Thursday, May 20, 2010

NVG Group Buy: Part 2

Alright, folks. The night vision group buy is back on, so let's give this another try! Same deal as last time. If we put together an order of 20 units, On Point Firearms can leverage distributor cost for its clients-- which is quite a bit lower than dealer cost. We have access to ATN's entire product line, so if you want to place an order and don't see the model you want in stock, just shoot me a quick e-mail and I'll add it to the site. Click here for pricing info.

This week, our quick-release Picatinny weapons mounts arrived from ATN. Thankfully, we now have a lot more options employing our NVDs. The mounts are very low profile and intuitive to operate, allowing the user to position the NVD in front of or behind the day optic. If you're running an Aimpoint or EOTech, you can position the mount to the rear of the sight. However, if you're utilizing a traditional rifle scope or a Trijicon ACOG, you really benefit from a forward mount-- especially since your eye relief isn't affected.

If you're running and gunning in a CQB environment, a helmet mount or proprietary headgear would be ideal. An IR laser aiming device would really come in handy too, but it's a highly restricted item in the civilian world. You could get by with a red or green visible laser, but your position is definitely going to be compromised in the process.

The weapons mount is very clever for night shooting-- especially at distance. Out of the three day optics we tested in conjunction with our ATN NVM14-HPTs, my favorite was surprisingly the Trijicon 4x ACOG. When running the EOTech, the 65/1MOA reticle was crystal clear, and the design of the EOTech's outer case allowed an excellent field of view. However, down range focus was sacrificed for the clarity of reticle. In the case of the Aimpoint, the traditional round tube had an adverse effect on the field of view. Also, the 4MOA dot could easily be confused with another laser in the field-- like the green laser designator we were using to call in airstrikes on the ducks in the pond. ;) In contrast, the ACOG didn't exhibit any of these problems. You can focus on your target down range, while enjoying a clear black reticle and 4x magnification. Another benefit to mounting the NVD forward of the day optic was not giving off as much of a light signature from the NVD itself.

Have a good one and God bless! -- Evan

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