar Apex is a great addition to anyone who is using an AR15.  One of the neatest things about this scope is that is actually uses a 2x digital zoom picture-in-picture feature. This means that the user has the ability to see a zoomed section on the screen of the crosshairs allowing extreme precision when shooting at their target, even 600 yards away.  

The Pulsar uses a white hot and a black hot view to detect the temperatures of the object around you.  It also has three different choices of settings, including rocks, forest and identification to help you quickly find your target and get your shot off. It also provides you with the settings of using manual, automatic and semi-automatic calibration modes.   One other neat thing about this scope is that it has ten different options for the variable electronic reticles.

Armasight Apollo 324 (60Hz) 42mm Thermal Imaging Clip-On System

$4,995.00

The Armasight Apollo 324 (60 Hz) Gen2, is a short distance yet extremely impressive thermal clip-on scope.  It is very light weight and it will quickly and easily clip on to a daytime scope with absolutely no need to re-zero since it uses your current scope’s reticles. Unlike the night vision scopes, it is completely usable during the day as well as night with no harm done to the scope.

This scope will quickly and silently turn on in less than three seconds and can be used in many different conditions that normally cause visual obstructions such as dust, smoke, fog, and haze. This scope is also fog and water resistant. This device does not need any external light or illuminators, so you won’t be spotted by others in the night, which is a great advantage no matter what you are hunting or looking for.     

Not only does this scope provide white hot and black hot, but it can be set to various color modes such as rainbow, red hot, green hot and sepia.  This gives the user the option to find a color system that stands out better during certain times of day or weather conditions, especially when the temperatures are similar between targets and surroundings.  

The Apollo also gives you the option to record your experiences by using the SD card slot available. The battery life lasts up to four hours, but with the external battery pack it can last up to twelve hours.  It comes with a wireless remote control, easy to navigate settings and user friendly design from set-up to use.  

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Night Vision Scope Review: The Best Night Vision Scopes in 2017

Most avid hunters or outdoor enthusiasts who love being in the hills, glassing or hunting as far as the eye can see, have heard of the names such as Swarovski, Leica, Leupold or even Nikon. But those people who also have the same love of being outside but have that nocturnal bug and love getting outside when it is dark, have heard of Sightmark, Armasight and even Pulsar.

Sightmark, Armasight and Pulsar all have the exact same thing in common; they produce exceptional night vision equipment.

Unfortunately hunting/shooting at night is pretty much like my wedding was, extremely expensive, but because my wife is over my shoulder reading this as I type, it was well worth every penny!! Night vision is on the pricey side, however, as long as it is legal to hunt or shoot at night in your state, it will be well worth every cent you invest, especially if you will be using it for varmint control.  

If you want to get into the nighttime game, it is understandable that you will want to do your homework and pick out the exact style of scope, along with a price tag that works best for you.

 

The Armasight WWZ 4X Night Vision Gen 1 is right there in affordability at around $400.00. It is a shock protected style of scope with 4X magnification. It has an illuminated red cross reticle. It is set up with water resistant housing and has a detachable long range infrared illuminator. It is powered by one CR123 Lithium 3V or one CR123 rechargeable battery that has a voltage of 3.2V. The specs of this scope say that the battery will last 40 hours, but in all actuality people are noticing that the real time battery usage life is closer to 15 hours, so make sure to have an extra battery or two in your pocket whenever you are out in the field.

If your pocketbook is a touch deeper, then the Pulsar N750 Digisight Riflescope would be a scope to look at. Coming in at around $1,400.00 the Pulsar N750 has a build in laser IR illuminator along with a three step power adjustment. This scope is also resistant to bright light exposure. It is set up with an additional Weaver rail on its side for any extra accessory you might want to have with you. Powered by four AA batteries this powerful scope is a great addition for any high powered rifle or even your AR-15.

