Low Light & Night Vision

How to Set Up a Rifle for NV Use

Setting up a rifle for night vision use.

Principles

There are two principles we follow when setting up a rifle for use with night vision. First, we MUST be able to access both an IR laser/ illuminator AND a white light - intermittently and on demand.  This allows us to A) assess and accurately engage threats and B) respond to situations where light conditions are not in our favor (subjects with flashlights or backlighting). In the domestic US, or in other developed urban areas, we absolutely have to account for the fact that light conditions can change. Second, we need to minimize changes or variations between our 'day rifle' and our 'night rifle'.

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Setting up a rifle for night vision use.

Principles

There are two principles we follow when setting up a rifle for use with night vision. First, we MUST be able to access both an IR laser/ illuminator AND a white light - intermittently and on demand.  This allows us to A) assess and accurately engage threats and B) respond to situations where light conditions are not in our favor (subjects with flashlights or backlighting). In the domestic US, or in other developed urban areas, we absolutely have to account for the fact that light conditions can change. Second, we need to minimize changes or variations between our 'day rifle' and our 'night rifle'.

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Night Vision Gear Recommendations

The right approach to buying night vision gear.

We get A LOT of calls and emails from people asking for our recommendations for night vision gear. As most of you know, we've been teaching NV courses for a long time (over 15 years), so we've seen a lot of gear in action. As a result, we have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't. We also have a pretty good idea of what's necessary and what isn't. 

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The right approach to buying night vision gear.

We get A LOT of calls and emails from people asking for our recommendations for night vision gear. As most of you know, we've been teaching NV courses for a long time (over 15 years), so we've seen a lot of gear in action. As a result, we have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't. We also have a pretty good idea of what's necessary and what isn't. 

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4 Things to Look for in an IR Laser

Confirm zero on IR lasers as often as possible.

The IR laser is a critical piece of equipment for most NV operations. Just about any time a rifle is being employed with NVGs in a hostile environment, an IR laser needs to be used. You don't just need any IR laser, though... you need the right IR laser. So here are four key criteria are what we use to evaluate them, followed by our IR laser recommendations.

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Confirm zero on IR lasers as often as possible.

The IR laser is a critical piece of equipment for most NV operations. Just about any time a rifle is being employed with NVGs in a hostile environment, an IR laser needs to be used. You don't just need any IR laser, though... you need the right IR laser. So here are four key criteria are what we use to evaluate them, followed by our IR laser recommendations.

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Zeroing an IR Laser Using Our Targets

Close enough isn't good enough when zeroing an IR laser.

Our IR Zero Targets are set up specifically for your laser and the mount position that you’re using.  They account for both horizontal and vertical offset of the laser AND ballistics (currently M4/ M16/ AR15, but .300 Blackout and .308/ 7.62x54mm are coming soon).

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Close enough isn't good enough when zeroing an IR laser.

Our IR Zero Targets are set up specifically for your laser and the mount position that you’re using.  They account for both horizontal and vertical offset of the laser AND ballistics (currently M4/ M16/ AR15, but .300 Blackout and .308/ 7.62x54mm are coming soon).

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