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FEARSOMEKITTENS
10-30-2015, 7:55 AM
I'm looking for input: I'm set on buying night vision. I'm looking for at least gen 2+ with a budget of no more than $3500. My question is: would you get weapon mounted like a pvs14 or head/helmet mounted and why? I have my own opinions, I would just like to hear other perspectives.


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ASD1
10-30-2015, 8:01 AM
We sell a lot of NV and Thermal. It all depends on what YOU are going to use it for.

barrage
10-30-2015, 10:26 AM
I'm looking for input: I'm set on buying night vision. I'm looking for at least gen 2+ with a budget of no more than $3500. My question is: would you get weapon mounted like a pvs14 or head/helmet mounted and why? I have my own opinions, I would just like to hear other perspectives.


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I've had a set of AN/AVS-9's for a couple years now and been playing with them any chance I get, especially out in BLM. They're helmet mounted binoculars and I have to say I like them a lot better than weapon mounted night vision due to their extended versatility from being attached to my head/face.

That said, they're only compatible with the Aimpoint red dot on my M1A, otherwise they're just too bulky to get my eye in line with any of my other scopes/iron sights.

However! It's also a lot of fun to drive 40mph on a dirt road in the middle of the night with no lights on (there's an obvious judgement call on when it's safe to do that regarding how close other people might be to you of course).

I guess it all comes down to what you intend to do with them.

neomedic
10-30-2015, 11:13 AM
I'm looking for input: I'm set on buying night vision. I'm looking for at least gen 2+ with a budget of no more than $3500. My question is: would you get weapon mounted like a pvs14 or head/helmet mounted and why? I have my own opinions, I would just like to hear other perspectives.


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If/when you purchase them, please let us know where you got them. Thanks.

jtake
10-30-2015, 11:37 AM
You have asked a very broad question without a lot of detail -- along the lines of "what car should I buy, I have $100,000 to spend."

Lots of consideration goes into the type of NV one purchases. Look at some of the forums that discuss the subject matters -- e.g. Sniper's Hide NV forum (http://www.scout.com/military/snipers-hide/forums/5512-night-vision-devices) or the old hide forum on NV.

If you need NV to see, weapon mounted will be a pain in the butt as you have to walk around holding your rifle up to your eye to see. If helmet mounted, you might want to use a rifle mounted laser visible to your NV to aim.

Weight, cost, use all factor in to what you should buy. There are several reputable vendors on the hide that sell NV items directly, so you can see what sort of options are available.

BoJackUSMC
10-30-2015, 12:08 PM
Love pvs14..used them constantly in Iraq and jungle of Okinawa

FEARSOMEKITTENS
11-11-2015, 4:09 AM
I'm leaning toward helmet / head harness mounted. I'm liking the pvs-7's in the $2000 range. The pvs-14's are intriguing too with their dual ability for headmounting and weapon mounting.


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emptybottle151
11-11-2015, 6:04 PM
http://www.opticsplanet.com/nightvision2nd.html?_iv_sort=lowest-price

fritztkatt
11-11-2015, 6:23 PM
Pvs-14 is very versatile with a helmet and weapon mount.

If you intend to night hunt, then you'd want a laser aiming device to complement it. Or a NVG friendly optic. Preferably both.

Either way, they're pretty durable and reliable. Not terribly bulky or heavy either. Make sure to use a sacrificial lens with them, and a rubber eye cup helps.

rero360
11-11-2015, 8:38 PM
Go with the PVS-14 from TNVC, can't go wrong and you'd be supporting a local CA company

BigPimping
11-11-2015, 10:21 PM
Those backyard Raccoons must be getting really out of hand.

TheChief
11-12-2015, 4:43 AM
Go with the PVS-14 from TNVC, can't go wrong and you'd be supporting a local CA company

Did a lot of research two years ago on 14's and TNVC came at as the clear leader of the pack based on customer satisfaction, build quality, warranty and performance.

One thing to note; L3 and ITT tubes are both sufficiant, go with the cheaper one.

Quiet
11-12-2015, 4:58 AM
If you intend to night hunt, then you'd want a laser aiming device to complement it. Or a NVG friendly optic. Preferably both.


FYI.
It is illegal to hunt with a "laser aiming device" in CA. [FGC 2005(a)]
It is illegal to hunt with a "night vision device" in CA. [FGC 2005(c)]



CA Fish & Game Code 2005
(a) Except as otherwise authorized by this section, it is unlawful to use an artificial light to assist in the taking of game birds, game mammals, or game fish, except that this section shall not apply to sport fishing in ocean waters or other waters where night fishing is permitted if the lights are not used on or as part of the fishing tackle, commercial fishing, nor to the taking of mammals, the taking of which is governed by Article 2 (commencing with Section 4180) of Chapter 3 of Part 3 of Division 4.
(b) It is unlawful for any person, or one or more persons, to throw or cast the rays of any spotlight, headlight, or other artificial light on any highway or in any field, woodland, or forest where game mammals, fur-bearing mammals, or nongame mammals are commonly found, or upon any game mammal, fur-bearing mammal, or nongame mammal, while having in his or her possession or under his or her control any firearm or weapon with which that mammal could be
killed, even though the mammal is not killed, injured, shot at, or otherwise pursued.
(c) It is unlawful to use or possess at any time any infrared or similar light used in connection with an electronic viewing device or any night vision equipment, optical devices, including, but not limited to, binoculars or scopes, that use light-amplifying circuits that are electrical or battery powered, to assist in the taking of birds, mammals, amphibians, or fish.
(d) The provisions of this section do not apply to any of the following:
(1) The use of a hand-held flashlight no larger, nor emitting more light, than a two-cell, three-volt flashlight, provided that light is not affixed in any way to a weapon, or to the use of a lamp or lantern that does not cast a directional beam of light.
(2) Headlights of a motor vehicle operated in a usual manner where there is no attempt or intent to locate a game mammal, fur-bearing mammal, or nongame mammal.
(3) To the owner, or his or her employee, of land devoted to the agricultural industry while on that land, or land controlled by such an owner and in connection with the agricultural industry.
(4) To those other uses as the commission may authorize by regulation.
(e) A person shall not be arrested for violation of this section except by a peace officer.

fritztkatt
11-12-2015, 5:22 AM
He doesn't list location... figured he wouldn't be asking if he was in cali.