The bad guys try to use darkness to hide themselves and their crimes. You use training, tactics and your senses to catch the bad guys and win. One of the most important senses you use is your sight and, when confronted with darkness, technology can give you the edge. Following are some night vision options that may help you.
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The National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA) has completed its review and testing of the ATN NVM-14-3P Night Vision Monocular, and it received an overall score of 4.51 out of a possible 5 in their Member Tested and Recommended Program ratings. The NVM-14-3P is a multi-purpose night vision monocular, which features advanced, third-generation technology using ITT Pinnacle Image Intensifier Tube for a clear, crisp image in the darkest of conditions. It’s compatible with most IR laser aiming/illuminating devices and can be used with a camera for nighttime photography. Equipped with ATN’s Total Darkness Technology, the ATN NVM-14-3P has a built-in infrared light-emitting source.
American Tech Networks: 800/910-2862 www.atncorp.com.
US Night Vision Corporation’s USNV-AN/PVS-14 night vision monocular uses a U.S. manufactured auto-gated image intensifier tube in a compact, high-performance, mil-spec housing designed for multiple applications. It features automatic brightness control, a built-in IR illuminator and manual gain control, which allows the user to increase or decrease image tube brightness for greater image contrast in varying light conditions. The system can be hand-held, weapons mounted, camera/camcorder adaptable or head/helmet mounted for a hands-free application.
US Night Vision: 800/500-4020 www.usnightvision.com.
FLIR Systems’ H-Series line of hand-held law enforcement thermal imaging cameras feature four times the resolution of other systems. H-Series thermal cameras let users see things other technologies miss. Suspects can’t hide their heat, so operators can see them clearly in total darkness, and through smoke and dust. They’re available with onboard video storage with real-time clock, wireless streaming video transmission, more than six hours of operation on a single charge, and more than 120 hours of standby battery life. An optional lens extender allows you to see a man from over 2,800 feet away.
FLIR: 800/727-3547 www.flir.com.
Morovision’s PVS-7 Goggle Gen 3 Pinnacle is equipped with a high-performance ITT Generation-3 Pinnacle image intensifier tube. The PVS-7 Gen 3 Pinnacle night vision goggle is designed for the most demanding of night time applications. Battle-proven technology includes automatic brightness control, which automatically adjusts the brightness of the image tube to achieve the highest quality image resolution under varying light conditions, as well as a built-in infra-red illuminator which allows the user to operate under zero light conditions. Lightweight and versatile, the night vision goggle can be hand-held, head-mounted and helmet-mounted.
Morovision: 800/424-8222 www.morovision.com.