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How to Choose the Right Night-Vision Weapon Scope

If you find yourself on a night-time hunting expedition, it's important that you have the equipment to keep your shooting precise and your vision clear. Whether you're a hunter or a sports shooter, night-vision scopes can significantly expand your shooting range and accuracy in low-light or even no-light conditions. The main types of night vision scopes use thermal imaging technology to capture temperature points in the scope's field of view. Infrared (IR) night vision scopes are especially effective in cold environments, as thermal differentials are easier to spot. Night vision weapon scopes of different sizes can fit handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Unsurprisingly, night-vision weapon sights tend to most commonly mount on semi-automatic rifles and sniper rifles. Three prominent brands that design night-vision scopes for a multitude of weapon types are Armasight, Rongland, and ATN Corp.   

How Do I use a Night Vision Weapon Scope?

Using a night-vision rifle scope is similar to using a regular rifle scope. However, to make the most out of any next-gen night vision weapon scope, make sure you consider the following factors: 

  • Securely Mount: Just like a normal rifle scope, night-vision scopes need to securely affix to the stock of your firearm. The mount for your night-vision rifle scope should easily fit into the attachment groove on your rifle stock. 
  • Weapon Sight: Prior to live-firing your weapon, make sure you adjust the night-vision weapon scope for any environmental or mounting anomalies. Night vision rifle scopes usually require leveling and sight adjustments for anomalous scope and view effects. 
  • Consider Lighting: Night-vision rifle scopes cannot work in moderate or high-light conditions. This is because thermal optics use heat, rather than light, as the preferential sighting source. 

What are the Advantages of a Night Vision Weapon Scope?

  • Full-Spectrum Infrared Detection: A night-vision weapon rifle scope can register infrared light in all three categories: near, mid, and thermal. This means that you will have clear vision through your scope in both absolute darkness and low-light conditions. 
  • Variable Lighting Optics: As lighting conditions change, the thermal optic technology in your night-vision scope adjusts accordingly. Infrared receptors in the sight are constantly adjusting the thermal signatures according to environmental light levels. 
  • Night-vision Reticle: The reticular sight of a night vision scope remains clear and steady in all lighting conditions. This means that night vision weapon rifle scopes can suit both short and long-distance shooting. 
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