Many operations are carried out by teams of militants and law enforcement officers in low or failing light areas. They can use the night vision weapon optics to fix the target, aim, and pinpoint with accuracy over a long distance at night.
You can use the night vision monoculars with a pistol and there are two ways to use the same. You can either use a set up laser-light combo like DBAL-PL along with an IR Laser or with a light mounted to a pistol with or without using the NVD to spot and shoot.
As it is noticeable, some considerations required to be kept in mind when it comes to choosing the best weapon optics. The selection depends on the type of operations and specific requirements. Here are some guidelines as well as parameters to choose the best weapon sights.
Quality of weapon optics and electronics
The good quality of optic plays a vital role in the night vision’s performance whether it is 12 weapons and thermal sight. Fast optics has used in both types of weapon sights by combining with electronics and sensors to improve devices’ capabilities.
In thermal weapon sights, the important element to judge the device is the quality of the device is the size, specifications, and resolution. According to the applications and deployment requirements, the optic size and quality would play a significant role in providing optimal magnification and view field of the device.
Magnification and Zoom
Most of the people think that it is good to choose the maximum magnification while picking up a 12 weapon sight but it is not true as less is a bit better. High magnification leads to generate small view field results. Ideally speaking, 4 × magnifications are highly recommended for 12 weapon sights and it is optimal.
On the other hand, the accomplishment of targeted identification is not required in the case of thermal weapon sights but it is the object as well as the shape that means a lot.
Image Intensifier tubes or Thermal Sensors
A major role has played by optics in the sensing as well as transferring the available light or radiations of the heat to the sensors in case of 12 weapon sights. The processing of heat radiations is done with the help of sensors in case of thermal sights which are at the center of the whole system.
Image Intensifier Tubes
Inside a 12 weapon sight, 12 tubes are responsible for light amplification. 12 tubes have many folds over the years such as Gen 1, Gen 2, Gen 2+, and Gen 3 tubes. Different companies are manufacturing these tubes and they labeled all of them separately. The most advanced versions are Gen 2+ and Gen 3 as they provide clarity in the condition of low light. It is measured in Signal to noise ratio (SNR) and resolution in IP per mm of the modern 12 weapon sight.
If we are talking about the resolution, then it depends on how much the human eye can pick up in the image when seeing. Sharper ad crystal clear image can be found by higher resolution. Measurement of resolution is in line pairs per millimeter (IP per mm).
On the other side, it works unmindful of the light conditions. In brief, the intensity is detected by the thermal weapon sight after emitting heat radiations and transfers the same to the thermal sensor in the thermogram form. At last, it converts it into a raster image.
Hopefully, you understand what to keep in mind while choosing weapon optics for your needs.