If you are looking for a scope that is less bulky, than the Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Riflescope might be the scope for you. It is longer than most scopes at 17.6 x 4 x 3.8 and is close to 30% lighter than other digital night vision scopes out there. With a price of around $500.00, it falls back into a more reasonable category for cost. It is powered by two AA batteries and has a 4.6X42 magnification.

The saying of “you get what you pay for” does mean something when it comes to optics. But, anyone who is just getting into the sport may not realize the difference between a $500.00 scope and a $5,000.00 scope. It just depends what features you are looking for, and if you will be hunting animals or just target shooting.

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Thermal Clip On Scope 101

From varmint calling to big game hunting, an innovative weapon is used by man. The weapon of choice for most sport hunters is some sort of high powered rifle, and with the advancement in technology these days, it just doesn’t seem right to own a rifle without the accessorizing it with a great scope.

Nearly every hunter has their favorite gun, it is the gun they feel the most comfortable with and their “go to” gun. On their gun is as high end of a scope that they could afford.  When they go out deer hunting or coyote calling, they will quickly grab Old Betsy, with the knowledge that she is just as dialed in as ever. 

In some states they have made hunting certain animals legal in the night, the most common being coyotes and feral pigs.  With this change in the law, technology has followed and they have developed a line of night time optics, one of which being Thermal Imaging. This is where your optic is able to detect heat and make it in a sense, glow. 

While hunting at night, sounds like a blast, not many hunters want to turn their one and only, Old Betsy into a night hunting only gun. Nor would they want to use a lesser gun with a high end thermal scope. If you are going to hunt, hunt with the best gear/weapons you own.  Luckily technology once again is a step ahead and has created a thermal imaging clip on scope available to the public.  This is an amazing product is exactly what it sounds like. It looks like a thermal monocular, except it is built to attach to your current fixed scope with ease.

Flir, a night vision and thermal imaging company has developed a flagship line of thermal optics called Armasight.  By purchasing and attaching the Armasight clip on thermal scope you are saving yourself time and possibly money. The best part is, once it is attached, you will not need to re-zero in your scope as it uses the reticles of your current fixed scope, and it allows you to reach out as far as you have your rifle sighted in to.  As you look through your scope, the thermal imaging will quickly pick out the body heat of animals, camouflage can’t even hide them from your view, giving you a huge advantage in the dark.

Just like any other product on the market, there are numerous styles and manufactures. However, the line of Armasight products are hard to beat especially with the clip on night vision scopes. These light weight clip on scopes have been designed to be very easy to mount, by slipping them onto the end of your current scope and temporarily attaching them to your gun.  The digital buttons make it extremely straight forward and in no time you will find a new style of excitement by hunting at night. Also, keeping hunters in mind and how much they love to share their hunting stories with others, Flir has also provided the option to record your hunt or shots using the SD card slot.

One of Flir’s products is the Armasight CO-MR GEN 2+ SD MG Day/Night Vision Clip-On System and it can mount in front of any daytime scope by the use of a Picatinny or Weaver rail, including a quick release. It comes with a wireless remote control and is powered by only one CR123 or AA battery. It is also filled with dry nitrogen to help avoid fogging inside of the scope, especially on those cold nights.

https://nightvisionscope.com/products/armasight-co-mr-gen-2-sd-mg-day-night-vision-clip-on-system?variant=21557081409

Another scope by Flir is the Armasight Apollo 324 (30Hz) 42mm Thermal Imaging Clip-On System which seems to have endless abilities and options. With this model you are actually able to adjust the display brightness. It also shows how much life of the two required CR123 batteries have left. The optional digital video recorder makes re-watching your evening shots a blast.

Armasight Apollo 324 (30Hz) 42mm

With products such as these Armasight scopes,  it is hard to see why anyone who hunts at night wouldn’t have a thermal clip on sight in their safe. They not only allow a hunter to hunt at night, but they can use the exact same gun as soon as the sun starts peaking up by taking a few moments to remove the thermal scope leaving their fixed scope ready to rock and roll.