Clip-on Night Vision: M2124LR vs AN/PVS-30 First Impressions



Our samples are an AN/PVS-30 with FOM 1804 and a filmed green tube and a CNVD-LR/M2124LR with a FOM 2376 unfilmed white phosphor tube. Right away there are significant differences which would make you think that the M2124 was going to just crush the PVS-30 but it ain’t so. In the little messing I’ve done so far with them, limited to looking at the stars, fumbling around my home in the middle of the night and hitting the boonies for a little night shooting, there is little appreciable difference other than the white phosphor tube gives what I think is better contrast. Zooming in to >20x magnification on either through the Steiner M7Xi 4-28×56 nets plenty of sparkly action and lackluster image quality. Down lower from 6x-15x things are really quite nice through either CNVD (clip-on night vision device).

Looking up into the night sky in an urban environment is a very handy way of seeing what the little buggers are capable of. You’ll see stars that are too faint to power their way through the light pollution as well as stars that would otherwise simply be too faint to see at all. Looking through them in what you perceive as utter and complete darkness also illuminates a number of light sources you never knew existed especially infrared and near-infrared light sources.

If you decide you want to get into shooting after dark and asking yourself the “night vision vs. thermal” question, I will take this moment to short cut the process. Night vision is for show. Thermal is for go. Thermal is heart-stoppingly expensive even for the lowest end while night vision’s low end can be had for the cost of a decent scope. Good stuff isn’t cheap but even crappy thermal is pretty good. Crappy NV is just crappy NV. Thermal can also be used during the daytime. 😉

I was able to get some adapters which allow mounting a COTI (clip-on thermal imager) in front of a PVS-30 or M2124-LR to turn it into a “fusion” setup and I’m finally able to get to testing those. It promises to make things really spectacular but COTI’s aren’t known for their shock resistance so we’ll have to be careful of exposing it to excessive recoil. Always a tradeoff.

Check back soon for updates. We just got a PVS-27 and a couple Bering Hogster thermal units. ETA on results with those is probably late July.

Sneak Peek – BallisticxLR Rifle Support Bags

I wanted to bring a lot more class and the ultimate in light weight to the world of fore end and toe support bags for competitive shooters and hunters. The world has enough kooky ultra-modern camoflage and coyote brown/desert tan/flat dark earth/olive drab shooting rest bags made of Cordura Nylon to fill a football stadium and while they tend to perform well enough the camoflage varieties without exception all look tacky and the plain desert tan/coyote brown/flat dark earth all look distinctly shabby. What ever happened to good old fashioned leather? Hand dyed, hand stitched, master crafted leather that looks classy as hell while being no less functional than Nylon and actually being a lot more puncture, wear and tear resistant than Nylon. Some of us like our kit to reflect a sense class and distinctive taste rather than sticking like glue to the current tacticool fad. Everything doesn’t need to be tactical. Things can simply be functional and stylish too.

After much work on the part of my favorite leather worker we have come up with an awesome pair. The set weighs less than 1lbs and is made from top quality cowhide and an ultra light fill material. The fill is waterproof, retards mold growth, won’t crumble and has great lock in. Perfect for hunting from the ground, a swivel chair or the bed rails of a bakkie (aka pickup truck), at a match or just a casual day of shooting at the local gun range.

When you pull out my new C-Pillah and Toe Bone you’re not just telling the world that you don’t need to pretend to be a special forces operator just to enjoy a day of hunting or target shooting. You’re also confirming that your sense of style doesn’t have to be sacrificed on the altar of functionality. You can have your cake and eat it too.

If you would like to order a set, the cost is $200 and you can email ballisticxlr at gmail dot com to begin the ordering process. These are custom made per order at this time. If there’s enough interest we’ll make the ordering process available online.