Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by red rick, Aug 17, 2021.
unless there is a full moon and a bright night, what you can see with night vision is what a flashlight would put out. Imagine if prey wasn't spooked by light, trying to hunt in pitch black, with a flashlight taped to the end of your barrel. It's possible if you know there is something out there, and vaguely where, but is it fun? no. With a thermal, you can quickly scan a field and say "cow, cow, skunk, mouse, coyote deer, PIGS!!! BLAM BLAM BLAM"
Also, aside from being a night vision scope, it can also be used during daylight too which is nice.
SHL makes one size larger light (the Coyote Cannon) which can reach out even farther but is twice the weight and 400 yards is farther than I'll ever shoot. They also make smaller illuminators that are still upgrades over the stock Sightmark one as far as brightness and throw. With that being said, under 200 yards you MIGHT be able to get away with the stock illuminator, I didn't experiment enough with it to really get a feel as I bought the SHL illuminator right away.
My whole setup (not counting the rifle and stock) cost me:
$375 for the Wraith (law enforcement discount direct through Sightmark)
$165 for the illuminator/mount/batteries/etc. (Not shown in my picture below, that's the stock one)
$60 for the bolt action mount for the Wraith through Ron Bimmer Outdoors. On a bolt action, you'll want this to move the scope back for proper eye relief. If you run it on an AR, you shouldn't need it.
So, about $600 for the whole setup.
This is a chart of the throw for their different Lights and colors. Like alot of companies they may be a smidge optimistic, but honestly I'd guess they are pretty close. My 400 yard number was based on the farm shed near my in-laws house, I'm willing to bet with the right "target" to look for more than that is very possible.
For the record, I have no affiliation with them, just really impressed by their product.
Call Doug at cameraland. It’s a family owned business and he knows his stuff. Also let him know you were referred by me on here and you’ll get a nice discount. He is very knowledgeable and takes the time to figure out what you want and need and gives great recommendations. That’s where I’ll buy all optics moving forward. Really nice guy.
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